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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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Are Compressed Floors Safe for Dogs to Sit and Sleep On?

Posted on: September 10th, 2013 by

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

Hi. 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 compressed floors safe for dogs to sit and sleep on? How about carpet flooring in the house?”

Generally speaking, most flooring is considered safe for animals to sleep on, but that being said, some animals will have a more difficult time with a harder surface. Animals that have arthritic disease or problems moving around may find these surfaces uncomfortable. Furthermore, they can actually exacerbate pressure sores and things like that for animals with limited mobility.

My recommendation is if you have hardwood floors or some sort of compressed flooring, maybe a bed or some padding would actually help out certainly older animals with those types of surfaces. They are also difficult as far as ambulating on them, so animals that have limited mobility may slip and fall and find these surfaces a little bit difficult to maneuver.

If you have other questions, please post them below or visit the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page, and we’ll answer them for you.

5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Grieving Pet Parent

Posted on: September 8th, 2013 by

a dog insured by Pets Best Insurance and his pet parent stand on a mountain as the sun sets.

By Coleen Ellis, founder of Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, and blogger for pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance

Losing a pet is a heartbreaking affair filled with grief for many pet parents. However, some people don’t understand the relationship and bond the person had with their pet, so they may not know what to say or how to act when someone loses a pet. Even if you’ve experienced this grief yourself, the grieving process varies by person, and it can be hard to find the right words.

As a starting point, here are five things you shouldn’t say to a grieving pet parent:

1. It’s just a dog

To you, it may be just a dog. But to pet lovers, this animal may have represented many things. The pet might have fulfilled roles such as being a friend, a confidant, providing security, and so much more.

2. It wasn’t a “real death” such as the loss of a husband, mother, grandmother, etc.

As pet lovers, the relationship that we have with our pets is free of baggage. It’s free of the complications and the difficult feelings that might come with a human-human relationship.

3. When are you going to get another one?

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Customer Stories: Tobey, the Bread Eating Min Pin

Posted on: September 6th, 2013 by

Tobey a black and tan min pin miniature pinscher dog stands outside the Pets Best Insurance offices.

In honor of Pet Health Insurance Month, we’re featuring stories of real life Pets Best Insurance customer claims. This story is from Paul and his dog Tobey, who have been Pets Best Insurance customers since 2006.

I’m glad I had pet insurance when…My dog ate an entire loaf of bread

 Meet Tobey, a seven year old, 13 pound miniature pinscher “min pin” insured by Pets Best Insurance. One night in the spring of 2012, Tobey decided he could go for some dessert. He jumped on the couch, then from the couch he jumped on the counter. Sitting on the counter was a loaf of dense Danish dessert bread that had been brought over for his human family. The bread – and its foil wrapping – was too tempting for Tobey to resist, so he didn’t just eat part of the loaf, he ate the entire loaf and the foil.

A few hours later in the middle of the night, Tobey’s human parents awoke to him wheezing like he could hardly breathe. Tobey’s normally little mid-section had become extremely bloated; his sides protruded inches farther than normal.

Tobey’s parents rushed him to the emergency veterinary clinic.

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Dog Breed Guide: English Bulldogs

Posted on: September 4th, 2013 by

Two white English Bulldog puppies at nine weeks old and named Herschel and Hal.

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

About English Bulldogs

Height (to base of neck): 12 to 14 inches (Males and Females)

Weight: Males 50 lbs, Females 40 lbs

Color: Brindle, white, red, fawn and spotted

Origin: British Isles

Coat: Short, flat, straight and glossy

Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

Exercise needs: low to moderate

Is this breed right for you?

Common attributes in the Bulldog include a stubborn nature, but they are also kind and gentle with children and other pets.  They have low to moderate exercise needs and can be suited to urban, even apartment living.  Snoring and drooling is common.  Grooming needs are low except skin folds require daily hygiene to prevent infection.  They are moderate shedders.  Bulldogs do not tolerate temperature extremes well and does best as an indoor pet.

5 common illnesses, medical conditions and accidents for English Bulldogs

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