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Cat Breed Guide: Birman Cat

A Birman breed of cat with pet health insurance.By Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a cat insurance and dog insurance agency.

About the  Birman Cat

Weight:  10-18 lb

Points of conformation: Face resembles a Siamese, but is rounder and fuller.  They are heavier boned than Siamese, and have small wide set ears.  They have large round paws and are long bodied.

Coat: Medium-long single coat.

Color: Kittens are born white and then develops the seal points.  White mittens 1/2 to 3/4 up to the ankles is desired.

Grooming needs: Low to moderate, daily brushing is recommended.

Origin: Burma (Myanmar)

Behavior Traits: Playful and friendly, but with a territorial tendency.

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Do’s and Don’ts for Rescuing Wildlife

a baby deerBy 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 insurance agency for dogs and cats.

If a baby bird fell out of nest and landed in your front lawn, would you know what to do? And what not to do?

Or, let’s say you look out your sprawling, wooded backyard and see a fawn limping or even laying still. Should you approach?

October is designated as National Animal Safety and Prevention Month. Created by the PALS Foundation, this campaign is aimed at educating the public on the proper ways to handle and care for not only family pets but also wildlife. It is the ideal time to acknowledge the need to do our part to ensure we coexist with all animals in nature.Read More…

15 Common Halloween Themed Names

A dog in a pumpkin shirt

Halloween is the one time a year we get to dress up in silly costumes, eat way too much candy, and acceptably scare one another. However, some people choose to celebrate Halloween all year long and this includes giving their pet a Halloween themed name. We investigated our eerie attic (also known as our database) and in our records of over 155,000 pets we found 15 common Halloween themed names for dogs and cats. Here are the top 15 Halloween names, along with an actual pet who bears the name, keeping these pets in a constant state of Halloween!


Stealth and quiet are two words that best describe this particular 15-year-old domestic shorthair. People of Illinois, watch out, a cat-ghost might sneak up on you when you’re least expect it.


Cats can sometimes disappear for hours, quietly watching their prey as they hide from sight. This 4-year-old kitty in California lives up to his name by spooking the neighborhood mice.


After consuming last year’s Halloween (doggy) treats, two-year-old Bulldog, Bones no longer lives up to his name! However, you can bet he’ll be trick-or-treating in his California hometown, again this Halloween.


A 9-year-old domestic shorthair has a habit of hiding under beds at night. Illinois residents, be sure to check under your bed before you go to sleep tonight!Read More…

Dog Breed Guide: Basset Hound

A Basset HoundDr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Basset Hound

Height (to base of neck): less than 14″

Weight: 40-60lbs

Color: Tricolor and red and white are most common, but any hound color is accepted.

Origin: France and Belgium

Coat: Dense, short, smooth and glossy.

Life Expectancy: 12 years

Energy level: Low to moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames:

Is a Basset Hound the Right Dog Breed for You?

Basset Hounds have an excellent nose and excel in tracking and field trials.  They are typically gentle and devoted and well suited as family pets, but some lineages have had problems with an aggressive, uneven temperament.  They can be quite stubborn and independent but are of moderate trainability.  They are good with children, especially when well socialized.  They have low grooming needs but special consideration should be made to ear hygiene.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Basset Hound

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Ear Infection $287 $3,294
Lipoma $497 $1,190
Skin Allergies $641 $6,562
Foreign Body- Intestinal $4,394 $6,882
Cyst $587 $1,955


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