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Celebrate your pet in April

Posted on: April 11th, 2011 by

A cat with the best pet insurance plan is cuddled by his owner.

While April showers bring May flowers, in April, Purina brings National Pet Month to America. Aside from ensuring your pet is in the best possible health it can be, and having pet insurance for your furry friend, Purina’s site petmonth.com lists numerous ideas to celebrate “pure love for pets.” Some of their tips include:

• Giving cats “me-ow” time with new spots just for them, like cat trees with elevated perches.
• Reward dog and cat good behavior with treats and love.
• Pamper pets with a massage or surprise him or her with a new toy.
• Get dogs more active and engaged with a dog run or mini obstacle course in the back yard.

Keeping pets active, feeding them right, giving them lots of love, and covering them with the best pet insurance for cats or dogs can contribute to long, healthy lives and years of enjoyment.

Pet owners can easily compare pet insurance plans and companies online while researching what conditions and ages are covered.

In 1981, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) founded National Pet Week to be observed for one week. But now, an entire month is reserved to celebrate the love of pets and to spread awareness of pet health and pet adoption.

The National Pet Week website at petweek.org offers a great amount of pet health information from the AVMA, pet first aid tips, fun interactive games, lesson plans and activities for educators, and information on careers in veterinary medicine. The AVMA also offers another important resource for pet health: an updated list of pet food recalls.

Hairball help

Posted on: April 11th, 2011 by

A cat with cat insurance gets groomed to diminish hairballs.

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You’re probably wondering if National Hairball Awareness Day is a joke. As funny as it may seem, hairballs are really quite misunderstood and often a preventable irritation for cats. This misunderstanding can go both ways, as well. While cat owners generally ensure proper pet health with good nutrition and cat insurance, it’s important to make sure kitty is as healthy as possible– especially when it comes to the dreaded hairball.

To one end, vomiting can be mistaken for—and even shrugged off as—”just hairballs,” when in fact the cat may need medical attention. Conversely, hairballs can be mistaken for vomiting and the opportunity to improve a cat’s grooming routine may be missed.

Hairballs can usually be identified by their long, smooth appearance. They are caused when a cat grooms with their scratchy tongue, made up of hundreds of tiny barbs specifically designed to remove excess hair. Spring often brings an increase in hairballs when cats begin to shed their extra winter coat.

According to a pet column by Jennifer Stone, published on the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne website, “One of the most effective ways of reducing hairballs is to brush the cat on a regular basis. This will reduce the amount of hair that is swallowed.”

One effective tool for removing excess hair before the cat does is the Furminator, which gently removes more hair than a brush or comb.

Another method for hairballs is lubrication using a petroleum jelly-based gel called Laxatone. The gel is often flavored, and many cats readily lick it off a finger or spoon. The lubricant assists the hair through the cat’s digestive system.

According to Stone’s column, hairballs are usually harmless unless the cat is dehydrated. Dehydration can cause any blockage to become dry and stuck. Because blockage is dangerous for cats, pet insurance can assist in treatment in case of an emergency.

With proper pet health care, frequent vomiting and hairballs should not be an all-too-common occurrence.

Animal DNA used to investigate abuse cases

Posted on: April 8th, 2011 by

A dog with pet insurance is at the vet.

Animal DNA has been used for years in crime scene investigation. For example, hairs located on a victim’s clothing might be a DNA match to a dog belonging to a suspect, aiding in an arrest and possible conviction.

Now, just in time for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, animal DNA is being used for the animals themselves—to help find and convict animal abusers.

Animal abusers were convicted in two separate cases last month, according to the City Room blog on the New York Times website. In one case, the DNA of a cat named Scruffy was harvested in 2008, when he was burned by teenagers in a Brooklyn apartment.

He was only treated when a superintendent for the building, who often fed Scruffy, found him injured. Although Scruffy didn’t survive, his DNA did. And thanks to that DNA sample, investigators were able to positively identify which apartment Scruffy was harmed in, and residents of the apartment building eventually confessed.

For animal lovers who care for their pets with quality food, care, and respect their fragile health with insurance for dogs and cats, the use of DNA to help convict animal abusers means two things. First and most important, that fewer animals may be harmed while, second, more abusers may be found and held accountable for their actions.

According to the City Room blog, there is even now a dog DNA database, which was started for dogs used in dog fighting. The animal loving community can thank science for a future that now looks brighter for pets.

Dog Tries to Eat a Spider

Posted on: April 8th, 2011 by

Pets Best Insurance dog tries to eat a spider.
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Mickey the Chihuahua Plays with her Favorite Toy

Posted on: April 8th, 2011 by

Cutie pie Chihuahua Mickey nibbles on a toy.
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