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5 Signs Your Pet Ingested Ice Melt

A dog eats the snow and ice melter

From Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

As the snow and ice begin to blanket the ground, so does the ice melt. While ice melt is important for our safety, it can mean health issues for your dogs and cats.

The biggest pet health danger is ingestion of the ice melt salt, either while outside or after a walk when pets clean their paws. Additionally, walking on small rocks of salt can cause paw irritation, especially if the paws are dry and cracked due to cold winter air.

The main chemical found in most salts and ice melts is chloride. According to animal expert and speaker Diana Guerrero, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, and magnesium chloride are often found in ice melts and should not be ingested by pets. According to veterinarian Dr. Eva Evans, health care issues can arise from ingesting those ingredients. Here are five signs and symptoms to watch for in your dog or cat:

1. Increased urinationRead More…

Dog Breed Guide: Italian Greyhound

An Italian Greyhound dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Italian Greyhound

Height (to base of neck): 13 – 15″

Weight:  5 – 15lb

Color: Any color accepted except brindle or black.

Origin: Greece and Turkey.

Coat: Soft, shiny, smooth and very short hair coat that lays flat.

Life Expectancy: 13 – 14 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: Moderate

Is an Italian Greyhound the Right Dog Breed for You?Read More…

Cat Breed Guide: Ocicat

An Ocicat 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 Ocicat

Weight:  6-14lb.

Points of conformation: Head is broad and wedge shaped with wide nose and muzzle.  Long body with compact oval feet.  Large ears are angled outwards and they possess a long tapered tail.

Coat: Very dense, short, flat laying, smooth and glossy hair coat.

Color: Distinctive bull’s eye agouti dark spot markings on a lighter background color, faces has mascara and ‘M’ on forehead.

Grooming needs: Minimal grooming needs.

Origin: A cross between an Abyssinian and Siamese, along with the American Short hair.  The name Ocicat is derived from the name ‘Ocelot’, a wild spotted feline.

Behavior Traits: Sociable and friendly.

Is an Ocicat cat right for You?Read More…

5 Most Common Halloween-Themed Pet Names

Halloween black cat with witch hat.

The spookiest time of year is approaching, and many dog and cat owners enjoy including their four-legged family members in Halloween fun. Some pet owners even keep the holiday thrills going year-round by giving their animals Halloween-inspired names. Ranging from adorable to spine-tingling, several Halloween-related names have become especially popular.

In an effort to highlight this new tradition, Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC has gathered the most common Halloween-themed dog and cat names from its database of insured pets across the U.S. The top Halloween-themed names, in order of popularity, include:

  1. Pumpkin
  2. Candy
  3. Boo
  4. Spooky
  5. Monster

These aren’t the only Halloween-inspired names that stand out. Pets Best has also identified a number of other creepy monikers from its pet database that deserve honorable mentions. These include:Read More…

Dog Breed Guide: Dogue de Bordeaux

A Dogue de Bordeaux dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Dogue de Bordeaux

Height (to base of neck): female 23 -26,” male 23.5 -27″

Weight: females at least 99 lb, males at least 110 lb

Color: All shades of fawn, no mask allowed.

Origin: Either Tibet or France (debated).

Coat: Very short, straight, standoff coat and rough, almost bristly.

Life Expectancy: Average 5 1/2 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: French Mastiff, Bordeaux Bulldog

Is a Dogue de Bordeaux  the Right Dog Breed for You?Read More…

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