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Prevent Leukemia/Lymphosarcoma in Cats

Posted by: H.R.
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manager
A veterinarian exams a sick cat.
A major pet health concern in cats is Lymphosarcoma– which is the most common type of feline cancer. Lymphosarcoma is often caused by the feline leukemia virus (FeLV). According to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, approximately 2% to 3% of all cats are infected with FeLV. Reduce your cat’s risk of getting lymphosarcomas by eliminating his risk of getting feline leukemia and vaccinating him if he is at risk.

Kittens under 4 months of age are more susceptible to the feline leukemia virus than older cats. Cat health care may be at risk if the cat lives outdoors. Cats that are at risk to exposure to feline leukemia should be vaccinated to lessen their chance of contracting the virus. It is not recommended to vaccinate cats that have no risk of exposure. The number-one way to prevent cats from getting feline leukemia is to eliminate their risk of getting the virus by keeping them indoors.

Cat leukemia symptoms can include loss of appetite, slow weight loss, unhealthy looking coat, enlarged lymph nodes, fever, inflammation of the mouth and gums. Cats with feline leukemia are more prone to infections of the skin, bladder and upper respiratory tract. In addition, cats can have eye conditions from the disease.

Feline leukemia is transmitted via cat to cat contact. The virus is spread through saliva, nasal secretions, urine, feces and milk from cats infected with the virus. The most common way feline leukemia is transmitted is by an infected cat biting another cat. Kittens can also be infected with the virus from their infected mother while they are in utero or when they nurse the mother.

Cat health care: Diabetes diagnosis and treatment

A cat is tended to by a veterinarian.
Diabetes is a disease that affects pet health in approximately one in 400 cats. Cats that have diabetes can live a fairly normal life if the disease is diagnosed early and the cat receives daily treatment to control the disease. Cat health insurance can help cover the expenses that comes with having a diabetic cat.

The most common cat illness symptom associated with diabetes is increased urination. This symptom may not be obvious to some owners, as it can be hard to detect an increase in urination in homes that have multiple cats using the same litter box.

Other pet health symptoms of diabetes may include increased thirst, weight loss, lethargy and decreased appetite. These cat health symptoms are similar to symptoms that are seen in other common cat diseases. Once your cat exhibits changes in behavior or any unusual symptoms, she should be taken in to be checked by a veterinarian.

Diabetes is diagnosed via bloodwork and urinalysis. Cats with diabetes will exhibit high levels of glucose in their blood and glucose in their urine. Once a diagnosis of diabetes is made, the veterinarian will usually start the cat on insulin injections.

When cats begin on insulin they will have a glucose curve done. A glucose curve tracks the glucose level of the cat over several hours. The cat will be dropped off at the vet for the day. The cat’s glucose level will be checked first thing after they are dropped off. The cat will then be fed and given its morning insulin dose.

The cat’s blood will then be drawn at increments throughout the day to monitor its glucose level. The curve of the glucose levels will help the veterinarian determine if further cat health care will be needed– such as adjusting dosage levels. The cat will need to come in periodically to have the glucose curve done to make sure that no adjustments need to me made to the insulin dose.

Cat health care concern: Flea allergies

A cat scratches a flea bite.

Allergies are a common condition that affect cat health care. There are five main allergies in cats, and one of the highest-occurring allergies in cats is an allergic reaction to fleas.

A flea allergy is not an allergy to the actual flea, but an allergy to the saliva of the flea. The allergic reaction occurs when the flea injects its saliva into the cat through a bite. Flea control is essential in the cat pet care of cats with a flea allergy.

Once a flea-allergic cat is bitten by a flea, the allergic reaction begins. Cats will often lick, scratch and chew themselves to try and alleviate the irritation caused by the bite. The result of the consistent licking and scratching can cause hair loss, and if the irritation to the skin continues the cat can often develop other cat health care issues such as skin infection.

Treatment of the flea allergy will consist of keeping the cat on a flea preventative to keep fleas from biting him. Antibiotics may also be prescribed if the cat has a skin infection due to biting and scratching the skin. The house will also need to be treated for fleas to reduce the chance of the cat getting bitten by fleas in the future. If the cat goes outdoors, then the yard should be treated as well.

