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Breed Guide: American Bobtail

An American BobtailDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the American Bobtail

Weight:  7-15lb

Points of conformation: Well muscled, medium sized body with short heavy legs.  Bobbed tail.

Coat: Long or short haired. Soft dense undercoat.

Color: All colors are accepted.

Grooming needs: Low to moderate for the longer haired variety, low for the short haired variety.

Origin: Arizona, USA

Behavior Traits: Curious, easy going and friendly.

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20 Foods Dogs Should Never Eat

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20 Foods Dogs Should Never Eat

These can make your dog very ill, many are toxic

1. Alcohol – Causes weakness, vomiting, dangerously low blood pressure, coma and death in pets.

2. Apple, Apricot, Cherry and Plum Seeds/Pits – These pits contain cyanide which can cause vomiting, irregular and fast heartbeat, seizures, coma and death due to the inability of red blood cells to properly carry oxygen to cells.

3. Avocado – Contains Persin, a toxic compound that causes vomiting and diarrhea.Read More…

Girl Scout Developing Hometown’s First Dog Park

Elizabeth and her dog Eagle, who has pet insurance from Pets Best, pose together at the future dog park site in Clayton, NJ.

By: Elizabeth Culver, a Girl Scout whose furry siblings, Eagle and Phoenix, are protected by Pets Best.

Raven was my parents’ dog. She was my furry, four-legged older sister, who, like many older sisters, did not listen to me. She was full of energy, hence her nickname “Raven Lunatic.” When I was about 10, my parents decided it was time for my sister and me to have a dog of our own. We chose a lab mix from a local rescue, and named her Eagle.

One year later, our once lively Raven tragically developed cancer. My parents did everything that they could to help their first “daughter”, and spent a fortune on treatments. Sadly, Raven did not make it. However, good did come from the experience.We learned a lot about health care and the need for pet health insurance for the furry members of our family. My mom signed Eagle up for pet insurance from Pets Best, which ended up being a huge blessing.

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Breed Guide: Maltese

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

About the Maltese

Height (to base of neck): 10″

Weight:  4-6lb

Color: White.

Origin:Isle of Malta.

Coat: Single flat hair coat with long straight silky hairs.

Life Expectancy: 14-15 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Low

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Ear Tipping and Community Cats

A cat with his right ear tipped .

By Dr. Tracy McFarland, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats. 

Have you ever wondered why a cat you see on the street or in a vacant lot or field has one ear that is neatly squared off at the top? It can be the right or left ear, and it is done at the time of neuter or spay, primarily with cats that are not suitable for adoption and will be released into a “cat colony” area instead. The ear tip surgery allows concerned cat rescuers to recognize that this cat has already been sterilized and released, and does not need further intervention.Read More…

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