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Breed Guide: Weimaraner

A WeimaranerDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Weimaraner

Height (to base of neck): female 23-25″, male 25-27″

Weight: female 70-80lbs, male 75-88lbs

Color: Grey

Origin: Germany

Coat: Short single-layered and glossy

Life Expectancy: 10-14 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: High

Breed Nicknames: Weim

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5 Reasons Dogs Tilt Their Heads

a dog tilts its headBy 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 dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Smart dogs quickly discover that by sitting or standing still, looking sweetly at you and tilting their heads from side to side can yield them oodles of treats and attention from you. They seem to know that their adorable antic will fetch your favor.

But dogs also tilt their heads for other reasons – some that may surprise you and some that signal the immediate need to be treated by a veterinarian. Head tilting also may be triggered by:Read More…

5 Tips When Adopting a Shelter Cat

A cat at the shelter, waiting to be adopted.

By Dr. Tracy McFarland, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats. 

Adopting a cat or kitten should never be a spur of the moment decision. This is especially true when adopting a shelter kitten or cat, whose medical and social history is often unknown. Before visiting the shelter, please ask yourself some important questions. Here are five tips when looking to adopt a shelter cat or kitten.

1. How much time will you have to devote to your cat or kitten’s needs for food and water, grooming, affection, litter box maintenance and play? Are you financially able to provide what your cat will need in terms of food, litter, grooming supplies and veterinary care?

Cats tend to be less expensive pets than dogs, on average, but cats can become costly if they develop serious medical problems. Consider purchasing pet health insurance while your cat or kitten is healthy before any major health issues occur.

2. Once you’ve considered these questions, you may want to consult your veterinarian for help selecting the right cat or kitten.  A veterinarian can help you decide if a kitten or cat is more appropriate, and explain grooming requirements for longhaired versus shorthaired cats.

3. Visit a veterinarian as soon as you adopt your new friend, preferably on your way home. This is especially important if you already have pets at home. If you will have to delay that first veterinary visit, make sure you keep your new kitty separate from your other pets until he or she can be checked for parasites and infectious disease.Read More…

Pet Insurance for Veterinary Clinic Staff

The veterinary staff of the North Royalton Animal Hospital offers pet insurance from Pets Best as a staff benefit.

The veterinary staff of the North Royalton Animal Hospital in Ohio. The hospital offers pet insurance from Pets Best as a staff benefit.

We’ve seen a record number of new veterinary hospitals introduce pet insurance as a staff benefit this year. If you’ve considered offering pet insurance to your staff, check out some advice and learnings from other practice managers and clinic owners who offer pet insurance plans from Pets Best as an employee benefit.

Why offer pet insurance?

1) Less tax implications for the clinic and staff members
Practice manager, Lorna Hamilton, introduced pet insurance as a staff benefit at the recommendation of their CPA. Hamilton wanted to provide a valued benefit to the employees of their Pet Kare Clinic that also limited the tax liabilities to their employees. All businesses are required by law to report discounts as taxable income and withhold taxes if the discount is greater than 20% on services or less than cost on products. A 50% discount on a $2,000 surgery can result in a hefty and unexpected tax liability for the employee. For more information on offering discounts to your staff and the tax implications, consult your tax consultant or accountant.

2) Pet insurance goes further than discounts
In addition to offering her employees products at a reduced cost and a 20% discount on services, Dr. Paige Garnett of Care Animal Hospital in Arvada, Colorado, offers full time staff members an additional $1,000 annual benefit to use towards the cost of veterinary care for their pets or pet insurance policies. “I urge folks to use some of that money for pet insurance policies so that it will go further. Staff members are well aware that should a serious medical event happen to one of their pets, $1,000 won’t go very far.” What’s more, pet insurance continues to cover employees if they need to seek care from an emergency veterinarian or a specialist.

3) Pet insurance is more economical than discountsRead More…

Breed Guide: Bernese Mountain Dog

A Bernese Mountain DogDr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Bernese Mountain Dog

Height (to base of neck): female 23-26,” male 25-27.5″

Weight: female 75-95lbs, male 80-115lb

Color: Black with well-defined rust and white markings.

Origin: Switzerland

Coat: Thick, glossy straight coat that is moderately long and wavy.

Life Expectancy: 7-9 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

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