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Have You Met Sir Stuffington?

Posted on: September 26th, 2013 by

A rescued kitten who lost an eye and has a disfigured jaw wears a pirate eye patch and head scarf.

Have you met the latest cat internet sensation, Sir Stuffington?

According to the Multnomah County Animal Shelter (MultCoPets.org) Sir Stuffington, the pirate costume wearing adorable one-eyed kitten with an injured jaw, arrived at the Shelter along with two siblings on September 13th after being rescued off the street.

The shelter’s website reports, “in addition to being filthy, covered with fleas, and suffering from an upper respiratory infection (URI), it was clear he had survived some sort of traumatic injury that caused a disfigured jaw and the loss of one eye. He also has a heart murmur and flea anemia. All three kittens have calicivirus, which is contagious to other cats.” They continue, “Donations will allow us to offer Sir Stuffington the extra medical care he needs to grow into a happy, healthy cat. Sir Stuffington is not yet available for adoption. It will likely be two months or so, but we will let everyone know when he and his siblings become available.”

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Cushing’s Disease in Dogs-Can You Treat Holistically?

Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 by

By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and blogger for pet health insurance provider Pets Best Insurance 

My name is Marc Caldwell. I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance to answer some Facebook questions for you guys. Our next question is: Are there holistic treatments for my dog’s Cushing’s Disease? The dog is 13 years old and has been on medication, but it’s starting to take a toll on him. So I’d like to seek holistic treatments.

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Potty Training Cats – Part I

Posted on: September 20th, 2013 by

Lola a mixed breed dog with Pets Best Insurance with her human mom Kathy.By Pets Best Insurance Marketing Associate Chryssa Rich

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but what about cats? Mine are ages 10 and 11, and I recently decided it was time to toilet train them. My complaints probably echo cat owners everywhere:

  • The litter box and its furniture take up a lot of space in my small house
  • I’m constantly shooing my toddler and dog away from it
  • I’m tired of scooping it (who isn’t!)
  • I’m tired of choosing between my house smelling like scented litter or used litter

I considered using a commercial cat potty training product, but they were pricey and had mixed reviews. So I kept searching until I stumbled upon some free info*, and it seems to have all the details I’ll need.

A couple of drawbacks to this process are that you need a toilet available only for the cats for a while, and once they’re trained, you’ll have to make sure the lid is always left up. Still, I felt like the trade-off would be worth it.

The first step was to move the litter box to the first floor, since that’s where the available toilet is, so I hauled the box from the top of the stairs to the bottom. I cleaned the carpet under the old box location well (even though they hadn’t had accidents), and left the vacuum there for a couple of days as an extra deterrent. It worked. My cats immediately sniffed their way downstairs and used their box without issue.

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Customer Stories: Why Kathy and Lola love Pets Best

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by

Lola a mixed breed dog with Pets Best Insurance with her human mom Kathy.

In honor of September being Pet Health Insurance Month, we’re featuring stories of real life Pets Best Insurance customers. Today we meet Kathy, and her two year old mixed breed dog, Lola.

When did you get your dog, Lola?
I finally decided it was time to welcome a dog in my life. To give us both the best chance of happiness, I studied breeds and breeders looking for the perfect temperament, size, and lowest health issues.

Then, as life often happens, I met the perfect pup unexpectedly. We met at the Humane Society Gala. There she was, a 3 month old pup turning/leaning towards you for petting, and not pulling on her leash or biting. A user’s manual did not exist for this first timer, who didn’t know even what breed Lola was or how big she would grow.

When did you decide to get pet insurance?
The Humane Society provided a 3 month policy as part of the adoption from another insurance company. I went through multiple claims with them, including food allergies, kennel cough and a yeast infection. The other company was helpful, but the coverage was inconsistent and a hassle. And, sometimes the claims process would take several weeks.

So when/why did you switch to Pets Best Insurance?
I switched to Pets Best after seeing the brochure in my veterinarian’s office. Their front desk person told me Pets Best Insurance was easy to work with and had found that it was better for their clients.

What do you love about Pets Best Insurance?

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Dog Breed Guide: Doberman Pinschers

Posted on: September 16th, 2013 by

A doberman pinscher dog stands in an open field.By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance

About the Doberman Pinscher

Height (to base of neck): Males 26 to 28 inches; Females 24 to 26 inches

Weight: Males 66-80 lb; Females 66-75 lb

Color: Black, red, blue, fawn

Origin: Germany in the 1900’s bred to be a guard dog and companion animal

Coat: Smooth and short

Life Expectancy: Up to 13 years

Exercise needs: Frequent Exercise

Is a Doberman Pinscher the right breed for you?

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