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National Animal Control Appreciation Week: April 11-17

Posted on: April 12th, 2011 by

A dog with dog insurance is tended to by an animal control officer.

The entire month of April is a cause for celebration. While it’s not all necessarily pet insurance related, the month of April is a time to focus on our pets and the people who devotedly work for their safety, protection, and animal health care. Throughout April, there are a number of week-long awareness and appreciation days.

National Animal Control Appreciation Week
Many of us have an outdated image of “Mean Mr. Dogcatcher” rounding up all the stray dogs in the neighborhood when we hear “animal control.” But in reality, animal control officers work hard on behalf of animals and always have their safety in mind.

The profession, which is state certified, also requires continuing education. In many areas, animal control departments also operate the local animal shelters. The men and women who do this job are invested in assisting and getting good results for both animals and the people who care about them.

According to the National Animal Control Association (NACA), an animal control officer’s job entails:

• Investigating animal neglect or cruelty
• Capturing roaming (and sometimes dangerous) dogs
• Rescue injured and sick animals
• Educate pet owners about the laws and proper pet care
• Mediate disputes between neighbors over pets
• Reunite lost pets with owners

Animal control officers are often at personal risk when doing their jobs, as they can be exposed to many animal-borne diseases like rabies and attacks by vicious animals. Many police departments, who usually oversee animal control, and local governments are planning events recognizing this profession.

So take some time this week to acknowledge the valuable contribution these people make to pet safety, and say “thank you” for their service to animals and the community.

Sweet Kitty with a Funny Meow

Posted on: April 11th, 2011 by

Sweet old black kitty has a very funny meow!

April 11 is National Pet Day

Posted on: April 11th, 2011 by

A dog with dog insurance goes for a walk.
Posted by: HR
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National Pet Day, April 11th, was founded as an act of love by Colleen Paige. Paige is founder of the Animal Miracle Foundation & Network as well as many other national holidays devoted to pets, including National Kids & Pets Day, National Dog Day, and National Cat Day.

National Pet Day is set aside to remember the pets that die in shelters every day (16,000 according to due to over-crowding and failure to spay and neuter. Another reason pets end up in shelters is because their owners find themselves unable to pay for pet health care. Many owners don’t know that if they had pet insurance for their beloved pet, relinquishing them to a shelter wouldn’t be necessary.

Prior to founding the Animal Miracle Foundation & Network and the lifesaving pet holidays, Paige worked in animal shelters and also as a paramedic. While working as a paramedic, she found herself distraught with the number of injured animals she would come across that she was unable to help.

If more pet owners would plan ahead and invest in lifelong pet insurance, emergency vet trips for everything from the common cold to an accidental bone break or even cancer would be less devastating. When purchased at a young age, kitten and puppy insurance is more affordable and covers more ailments, before the pet has the opportunity to develop them.

It isn’t easy to create a national holiday. It’s a long process that involves contacting representatives of congress and agenda proposals. It isn’t always easy to own a pet, either. But with some care and planning, the joy and benefits of pet ownership outshines all.

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 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 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.

Posted by: HR
For Pets Best Insurance

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.