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7 Tailgate Foods to Not Give Your Dog

Posted on: October 3rd, 2014 by

Dog with football

By: Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Tailgating is one of America’s favorite fall pastimes. While you cheer on your team this football season, make sure to keep your dog safe from tailgate food that can make him or her sick. You or other tailgaters may be tempted to share food with your dog, but these seven popular tailgating foods and beverages should be kept away from your pup.

 1.) Pork Sausages

There are several different concerns with feeding people food to pets. Ham and other pork products can cause pancreatitis, a painful and sometimes fatal disease of the pancreas.

 2.) Pulled Pork

As mentioned above under pork sausages, ham and other pork products can cause pancreatitis in your dog, a painful and sometimes fatal disease of the pancreas.

 3.) Hamburgers

High fat meats such as ground beef can cause your dog to have diarrhea and to vomit.

 4.) Chicken Wing Bones

Chicken bones pose a threat if ingested by dogs. These bones can puncture through the stomach causing severe pain, inflammation and infection of the abdomen.

 5.) Alcohol

Beer and other types of alcohol are staples of football season. Be sure to keep all alcoholic beverages away from dogs. Dogs have a much smaller body weight and mass than humans, so a little bit of alcohol can have a very big effect. Alcohol can cause weakness, vomiting, dangerously low blood pressure, coma and death in pets.

6.)  Salsa

Salsa typically contains onions which are highly toxic to dogs. Onions can cause a severe and potentially fatal anemia (destruction of the red blood cells). If your dog accidentally ingests salsa or dip containing onions, he or she should be taken to your veterinarian immediately for treatment.

 7.) Guacamole

Avocados contain persin, a toxic compound that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, many people include onions in their guacamole which–as mentioned under Salsa–are highly toxic to dogs. Onions can cause a severe and potentially fatal anemia (destruction of the red blood cells). If your dog ingests onions, he or she should be taken to your veterinarian immediately for treatment.

Have a safe, fun tailgating experience this fall and go team!

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4 Reasons Hunting Dogs Need Pet Insurance

Posted on: October 1st, 2014 by

Hungarian hunting dog in a field.

Pet insurance is a pivotal part of keeping your pets healthy.  Many people overlook the importance of coverage for working dogs such as trained hunting dogs, even though they are at increased risk for injuries and illnesses.

Hunters spend a lot of time, money, and resources to ensure their dog gets the proper training needed to assist them while hunting, as well as to provide a source of companionship. Hunting dogs are disciplined but they’re also very active. While out hunting, these dogs are exposed to the dangers of the wilderness and weather elements, which puts them at a higher risk for accidents and injuries.

Almost any dog can be trained to assist hunters, but the more common breeds you’ll see as hunting dogs include those in the Retriever, Pointer, Setter, Spaniel and Hound families.

4 common injuries & illnesses among hunting dogs:

1. Orthopedic injuries. The most common and costly to treat injuries include cruciate (ACL) tears, sprains, fractures and muscle strains. Treatment for a torn cruciate is surgery.  Some fractures can require surgical plating or pinning, and minor fractures can be casted or splinted.  Sprains and strains generally respond to rest, anti-inflammatory medication and time.

Real Pets Best claim: Hershey, a Labrador retriever, suffered a cruciate ligament injury while hunting last fall and was presented with a hefty vet bill of $2,497.96 of which Pets Best paid $1,888.82.

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Breed Guide: Balinese

Posted on: September 29th, 2014 by

BalineseDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Balinese

Weight: 6-11 lb

Points of conformation: Angular body with large ears and head is elongated and tapered to a fine muzzle and long straight nose. Delicate paws and thin tapered tail.

Coat: Semi-long single layered, fine, and silky.

Color: Dark face mask, blue, chocolate, lilac and seal point colors are recognized.

Grooming needs: Low to moderate with a low matting tendency.

Origin: California and New York in the 1950s

Behavior Traits: Highly intelligent, bordering on aloof.

Is a Balinese cat right for You?

This breed was originally called a long-haired Siamese before they were recognized as their own breed, therefore they share a lot of the same breed characteristics as the Siamese.  They tend to be less vocal and more soft-voiced than Siamese, and they also are slightly less active and are content to be a lap cat.  They are highly social and aren’t well-suited to an outdoor lifestyle.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Balinese

According to the number of cat insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Skin Allergies $371 $371
Ear Infection $91 $91
Renal Failure $321 $471
Urinary Tract Infection $627 $1,272
Oral Resorptive Lesions $1,232 $1,232


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Pet Insurance 101: Why Pets Best?

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by

Happy dog in bandana.

In recognition of September being Pet Health Insurance Month, we’re featuring a Pet Insurance 101 series to help you better understand what we do at Pets Best, why we do it, and why you need it.

Looking for a pet insurance provider can be confusing. At Pets Best, we strive to stand out from the crowd and want to ensure you find the right coverage for you and your pet. Here are seven common reasons why customers love pet insurance offered by Pets Best.

Take your pets to any veterinarian you want

We want you to be comfortable with who’s taking care of your pet, so our insurance policies allow you to use any licensed veterinarian in the world. We believe treatment decisions should be between you and your veterinarian, and that’s why we don’t tell your veterinarians how much they can charge. We simply help you pay for the best veterinary care available.

Premium options are flexible and affordable

We understand different people value their budgets in different ways. By allowing you to customize your deductible and reimbursement percentage, premiums can be affordable for any type of budget. Deductibles range from $0-$1000 and reimbursement percentages begin at 70% and go all the way up to 100%. Payment options are annual, quarterly, or monthly and premiums never increase when claims are filed.

Pay deductible annually, not per incident

Many pet insurance companies require a per-incident deductible be met before they start paying claims. We reimburse approved claims as soon as the one-time, annual deductible is met.

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Customer Stories: Why Veronique Loves Pets Best

Posted on: September 24th, 2014 by

Pets Best has been protecting Veronique's dog, Baron since 2011.In honor of September being Pet Health Insurance Month, we’re featuring stories of real life Pets Best customers. Today we meet Veronique, and her German Shepard, Baron.

A few years ago, something prompted me to research pet insurance. There wasn’t anything wrong with my pet, but I thought it could be a good thing to have just in case.  I went online and was actually surprised to have found multiple providers of pet insurance, I had no idea it was so popular.  In my search, I found Pets Best and gave them a call. Once I received a quote, I was shocked at how reasonable and affordable their coverage was. The price and the friendly customer service is why I instantly enrolled my pet, and thank God I did.

It was about 6-8 months after I received health insurance for my dog Baron, when he started limping. At first, I thought it was something minor that would go away after a few days, but in fact, it got worse. When I took him to the veterinarian, they said he had torn his ACL and would require surgery.  At the time, I hadn’t had insurance long enough to cover the operation, but when Baron unfortunately tore his other ACL a year later, Pets Best came to my rescue.  He recovered exceptionally well from both operations.

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