Author Archives: Hadley Rush

Pet health: Keep kitty from being a picky eater

A cat is tended to by a veterinarian.
Good cat health care means finding the best pet insurance for your cat, researching what goes in your pet’s food dish, and ensuring your cat is getting the proper vitamins and nutrients. The second step is making sure they’re eating the proper amount.

One of the oldest documented cats in the U.S., Baby from Duluth, Minnesota, was allowed to eat what his owners ate. Baby lived to the reported age of 38 on a diet of steak, peas, olives, corn off the cob sans butter or salt, cheese, and some cat food for good measure.

Of course, vets may not recommend a diet of table scraps for housecats, but there might be something to be said about the variety in Baby’s diet.

As long as a cat isn’t overfed or given anything potentially harmful, a high-variety diet may help some cats stay excited about food, refrain from becoming picky eaters, and avoid pet health issues like allergies.

Remember: if a cat ever accidently ingests potentially toxic foods like grapes, raisins, tomatoes or onions, cat insurance will be your best friend, allowing you to go straight to the vet without worrying about the bottom line.

Some cat insurance companies also include wellness and routine care benefits in addition to accident and emergency benefits. For more information about cat and dog insurance, visit

If you do have a picky cat, you’ll need to get him used to new foods slowly. Quickly changing from one food to another can cause cat illness symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and food refusal.

When changing a finicky cat from one food to another, plan on devoting one to two weeks to the process. Be sure to also include your vet in the process and consult her, should your cat display any odd behaviors.

Pet health: Chocolate poisoning, and knowing what to look for

Posted by: HR
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manger
A veterinarian holds a sick dog.
Chocolate poisoning is one of the most common types of poisonings in dogs and cats. The occurrence of chocolate poisoning is of concern, especially as the holidays approach. Because of its toxic effect on dogs and cats, chocolate should be kept out of reach of pets.

It is important to make children aware that giving chocolate or any type of “people food” to your pets is not allowed. Having dog and cat insurance for your pets gives you peace of mind that you can care for your pets in case of an accident or emergency. Some pet insurance companies, like Pets Best Insurance, reimburse at flat rates, which ease financial strain.

Cat and dog poisoning symptoms from chocolate can include diarrhea, vomiting, an increase in reflex responses and body temperature, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, muscle rigidity, low blood pressure and seizures. More serious signs may include cardiac failure, weakness and even coma.

Chocolate in any form can be toxic to dogs and cats. The most potent and therefore the most toxic type of chocolate is baking chocolate. Keep all forms of chocolate, including milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate away from pets.

The best way to prevent chocolate poisonings is to make sure that all types of chocolate are kept where your pets can not access them. If your pet does ingest chocolate, immediate treatment is key for his recovery.

Pet health and well being: Choosing pet friendly travel accomodations

A dog sits in a suitcase waiting to depart on vacation.
When traveling with pets, you will want to make sure that the place you plan to stay is pet friendly.

Whether you are staying in a hotel, renting a cottage, roughing it at a campground or anything in between, you’ll want to ensure that they will accommodate both you and your pet. There are several things you should consider when choosing a pet-friendly place to stay.

There are numerous websites that offer listings of pet-friendly lodging. You can search listings for places to stay along your travel route and places to stay once you’ve reached your final destination. It is important that you call the place you are considering to ensure that the information listed is accurate. Also consider the following tips when finding a pet-friendly place to stay:

•When calling, ask about any restrictions they may have on the size of your pet or even the number of pets you can have. Some facilities have weight and shedding restrictions.

•Ask about the pet fee. Some places allow pets to stay free of charge while others charge by the night. Also ask if a pet deposit is required and if it is refundable or non-refundable.

•You will want to ask about what pet amenities are offered. Amenities range from complimentary treats and bowls to pet menus for room service and dog sitters.

•Find out if there is a designated area where you can walk your dog or if there is a dog park nearby.

•Make sure that you have reservations for you and your pet as some places have a limited number of pet-friendly rooms available.

A few minutes of research before traveling with your pet will ensure you’re prepared for the voyage ahead. When traveling, it is also a good idea to scout out local veterinarians in advance, and make sure your pet insurance is up-to-date. Some companies, like Pets Best Insurance even offer a vet locator service on their website.

How to find the best shelter dog for your family

Posted by: H.R.
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manger
A shelter dog sits in a cage waiting to be adopted.

Once you have decided that your family is ready to take on the responsibility of a new dog, the next step is deciding what type of dog will be the best fit.

According to Liam Crowe, CEO of Bark Busters and a master dog behavioral therapist, “A dog’s breed and temperament, combined with your lifestyle and personality, all play an important role in determining what kind of dog is the best fit for you.”

Finding a dog that matches the personality and lifestyle of a family will allow the dog to thrive in his new home. Before heading to your local shelters, research the different dog breeds and educate yourself on the characteristic of the breeds.

It’s also important to begin researching pet insurance and determining which coverage will be the best option for your new dog. Some dog insurance companies may have age or breed limitations, so it is important to find the best pet insurance for the dog you select.

The type of dog you adopt should match up with your own lifestyle and activity level. Do you live in a house or an apartment? Do you like to jog or go hiking or do you prefer less physical activities? Choose a dog breed that has a similar activity level as you and your family.

If you have a family with children, then you will want to choose a dog breed that is known to be good with kids. Some breeds are better suited than others for a house with children. The size, temperament and age of a dog should be taken into consideration in this case.

Once you have decided on the type of dog that would be the best fit for your family, visit your local shelters to find the dog that meets this description. If there aren’t any shelter dogs that meet your requirements, check other shelters in the area. It is better to wait on the perfect dog than to get a dog that isn’t the perfect match.

Don’t just adopt a cat– find the right one for you

Two kittens wait to be adopted at a shelter.
When I worked at my local humane society, I witnessed as many different styles of adopting a cat as I saw different personalities and types of cats.

Some adopters left it up to fate. They would come in, look around for ten minutes, lock eyes with a certain kitty, and take it home. Others treated it more like buying a car. They would visit multiple cat rescue shelters, ask lots of questions about pet health and needs, and take a handful of cats out of their cages for a play or cuddle test drive.

The selection would only be made after inquiring about the return or exchange policy and cat insurance. Some ran a cat adoption like a beauty contest, picking the cutest cat they saw no matter what they were told about the cat.

My favorite adopters were the ones who had an idea of the type of cat that would best fit in their home. One young couple came in and seemed interested in a certain adolescent cat named Bruce. We made sure to inform the couple that Bruce was not of the laze-around, lap cat variety—he had a wild side. “That’s ok,” the woman assured me. “We like them with a little piss and vinegar.”

Keep your home in mind when adopting your next shelter cat. If you have very small children, an older, gentler cat who has experience with families might be a better match than a kitten. If you prefer solitude and quiet nights, there may be a shy cat hiding in the back of her cage, just waiting to be rescued by a kind soul. If your home sees a lot of visitors, a spunky tomcat might enjoy meeting all your friends.

Describe your home life to the shelter workers or volunteers and let them share with you the knowledge they have of the cats they work with every day. As much as they would love all the cats to find homes, it’s more important that each cat find the right home, so they don’t end up back where they started.

After selecting the perfect cat for you, it will be a good time to look into finding the best pet insurance for your cat. Cat insurance can be complex– so be sure to ask as many questions as you can about pet insurance plans and how they work. By doing this, you’re ensuring your kitty will be a healthy, happy new member of the family.

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