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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Your top 5 pet health Facebook questions

A puppy with pet insurance cocks his head.

The Pets Best Insurance Facebook page is always open to your pet health comments and questions! Here are some recent questions from our Facebook friends regarding their pets:

Delores asks: What age can you have a puppy’s dew claws removed*?

A: While some pet owners will opt to have their puppy’s dewclaws removed, many others will not. This procedure, which is considered “cosmetic” by Pets Best Insurance, and is therefore not covered, is something that should be discussed with your veterinarian. Puppies can have their dewclaws removed between 3 and 5 days of age. When younger than this, the pups tend to be a bit fragile, and when older than this, the blood supply to that declaw is increased, and stopping blood flow can be more difficult.

If you missed the tiny 2 day window for appropriate dewclaw removal, some veterinarians will remove the dewclaws when the pet is older and is spayed or neutered. This is a full anesthetic procedure and the pet will likely have stitches and bandages. But dewclaws aren’t always a bad thing. In fact, some breeds, like Great Pyrenees, are bred for their multiple dewclaws! The most important thing is to keep them trimmed because they often don’t wear down normally and can curl.

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Your top 20 pet insurance questions answered

A puppy with pet insurance perks up his big ears.

By: HM
For Pets Best Insurance

1. Are Pets Best Insurance policies available in my state?
Yes, Pets Best Insurance pet insurance plans are available in all 50 states.

2. What is your company’s reputation? What do third party review sites have to say about it? What about the Better Business Bureau?
Pets Best Insurance has been selling quality pet health insurance to pet owners since 2005. We have consistently high reviews on third party review sites, like and we’ve earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau every year we’ve been in business.

3. Are the pet insurance policies easy to understand?
Because of the way we calculate claim reimbursements, our dog and cat insurance policies are very easy to understand. After a deductible is met, we pay a high percentage of the actual veterinarian bill up to your plan’s limit for all eligible expenses. Customers can choose a 70%, 80%, 90%, 100% reimbursement level, depending on their state. It’s that simple!Read More…

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