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My Vet’s the Best Finalist: Dr. Paul Sedlacek

My Vet's the Best finalist, Dr. Paul Sedlacek.

Five years ago, Pets Best developed the My Vet’s the Best Contest to acknowledge notable veterinarians around the nation. November concludes our final contest of 2015, and we’re again moved by the thousands of pet owners who shared heartfelt stories in nominating their vets for outstanding service and compassionate care. As we announce our eight finalists, it is clear that many selfless veterinarians around the nation are making a tremendous impact upon the pets and pet owners in their local communities. Meet Dr. Paul Sedlacek who is one such veterinarian and a finalist in the third round of this year’s contest.

After graduating from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, Dr. Sedlacek started working for Benson Animal Hospitals of Lansing, Michigan, where he was quickly promoted. In 1987, he returned to New Jersey where he began practicing at the Animal Clinic of Morris Plains—the same clinic where he had been employed as a kennel worker and technician prior to vet school.Read More…

My Vet’s the Best Finalist: Dr. Corrina Parsons

My Vet's the Best finalist, Dr. Corrina Parsons.

Five years ago, Pets Best developed the My Vet’s the Best Contest to acknowledge notable veterinarians around the nation. November concludes our final contest of 2015, and we’re again moved by the thousands of pet owners who shared heartfelt stories in nominating their vets for outstanding service and compassionate care. As we announce our eight finalists, it is clear that many selfless veterinarians around the nation are making a tremendous impact upon the pets and pet owners in their local communities. Meet Dr. Corrina Parsons who is one such veterinarian and a finalist in the third round of this year’s contest.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, Dr. Parsons completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia. She then completed a residency at New Bolton Center in 2002, and received acupuncture training from Colorado State University. Her interests include internal medicine (in which she is board certified) and alternative medicine. She now practices at Longwood Veterinary Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.Read More…

My Vet’s the Best Finalist: Dr. Morna Pixton

My Vet's the Best finalist, Dr. Morna Pixton.

Five years ago, Pets Best developed the My Vet’s the Best Contest to acknowledge notable veterinarians around the nation. November concludes our final contest of 2015, and we’re again moved by the thousands of pet owners who shared heartfelt stories in nominating their vets for outstanding service and compassionate care. As we announce our seven finalists, it is clear that many selfless veterinarians around the nation are making a tremendous impact upon the pets and pet owners in their local communities. Meet Dr. Morna Pixton who is one such veterinarian and a finalist in the third round of this year’s contest.

Born in Berkeley, California, Dr. Pixton grew up in upstate New York, then graduated cum laude from Yale University. She later attended Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where she graduated with honors. Dr. Pixton joined Guilford Veterinary Hospital and became a partner at the hospital in 2008.Read More…

6 Dangerous Thanksgiving Foods for Pets

A black labrador dog eyes a plate full of food at Thanksgiving.

By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for pet health insurance agency, Pets Best.

It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means an abundance of delicious food. However, many food items that people enjoy aren’t healthy for pets to consume. This is important to remember during holiday meals, when dogs and cats beg for table scraps and guests might fall for those cute faces. To ensure your pets remain healthy this Thanksgiving, below are six dishes to keep away from your pets. Be sure to inform your family and dinner guests about these potentially toxic or dangerous foods so they do not feed them to your pets.

1.Stuffing

Thanksgiving dressing is often made with onions, scallions or garlic. These ingredients are extremely toxic to dogs and cats and can cause a life-threatening anemia (destruction of the red blood cells). It’s best to avoid feeding any amount of stuffing to pets.

2. Ham

Ham and other pork products can cause pancreatitis, upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea. Ham tends to be high in fat as well, which can lead to obesity in pets. Even a small amount of ham can contribute a very large amount of calories in a small dog or cat.

3. Turkey BonesRead More…

Cat Breed Guide: Oriental Shorthair

An Oriental Shorthair cat with pet insurance from Pets Best.By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Oriental Shorthair

Weight:  9-12lb, females are smaller.

Points of conformation: Medium body size with long slender limbs and long tapered nose.  The neck is long and thin, and the tail is also long and thin, almost whip-like.  Paws are small and compact.

Coat: Very short, close laying and soft textured hair coat.

Color: All colors and patterns accepted.

Grooming needs: Minimal grooming needs.

Origin: Thailand

Behavior Traits: Extroverted and playful

Is an Oriental Shorthair cat right for You?Read More…

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