Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manager
Before I began working for a pet insurance company, I had no idea that animals could develop cancer. But I’ve recently learned that dog cancer is the cause of almost half of the deaths of dogs aged 10 years and older.
Much like cancer in humans, dog cancer symptoms will vary depending on the type of cancer that has developed in the dog. Cancer can cause a rapid decline in pet health and pets that show any unusual symptoms should be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Although there are numerous types of dog cancers, there are four types that seem to affect pet health the most.
One of the most common is dog lymphoma. Lymphoma accounts for 10-20% of all cancer found in dogs and causes swelling of the lymph nodes. The most noticeable lymph nodes are located on the sides of the neck and inside the armpit area. When the lymph nodes are swollen, owners usually notice that something doesn’t look right on their pet.
Another common cancer found in dogs is skin cancer. Malignant (cancerous) tumors tend to grow fast and usually have an irregular shape. Certain breeds of dogs are more prone to skin cancer, as well as dogs that have light colored hair and spend a lot of time in the sun. If your dog is lighter in color, ask your veterinarian if he or she might be at risk for skin cancer.
Bone cancer is another form of cancer that can affect pet health in dogs. Bone cancer accounts for 5% of all cancers found in dogs. This type of cancer occurs in the limbs of dogs 75-85% of the time. Bone cancer is most common in older giant breed dogs. Limping is usually the first sign of bone cancer.
Breast cancer is another common cancer in dogs. Breast cancer is a unique pet health problem that it is almost 100% preventable. Spaying a dog before her first heat cycle can nearly eliminate her risk of getting breast cancer. One in four un-spayed dogs over the age of 4 years will develop breast cancer. Dog health insurance will help cover the cost of having your dog spayed, which can keep her from developing this devastating disease.
Dr. Jack Stephens, the pioneer of the pet insurance industry in the US and the president of Pets Best Insurance thinks the reason more pets are developing cancer is because they are living longer thanks to new developments in technology.
“Early detection and identifying the exact type of cancer is critical to determining which course of treatment should be taken,” Dr. Stephens said.
Dr. Stephens suggests giving special attention to dog health care and finding out which cancers are most common in your pet’s breed so you will know what to look for.
Posted by: H.R.
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manager
Once you’ve brought your new little ball of fluff home, you should introduce your kitten to the litter box—ideally cat box training should begin the very first day you have your cat.
According to the Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook, kittens are born with the instinct to dig in loose material and this instinct is used when training kittens to use a litter box. Letting your kitten know where the litter box is will hopefully cut down on any pet health problems or future accidents.
Place kitty litter boxes in quiet areas of the house. Clumping litter is the preferred type of litter to use in the box because it tends to be easier for cleanup. When training a kitten, leave a small amount of urine and feces in the litter box so that the kitten can smell it and associate the box with going potty. Once the kitten is trained you can fully clean the litter box as necessary.
To ensure proper cat health care and limit accidents, it’s a good idea to put the kitten in the litter box after it has been sleeping, eating or playing. If you notice your kitten scratching the floor, or displaying other signs that it may need to relieve itself, place them in the litter box immediately.
Keep placing them in the box until they begin to use the litter box on their own. In the beginning, you may want to confine the kitten to one room until they get used to using the litter box before giving them free reign of the house.
Put a litter box on each level of the house. This will ensure that the kitten can get to a litter box in a timely manner. It is also recommended that you have one litter box per cat to ensure that a box is available at all times.
If you have trouble getting your kitten to use its litter box, talk to your veterinarian to ensure your cat is in good pet health.
As many as 25% of homeless people in the U.S. own pets—and local activists want to lend a helping hand.
According to the Telegram.com news site, it’s often difficult for homeless people with pets to find shelter—simply because many shelters don’t allow animals inside. Not only does this deter the homeless from getting food, but it may impact pet health.
“Often the homeless choose to stay on the streets or live in cars to avoid having to give up a beloved dog or cat. It is difficult to find food for themselves, and feeding their pets adds to the challenge,” the news provider reports.
Local activist Dorothea Cassady contacted Ginny White of Ginny’s Helping Hands to help collect and distribute supplies to the pet-owning homeless.
“These people have been sleeping in their car since the beginning of March with their two dogs,” White told the Telegram.com of a homeless family. “They have a shepherd and a Chihuahua. That’s their kids. They will not give up their kids.”
