Here Kitty, Kitty: 8 Tips to Find Your Lost Pet

A cat with pet health insurance hides in the bushes.

Having been a veterinarian as well as the founder of the pet insurance industry in the US, I’ve lost (and found) many pets. And I know that losing a pet can be emotionally devastating. Here are a few quick tips that can help you locate your furry friend, should your dog or cat go missing:

1. Look around the vicinity
Your pet may have wandered off and become confused.  Be sure to leave a garage door or back yard gate open should they return while you’re out looking. Time is of the essence in finding your pet before they stray too far.

2. Expand your search
Look in areas that are easier for pets to travel through, such as green belts where a confused and lost pet may seek refuge.

3. Call for your pet while searching
Your voice may bring them out of hiding. Remember to call in calm, soothing voice; otherwise they may think they are in trouble.

4. Post signs
Be sure to include a photo, description of your pet and your contact information. Many pets are picked up by good Samaritans who may contact you if they see your sign.

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Worms in Cats: Even Indoor Kitties Can Get Them!

A cute kitten sits outside in the grass.

Indoor-only cats benefit from both the mental and physical stimulation that going outdoors during the summer months provides, however, it also brings the risk of acquiring worms in cats, or intestinal parasites, as they indulge in their natural predatory behavior and are exposed to contaminated environments. It may not be obvious even if your cat has worms, so it’s a good idea to have a regular program of preventative deworming treatments, especially during the summer.

Symptoms of Worms in Cats:
The signs associated with intestinal parasite infections are fairly nonspecific and adult cats infected with worms may show no clinical symptoms at all. But here are some things to look for:
-Dull haircoat
-Mucoid or bloody feces
-Loss of appetite
-Pale mucous membranes
-A pot-bellied appearance.

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Two Survivors Rally for Pets in North Carolina

Susie, a dog who was abused, looks into the camera lovingly.

By: Donna Lawrence
Guest Blog for Pets Best Insurance

In my home state of North Carolina, the strictest penalty someone could get for animal cruelty was under willful destruction of property. That was until 2010 when Governor Bev Purdue signed Susie’s Law, known as S.B 254 and H.B. 1960, into law.

It is now a Class H felony to maliciously kill or torture an animal here. The story is so unique, there is a movie that is in editing right now that could be released this fall about how it all happened. The working title is Susie. This is all because of my dog, Susie.

But I’ll start at the beginning: I love dogs. I always have.

In 2008, I was attacked by a neighbor’s neglected dog when I was trying to feed him. My injuries were severe— I nearly lost my life. It wasn’t the dog’s fault, though. He had been severely neglected, starving literally and figuratively. The poor thing had been tied up in the yard crying for days.

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Splish Splash: 3 Pet Swimming Safety Tips

A dog with animal insurance goes for a swim.

By: Liam Crowe
Bark Busters CEO and Master Trainer

Keeping your dog cool during the summer months is extremely important. Not only do dogs need to drink lots of water to keep cool— many dogs like to swim as well! Swimming is great exercise and will help to keep your dog from overheating; however, it is important to know that many dogs drown each year from pool accidents that could have been avoided. Read the following safety and training tips before you let Fido start working on his doggie paddle:

1. Teach Your Dog a Few Swimming Basics
Before allowing your dog free access to a pool, make sure he knows how to get out safely. If a dog falls into a river or lake, his instinct will tell him to turn around and try to get out where he fell in. This may work well in a natural body of water, but in a suburban swimming pool, dogs may drown if they adopt this instinctive action. Therefore, it is important to teach your dog where and how to get out of the pool, regardless of where he went in.

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Red, White and Chew: Three July 4th Pet Safety Tips

A cat with pet health insurance wears a red, white and blue hat to celebrate July 4th.

Happy Independence day! The fourth of July is a much anticipated time of fun, family and sun. Barbecues, parades and fireworks are sure to be included, encouraging the whole family to get out and celebrate. If you are like millions of Americans that consider your pets family, your four-legged best friend might be a part of the festivities. Here’s how to keep your pet’s health and safety in tact this July fourth.

1. Barbecue safety:
Who can resist those brown eyes as they plead for a bite of your steak? It can be tempting to feed your pet bits of your meal, but most veterinarians will agree that feeding meat and other rich ‘people foods’ to dogs and cats can be problematic.

Rich foods can cause pancreatitis, a dangerous condition causing inflammation of the pancreas that often requires hospitalization.

Bones, in general, should be avoided. Dogs can splinter off sharp shards that can cause intestinal irritation, or they can swallow the whole bone, which can cause a painful and dangerous obstruction. Occasionally this requires surgery to treat– which can be quite costly for pet owners without dog insurance.

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