Author Archives: Ryan Vasso

Pet Names: Finding a Fabulous First Name

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Working as a pet insurance sales agent, I get the pleasure of hearing hundreds of interesting pet names each day. In fact, Pets Best Insurance recently created a fun “Best in Show” dog cartoon about our most popular and funny insured pet names. It made me think- how do people come up with names for their pets? The following is a list of four ways people name their pets:

1. The Name Matches the Color
My very first dog was a mix between a German Sheppard and a who-knows-what. She was this brown/black/white furry little ball of fun. It took a few days before we decided her name– Pepper. She just reminded us of pepper, so my family went with it. It’s probably similar for the Spots and Patches of the world; they have some sort of markings or spots that influenced their name. I’d be willing to guess the Carbons and Charcoals do not sport blonde hair. And I doubt Snowflakes and Powders have dark hair – but that’s just a guess.

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Is Your Dog Having Trouble with Allergies?

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Hi, I’m Doctor Fiona Caldwell, and I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. Today I’m at home answering questions from Pets Best Facebook page. This question comes from Susan who writes, “My dog gets a seasonal allergic rash. Nothing seems to help except cortisone and Prednisone and her fur is still sparse and scaly.” Unfortunately, seasonal allergies can be really frustrating and they can be really common too. Prednisone is a steroid and is one of the, probably the best treatments that we have. However, it shouldn’t be a long-term treatment. First and foremost, you have to get to the veterinarian to make sure she doesn’t have an infection, either fungal or bacterial. She’s going to continue to itch if that isn’t treated.
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My 20-month-old puppy

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I have worked for Pets Best Insurance as a sales agent for over three years. I’m licensed and very passionate as well as knowledgeable about pet insurance, but I’m not a pet owner– yet.

Some people think it’s odd I work in the pet health insurance industry without having a pet, and I’m frequently asked, “How can you sell pet insurance if you don’t own one?” The sad answer is that to date, our housing situation has not allowed us to own a pet.

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Mitral Valve and Kidney Issues for Cats

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Hi. I’m Doctor Fiona Caldwell, and I’m at home today answering questions from Pets Best Facebook page. This question comes from Denise who writes, “My 17-year old Siamese cat has degeneration of the mitral valve. Is there anything I can do to help him, and what health signs do I look for?” I’m sorry this has happened. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for older cats and dogs to develop some degeneration in that mitral valve. It is one of the hardest working valves in the heart, because it does have a really big job. After 17 years it’s not uncommon for that valve to become leaky. What you find when the valve becomes leaky and starts to degenerate is that cats and dogs will develop a heart murmur.

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Top 6 tips for house hunting with a pet

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By: Ryan Vasso
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Whether you’re a renter looking to buy or a home owner looking for more (or less) square footage— house hunting is no easy task, especially if you have a pet to consider. Once you find what you think might be the perfect house, you’ll need to make sure it will also be a good fit for your furry family members. Pet insurance agency, Pets Best, has a few tips to help your family determine if the next place you move will be a good fit for you and your pet.

1. Will your pet be mostly indoors or out?
Will your pet be running around in the house or the yard? If the answer is indoors, choose a home with wide spaces and hallways so your pet has plenty of room to bound and play. You may also want to consider a home that has an area inside that you can “fence off”, or has a separate room where your pet can relax when guests come over. If your pet will be an indoor/outdoor pet, keep the flooring in mind too. Wood floors are gaining popularity, however, they can also become scratched. If you prefer carpet, remember that muddy paws are part of the pet package. Try choosing a color that won’t show a lot of wear and tear. If your pet is mostly outdoors, make sure there’s room in the yard for a cozy dog house, and plenty of shade for warm summertime weather.

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