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Why Your Pet’s Breed, Age, and Location Affect Your Price

A dog sits.Pet Insurance Explained: Why Your Pet’s Breed, Age, and Location Affect Your Price

By Pets Best Pet Insurance, a U.S. pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

Pet insurance can be a confusing topic to pet owners. So at Pets Best, we strive to be transparent and help you understand how pet insurance works.

We’re commonly asked by pet owners and veterinarians, “how much does pet insurance cost?” This is a great question. Unfortunately, there’s not just one answer of, “it costs x dollars per month.” This is because each dog or cat’s pet insurance policy will cost a different amount. Three factors that will affect your pet insurance policy price are:

 1. The breed of your dog or cat

According to data collected for many years, some dog and cat breeds have fewer health issues, while other breeds tend to have more health issues. Knowing this, we use breed as a price factor since the risk is higher with some breeds and lower with others. We do not exclude any dog or cat breeds from being eligible for a pet insurance policy; we insure every dog and cat breed out there!

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Cat Breed Guide: Colorpoint Shorthair

A Colorpoint Shorthair cat with pet insurance from Pets Best.By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Colorpoint Shorthair:

Weight:  Female 6-8 lb, male 8-12 lb

Points of conformation: Similar to a Siamese, though more muscled.  Head is long and tapered with lithe body shape and slender neck.

Coat: Very short and glossy with fine texture that lays close to the skin.

Color: Off-white with subtle shading that may darken over time.

Grooming needs: Low maintenance.

Origin: Cross between the Siamese and the American Shorthair.

Behavior Traits: Noisy and somewhat needy.

Is a Colorpoint Shorthair cat right for You?

The Colorpoint Shorthair is very intelligent, craves attention and can be needy. They do not like to be alone and are very affectionate and playful.  They are loud cats, both in tendency to vocalize and decibel level of voice.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Colorpoint Shorthair:

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What is the Iditarod?

A dog sled race.By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for the Pets Best pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

The Iditarod is an annual sled dog race that travels nearly 1,000 miles between Anchorage, in southern Alaska and Nome, Alaska. It is held each spring, this year’s race will begin with a ceremony in Anchorage on March 7th, 2015. The race route follows the western Bering sea coast through harsh tundra, over rivers, hills and mountain passes.

Historically, portions of the Iditarod trail, now known as the Nation Historic trail were used as a mail and supply route from coastal towns to the interior mining towns which become completely ice bound during winter months.  Sled dogs delivered mail, food, and supplies and were the only means of communication. The invention of snowmobiles reduced the need for sled dogs and the tradition of “mushing” almost died out. The Iditarod race began in 1973 as a way to preserve sled dog culture and the Iditarod trail and has grown into the competitive race it is today.

Teams average 16 dogs, and there are usually close to 1,000 dogs in the race and 50 to 60 mushers. The race usually lasts between 9 and 15 days, with the quickest record being 8 days and 13 hours, and the longest lasting 32 days and 15 hours.Read More…

Dog Breed Guide: Saint Bernard

A Saint Bernard with pet insurance from Pets Best.

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

About the Saint Bernard

Height (to base of neck): females 25.5″ males 27.5″

Weight:  110-200 lb

Color: Dark mask and ears are favored. Red with white markings, white with red markings and brindle with white are accepted.

Origin: Switzerland

Coat: Very dense with hairs that lie smoothly and is slightly wavy.

Life Expectancy: 8-9  years

Energy level: Low to moderate

Exercise needs: Low to moderate

Is a Saint Bernard the Right Dog Breed for You?

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Show your puppy some love with home-baked biscuits

A pet with dog insurance helps his owner bake some treats.Animal lovers and pet insurance enthusiasts everywhere will be excited to learn that today is National Dog Biscuit Day! And while it might be easy to swing by the store on your way home from work, why not bake some dog biscuits in your own kitchen? It’s easier than you might think!

Even if you don’t consider yourself a baker, don’t worry. The best recipes only require a few easy-to-find ingredients, which won’t take a toll on pet health if given in moderation. They’re also much easier to make than people treats. And of course, we pretty much guarantee your dog will scarf them right up.

Peanut Butter Bones
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 1/2 c. white flour
1/2 c. natural peanut butter (no added sugar, salt, etc.)
1 c. water
2 tbsp. oil

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Combine oil, peanut butter and water. Add flour gradually until dough is formed. Knead it and roll it out to about 1/4″ inch thick. Cut into shapes with a bone-shaped cookie cutter and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for about 18 minutes. Keep a close eye on them because they’ll burn fast once they’re done baking!

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