By Megan G., an employee of the Pets Best insurance agency, who participates in veterinary missions across the globe
From October 19-31, 2013 I will be traveling to Kapoeta, South Sudan, Africa to work with the Toposa people on a veterinary mission trip. I am going with a team of 10 people through a partnership between Christian Veterinary Missions and E3 Missions. Our team will provide much needed veterinary care and education.
The Toposa are a very agrarian people group and depend on their livestock for their survival. We will be working alongside the Toposa, training and equipping them so that our work will be sustainable once we leave. We hope to bring a better quality of life to the Toposa by training them to help themselves, instead of relying on additional teams to come in and treat their animals. We had to receive special permission from the Commissioner of Livestock in Kapoeta in order to go on this trip. We will be working alongside the Commissioner to train the people that work under him as well.
Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and blogger for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats
Hi my name is Marc. I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance to answer some Facebook questions for you guys. The next question is: “What is a feral cat? Is it a stray cat?”
In honor of National Veterinary Technician Week, we asked Erica Mattox to discuss what being a Veterinary Technician means. Erica is president of the Idaho Society of Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (ISVTA), and Nursing Director at WestVet 24 Hour Animal Emergency & Specialty Center. At Pets Best, we’re proud to have assembled a team of claims processors that reflect the very best the Veterinary Technician and Assistants profession has to offer. National Veterinary Technician Week was created by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).
What is a Veterinary Technician?
Veterinary Technology is a career dedicated to the quality care of animals.
Most veterinary technicians work with small animals including; dogs, cats, and exotic animals. As a technician there are also opportunities working with large animals such as horses, cows and other livestock. There are also many other unique opportunities such as; humane societies, hospital management, veterinary schools, zoo animal care, and research.
Veterinarians look to veterinary technicians to provide technical support for all aspects of animal care. A veterinary technician can do everything a veterinarian can do with the exception of diagnosing, giving a prognosis, prescribing medication, or performing surgery.
Veterinary technicians will interact with clients and their animals, perform examinations, collect samples of blood, urine, feces and other body fluids and tissues, conduct laboratory tests, take x-rays, administer anesthesia, and assist in surgery.
How to Become a Veterinary Technician
By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and blogger for Pets Best, pet insurance for dogs and cats
About the Dachshund
Height (to base of neck): No standard, but usually less than 9 inches
Weight: Standards – 16 – 32 lbs; Miniatures – less than 11 lbs
Color: Solid (red and cream), bi-colored (chocolate, black, fawn, or grey with tan markings), brindled and dappled.
Coat: Three types – longhaired, smooth and wirehaired
Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 years
Exercise needs: Low to moderate
Is a Dachshund the Right Dog Breed for You?
By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for Pets Best Insurance
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and pink ribbons are everywhere. Breast cancer is a devastating and common disease in humans, but did you know that dogs can get breast cancer too? Veterinarians typically refer to the disease as mammary cancer, since dogs have a mammary chain rather than two breasts like humans. Here are some facts about mammary cancer in dogs:
Mammary cancer is defined as benign or malignant tumors associated with the mammary glands. About 50% of tumors felt in the mammary glands will be malignant, meaning they can spread to regional lymph nodes and other parts of the body, the other 50% are benign. It is impossible to tell which is which just by feeling or looking at the mass.
Which dogs are at risk?