By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for the pet health insurance agency, Pets Best.
Not sure what to get your dog(s) for the holidays? Here are five great gift ideas to say thanks to the pups in your life for their unconditional love all year long. You’ll make their tail wag and several of the items double as a gift for you!
1. Dental chew toys
Dental disease is one of the most common preventable diseases seen by veterinarians. There are toys available that your dog chews on which are designed to remove plaque and prevent tartar formation. This can help stop the progression of dental disease and freshen breath. The added bonus of this is your dog’s better breath when they get in your face to give you kisses – wanted or not! Your local dog store can help you find a dental chew toy that will be best suited for your dog(s).
2. Bowls designed to slow eating
When dogs gulp their food down quickly they often aren’t chewing the kibble. Chewing on their kibble can actually help prevent periodontal disease by removing plaque and preventing tartar. In addition, eating quickly can cause excessive air to be swallowed by your dog which then leads to them having gas. And really, no one likes dog gas. There are bowls that are designed to slow down your dog’s eating. With the benefits of eating slowly, both you and your dog will be getting a gift! Your local dog store can help you find a slow eating bowl that will work best for your speed eater dog.
3. Treat Puzzles
In our ninth year of insuring dogs and cats, the top 10 most popular breeds have remained relatively consistent. However, we have noticed definite trends during the years, with certain breeds gaining popularity and others falling in the rankings.
Tracking data on 234 dog breeds and 46 cat breeds, we have listed the top 10 breeds for both dogs and cats in 2014.
Top 10 Dog Breeds of 2014
1. Mixed breed
2. Labrador retriever
5. Yorkshire terrier
By 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 health insurance agency for dogs and cats.
A generation ago, we communicated via fax machines and cell phones the size of bricks. Today, we turn to our mobile devices – tablets, smart phones and iPads – to instantly connect with people all over the world or simply in the next room of our homes.
But if you share your home with a dog or two, you need to protect these pricey devices from being the target of canine destruction. According to a national survey performed by Square Trade, pets have destroyed more than eight million smart phones, iPads, laptops, television remotes and other cherished electronic devices – costing pet parents a whopping $8 billion in replacement costs.
In fact, I recently polled my Facebook followers about these high-tech pet hijinks. A chew-happy service pup in training named Muddy crushed two smart phones in her mouth. A Great Dane named Louie stashed three iPhones in his crate and “killed” them by sitting on them. Others reported numerous charging cables bitten in half by her curious puppies who apparently mistake those dangling cords for small prey tail. Far too many reported that their dogs urinated on these gadgets.
There are two reasons for these unwanted canine behaviors.
1. First, dogs investigate their surroundings by sniffing, pawing, chewing and yes, sometimes, urinating on these gadgets. This “p-mail” is a dog’s way of saying to others, “Hey, this is mine. Back off.”
Most people look forward to the holiday season, but between purchasing presents, preparing food, and coordinating travel, things can sometimes get a little chaotic. Chances are, the last thing you’re thinking about is what your pets are getting into. Pets Best has received a wide range of surprising claims from pet owners over the years and we’ve selected a few of the most unusual holiday-related claims recently processed.
Below are real pet insurance claims from 4 dogs who really indulged during the holidays:
For many, baking is a holiday tradition. From breads to decadent desserts, there’s usually something special in the oven during the holiday season. A 2-year-old Siberian husky named Zoey really bit off more than she could chew when she decided to eat a whole box of frozen croissants. Due to the high amount of yeast in bread dough, a veterinarian induced vomiting and monitored Zoey for hypoglycemia and signs of ethanol toxicity. After a short hospitalization, Zoey was well enough to return to her terrible twos in the comfort of her own home. Pets Best reimbursed Zoey’s parents 90 percent of their veterinary bill after their deductible was met.
By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.
About the American Wirehair
Weight: 6-11 lb
Points of conformation: A powerful build with well developed chest, short neck and well muscled legs. Curly whiskers.
Coat: Dense, wiry, springy short to medium length hairs that crimp and curl.
Color: All are accepted, except for lilac, Himalayan and chocolate.
Grooming needs: Low
Origin: New York, USA
Behavior Traits: Even tempered and funny.
Is an American Wirehair cat right for You?