10 Cat Household Poisons

A list of 20 household items that can potentially poison your cat from Pets Best Pet Insurance.
By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

These common items may be found in or around your house and they can make your cat very ill, many are toxic. So keep cats safe, by keeping these potential poisons away.

1. Rat Poison
Also known as Rodenticide, this toxic substance inhibits Vitamin K and causes severe and potentially fatal internal bleeding if not treated.

2. Lilies
Perhaps the most common deadly house plant for cats. Cats that eat any part of the plant and even drink the water from the lily vase can develop fatal kidney failure if not caught early and treated aggressively.

3. Marijuana
This recreational drug can cause profound effects in cats including hallucination, muscle tremors, depression and difficulty breathing.

4. Chocolate
Chocolate contains caffeine which is toxic to cats. Cats are more sensitive to caffeine (also found in coffee, tea, caffeine pills and energy drinks) than dogs. Cats may have tremors, seizures, coma and death from consumption of chocolate and other caffeine containing products.

5. Aspirin
This anti-inflammatory can cause the same kidney and stomach problems as Ibuprofen. However, it is an anti-coagulant which means that it prevents platelets from clotting. This can cause internal bleeding in cats. There are rare circumstances in which Aspirin may be useful in ultra-low doses, but do not give Aspirin to your cat unless specifically prescribed by your veterinarian.Read More…

Why Your Pet’s Breed, Age, and Location Affect Your Price

A dog sits.Pet Insurance Explained: Why Your Pet’s Breed, Age, and Location Affect Your Price

By Pets Best Pet Insurance, a U.S. pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

Pet insurance can be a confusing topic to pet owners. So at Pets Best, we strive to be transparent and help you understand how pet insurance works.

We’re commonly asked by pet owners and veterinarians, “how much does pet insurance cost?” This is a great question. Unfortunately, there’s not just one answer of, “it costs x dollars per month.” This is because each dog or cat’s pet insurance policy will cost a different amount. Three factors that will affect your pet insurance policy price are:

 1. The breed of your dog or cat

According to data collected for many years, some dog and cat breeds have fewer health issues, while other breeds tend to have more health issues. Knowing this, we use breed as a price factor since the risk is higher with some breeds and lower with others. We do not exclude any dog or cat breeds from being eligible for a pet insurance policy; we insure every dog and cat breed out there!

 2. The age of your dog or catRead More…

Cat Breed Guide: Colorpoint Shorthair

A Colorpoint Shorthair cat with pet insurance from Pets Best.

About the Colorpoint Shorthair:

Weight:  Female 6-8 lb, male 8-12 lb

Points of conformation: Similar to a Siamese, though more muscled.  Head is long and tapered with lithe body shape and slender neck.

Coat: Very short and glossy with fine texture that lays close to the skin.

Color: Off-white with subtle shading that may darken over time.

Grooming needs: Low maintenance.

Origin: Cross between the Siamese and the American Shorthair.

Behavior Traits: Noisy and somewhat needy.

Is a Colorpoint Shorthair cat right for You?

The Colorpoint Shorthair is very intelligent, craves attention and can be needy. They do not like to be alone and are very affectionate and playful.  They are loud cats, both in tendency to vocalize and decibel level of voice.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Colorpoint Shorthair:

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What is the Iditarod?

A dog sled race.By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for the Pets Best pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

The Iditarod is an annual sled dog race that travels nearly 1,000 miles between Anchorage, in southern Alaska and Nome, Alaska. It is held each spring, this year’s race will begin with a ceremony in Anchorage on March 7th, 2015. The race route follows the western Bering sea coast through harsh tundra, over rivers, hills and mountain passes.

Historically, portions of the Iditarod trail, now known as the Nation Historic trail were used as a mail and supply route from coastal towns to the interior mining towns which become completely ice bound during winter months.  Sled dogs delivered mail, food, and supplies and were the only means of communication. The invention of snowmobiles reduced the need for sled dogs and the tradition of “mushing” almost died out. The Iditarod race began in 1973 as a way to preserve sled dog culture and the Iditarod trail and has grown into the competitive race it is today.

Teams average 16 dogs, and there are usually close to 1,000 dogs in the race and 50 to 60 mushers. The race usually lasts between 9 and 15 days, with the quickest record being 8 days and 13 hours, and the longest lasting 32 days and 15 hours.Read More…

Dog Breed Guide: Saint Bernard

A Saint Bernard with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Saint Bernard

Height (to base of neck): females 25.5″ males 27.5″

Weight:  110-200 lb

Color: Dark mask and ears are favored. Red with white markings, white with red markings and brindle with white are accepted.

Origin: Switzerland

Coat: Very dense with hairs that lie smoothly and is slightly wavy.

Life Expectancy: 8-9  years

Energy level: Low to moderate

Exercise needs: Low to moderate

Is a Saint Bernard the Right Dog Breed for You?

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