Having a cat with flea allergies is an ongoing battle. The cat’s allergies will usually be worse in the warmer months when there are more fleas present. Flea preventative should be a part of the health care for cats, both those with and without flea allergies, to prevent tapeworm infections and other conditions caused by fleas.

Pets Best Insurance announces new direct deposit program

-Program is first of its kind in the pet insurance industry-

A white Chihuahua puppy sits in a pile of money.

BOISE, Idaho, (Oct. 4, 2010) — Payment reimbursements just became more convenient for pet owners with the introduction of the new Pets Best Direct Deposit program.

The innovative service allows Pets Best policyholders to quickly and easily file their claim online, and once approved, reimbursements can be deposited directly into their bank account. Pet owners typically pay their veterinary bill at the time when services are rendered, and then file a claim for insurance reimbursement. The addition of this program makes Pets Best the only pet insurance company to offer a fully automated simple, fast and convenient online claims submission and reimbursement process.

“Our customers have told us that prompt payment of claims is very important to them,” said Jack Stephens D.V.M., founder of Pets Best Insurance. “We’ve taken the steps to not only make the claims process faster, but much more convenient for our policyholders. With our new Direct Deposit program, our policyholders no longer have to wait for the mail and make a trip to the bank to have their claims paid and access their funds.”

All Pets Best Insurance customers are eligible for the Pets Best Direct Deposit reimbursement service. Policyholders who opt for this program can update their reimbursement information through the Pets Best Insurance customer portal.

Customers who prefer to continue filing their claims via mail or fax and receiving their reimbursement in the form of a paper check can continue to do so.

The Pets Best Insurance Plans and Advantage
Pets Best Insurance offers three standard plans for accidents, illnesses and injury: The Pets Basic plan, which comes with a $100, $250 or $500 deductible; a $2,500 per incident limit and a $42,500 lifetime limit, the Pets First plan, which comes with a $100, $250 or $500 deductible; a $7,000 per incident limit and a $100,000 lifetime limit, or the Pets Premier plan, which comes with a $250 or $500 deductible; a $14,000 per incident limit and a $100,000 lifetime limit.

Veterinarians and pet owners have enjoyed the advantages of insuring their pets with Pets Best Insurance since 2005. The company provides a straightforward 80 percent reimbursement of eligible fees for veterinary services after the deductible has been met. Advantages of Pets Best Insurance include:

• No upper age restrictions – no pet is excluded from coverage or has benefits reduced based on age
• Simple, fast and convenient online claim submission and reimbursement – most approved claims processed and paid within 5 days or less.
• Covers care provided by licensed veterinarian – plans cover all licensed veterinarians, specialists and emergency care veterinarians

What are the benefits of cat insurance?

Posted by: H.R.
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manager
A small cat plays with string.

Cat insurance can be a lifesaver for not only your cat but for your wallet and bank account as well. It only takes one diagnosis of a disease and your cat will require treatment for the rest of his life. The costly treatments can be a financial burden if your cat is not covered by cat pet insurance.

Once your cat exhibits any cat illness symptoms, you need to have them examined by your veterinarian. Because most cat diseases have similar symptoms, various tests will need to be performed to rule out other diseases and to diagnose what disease the cat has. Some of the tests that need to be performed may include blood tests and urinalysis.

After a diagnosis is made, treatment for the disease can begin. The treatment that is needed will depend on the disease that is diagnosed. If the cat is very ill, a hospital stay may be needed in order to get the cat stabilized before they can return home. Treatment for the disease is then continued at home. The cost of treatments for diseases can add up. Having pet insurance will allow you to provide the treatment your cat needs without having to worry about the costs of their care.

In addition to illnesses, cat health insurance covers accidents as well. If the cat needs a trip to the emergency room, you don’t necessarily worry. Some cat insurance providers will help cover the treatments needed, even at an emergency or specialist clinic. Cat insurance allows you to concentrate on getting your cat healthy without having to worry about financial implications.

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