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First aid for dog and cat health

Posted on: April 8th, 2011 by

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.

Five Ways to Battle Muddy Footprints

Posted on: April 5th, 2011 by

A dog with dog insurance runs through mud.When I bought my house a few years ago, before I worked for a pet insurance company, I spent a good deal of time choosing the perfect shade of laminate flooring for my kitchen and dining room.

It had to be dark to complement the cupboards, but not too red. And it couldn’t be too light, because then it would compete with the countertops. I settled on a lovely shade with a fancy name… and then I adopted a dog.

Ever since then, especially in the spring, my floors have been more of a Mud Bog Brown or a Dusty Gray. I’ve been at a loss when it comes to keeping them shiny and clean. Obviously, I want a happy dog, and leaving her inside all day isn’t the best option for good dog health.

Thankfully, our Facebook friends have some great tips. Here are five ways you can keep muddy dog footprints at bay:

1. Use lots of rugs
Rafaela of Colorado recommends laying down rugs anywhere muddy paws might land. We like this idea, especially if those rugs are machine-washable.

2. Hang on to the winter booties
In Missouri, Dallas lets her dogs continue to wear their winter booties into spring. As long as you can get those booties off between the muddy outdoors and your floors, there’s no floor or dog clean-up needed at all.

3. Baby your dogs
Lorali of Maryland recommends using unscented baby wipes to clean off muddy paws after every outing. Keep a tub of them by the door and your pups will not only have clean feet, but conditioned pads that are protected against cracking. Cracked paw pads can be a real dog health concern – left untreated, they may become infected and require veterinary care.

4. Double up
In Texas, Frankie has a welcome mat outside, an extra piece of carpet inside, and a carpet shampooer nearby just in case.

5. Look the other way
Jill from Idaho recommends ignoring the dirt till summer unless guests are expected, and jokes, “Then we’ll decide if they’re worthy of the time it takes us to clean up.” She does make a good point, though. How many hours a day can we be expected to mop our floors? Kristen seconds that, saying, “Mostly I just close my eyes.”

Whether you choose to clean daily or look the other way, you can feel good knowing your dog will be happier and healthier when allowed to run and play, even in the mud. Before you know it, we’ll all be chilling in front of air conditioners and wishing for cooler weather!

Pet health: IBD in cats

Posted on: April 4th, 2011 by

A cat with pet health insurance eats from a dish.
Posted by: HR
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For years, I didn’t pay much attention to the fact that my cats occasionally couldn’t keep down their food. I accepted it as something cats just did.

After all, they received fine cat health care, and when the vet asked if there was any vomiting and my usual answer was “sometimes,” they never seemed concerned. Friends would tell me it was “just hair balls.”

However, I have since realized that healthy cats really shouldn’t get sick to their stomach so often. According to Dr. Jason Doukas, a veterinarian with the University of Illinois Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine, vomiting is our cat’s way of telling us that something isn’t right. Because I had pet insurance for my cat, I was able to get him the care he needed without worrying about the vet bill.

“Dogs and cats exhibit different signs of illness,” Dr. Doukas was quoted as saying in a January, 2011 press release on pet health. “Cats will be more likely to not eat and to vomit, whereas dogs may still eat and have a decreased activity level from the same disease.”

When one of my cats started throwing up weekly, I really started researching what the problem could be. Thanks to cat health insurance, some tests, and some diet changing, I learned that he had Irritable Bowel Disease, or IBD.

According to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, IBD is essentially inflammation of the cells of the digestive tract lining, and the cause is unknown. For months I just thought he had a “sensitive stomach,” but switching his food to sensitive formulas didn’t help.

Cornell reports that corticosteroids are commonly used to help treat cats with IBD.
According to their website, corticosteroids have “potent anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties with relatively few side effects in cats.” Antibiotics are also commonly used, although what ultimately helped my cat was switching him to a grain-free diet.

Ask yourself if your cat is sick more often than may be healthy. If so, consider a visit to the vet for some tests and look into cat insurance to help support your cat’s future health.

Adopt your next pet from a shelter

Posted on: April 1st, 2011 by

Kittens wait to be adopted.

Shelters offer a large array of dogs and cats for adoption. There are numerous benefits to adopt your next pet from a shelter.

In most cases the animals will be up-to-date on their vaccines and altered. Some shelters may even provide dog and cat insurance coverage upon adotion.

Adopting a shelter pet is one of the best ways to acquire a new pet for your family. Animals often end up at the shelter when their families can no longer care for them, or they are rescued from poor living conditions. A shelter should be one of the first places you look for a new pet.

Shelters have animals ranging in age from new born puppies and new born kittens to older animals. If you are looking for a pet that is past the puppy and kitten stage, an adult pet makes a great choice. Adult pets are usually house trained and may even be obedience trained.

Once you have adopted your new pet, be sure to take them to your veterinarian. If you have adopted a new pet, it is good idea to enroll them in an obedience class and start looking into pet insurance if you don’t yet have it. Be sure to ask your veterinarian or trainer for pet behavior tips to practice at home.

The most important thing to remember is that a pet is a lifelong commitment. Don’t adopt a pet unless you are committed to keeping the pet permanently.