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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An outdoor adventure could cost thousands at the vet

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By: Dr. Jane Matheys
Associate Veterinarian
The Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital
For Pets Best Insurance

While many cat owners are are aware of potential pet health dangers outdoors– there’s one that’s sometimes overlooked which can end up costing pet owners thousands of dollars at the veterinarian. That’s why this time of year we need to be on watch for “invaders” from the plant world. As temperatures soar and rain is scarce, grasses and weeds dry out and seeds begin to scatter. This can mean trouble for cats that roam outdoors.

Cheat grass is one of the more common and invasive weeds found in many parts of North America and especially in the West. It is also known as June grass, Downy Brome, grass awn, foxtail, or by the scientific name, Bromus tectorum.

The danger for cats lies in how invasive the dry seed pods found in late summer and early fall can be. These pods have one-way microscopic barbs that allow the seed to work its way into fur, skin and mucous membranes, but not work its way back out, much like the one-way movement of a porcupine quill.Read More…

Top 6 tips for house hunting with a pet

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By: Ryan Vasso
For Pets Best

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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Potty Training Issues? Preparing Your Pet for a New Baby?

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Hi. I’m Doctor Fiona Caldwell and I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital and I’m at home today answering questions from Pets Best Facebook page. And this question comes from Dee, who asks, Our one and a half year old dog was completely house-trained, but has regressed to pooing in the house. Any suggestions? First thing I would ask is, I would make sure that the stools are normal. If they’re looser, or a different color, or changed in consistency, it could actually mean there’s something wrong. Submitting a fecal sample to your veterinarian could rule out things like parasites or giardia or some other problem that could be making your dog want to poo more.
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