Author Archives: Dr. Jack Stephens

A Year of Firsts After a Pet’s Death

a beagle dog walks by a pond.

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

The year of firsts after a pet’s death can be very difficult. 365 days of first events, where the reality of the death continues to be a daily reminder of the “new normal” and that a beloved pet is no longer here with us.

It’s the first spring day of the year, a day that your little beagle friend would have loved to go for a walk. As you fondly think of him, you find comfort knowing your beagle is walking in the meadows elsewhere, beyond Rainbow Bridge.

It’s the first snowfall of the year, a day that your beautiful Golden Retriever would have loved to be bouncing around outside. Rolling around with snow on his nose, creating those big Golden Retriever snow angels, but now the reality is that he truly does have his angel wings.

It’s the first Christmas there’s not a gift under the tree for your grumpy old cat, who in all of his nastiness would almost smile at the new treats in the gift sack. The Christmas stocking stays in the box this year too.Read More…

Breed Guide: West Highland White Terrier

A West Highland White TerrierDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the West Highland White Terrier

Height (to base of neck): female 10″, male 11″

Weight: female 13-16lbs, male 15-22lbs

Color: White

Origin: Scotland

Coat: The outer coat is dense and harsh, and the undercoat is fine and wooly.

Life Expectancy: 15years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: Moderate to high

Breed Nicknames: Westie

Is a West Highland Terrier the Right Dog Breed for You?Read More…

5 Human Habits that Drive Cats Crazy

a very annoyed catBy 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 cat insurance and dog insurance agency.

Often our feline roommates tolerate our follies and faux pas. But cats are candid creatures and can convey displeasure in our lack of feline etiquette without emitting a single mew. Here are five “pet peeves” and solutions to restore harmony with your cat:Read More…

10 Tips for Taking Your Dog to Work

A dog sits. Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day by Pet Sitters International. For those of you who plan to show off your dog at work Pets Best, a pet insurance agency, has 10 tips to ensure canines and employees all enjoy safe and happy experiences at the workplace.

10 Tips for Taking Your Dog to Work

1. Make sure your dog can handle an office environment. If your pet has difficulty remaining confined in a calm and quiet setting for more than two hours, it may be best to leave your pet at home.

2. Ensure your coworkers are not allergic or overly sensitive to animals. You might love dogs, but someone else might fear them. It’s best to poll your co-workers before bringing a dog to the workplace.

3. Consider any obstacles or dangers that might prevent your dog from staying with you throughout the work day, including open offices, elevators, escalators, common areas, unprotected exits and heavy equipment.

4. Make bathroom plans for the dog. Seek out appropriate outdoor spots that are close to the office. Bring cleaning supplies such as sacks and stain remover if these items are not supplied by your office. It’s also important to have a plan for where to leave your dog when nature calls you.

5. Normalize the work environment for your dog. Dogs need routine and familiarity. Bring treats and toys from home. If space allows, bring a pet bed, pet gate and a water dish.Read More…

Breed Guide: Vizsla

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

About the Vizsla

Height (to base of neck): female 21-23″, male 22-24″

Weight: female 40-55lbs, male 45-60lbs

Color: Russet gold

Origin: Hungary

Coat: Short, dense and glossy.

Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: High

Breed Nicknames:

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

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