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Correcting your puppy’s bad behavior

Posted on: January 18th, 2011 by

A puppy with pet insurance cuddles in a red blanket.

After adopting a new born puppy you’ll likely begin the search for the best pet insurance you can find. After awhile, you are bound to have behavioral problems– which is when pet behavior training can be a useful tool in correcting these issues. Puppy behavior problems can turn into serious issues if they are not addressed immediately.

Common puppy behavior problems can be fixed with simple adjustments to your routine. Puppy barking can be one of the most disruptive problems. Puppies bark for various reasons, the main reason being attention.

If your puppy is barking for attention, it is important that you don’t reward this behavior. You want the behavior to stop so you need to give the puppy a correction. The correction can either be a verbal one or a physical one, but never hit the puppy. An example of a physical correction might be touching the dog to get him to hush. Once the puppy has stopped barking and is relaxed, you can give them affection. You are then praising him for not barking.

Another example of a puppy behavior problem is chewing. Puppies often chew of out boredom, so make sure that your puppy is adequately exercised daily to help curb this behavior. Daily exercise helps your puppy to be both mentally and physically stimulated. An excellent way to exercise your puppy is to take them on a walk.

Does my dog need supplements?

Posted on: January 18th, 2011 by

Hi, I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell and I’m a practicing veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital.

Pets Best Insurance has been soliciting questions on Facebook from fans and I’d like to answer one today. We’ve got a question, “Are pet supplements okay to give my dog? I’ve been thinking about putting my dog on supplements but I’m unsure which are best or if they’re even necessary.”

In my opinion, if you’re using a high-quality dog food, it should be complete with all the vitamins and nutrients essential for a healthy dog. Supplementing some healthy animals with vitamins can actually cause a problem. For example, in large breed growing puppies, excessive calcium can cause some orthopedic issues. In addition, some of the homeopathic or herbal remedies often haven’t been very well researched in dogs. Therefore, in my opinion, it’s probably best to stay away from them.

Pet behavior: When socialization goes wrong

Posted on: January 14th, 2011 by

A cat with pet insurance learns how to behave.

Posted by: H.R.
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With so much going on when new born kittens come home–introducing the kitten to the resident pets, figuring out the best time for spaying and neutering, and researching pet health insurance–it’s easy to let some things slide. Which is why my kitten turns into a scaredy cat around strangers.

When I brought my cute little Ragdoll cat home, I was ready to do everything by the book to ensure proper cat behavior. I methodically switched her from the food she was used to, to the food I wanted her to eat for optimum kitten health. I made sure she was exposed early to monsters like the vacuum cleaner and my boyfriend’s loud trombone. I even took her to the vet and drove her in the car a few times a week, to get her used to different experiences. But I forgot one thing: I never had friends or family come visit her.

What I ended up with is a cat who is cool as a cucumber while being poked and prodded at the vet’s office, but who thinks any friendly visitor to our home is terrifying.

Advice on socialization can vary. One book says kittens are most open to socialization from 4 to 14 weeks, while another expert points to the entire first six months. The most narrow recommendation I’ve seen for proper socialization is 7-9 weeks.

So as we continue to work on her issues, we do see glimmers of hope. Now 1 1/2, she will sometimes lay in a room with us and our visitors, so long as no one looks at her or tries to coax her near. Thankfully, one thing I can be rest assured about is that while my older cat turns into a terror at the vet, my Ragdoll stays true to her breed on the exam table, relaxed and calm. This combined with kitten insurance should equal a long, healthy life for my little scaredy cat.

Introducing a kitten to a senior cat

Posted on: January 13th, 2011 by

Two cats with cat inurance cuddle under a blanket.
Posted by: H.R.
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Charlie, my 15-year-old tom cat, thinks he’s king of the house. One day, I brought my neighbor’s dog onto his turf, not thinking much of it because Charlie had lived with plenty of dogs before. Apparently, Charlie knew he had his own pet health insurance policy because he took one look at the dog, marched right up to him, and bopped him on the nose with his paw. The dog, twice the size of Charlie, just cowered.

When I wanted to introduce a second cat into the house, I knew things wouldn’t be easy. I decided to get a kitten, because I figured Charlie would go easier on a baby, as the baby would go easier on Charlie. Although I had wanted an older cat, at least I could get affordable cat insurance and be set with lifelong pet insurance for our new family member. But that brought up another worry: would a kitten and a senior cat be able to live together harmoniously?

Charlie had lived with cats before, so I knew it was possible. According to the Humane Society of the United States, “an 8-year-old cat who has never been around other animals might never learn to share her territory (and her people) with other pets in the household.”

I decided I would adopt a female kitten. According to many sources, including Northern California’s AV Animal Rescue, “If you are in doubt, always choose a cat of the opposite sex from your existing cat. Male and female cats are more likely to view each other as companions rather than competition.”

After a nervous few weeks of careful, slow introductions, my planning paid off. Charlie accepted the new kitten into our family, albeit slowly and on his own terms. Yes, a senior cat and a kitten can coexist peacefully. They aren’t best friends, but they play together and on their own, and when Charlie needs a break from the hyper fluff ball, he takes to higher ground. Usually then, the kitten concedes that yes, Charlie is king of the house.

Cat health insurance: What you need to know

Posted on: January 13th, 2011 by

Two kittens with cat insurance play.

If you have a new born kitten, one of the first things you’ll want to look into will be finding the best cat insurance plan for your kitty.

Cat health insurance not only will give you peace of mind, it will help you avoid costly medical bills. Pet health insurance can help you afford to keep your cat healthy.

Choosing a cat insurance company can seem overwhelming. You can find a number of companies by typing “online pet insurance” into your favorite search engine.

Once you have a list, you’ll want to compare cat insurance companies closely. You want to compare how much they will reimburse you after your deductible is met. It will either be a percentage of the bill or an allotted dollar amount based on the terms of the contract.

The next thing that you will want to look at and compare is the deductible and monthly premium for your pet insurance policy. The deductible is the amount you must pay before the insurance will cover any treatments or services. If you choose to go with a lower deductible, then you will most likely have to pay a higher monthly premium. Higher deductible plans are a good choice if you are looking for coverage in case of a serious illness or injury. This type of coverage can save you from the enormous costs of care for major accidents or illnesses.