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Common causes of diarrhea in puppies

Posted by: H.R.
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manager
A Lab puppy plays outside.

There are several causes of diarrhea, a common pet health issue, in puppies.

Diarrhea in puppies can be can be a sign of a serious illness. Anytime a puppy has diarrhea, he should be seen by a veterinarian to determine the cause. It may be a good idea to purchase dog insurance for your puppy, as this can help to aleviate some veterinary costs.

The puppy diarrhea treatment that is used will depend on the cause of the diarrhea. Puppies with diarrhea can become dehydrated if they are not treated in a timely manner.

One of the most common puppy problems that causes diarrhea is intestinal parasites. Intestinal parasites are commonly passed from the mother dog to her puppies via her milk. Intestinal parasites cause diarrhea and vomiting in puppies. Puppies that have these parasites will often have a bloated appearance in their stomach area. Once intestinal parasites are diagnosed, the puppy will be given a dewormer to eliminate the parasites. Puppies with diarrhea due to intestinal parasites can pass the parasites onto other pets and some parasites can be passed on to humans.

Another cause of diarrhea in puppies is a change in their diet. An abrupt change in a puppy’s diet can lead to diarrhea. A puppy should remain on the same food once your bring them home. If you want to switch the brand of food your puppy eats, change the food gradually. Start by replacing a small portion of the old food with the new food. Replace more of the old food with the new food until the puppy is only eating the new food. Along with food changes, an introduction of new treats, bones, or other chew toys can cause diarrhea.

Cat health care: Katy’s kittens

Posted by: H.R.
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manager

Three kittens look upwards.

I never thought I would be a mother at the age of 10. Growing up we always had dogs as pets. There are pictures of me as a toddler laying on our Great Dane.

My family was never a cat family. Now that I think of it, no one in our family has cats. My sister, 9 at the time, somehow convinced our parents to let her take in a stray cat that was hanging around our neighbor’s house. Not too long after we “adopted” Katy, we found out that she was pregnant.

Katy ended up giving birth, in our parent’s closet, to 10 tiny kittens in perfect pet health. A few days after the kittens were born, Katy went outside and never returned. We found out later that she had been fatally hit by a car. We were then left with the responsibility of feeding kittens. My mom, sister and I took on the role of mother to the kittens. We had to learn how to bottle feed the new kittens. Luckily for us our German Shepherd, Sherra, helped with their grooming and became like a big sister to them. Feeding newborn kittens in the beginning was tiring. We had to feed them every two hours, even through the night.

We ended up keeping two of the kittens. Tammy Fay, named for the markings around her eyes that resembled eyeliner, was my sister’s cat. My cat was named Purrfect due to her having the loudest purr of all of the kittens.

Even though raising the kittens was hard work, I would do it again in a heartbeat. Knowing I was responsible for seeing to the cats’ health care, is a feeling I’ll never forget.

How I learned cat health insurance was a good idea

A young woman holds a Persian cat.
Many years ago, I met a mysterious Persian cat in the alley next to my apartment in Chicago. His background was a mystery, his age was a mystery, but it was no mystery that he was beautiful, sweet, and staying with me.

After 12 years, I lost him to a mysterious liver disease. The last couple of years were rough, and I was under a lot of stress worrying about him each time his quality of life dipped. Not only was I nervous for him, I was nervous for my bank account. When he finally did pass away, I had a strange sense of hope through my sadness. “How nice it would be,” I thought, “to have a brand new, healthy kitten that I didn’t have to worry about.”

So I got that brand-new kitten. But oh, was I wrong about the rest. I had forgotten that a kitten’s immune system wasn’t fully developed yet. I forgot how they are so small, it would be easy to injure them just because you don’t see them underfoot. I thought I was doing everything right and by the book, but for the first few weeks I had her, it seemed like something was always wrong. After I almost lost her to pneumonia at four months old, an experience that cost me $700, I started looking for pet health insurance for the first time.

I had no idea if I could afford it, but after a bit of comparison shopping I found the best pet insurance for my kitten. It doesn’t take the mystery out of how healthy she may or may not be in the future, but it definitely removed the fear of not knowing if I could afford to treat the pets I love so much.

How to choose the best puppy food for your pet

Posted by: H.R.
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manager
A puppy waits for his meal.
Bringing home a new puppy can also bring on uncertainties. You may worry if you’re doing what’s best for your new puppy. And choosing the best puppy dog food for your pet is an easy way to ensure he’s in good dog health care. Your puppy may also have and have fewer of the puppy problems that can come with feeding him a low-quality food.

When choosing a food for your puppy, choose food based on the puppy’s size and breed. Large breed puppies should be fed a food formulated for large breeds, while small breed puppies should be fed a food that has smaller pieces than regular puppy food.

Choose a puppy food that contains high quality ingredients, such as meat or fish. Make sure these are among the first ingredients listed. Avoid dog foods that list corn as the first ingredient. Corn is a filler ingredient that has no nutritional value to dogs.

Puppies with diarrhea can benefit from eating a high quality food. High quality foods are easier for puppies to digest, which decreases their chance of having diarrhea and other pet health issues. This also provides the nutrients that growing puppies need. When switching puppy foods, do so gradually as to avoid further intestinal upset.

High quality dog food will cost more per bag than lower quality food. The cost of feeding a high quality food and lower quality food is virtually the same. With a high quality food, the dog only needs to eat a small quantity of food to meet his nutritional needs. With a lower quality food, the dog needs to eat a larger amount of food to consume the nutritional values needed.

For more information on which pet food is right for your dog’s health care needs, talk with your veterinarian.

Regular vet cat health care can detect diseases early

A woman snuggles with her cat.

Cat pet care is essential to ensure that your cat lives a long and healthy life. Annual check-ups will allow your veterinarian to keep track of the health of your cat. Preventative care should include vaccines, bloodwork and medications to prevent parasites. If your cat exhibits any cat illness symptoms, he should be checked out by your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Catching cat health care issues early is crucial in ensuring that your cat gets the treatment he needs. Due to the fact that many of the common diseases have similar cat illnesses symptoms, tests must be performed to diagnose and rule out other diseases. It is possible for a cat to have a primary disease and have a secondary disease that is caused by the primary disease. Treating cat illnesses quickly often allows the cat to recover more quickly.

Diagnosing diseases in cats begins with a thorough exam. Based on the findings on the exam and any symptoms that the cat exhibits, the veterinarian will determine which diagnostic tests need to be performed on the cat.

The most common tests used to diagnose diseases in cats are urinalysis and blood work. These tests check the function of organs and measure blood levels of various hormones in the blood. Other diagnostic tests that may be used include x-rays and ultrasounds. Make these diagnostic tests more affordable for your family by having your cat covered with a cat pet insurance.

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