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Save money on routine pet health care with pet insurance

Posted on: March 31st, 2011 by

A dog with pet insurance cuddles in a blanket.
Posted by: HR
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Does the cost of veterinary care prevent you from getting your pet the healthcare it deserves? Lessen the expense with pet insurance.

Pet insurance provides coverage for those accidents and illnesses that can leave us in financial trouble. If you want pet insurance to help with the cost of annual check ups and vaccines, be sure that you choose a plan that offers this coverage.

Annual checkups and vaccines should be a part of your pet’s routine care. These yearly expenses can add up. Once heartworm and flea preventatives are included on your bill, you can easily be paying hundreds of dollars.

If you have an aging pet, your veterinarian might want yearly blood work and urinalysis to be a part of their annual checkup. This is where having a pet insurance plan that helps cover these procedures is beneficial. You won’t have to make a decision on whether your pet can get a procedure or not because you can’t afford it.

Pet insurance plans can also help if your veterinarian finds a health concern during your pet’s annual exam. Perhaps your pet needs to have their teeth cleaned or they have an ear infection—pet insurance can help cover the costs.

Pet health insurance plans help you to afford the care that your pet needs without having to worry about veterinary costs. For more information visit www.petsbest.com.

Pet insurance tip: Vaccines for puppies and kittens

Posted on: March 30th, 2011 by

A new born kitten with pet insurance drinks milk from a bottle.

Booster vaccines play an important role in keeping your new puppy or kitten in the best pet health possible.

The vaccines that your pet receives when they are young help ensure they are protected from potentially deadly illnesses. Having your new pet covered by pet insurance plans can help you keep your new pet healthy by allowing you to get them the vaccinations that they need.

Puppies and kittens, like many other mammals, receive antibodies through their mother’s milk via colostrum. This is the milk that is produced during the first 36-48 hours after birth. The antibodies help to protect the new born puppies and kittens from illnesses and disease. After the second day, the puppies and kittens can no longer absorb the antibodies. This is why it is so important for newborn kittens and puppies to nurse the first two days of life.

The mother has a concentration of antibodies that is directly related to the antibodies that she will pass on to her young. The higher the level of antibodies, the longer their effect will last in the new born kittens and puppies.

It is important to get all of the booster vaccines for your puppy or kitten to ensure that they are protected against these illnesses.

Obesity in dogs: Nothing to wag about

Posted on: March 29th, 2011 by

A dog with pet health insurance is ready to go for a walk.

Dog lovers can agree—one of the best things about sharing our home with a pooch is spoiling them rotten from time to time.

We love our dogs, and we love making them happy with comfy resting spots, the best pet insurance, lots of love, and of course, treats that make their eyes light up. But we can also go overboard in the treats department, which can create an overweight dog– and be detrimental to pet health overall.

According to the school of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, “Obesity is the most common nutritional problem in companion animals.” Risks associated with overweight dogs include:

• Heart disease
• Diabetes
• Orthopedic disease (arthritis)
• Liver disease
• Increased risks in surgery

So while it may be fun to spoil dogs when they’re young and healthy, that feeling can turn to regret as they age and we realize we didn’t provide them with the best pet health care. No amount of dog insurance or even older dog insurance can reverse years of bad habits, or take away the pain a senior dog may develop because of it.

Take stock in what is being done for your dog’s health and eating habits:

1. Reconsider the brand and type of food; is it still a good fit for your dog’s age and activity level?

2. Re-read and re-calculate the feed guide on their food packaging to make sure you aren’t over-feeding.

3. Add some exercise to your dog’s routine. If you only walk him on weekends, start walking him at least every other day. If you already walk your dog daily, add five minutes to each walk.

4. Cut out treats altogether, or switch to healthier treats. Carrots make a healthy, crunchy way to say “good boy.”

5. Finally, set a household rule that no one is to feed the dog table scraps.

Periodontal disease: The silent killer

Posted on: March 28th, 2011 by

A pet with dog insurance shows off his pearly white teeth.

Periodontal disease is a pet health condition that has become known as the silent killer. This disease not only affects the teeth and gums, it has the potential to cause an array of other serious conditions.

But unlike most diseases, periodontal disease can be prevented with proper pet dental care. Partner with your veterinarian to help your pet avoid the consequences of this disease. Having dog and cat insurance can help you afford to give your pet the best dental care available.

The inflammation and infection that is caused by periodontal disease has been linked to a number of serious pet health conditions including: heart attacks, kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, strokes and osteoporosis.

Periodontal disease causes the destruction of the periodontal ligament and jaw bone, which anchors the teeth into the mouth. Periodontal disease begins with plaque, which is caused from bacteria and food particles. The particles become attached to the surface of the teeth and form plaque on the teeth as well as below the gum line. The plaque under the gum line causes gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, the saliva in the mouth causes the plaque to become calculus. In most cases this condition can be reversed with a professional dental cleaning.

If the condition is not treated, the gums will become inflamed to the point where the tooth will be lost. In most cases, periodontal disease is detected before it reaches this irreversible state. It is important that your pet receives proper dental care to keep periodontal disease at bay.

Helping pets through touch and massage

Posted on: March 25th, 2011 by

Posted by: HR
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A pet with dog insurance waits for a massage.

Despite our best efforts, sometimes dog health care can elude us. Despite a safe home and lots of love, some dogs remain anxious or stressed.

Despite pet dog insurance and vast amounts of dog health care information at our fingertips, some issues keep recurring. This is when it’s time to explore other avenues, and for many, one of those avenues is Healing Touch for Animals.

The official website for this technique calls it a bridge between holistic health care and traditional veterinary medicine. Licensed practitioners apply healing energy with non-invasive, light touch. The result is reported to be a more relaxed animal that is better able to heal. According to the website, circulation is increased, endorphins are released, and nutrients are more easily absorbed.

A similar alternate that pet lovers sometimes explore is animal massage. According to AllAboutAnimalMassage, where pet owners can learn animal massage techniques, pet massage can help a dog heal emotionally as well as physically. Dog and cat massage therapists report similar benefits as Healing Touch, with additional benefits if pet owners learn and perform the massage themselves. Pet massage is not only a bonding experience where the pet lavishes in extra attention, but in the act of massage, pet health problems and abnormalities can be detected sooner, before they become more serious or result in an emergency vet trip. Performing massage on your pet acts as an additional level of pet insurance!

The next time you reach out to scratch your dog’s ear, give him a nice shoulder rub and see how he reacts. You might notice a change in breathing as your dog relaxes and remembers why he loves being your dog.