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Pet Relocation: The top four things to consider

Two dogs stick their heads out the car window.
By: The Pet Airways Team
For Pets Best Insurance

If you’re getting ready for a big move to a new city or a new state, you already know there are a gazillion things to take care of and remember. But if you’re moving with a pet, that makes it a gazillion and one – at least. At the risk of making your to-do list for relocation even longer, here are 4 things you shouldn’t forget when you’re moving and have to travel with your pet.

1. Microchips
If you haven’t already microchipped your pet, now is a perfect time to consider it. About the size of a grain of rice, each microchip contains a unique identification number assigned to your pet, and is implanted just under your pet’s skin. If your pet is lost and found by a shelter or local authority, the chip can be scanned and your pet’s identification information traced to you.

Most vet offices, humane societies and animal shelters have microchip readers. Implanting the chip takes just a few seconds, and no anesthesia is necessary. The primary benefit of microchip identification over a collar or tag is that the chip can’t be removed, fall off or get lost.

Of course, the registration information needs to be current! So if you’re microchipping your pet just before moving, make sure to use your new address – and if your pet already has a microchip, remember to update the address information with your registry keeper.

2. Is Your Car Safe?
Whether you’re flying with your pet, or driving all the way to your new home, make absolutely certain your pet is secured safely. While most of us wouldn’t think of driving off in the car without a seat belt, we don’t always think about our four-legged fellow travelers.

According to, letting your pet travel without a restraint poses dangers to both of you in the event of an accident. Even in a collision of only 30 mph, a 15-pound cat can cause an impact of more than 675 pounds. A 60-pound dog can cause an impact of 2,700 pounds, slamming into a car seat, windshield, or another passenger. It’s a terrifying thought! After a car accident, an unrestrained pet could escape and potentially cause a second collision, and a frightened or over-protective dog may not let strangers get close who are trying to help you.

Wherever you’re traveling, always use a pet seatbelt, or secure your pet and carrier in the cargo area of your vehicle.

3. Packing and Prep
Getting pets accustomed to a carrier in advance of the move is key, but so is getting your pets groomed for travel. Make sure your pet’s toenails are clipped so they won’t get hooked on the carrier door or other openings. You might also consider bringing your double-coated breed to the groomer or vet for professional undercoat removal. Removing dead undercoat will help your pet feel more comfortable especially in the summer months.

If your pet is flying to your new home, you’ll want to pack some luggage as well (carry-on, of course!). A one-gallon ziptop bag is the perfect size for 2 meals worth of food, any medications, a small toy or leash. Don’t forget your necessary medical documents including a health certificate, proof of rabies and other vaccinations.

4. The Transition Plan
If your pet has never been outside of the house, a big move can be especially challenging. Stress and fear can cause pets to run away after moving. If your new house has enough space, consider setting up a designated room just for your pet with food, water, toys, bedding and the travel crate. Keep your pet in this room for the first few hours or days after arrival with just short breaks outside for potty or walks.

Even a cat who is typically allowed outdoors should be kept inside for a few weeks. If your cat really, really wants to go out to explore, be sure you can monitor him. Once again, microchipping is a great precaution for that first trip outside.

Gradually socialize your dog in the new neighborhood. Start with short trips around the block – and make certain your first trips outside the house aren’t just to the vet’s office! Drives around the block, to the dog park or pet store will help your pet become familiar with unfamiliar surroundings.

A regular schedule of walks, meals, playtime and potty breaks will help you and your pet adjust quickly to life after a move.

Cat insurance continues to gain popularity

Two kittens with cat insurance play with one another.

When playing with your puppy or kitten, it’s easy to forget that one day their muzzle may be gray and their joints will be arthritic.

An unforeseen accident is unthinkable. However, more pet owners are thinking ahead, and pet health insurance is gaining popularity in the United States.

According to the market research paper, “Pet Insurance in North America, 4th Edition,” published by Packaged Facts, sales of insurance for pets rose 27 percent in 2008 and 16 percent in 2009.

This appears to be a good trade-off, because in a country where the average amount spent by cat owners on routine and surgical cat pet care is about $500 annually. It’s been widely reported over the years, by publications and organizations like the New York Times and the National Institute of Health Technology, that pet owners visit the doctor less. So while we take care of our pets, they help take care of us!

As the industry grows and becomes more competitive, veterinarians are recommending that cat owners compare pet insurance companies and plans. One reason: the cost of veterinarian assistance is another number that increases every year—by 9 percent annually, according to the New York Times.

