Feeding a Puppy – How Much & How Often?

A puppy eats his food.

By Dr. Eva Evans. Dr. Evans is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a nationwide dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Taking care of a new puppy can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to understanding their nutrition needs. One of the most important aspects of taking care of a new puppy involves how much and how often to feed him.

 

When do puppies start eating solid food?

Puppies are typically weaned from their mother around 6-8 weeks of age. Puppies usually start eating solid food around 4 weeks old.

 

How often should I feed my puppy?

Puppies grow fast and they need to eat frequently. It is best to feed your new puppy three to four times per day.

 

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Cat Breed Guide: British Shorthair

A British Shorthair cat with pet insurance from Pets Best.

By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the British Shorthair
Weight:  9-18lb (Females are typically smaller than males)

Points of conformation: Heavy set with a broad chest and short thick limbs and a large round head.  Short muzzle with prominent whisker pads.

Coat: Water-repellent coat is short, dense and soft.  Minimal undercoat.

Color: Any color is accepted except lavender, chocolate and Himalayan.

Grooming needs: low

Origin: British Isles

Behavior Traits: Quiet and undemanding.

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5 Great Holiday Gifts for Cats

A kitten with pet insurance plays inside the gift box during the holidays.

By Dr. Tracy McFarland, a practicing veterinarian for 30 years, focusing exclusively on cats for the past 20 years. Dr. McFarland also writes for the cat health insurance agency, Pets Best.

What are you going to get for the love of your life?  The holidays are coming and your cat deserves more than the everyday treats he or she gets. First, what not to get: no Christmas sweaters, ugly or otherwise, please.

1. Climbing Tree

Instead, how about a wonderful climbing tree that you can place next to a window? You can find a cat tree to fit any size residence, budget, and most importantly, cat. If you have multiple cats, think multiple perches of varying heights, especially if one or more of your cats is young and athletic. A one-cat household consisting of an older, sedentary cat might opt for a simple shorter tree with just one comfortable curving shelf.

2. Heated Pet Bed

Another great gift is a heated pet bed, especially if your cat is older or has very short, fine fur.  I bought a heated pet bed warmer that I can use in any of our cat beds, and my cats love it, especially my 14 year old cat, Jake. He’s a little arthritic, and the warmth helps keep him comfortable and mobile. Please use a warming pad designed for cats, as human heating pads are not safe for cats and can cause serious burns.

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