White told the news provider she joined forces with Cassady because she also saw a need for this volunteer service and was worried about homeless pet health.
Genevieve Frederick, director of Feeding Pets of the Homeless, told the news provider that they’ve increased the number of distribution sites where the homeless can get food for their pets.
“We have distribution sites at food banks and places where homeless congregate,” Frederick told the news source.
Aside from getting help from Ginny’s Helping Hands, Cassady plans to reach out to veterinarians and other food drive services to join Feeding Pets of the Homeless.
The activists told the news provider that they will continue to do what they can to ensure good pet health, even for those without roofs over their heads.
By: Chryssa Rich
Pets Best Insurance Marketing Associate
I first heard about pet insurance almost six years ago when I saw a magazine ad which directed me to a website for a quote.
I can’t remember which company it was for, but I remember the pet insurance rates listed were about $20 per month, per pet. Being a broke graduate student at the time, I didn’t make the purchase.
It surprises me today how many pet owners have faced daunting vet bills, yet how few have heard of pet health insurance. And now that I work for Pets Best Insurance, people always ask “How much would it be for my 8 year-old Great Dane?” or “Would your plans cover my cat’s urinary tract problems?” I can’t provide pet insurance rates off the top of my head, of course, but I do always let them know they can get an instant quote any time at www.petsbest.com.
There are a few things to consider when shopping for a pet health insurance company. While excellent customer service, fast payment and easy online account maintenance is a plus (Pets Best Insurance offers all of these), for many of us, it comes down to monthly pet insurance rates. When I adopted my dog Jayda last spring, I was pleased to discover I would’ve chosen Pets Best Insurance even if I didn’t work here. Because Jayda was a shelter dog, one company gave us 45 days of coverage included with her adoption fee, and offered a discount for the first month after that. However, after doing a little research, switching to Pets Best Insurance was a no-brainer.
For me, it was important to have a variety of deductibles to choose from, in order to get the perfect monthly pet insurance rates. I also didn’t want to be nickled-and-dimed to death with things like extra cancer coverage. (Pets Best Insurance plans cover cancer, so long as the cancer isn’t pre-existing.)
I was surprised to see some companies require a full 30-day waiting period, so you’re paying for an entire month with no coverage—which didn’t seem very fair to me, and didn’t seem to make sense for my dog’s health care.
Other factors in my search included age limits and continuous care. Some companies won’t insure older pets. Still others start their policies fresh every year, meaning that anything previously covered can be regarded as a pre-existing condition. That defeats the entire purpose of dog health care insurance, if you ask me. And what if my dog were to get sick just before our policy renewed? We wouldn’t have much coverage at all. Thankfully with Pets Best Insurance, we don’t have to worry about any of that.
When you’re comparing pet insurance rates, make sure you consider all the above. It’s also important to determine what you can afford each month, and how much you can comfortably part with as a deductible. All Pets Best Insurance plans cover 80% of covered expenses after a deductible is subtracted. Additionally my company’s pet insurance rates are all inclusive and include some of the highest payout limits in the industry.
A new hotel is opening in Fort Worth, Texas later this month that will boast custom beds, satin blankets, and flat screen TVs—but the hotel isn’t for humans, it’s for pets.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the $4.4 million hotel, called the Spa Paws Hotel, will offer pet facials, turn-down service and bottles of Evian water.
“There isn’t another hotel like this. It’s a hotel like you and I would stay in,” hotel owner Janice Ford Grimes told the source, adding that pet health will also be a primary focus.
Ford Grimes told the news provider that pets will be able to enjoy a wellness center that will offer Eastern medicine to ensure exquisite cat and dog health care.
While many people consider dog and cat insurance to be the up-and-coming pet trend, Ford Grimes wants to push the envelope even more.
The hotel owner plans to host pet weddings and birthday parties and guests will even be able to sit for a portrait by a professional photographer.
Ford Grimes told the news provider that the part of the hotel she’s most passionate about is the wellness center, which is inspired by Ford Grime’s cat Dakota, who died of a serious pet health condition—a brain tumor.
With rooms costing around $200 per night, Ford Grimes thinks animal lovers will see her pet hotel is worth every penny.
“Ford Grimes is prepared to subsidize the clinic with earnings from the hotel,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “Her business plan has her making money within the first six months with occupancy at the hotel and salon.”
With Ford Grimes’ pet hotel opening its doors—pet health and luxury will never be regarded the same.