Author Archives: Dr. Jack Stephens

Top 10 Dog and Cat Breeds of 2014

Mixed breed dog, Koda has been protected by Pets Best since 2009.

In our ninth year of insuring dogs and cats, the top 10 most popular breeds have remained relatively consistent. However, we have noticed definite trends during the years, with certain breeds gaining popularity and others falling in the rankings.

Tracking data on 234 dog breeds and 46 cat breeds, we have listed the top 10 breeds for both dogs and cats in 2014.

Top 10 Dog Breeds of 2014
1. Mixed breed
2. Labrador retriever
3. Designer/hybrid
4. Chihuahua
5. Yorkshire terrier

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2 Reasons Dogs Chew Cell Phones & 5 Tips to Help

A dog with dog insurance stares at a tablet contemplating chewing it.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, a pet health insurance agency for dogs and cats.

A generation ago, we communicated via fax machines and cell phones the size of bricks. Today, we turn to our mobile devices – tablets, smart phones and iPads – to instantly connect with people all over the world or simply in the next room of our homes.

But if you share your home with a dog or two, you need to protect these pricey devices from being the target of canine destruction. According to a national survey performed by Square Trade, pets have destroyed more than eight million smart phones, iPads, laptops, television remotes and other cherished electronic devices – costing pet parents a whopping $8 billion in replacement costs.

In fact, I recently polled my Facebook followers about these high-tech pet hijinks. A chew-happy service pup in training named Muddy crushed two smart phones in her mouth. A Great Dane named Louie stashed three iPhones in his crate and “killed” them by sitting on them. Others reported numerous charging cables bitten in half by her curious puppies who apparently mistake those dangling cords for small prey tail. Far too many reported that their dogs urinated on these gadgets.

There are two reasons for these unwanted canine behaviors.

1. First, dogs investigate their surroundings by sniffing, pawing, chewing and yes, sometimes, urinating on these gadgets. This “p-mail” is a dog’s way of saying to others, “Hey, this is mine. Back off.”

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4 Bizarre Holiday Pet Insurance Claims

My Vet's the Best contest winner, Dr. Kathleen Heneghan of River Grove, Illinois.

Most people look forward to the holiday season, but between purchasing presents, preparing food, and coordinating travel, things can sometimes get a little chaotic. Chances are, the last thing you’re thinking about is what your pets are getting into. Pets Best has received a wide range of surprising claims from pet owners over the years and we’ve selected a few of the most unusual holiday-related claims recently processed.

Below are real pet insurance claims from 4 dogs who really indulged during the holidays:

Costly Croissants

For many, baking is a holiday tradition. From breads to decadent desserts, there’s usually something special in the oven during the holiday season. A 2-year-old Siberian husky named Zoey really bit off more than she could chew when she decided to eat a whole box of frozen croissants. Due to the high amount of yeast in bread dough, a veterinarian induced vomiting and monitored Zoey for hypoglycemia and signs of ethanol toxicity. After a short hospitalization, Zoey was well enough to return to her terrible twos in the comfort of her own home. Pets Best reimbursed Zoey’s parents 90 percent of their veterinary bill after their deductible was met.

Not-So-Cozy Slippers

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Cat Breed Guide: American Wirehair

An American Wirehair 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 American Wirehair 

Weight: 6-11 lb
Points of conformation: A powerful build with well developed chest, short neck and well muscled legs.  Curly whiskers.
Coat: Dense, wiry, springy short to medium length hairs that crimp and curl.
Color: All are accepted, except for lilac, Himalayan and chocolate.
Grooming needs: Low
Origin: New York, USA
Behavior Traits: Even tempered and funny.

Is an American Wirehair cat right for You?

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Cat Breed Guide: British Shorthair

A British 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  British Shorthair 


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Behavior Traits:

Is a British Shorthair cat right for You?


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

According to the number of cat insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount 
Skin Allergies $1,877
Colitis $1,185
Constipation $404
Oral Resorptive Lesions $120


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