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Helping Your Pet with Grief

A sad pug dog grieves.

By Coleen Ellis, founder of the Two Hearts Pet Loss Center and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

It was another frantic phone call from a very caring pet parent, whose heart was breaking yet again after the loss of her beloved dog; she was now left with a deeply grieving sibling litter-mate. Still very upset about the death of her dog, this pet parent knew she had to find a way to help her surviving furry-family member cope through this difficult time.

Pets grieve in different ways based on the type of relationship they had with the deceased pet, who was a part of the family unit. In preparation for that sad day in your household, here are a few healthy coping tips for helping your other pets through their grief.

Most importantly, it is imperative that the surviving pet family members are allowed to see the deceased pet. The step of viewing and smelling the death of the pet will positively confirm what has happened so they aren’t constantly searching for their missing family member. If the surviving pets aren’t able to view the body, smelling a clipping of their fur or hair is an adequate substitute. Once this important step has happened, the surviving pets tend to begin their grieving process.

Other ways to help grieving pets:Read More…

Breed Guide: Abyssinian

An AbssinianDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Abyssinian

Weight:  9-12lb

Points of conformation: Lithe, medium sized body with slender legs and a long arched neck.  Wide set ears and wedge shaped face.

Coat: Short, fine, shiny hairs in agouti pattern

Color: White chin and chest. Ruddy, blue, sorrel, fawn and lilac and silver.

Grooming needs: low

Origin: Southeast Asia

Behavior Traits: Athletic, playful and very active.

Is an Abyssinian cat right for You? Read More…

Breed Guide: Mastiff

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

About the Mastiff

Height (to base of neck): female 27.5″, male 30″

Weight:  170-190lb

Color: Brindle, apricot and fawn with black mask and ears.

Origin: Popular in England for centuries, but likely originated from Southwest Asia.

Coat: Double coat with short dense undercoat and straight coarse outer coat.

Life Expectancy: 8-9 years

Energy level: Low to moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Is a Mastiff the Right Dog Breed for You?Read More…

Doing the Math: Pet Insurance vs. Savings Accounts

A dog with dog insurance rests his paws on a bundle of money.

As someone who loves to travel, I often tell myself I’m going to start a special savings account. I’ll save a few bucks every week and before long, I’ll have enough to take an amazing vacation somewhere exotic.

Like many people, though, I haven’t actually started that savings account. And even if I did, there’s no guarantee it wouldn’t end up going toward car repairs, medical bills or other emergencies (water leaking through the kitchen ceiling, anyone?)

Because I can’t save for a fun vacation, I know I won’t have the discipline to save for un-fun veterinary bills. And I don’t think I’m alone– this is why pet insurance exists.

Can You Save Fast Enough?
Financial advisers sometimes recommend savings accounts instead of pet insurance. They argue that you can put a little away each month in anticipation of future vet bills. In theory, that sounds okay. But what if your “future” vet bill comes next week, or even a year from now? Will your savings account hold enough to cover it?

Even if you’re putting around $35 into the account each month, (which is more than the approximate cost of a pet insurance plan, monthly) basic math exposes the real weaknesses of pet health savings accounts. If your pet gets sick or injured two months in, you’ll only have around $70 at your disposal.Read More…

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