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Cat Breed Guide: Himalayan

A Himalayan 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 Himalayan

Weight: 8-15 lb

Points of conformation:  Similar to the Persian with large round head, short upturned nose and solid body.

Coat:  Thick and silky hair coat that is plush without being wooly. Same as the Persian.

Color: Siamese points are the breed standard. Any color of pointing is accepted.

Grooming needs: High grooming needs, with daily or even twice daily brushing required especially when shedding.  Face needs to be regularly cleaned as well.

Origin: Europe.

Behavior Traits: Outgoing and affectionate.

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Dog and Cat Travel Safety Tips

A dog with pet insurance sits in a packed car.

By Dr. Fiona Caldwell, veterinarian and writer for Pets Best Insurance, a pet health insurance agency for dogs and cats.

Summer is here, which means it’s vacation time! Each year, more and more pet owners take their dogs or cats on the road, but traveling can be a little trickier with a furry family member. It’s always a good idea to research and invest in pet insurance, well before you take off traveling with your pet. Here are a few things to consider before toting your pet wherever you go, and some tips to help make traveling less stressful for you and your pet.

Dogs in cars

When driving, there are a few different options for safely transporting pets.  Use a dog carrier that is large enough for them to stand and turn around in. Letting your dog roam free in the car without restraint is never a good idea, however some dogs might tolerate a canine seatbelt, which is a harness that attaches to the car’s seatbelt. Another option would be to use a dog car divider or barrier, for safe transportation of larger dogs in the back of a hatchback or SUV.Read More…

Dog Breed Guide: Airedale Terrier

An Airedale Terrier 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 Airedale Terrier

Height (to base of neck): females 22″, males 23″

Weight:  females 40 – 48lb, males 45 -70lb

Color: Black and tan with specifically distributed markings.

Origin: Europe

Coat: Dense, double coat that tends to crimp.  Soft undercoat with wiry outer coat.

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Airedale

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Why Foxtails (Grass Awns) are Dangerous for Pets

Grass awns also known as fox tails or cheat grass can get stuck in dog and cats eyes, paws, noses, and ears and cause infections.

By Dr. Eva Evans, veterinarian and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance. A pet health insurance agency for dogs and cats.

As warmer weather arrives, so do the many beautiful blooming native plants. In many areas of the country, certain types of grasses produce grass spikelets. Also called “foxtails” or “cheat grass” these barbed seed heads of the grass plants are small, sticky little plant pieces. Often times, when pets are outside in and around these tall grass plants, they can get the barbed grass awns stuck in all sorts of uncomfortable places.

The most common places for grass awns to get stuck on pets are on are under the eyelid, in the ears, in the nostrils, and between the toes. Here are some signs to watch for.

Foxtail in the Eye
If you notice that your pet is squinting and tearing or pawing at his face, there may be a grass awn wedged under the eyelid causing extreme pain on the eye.

Foxtail in the Nose
Pets that inhale grass awns into their nose tend to sneeze violently due to the irritation in the nostrils that triggers a sneezing reflex.Read More…

5 Common Diseases in Large Breed Dogs

A dog sits.

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

While most diseases in dogs are seen equally in all sizes and breeds, there are some diseases that are seen almost exclusively in larger breed dogs. The following list contains some of the most common illnesses that occur in large breed dogs. Keep an eye out for these potential diseases if your dog is a large breed.

1. Bone Cancer

Large breed dogs are by far the most common sized dogs to get bone cancer. Typically, this is a special type of cancer called Osteosarcoma. It is most often found in the limbs around the knee joint, the shoulder joint and the wrist joint. Typically, older dogs with this disease will develop firm swelling in the affected part of the limb and they will eventually limp from pain. The cancer eats away at the bone which means that these lesions can fracture or break easily. If you notice a swelling on any part of your dog’s limb or limping, it is best to have it checked out immediately. Radiographs (x-rays) are used to find the lesion and biopsies are often done to confirm cancer.

2. BloatRead More…

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