An outdoor adventure could cost thousands at the vet

A cat with pet health insurance sits near cheat grass outside.

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

A tiny dog with pet health insurance squeezes into a little dog house.

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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Appreciate your pet? Here are 10 ways to show it!

A dog with pet health insurance goes for a car ride.

By: Dr. Fiona Caldwell
Idaho Veterinary Hospital
For Pets Best Insurance

National Pet Appreciation Week is July 10th through the 16th! This week is meant to remind us to pause and be thankful for the unconditional love our pets provide for us daily, and to shed light on the epidemic of homeless pets that don’t have a person to love. Animals are unique in their ability to bring so much joy and ask for so little in return. Why not take some time to give back to the furry loved one in your life? Here are some ways that you can show how much you care, even if you don’t have a pet.

1. Consider pet health insurance
This is the ultimate way to show your pet you care. Pet insurance will allow you to give your beloved the treatment they need in a time of emergency. Veterinary medicine can be expensive and having dog or cat insurance may help alleviate the financial strain.

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Is your pet limping? It could be deadly

A dog without dog insurance awaits treatment for bone cancer.

By: Dr. Fiona Caldwell
Idaho Veterinary Hospital
For Pets Best Insurance

‘Mack’ is a 4 year old Newfoundland with a sweet, goofy disposition and a whole LOT of hair. He tops the scales at over 160 pounds, but wouldn’t harm a fly. He came to my vet hospital recently for evaluation of a progressive lameness over several weeks. By the time he came into the clinic he wasn’t bearing any weight on his left hind leg. When I examined him, I could see is lower shin bone was swollen, hot and very painful. Concerned, I convinced the owners to let me do some diagnostic testing of the affected area. This confirmed my fears. Mack had bone cancer.

It is estimated that up to 50% of dogs and 30 to 35% of cats will be affected with some type of cancer in their lifetimes. This is one of the reasons pet insurance agency, Pets Best Insurance has just launched a new “Cancer Only” pet insurance policy— which may significantly help make cancer treatment more affordable for pet owners. Purebred dogs can be at an increased risk, and there are certain breeds that tend to be over-represented, such as Golden Retrievers and Boxers. It is postulated that the documented increase in cancer cases in our companion pets is likely related to the fact that pets are living longer. Many people are keeping their pets in their homes and feeding high quality diets, which is translating to longer life spans.

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