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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

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

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Cutie pie Chihuahua Mickey nibbles on a toy.
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First aid for dog and cat health

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A dog with pet insurance is at the vet.

Posted by: HR
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April is National Pet First Aid Awareness month, bringing to light tips for dog and cat owners to absorb now so that they will know what to do in case of future emergencies.

While responsible pet owners might have the basics covered, like vaccinations and emergency pet insurance, a pet first aid course offered through The Red Cross, instructs on more in-depth topics.

The American Red Cross offers pet first aid classes nationwide, including dog first aid, cat first aid, or cat and dog first aid courses.

Participants can learn how to manage breathing and cardiac emergencies in dogs and cats, as well as what to do if pets are injured, shocked, or wounded. Eye, foot, and ear injuries are also covered in the courses, which last about 2-3 hours.

Those interested in taking a Red Cross pet first aid course can search for classes by zip code at the Red Cross website. The site also offers cat and dog first aid quick reference guides to purchase and download.
In addition to the valuable knowledge to be gained from these courses, insurance for dogs and cats can also help save pets’ lives by making pet health care more financially manageable at all times.

Pets Best Insurance suggests checking out rescues

Posted on: April 6th, 2011 by

A dog with pet insurance waits to be adopted.

Posted by: HR
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Rescues are a great place to adopt a new pet. They differ from shelters because they are often run by a group of volunteers dedicated to the cause. After adopting a pet from a rescue, it’s a good idea to begin researching pet insurance.

Companies like Pets Best Insurance offer cat and dog insurance which can help with the cost of vet bills.

In most cases, a rescue will not have an actual facility where the pets are kept. The pets are usually fostered in the homes of the volunteers until they can be adopted. Rescues also have a wealth of information when it comes to pet adoption tips.

Rescues will often be geared to a specific type of dog. Some cater to only small or large pets, while others are dedicated to a specific breed.

If you are looking for a specific breed, search for a local rescue. They will be able to offer dogs from a wide variety of backgrounds. Breed specific rescues usually have adult dogs that have been rescued from local shelters or dogs that have been given up by their families.

The dogs that come from rescues will usually be up-to-date on their vaccines. They also usually require spaying and neutering before the adoption to help put an end to the number of unwanted pets.

Due to the fact that the dogs live in foster homes with foster families, they are well adjusted home life. They will likely be house trained and know basic commands. By living in home environments, the personality of the dogs is known. This immensely helps matching the dogs with the right family.