Cat insurance, on the other hand, is becoming more affordable. There are plans of every size and price, from plans that strictly cover emergencies, to broader plans covering routine cat health care, vaccinations, and spaying and neutering. For more information on cat insurance visit

Pets Best Insurance five fast facts

La La the Chihuahua watch dog looks out the window.
By: Dr. Jack Stephens
Pets Best Insurance President

• When a cat rubs you it’s thought to be demonstrating a strong social bond? Of course kitty loves you, but did you know she could also be releasing pheromones which are undetected by humans?

Pheromones are body chemicals that alert other animals of mood. It is thought that cats and dogs can detect these chemicals emanating from humans to determine if we are angry, sad or happy the moment we enter their space or room.

• Wild animals can be trained but still remain ambivalent and unpredictable to human ways. They may appear to acquiesce to our direction but are ultimately “hotwired” to reject this human control, whereas domesticated pets are not.

• Increasing physical activity to 30 minutes a day is proven to be good for overall health in humans and in dogs.Take a walk with your pooch.

• It’s believed that you can reduce your pet’s chances of bladder cancer if he’s fed vegetables 3 times a week. Scottish Terriers, in particular, have a very high incidence of bladder cancer at 30%, which is thought to be genetic. Give your Scottie (or whatever kind of dog you have) some veggies!

• Periodontal disease (infected, heavy tartar on teeth) increases the incidence of heart disease by 6 times in pets. The disease can also damage the kidneys, liver and other organs.

The dig on pet-friendly ice melters

Two Pets Best Insurance dogs, Piper and Dodger, sit in the snow.
Posted by: H.R.
For Pets Best Insurance

Pets sometimes fool their owners into a false sense of versatility. Many pet owners believe that dogs can brave heat and cold just fine. If they get hot they pant, and they don’t get cold easily because of their coats.

But pets need our help. In the winter, they need our supervision to help keep them from being exposed to potentially harmful ice melters. You may wonder what’s so dangerous about salt for dog health.

Pet owners may not know that walking on small rocks of salt can cause paw irritation, especially if the paws are dry and cracked due to cold winter air. But the bigger pet health danger is ingestion of that salt, either while outside or after a walk when dogs clean their paws.

The main chemical found in most salts and ice melters is chloride. According to animal expert and speaker Diana Guerrero, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, and magnesium chloride are often found in ice melters and should not be ingested by dogs. On her website,, Diana lists dog health care issues that can arise from ingesting those ingredients. Symptoms include:

• Increased urination
• Nausea and gastrointestinal upset
• Drastic drop in blood pressure
• Body and muscle weakness
• Neurological issues

Guerrero also lists calcium carbonate, calcium magnesium acetate, and urea as other dangerous chemicals found in de-icers, which can cause vomiting, eye irritation, hyper salivation and abdominal pain.

Ice melt packages don’t always list ingredients, and there’s no telling what products neighbors use. So to avoid dog and cat health care issues from ingestion of chemicals that trail inside the home, paws and shoes should always be wiped off when entering a house.

Some ice melters that are safe for pets include Morton Safe-T-Pet, Howard Johnson’s Pet-Guard Ice Melt, and Ossian’s MAC.

Take the surprise out of pet health care costs with pet insurance

A cat is tended to by a veterinarian.

The cost of pet health care continues to rise as the quality of care increases. Medical advancements have allowed veterinarians to treat more conditions and illnesses than ever before.

Veterinary Practice News has recently released a report on the most costly medical conditions requiring surgery.

Surgery for pets can be expensive; the report reveals that most surgeries end up costing thousands of dollars. This can come as quite a shock to pet owners. For some, this may cause them to have to make a difficult decision if they cannot afford the surgery. No one wants to have to make that kind of decision because they cannot afford the procedure for their pet.

Having dog or cat insurance is something that every pet owner should have for their pets. Pet insurance will cover your pet in the event of accidents or illnesses. Pet insurance companies, like Pets Best Insurance, will even cover other pet health issues like urinary tract issues, diabetes, allergies, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and intestinal issues as long as they are not pre-existing.

Pet insurance can help make owning a pet more affordable. Take the surprise out of pet care costs by having your pet covered by pet insurance. See how affordable pet insurance can be by calling Pets Best Insurance for a quote at 866-440-2020.

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