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Cat Breed Guide: Devon Rex

A Devon Rex cat with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Devon Rex

Weight:  6-9lb

Points of conformation: Prominent cheekbones with defined whisker pads. Short nose and large round ears set low, giving this breed an “elfin” look.  Long slender legs with small oval paws.

Coat: Very short coat lacks normal guard hairs and  is silky fine, the texture of crushed velvet.  It is whirled or curled more than wavy.

Color: Any color accepted.

Grooming needs: Minimal.

Origin: Devonshire, England

Behavior Traits: Playful and active.

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The Dog IQ Test

A Pets Best Pet Insurance protected dog takes an IQ test to find out how smart he is.By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Is your dog an obvious Einstein, having mastered many human words and complex demands? What if your dog is a secret Einstein and you just didn’t know it yet? Well now you can find out with this fun dog IQ test.

Here’s how to test your dog’s IQ.

Step 1. Line up three empty plastic buckets on the floor. Turn them upside down.

Step 2. Get your dog to sit in front of the three buckets in a room free of distractions.

Step 3. Hold up your dog’s favorite treat in front of his face and then place it under one of these buckets.

Step 4. Distract him by telling him to stay and then walking behind him and asking him to heed the “watch me” cue. Do this for just a few seconds. You are intentionally testing his canine smarts by diverting his attention temporarily away from the hidden treat.

Step 5. Resume your position by the buckets and then ask him to find the hidden treat.

Canine IQ barometer. Brainy dogs make beelines to the correct bucket, knock it over and grab the treat in mere seconds. They possess the cognitive development to know to look behind – or underneath – a solid object to find the missing treat. Not—so-smart dogs may paw over the other two buckets first before finally realizing where the hidden treat really it.Read More…

7 Tips to Prepare Your Cat for the New Baby

A baby and kitten, with Pets Best Pet Insurance, take a nap together.By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a cat insurance and dog insurance agency.

Aah, it’s truly a cat’s life for the pampered feline in your home until the day you enter the front door cradling your new baby. What kind of reaction can you expect from your cat when you bring home your newborn baby? And more importantly, how can you ensure a safe introduction between your cat and your infant?

Here are 7 tips to help prepare your cat, and your home, for life with a new baby.

1. Think like your cat. Felines are creatures of habit and some take a long time in adjusting to changes in the household routine, the addition or deletion of a person or pet in the home, and even relocating furniture in the living room. Cats don’t like surprises. Period.

2. Plan and plot now. While you’re pregnant, take advantage of the nine month preparation time to make your cat – and your home – baby ready. Designate a room in your home that serves as your cat’s welcoming getaway. This room, be it a spare bedroom, bathroom or other room with a door, should contain pet necessities and amenities: litter box, food and water bowls, comfy pet bed, elevated sturdy perch or shelf, scratching post and a couple favorite toys. Usher your cat into this room for a few minutes at a time, with the goal of expanding that time to a few hours.Read More…

Dog Breed Guide: Bull Terrier

A Bull Terrier with pet insurance from Pets Best.

About the Bull Terrier

Height (to base of neck): 21-22″

Weight:  52-62 lb

Color: Two types, white and colored. White is generally all white with some markings on the head. Colored can be a variety of colors, but brindled is preferred.

Origin: Britain

Coat: Hair is short, hard and lies flat.

Life Expectancy: 11-13 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: High

Breed Nicknames: White Cavalier, English Bull Terrier

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Top 3 Allergies in Dogs and Cats

A dog and cat both with allergies are protected by Pets Best Pet Insurance.By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance.

There are three main types of allergies seen in dogs and cats. Depending on the type of allergy, pets can experience itchy skin, hair loss, skin infections, ear infections, sneezing, watery eyes, vomiting and soft stool. The three main categories of allergies in dogs and cats include environmental allergies, food allergies, and flea allergies.

1. Environmental allergies (also known as Atopy) are caused allergens in the environment such as dust, pollen and dander. Your pet could be allergic to things ranging from ragweed to cockroaches or mold to dust mites! Often times, this type of allergy is worse in the spring and fall, and will improve in the winter. This correlates with the how much of the allergen your pet is exposed to. If you live in a warm climate with a year-round growing season, then your pet may have allergies year round. Typically, pets with environmental allergies will lick and chew on their feet excessively and they may have recurring ear infections, itchy or red skin, hair loss and skin infections. Milder symptoms include sneezing and red, watery eyes. There are different treatments for this type of allergy which include anti-histamines, immunomodulating drugs such as Atopica, and allergy shots (similar to allergy shots in people, but these can be given orally as well). Talk to your veterinarian if you think your dog has environmental allergies.

Interesting Fact: Environmental allergies are the most common pet insurance claim Pets Best receives for dogs!Read More…

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