By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden guest blogs for dog insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.
Recent surveys indicate about 29 million people travel with their pets each year and that number continues to grow.
When hitting the road with your pet, however, pay attention to the weather. Extreme hot or cold can impact your decision to have your dog join you. Never leave your dog alone in your vehicle during warm weather. Not even for just a few minutes. Even if you crack the windows a bit, the temperature inside your car climbs quickly and your dog can develop heat stroke and die.
When traveling with your dog in the hot weather, make sure the air conditioning is on. Consider attaching a small battery-operated fan to your dog’s crate for added ventilation. Bring extra water and look for the key sign of dehydration: your dog’s tongue is wide, red, and dry.
By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and guest blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.
Dog and cat toenails can bleed! When performing pet grooming, it can be disconcerting to accidentally trim a nail too short and cause it to bleed. But don’t despair if this happens to you, here’s how to help:
1. Apply corn starch or flour to help stop the bleeding.
2. Then apply pressure to the nail with a clean cloth for at least 3 to 5 minutes.
(No peeking underneath until the full time has passed).
By: Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best Insurance. Dr. Stephens is the veterinarian who launched pet insurance in the U.S. over 30 years ago.
Many people don’t think cats have as many medical problems as dogs, especially if they live indoors. Because of this misconception, people tend to get pet health insurance for their outdoor cats and dogs, but not for indoor cats.
Indoor cats still incur serious and expensive cat health care problems.
5 Reasons You Need Pet Insurance For Your Indoor Cat
1. Cats are good at hiding symptoms: Cats are more sedentary by nature, which mean that cat owners are not as likely to notice symptoms their kitties might be displaying.
2. Indoor cats are still at risk: Common health problems for all cats include- cystitis, digestive upsets, cancer, diabetes, thyroid disease, leukemia, kidney failure and even heart disease. Thousands of medical conditions can occur in indoor cats.
3. The cost of treating cats is just as expensive as other animals: Cats tend to have fewer veterinary visits overall, but when they do have an illness or injury, the veterinarian costs can still be in the hundreds to thousands.
Question: Why doesn’t pet insurance cover pre-existing conditions? My pet has chronic kidney disease which is very expensive, but none of the pet insurers will cover this condition.
Answer, by Dr. Jack Stephens, DVM, founder of pet insurance in the U.S. and President of Pets Best Insurance
Insurance is purchased to protect oneself against future unknown events that result in loss. In the case of car insurance, the loss could be in the form of a damaged vehicle. In the case of homeowners insurance, the loss could be in the form of a flooded basement. And in the case of pet insurance, the loss comes in the form of a pet needing veterinary care.
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Just imagine – for a little cash, you could buy years of happiness with a healthy pet. Really! And we’re not just talking about pet insurance.
Vaccinating your pet to prevent disease is a smart move for both your bank account and the health of your pet. Vaccines have long been the best method to prevent some very serious and endemic diseases in dogs and cats.
Deadly Diseases Reigned In
The most notable vaccine, of course, is the rabies vaccine. Rabies is an incurable disease, transmissible to humans through bite wounds. Distemper is another deadly but preventable disease, known as canine distemper in dogs and panleukopenia in cats. Both are highly contagious within their species. Historically, distemper was a real problem for our pets, causing many deaths.