February is Responsible Pet Owners Month. Being a responsible pet owner can mean a lot of things. Sometimes you don’t even have to be the pet’s owner to do the responsible thing, as three of our Pets Best Insurance employees recently demonstrated.
After a recent snow storm, Laura, a sales agent at Pets Best, looked out her office window and saw a black and white Aussie dog running loose. Our office is on a busy street so this immediately concerned Laura. She was on the phone with a client, so she got the attention of Raychel, another Pets Best employee and asked her to go help the dog. While running out the door with a leash and treats, Raychel called to another employee, Sarah, to come help.
Raychel and Sarah ran outside in the snow and ice, calling out to the dog. The dog darted directly into oncoming traffic. Thankfully all the cars stopped. Raychel and Sarah ran across the road to follow the dog, and in their high heels nonetheless, traversed the huge snow piled median, trying to keep up with the dog. But the dog crossed the street and took off down another side street. After Raychel and Sarah couldn’t track the dog any longer, they returned to the office.
Dr. Marc is a veterinarian guest blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best.
First let’s start with clarifying what shivering (or trembling) is versus what a seizure is.
A seizure is when the dog suddenly loses all body control, paddling their legs, jerking or convulsing. It can last for a number of minutes. To learn more, visit Dr. Fiona’s blog post on dog seizures.
Shivering is when a dog can make eye contact with you and respond to you, but its body is shaking. Shivering can vary from minimally, to a lot, but the dog still has control of its body.
6 Reasons Your Dog May Shiver
1) The most common reason a dog shivers is due to being cold. A normal dog’s temperature may be as high as 102.5 F. Since a dog’s body is warmer than a persons, just touching your dog won’t accurately let you know if they’re cold or not. So be careful during the winter months with dogs being outside, especially little dogs.
Coleen Ellis, from the Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, is a Guest Blogger for Pets Best Insurance
There are endless ideas for permanent memorializing that pet parents are doing to honor their pets, giving them lasting physical pieces to remember their pet and the life that was shared together. Even more than honoring the life that was shared together, these ideas are also about honoring the unique personalities of our pets.
Mentioned in a previous blog was taking a clay or ink impression of your pet’s paw or nose.
Why the nose print of your pet? Because it’ll remind you of all of those kisses shared, the noses of animals are like human being’s thumbprints. The nose is the pet’s unique individual marking!
The paw or nose print will provide you an opportunity to do a variety of memorializing pieces. Some ideas are:
At Pets Best Insurance we want your pet to live a long, happy and healthy life. Part of a healthy dog and cat is finding the diet that is right for them. With so much discussion over raw diets versus non-raw diets, we asked the folks at All The Best Pet Care in Seattle, to give us their opinion on the pros and cons of raw diets. We are not promoting either side; rather we simply want to educate pet owners so they can make the best decision for their dog or cat.
Pros of raw diets:
1. Less processed ingredients
Can help build the immune system and provide a healthy skin and coat
2. Greatest preservation of naturally-occurring nutrients
Minimal processing preserves the molecular structure of the proteins, fats, vitamins and enzymes.
3. Less stinky stools and less litter box odor
Pets that are fed a raw food diet consistently have smaller, firmer stools that those fed canned or dry food.
Pets Best Insurance is about more than just pet insurance; they want your dogs and cats to live long, healthy lives. As a guest veterinarian blogger, I’m happy to help in that mission by answering pet health questions you have regarding your dogs and cats.
This question comes from Janet, posted on the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page:
“My dog licks her paw all the time and now has this huge knot…what can I put on it to make it go away?”
While I can’t diagnose your pet via Facebook, I can tell you some conditions your pet may be experiencing. It’s extremely important she see her veterinarian in order to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Three Potential Causes of Lumps on Paws
1. Infections caused by foreign bodies
If there’s a large knot, sore or lump on your dog’s paw, this may be due to an infection caused by a foreign body. Cheat grass, plant material and thorns/stickers are common items I’ve found lodged in pet paws, and they all cause uncomfortable infections. Any foreign body is extremely agitating to animals and may cause abscesses in addition to lumps, which may appear knot-like. Typically, minor surgical removal is required, along with medication to help rid the body of the infection.