Dog Breed Guide: English Cocker Spaniel

An English Cocker Spaniel dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the English Cocker Spaniel

Height (to base of neck): females 15 – 16″, males 16 – 17″

Weight:  females 26 – 32 lb, males 28 – 34 lb

Color: Solid colors, tan markings and parti-colors are accepted.

Origin: England

Coat: Medium length feathered hair.

Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Cocker, Cocker Spaniel

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What Are Pet Wellness & Routine Care Plans?

Wellness routine care plans for dogs and cats help keep pets healthy and catch disease early.

By Therese Pope, a freelance writer based in California.

Pet wellness/routine care plans give you peace of mind that your pets will live a longer, happier and healthier life. According to the American Pet Products Association, in 2014 pet owners spent over $15 billion on vet care in the U.S., including routine care costs. Preventive vet care such as regular teeth cleaning is often neglected by pet parents. They usually wait until pets have chronic dental problems before taking them to the vet. The American Dental Veterinary College (ADVC) reports that painful dental conditions happen gradually and are more common in middle-aged and older pets. In order to prevent periodontal disease, the ADVC recommends frequent removal of plaque and tartar on pets’ teeth.

Preventive Vet Care Keeps Pets Healthy

Regular vet check-ups and diagnostic tests can detect health problems early before they become life-threatening for pets. Wellness plans are a cost-effective way to reduce large vet bills and are structured to cover routine care expenses. These are the most common preventive services covered in wellness plans:
• Annual exams
• Vaccinations
• Spaying & neutering
• Dental/teeth cleaning
• Blood panel
• Fecal & urinalysis tests
• Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention

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Vet Tech Contest Finalist: Alice Rohauer

Why I Love Being a Vet Tech finalist, Alice Rohauer.

At Pets Best, we recognize that the veterinary industry is largely powered by the hard working and dedicated certified veterinary technicians across the nation. To acknowledge their tireless efforts, we created the Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest, now in its second year. In partnership with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), we are pleased to announce the top eight finalists for 2015.

Meet Alice Rohauer. Of the past 31 years Alice has worked as a vet tech, she has spent the last 28 working with exotic animals at the Buffalo Zoo in New York.

She is also a pet parent to four rescue dogs: Cooper, a senior German shepherd mix who needed a home when his previous owner passed away; Rocky the Rottweiler, the lone survivor of his litter; Duke, the special needs Labrador mix from a shelter in Virginia; and Dingo, a terrier/Chihuahua mix Alice calls her “snuggle bug”.

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Vet Tech Contest Finalist: Regina Sanger

Why I Love Being a Vet Tech finalist, Regina Sanger.

At Pets Best, we recognize that the veterinary industry is largely powered by the hardworking and dedicated certified veterinary technicians across the nation. To acknowledge their tireless efforts, we created the Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest, now in its second year. In partnership with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), we are pleased to announce the top eight finalists for 2015.

Meet Regina Sanger, an oncology tech for 15 years. Regina works at PETS Referral Center in Berkeley, California.

Regina enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, whether it’s home watching movies or exploring the beach. She can also be found reading in the company of one or more of her eight pets, whom she affectionately calls her “favorite cuddle buddies.”

Regina’s pets include four cats: Freckles and Sabrina, both 16-year-old cats adopted from San Francisco Animal Control; and Trouble and Gizmo, two 8-year-old tabbies, each rescues adopted from Regina’s clinic. Her four dogs are: Tasha, an 8-year-old boxer mix abandoned by her owners after she tested positive for parvovirus; Frankie, the lovable 6-year-old blue nose pitbull brought to the hospital at six weeks old emaciated and with a bite wound to the head; Roxann, a rescued 4-year-old pitbull mix with the tip of her left ear cut off and a tail broken in three places; and the family’s latest addition, Toni the Chiweenie, born after her pregnant mother was rescued by Regina’s manager.

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Vet Tech Contest Finalist: Gianna Salvadore

Why I Love Being a Vet Tech finalist, Gianna Salvadore.

At Pets Best, we recognize that the veterinary industry is largely powered by the hardworking and dedicated certified veterinary technicians across the nation. To acknowledge their tireless efforts, we created the Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest, now in its second year. In partnership with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), we are pleased to announce the top eight finalists for 2015.

Meet Gianna Salvadore, a certified veterinary technician at Anthracite Animal Clinic in Ashland, Pennsylvania. She began working as a vet tech immediately after graduating with her degree in May, 2014. In her free time, Gianna enjoys taking her dogs for walks, reading, baking, crafting, shopping, and spending time with her family, friends, and boyfriend.

Gianna describes her three pets as fitting into her family perfectly—so much so that she “could not imagine life without them.” There is Marvin, a 9-year-old domestic shorthaired cat she took in when its previous owners no longer wanted him; and two dogs: Louie, a 14-year-old mixed breed; and Beau, an 11-year-old miniature poodle which experiences mobility challenges.

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