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5 Great Holiday Gifts for Cats

A kitten with pet insurance plays inside the gift box during the holidays.

By Dr. Tracy McFarland, a practicing veterinarian for 30 years, focusing exclusively on cats for the past 20 years. Dr. McFarland also writes for the cat health insurance agency, Pets Best.

What are you going to get for the love of your life?  The holidays are coming and your cat deserves more than the everyday treats he or she gets. First, what not to get: no Christmas sweaters, ugly or otherwise, please.

1. Climbing Tree

Instead, how about a wonderful climbing tree that you can place next to a window? You can find a cat tree to fit any size residence, budget, and most importantly, cat. If you have multiple cats, think multiple perches of varying heights, especially if one or more of your cats is young and athletic. A one-cat household consisting of an older, sedentary cat might opt for a simple shorter tree with just one comfortable curving shelf.

2. Heated Pet Bed

Another great gift is a heated pet bed, especially if your cat is older or has very short, fine fur.  I bought a heated pet bed warmer that I can use in any of our cat beds, and my cats love it, especially my 14 year old cat, Jake. He’s a little arthritic, and the warmth helps keep him comfortable and mobile. Please use a warming pad designed for cats, as human heating pads are not safe for cats and can cause serious burns.

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Dog Breed Guide: Chesapeake Bay Retriever

A Chesapeake Bay Retriever with pet insurance from Pets Best.

A Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

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

About the Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Height (to base of neck): females 21-24″ males 23-26″
Weight:  females 55-70 lb, males 65-80 lb
Color: Brown
Origin: United States
Coat: Dense, coarse, wavy double coated, with soft woolly inner coat and glossy coarse guard hairs. Water resistant.
Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
Energy level: Moderate to high
Exercise needs: Moderate to high
Breed Nicknames: Chessie

Is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Chesapeake has been bred to hunt and fetch ducks  and the coat color is meant to blend in with their surroundings.  They have excellent retrieving skills and can withstand extreme weather and harsh conditions.  They tend to be more dominant,  territorial and aggressive than other retrievers.  They are intelligent and willing to work.  Shyness and over-protectiveness are discouraged in breeding lines.  They require some grooming and have high need for activity and exercise.

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5 Great Holiday Gifts for Dogs

a yellow Labrador dog with pet insurance from Pets Best waits for his Christmas gifts.By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for the pet health insurance agency, Pets Best.

Not sure what to get your dog(s) for the holidays? Here are five great gift ideas to say thanks to the pups in your life for their unconditional love all year long. You’ll make their tail wag and several of the items double as a gift for you!

1. Dental chew toys

Dental disease is one of the most common preventable diseases seen by veterinarians. There are toys available that your dog chews on which are designed to remove plaque and prevent tartar formation. This can help stop the progression of dental disease and freshen breath. The added bonus of this is your dog’s better breath when they get in your face to give you kisses – wanted or not! Your local dog store can help you find a dental chew toy that will be best suited for your dog(s).

2. Bowls designed to slow eating

When dogs gulp their food down quickly they often aren’t chewing the kibble. Chewing on their kibble can actually help prevent periodontal disease by removing plaque and preventing tartar. In addition, eating quickly can cause excessive air to be swallowed by your dog which then leads to them having gas. And really, no one likes dog gas. There are bowls that are designed to slow down your dog’s eating. With the benefits of eating slowly, both you and your dog will be getting a gift! Your local dog store can help you find a slow eating bowl that will work best for your speed eater dog.

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