Author Archives: Dr. Jack Stephens

 5 Signs Your Dog or Cat Has Allergies

A beagle puppy with Pets Best Pet Insurance itches his ear due to allergies.By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance.

Spring is here and with it comes allergy season. People aren’t the only species affected by allergies. Many mammals, including your cat or dog, can have allergy-related issues as well. These five signs could mean that your pet is suffering from allergies.

1. Itching

While there are many causes of itching in dogs and cats, allergies to pollen, dust, fleas and even certain food ingredients can cause itching. If you notice a sudden change in your dog or cat that including excessive scratching, hair loss, crusts or scabs, red skin or irritation, have your pet seen by a veterinarian. Itching can be seasonal if it is related to season allergy such as pollen, or it can be year-round if your pet is constantly exposed to an allergen

2. Red, Watery Eyes

pets can experience some of the same symptoms of allergies as humans. Red, watery, itchy eyes are a sign of environmental allergies. These typically worsen in the spring and fall, depending on your geographical location and what allergens your dog is susceptible to. However, in warmer climates, these signs can happen at any time of the year. Pets may begin rubbing their faces on carpeting, bedding or furniture as well as scratching and pawing at their eyes.

3. Paw LickingRead More…

Dog Breed Guide: Cane Corso

A Cane Corso with pet insurance from Pets Best.

About the Cane Corso

Height (to base of neck): females 23.5-26″ males 25-27.5″

Weight:  females 88-99  lb, males 99-110 lb

Color: Black, grey, fawn, brindled or masked.

Origin: Italy

Coat: Short coat, very coarse and not smooth, thick and waterproof

Life Expectancy: 10-11 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: High

Breed Nicknames: Italian Mastiff

Is a Cane Corso the Right Dog Breed for You?

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9 Tips for Flying With Your Cat

A kitten in an airline pilot's hat waits to board his flight with his owner.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 cat insurance and dog insurance agency.

I’m living proof that you can make the friendly skies more feline friendly for those times when you need to relocate or wish to have your cat accompany you on an airplane. Murphy, Callie, Little Guy and Zeki – my cats past and present – have earned their pet etiquette wings for behaving like hush puppies on flights.

Here are nine tips to increase the chances of a smooth flight for you and your cat:

1. Study the pet policy.

Check the airline’s pet policy in advance before booking a flight. Be aware that pet policies can change.

2. See the vet.

Before paying for the pet fee, book an appointment with your veterinarian who will conduct a nose-to-tail examination on your cat and deem that he is flight ready. Some airlines require you to present a pet health certificate before allowing your cat on board.

3. Practice the airport screening procedure. Read More…

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