Pet Names: Finding a Fabulous First Name

A small kitten with pet insurance sits beside a Bulldog wearing a red sweater.

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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Top 6 Garden Threats to Your Pets

A small puppy with pet insurance sniffs a rose in a garden.

Ah, summertime! If you are like millions of Americans, summertime is a time for outside activities, often in the backyard. Many strive to have a beautiful yard to accompany their homes, but some plants and gardening chemicals can be bad for pet health. Here are some common garden and outside dangers that you might be cautious of if you garden with your pet or spend time with them outside at all.

1. Insecticides
Many commercial insecticides contain organophosphates, which are poisonous to dogs. Symptoms include salivation, trembling, and sometimes urination or defecation. Occasionally low heart rate and seizures can be seen as well. Prognosis with treatment is generally good. Be sure to follow the label on the chemical very carefully and avoid exposure, especially in very small dogs that are close to the ground.

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Seven Ways to Cope with Pet Loss

A man comforts a woman who has lost her pet.

By: Nathan Summerlin
Co-founder of
For Pets Best Insurance

Few experiences challenge us like the loss of a pet. We don’t have traditions and ceremonies that help us to grieve pet loss, as when we lose a person, so we often go through the experience with intense feelings of isolation. In some cases, we even bear the burden of deciding the time of our pet’s death. With no way for them to speak for themselves, we sometimes have to decide when to put a suffering pet to rest. Nothing can take away the pain of bereavement, but here are some suggestions for easing the difficult process.

1.Should you get another pet right away?

Bereaved animal lovers often want to get another pet right away, but this usually isn’t the best idea. Psychologist Camille Greenwald says any major loss requires the same grief process, “With any loss, you’re not going to replace the person, pet, or situation you lost. You may get to a point where you can open your heart to embrace another pet, but the idea that you’re going to run out and get another usually doesn’t work. I usually tell people it’s a good idea to wait several months or a year — let yourself go through some of the sadness and heartache first.”

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Top 5 tips for Fourth of July Pet Health and Safety

A puppy sits happily in red, white and blue decorations. By Dr. Jack Stephens, a veterinarian and founder of pet insurance in the U.S. in 1981. Dr. Stephens leads the Pets Best Insurance team of pet lovers as president.

If your neighborhood is anything like mine, the booms and bangs of the Fourth of July celebration start a week before the official holiday. Every summer, pet owners are told to be mindful of pet health and safety during this holiday.

By following the simple tips below, you can prevent your pet from becoming what many animal shelters call a “July 4th pet,” or a pet that becomes frightened, runs away and ends up in a shelter.

1. Keep your pets in a quiet room.
When fireworks start going off in your neighborhood, make sure your pets are safely confined in a quiet, escape-proof area. Drawing the blinds and turning on a radio can help muffle the noise. If you’re celebrating at home, don’t assume your dogs and cats will be okay outside just because you’re there. The sudden pop of a firecracker could send them running.

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