Dr. Jack L. Stephens, president of Pets Best Insurance, founded pet insurance in the U.S. in 1981 with a mission to end euthanasia when pet owners couldn’t afford veterinary treatment. Dr. Stephens went on to present the first U.S. pet insurance policy to famous television dog, Lassie.
by Chryssa Rich, Marketing Programs Associate and Pets Best Insurance policyholder.
Recently after taking my dog Jayda to fetch tennis balls in the lake, I noticed she seemed really uncomfortable. Instead of snoozing on the couch, she was pacing around the living room trying to get comfortable. A couple of times, she yipped suddenly and jumped off the couch.
I was baffled. I checked her rump and feet for stickers, and I checked the furniture for bugs. It didn’t make any sense. She and I stood in the living room staring at each other, then I realized – she can’t move her tail!
Jayda’s tail was limp and hanging close to her body (top photo). I asked a number of tail-wagging questions to see if it was just my imagination. “Wanna go for a walk? Should we go? Squirrel!” Jayda’s ears perked up and her front legs danced, but her tail didn’t budge. I started to worry that maybe she’d injured her spinal cord in the lake.
By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for dog insurance and cat insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.
1. Bite wounds
Dogs and cats can get bite wounds from many other animals. Especially in the summer months when they’re out and about, and encounter other animals more often. If your dog or cat receives a bite wound, immediately clean the bite wounds with clean water, hydrogen peroxide or diluted betadine. Avoid alcohol, as this will sting! Make an appointment to see your veterinarian, because most puncture wounds will get infected without antibiotics.
2. Lacerations (a.k.a. cuts, tears and rips)
Treat a laceration similar to a bite wound, clean the wound well with clean water or hydrogen peroxide. Apply gentle pressure to the wound to help stop bleeding. Most significant lacerations will require stitches to heal. Don’t use hydrogen peroxide more than once or twice, as it can damage the new healing skin cells. Triple antibiotic ointment is safe to use on pets if the wound is superficial.
Dr. Matheys is a veterinarian and guest blogger for cat insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.
As a cat pet parent, I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had the delightful experience of stepping out of my warm bed onto a cold, squishy, slimy hairball! I guess that’s the price we have to pay for owning these wonderful, furry grooming machines!
Why Do Cats Get Hairballs?
When your cat grooms himself, tiny hook-like structures on his tongue that are called papillae catch loose and dead hair, which is then swallowed. The majority of the hair passes all the way through the digestive track with no problems and is passed out in the feces. But some of the hair can remain in the stomach– gradually accumulating into a wet clump which becomes a hairball. The hairball can irritate the lining of the stomach, and, ultimately, your cat will vomit to get rid of it. Because hairballs pass through the narrow esophagus on the way out, they usually appear thin and tubelike, rather than round. For all you trivia buffs, the scientific name for a hairball is trichobezor (try-koe-beez-or). Try that word on your friends to be sure to impress!
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By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and guest blogger for pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance.
About Labrador retrievers
Height (to shoulder blade): Males 22 1/2 inches to 24 1/2 inches tall; Females 21 1/2 inches to 23 1/2 inches
Weight: Males 65 to 80 lbs; Females 55 to 70 lbs
Color: Black, Yellow or Chocolate
Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years
Coat: Short, straight and dense
Energy Level: High
Is a Labrador retriever the right breed for you?
Labradors consistently make the top of the list of most popular American breeds for a good reason. They are famous for their loving and eager to please temperament. With their ease of training, good nature with children and other pets, along with their extreme intelligence, this breed makes a great family and companion dog. They do require a lot of human contact, exercise and mental stimulation, as boredom can lead to inappropriate behaviors like chewing. Obedience training is best started young. They are average shedders, with a need for only routine grooming.
5 Common medical issues with Labrador retrievers
By Coleen Ellis, founder of Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, and guest blogger for dog insurance and cat insurance provider Pets Best Insurance.
For many pet parents, the thought of not fully taking care of their pets is inconceivable. After all, many pet parents cover every base for their precious pet including monthly heartguard treatments, flea treatments, annual check-ups, proper pet insurance, and everything else that constitutes the caring love that we have for our furry friends.
Many pet parents are turning to the creation of a pet trust, or a Pet Protection Agreement, to completely spell out the care desired and needed for a pet in the event the pet owner(s) pass away or can no longer take care of their pets.
While many pet parents will include their pets in their will, it’s important to note that a will is often not read until weeks after a funeral. Therefore, there will be some time that passes between the pet parent’s death and the reading of the will where it will be important to specify the care needed for the pets. This will be where the Pet Protection Agreement will be executed to make sure the continuum of care is enacted until the final will is put into play.