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6 Tips for Crate Training Dogs

Posted on: January 20th, 2014 by

A happy, small white dog lays in its crate.By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.


1. Buy a crate big enough for puppy to stand up and turn around in easily. If you buy a crate to match your puppy’s eventual adult size, temporarily insert a divider until he gets larger.

2. Let your puppy investigate inside the crate on his own. Encourage his curiosity by tossing a toy or a few treats inside.

3. Feed your puppy in his crate. Quietly close the door while he eats and then open the door after he eats and let him go outside to go to the bathroom.

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3 Ways to be Reunited With Your Lost Dog or Cat

Posted on: January 10th, 2014 by

A lost yellow lab dog sits in a field looking worried and scared.By G. Elaine Acker for Pets Best, a pet insurance company for dogs and cats. Elaine is the author of the Pet First Aid and Disaster Response Guide. Elaine and Dr. Larry Newell are developing an online Pet First Aid course, which will launch in early 2014.

On New Year’s Day a couple of years ago, I was reminded how priceless an identification tag can be for pets. For a lost animal, that inexpensive, tiny scrap of metal can mean the difference between being home in time for supper, and spending the weekend (or longer) in a cold, lonely cage at the local shelter.

My husband and I were sitting peacefully in the living room watching a fire crackling in the wood-burning stove, when we heard a strange sound from the bedroom. A quick head count told us that our own dogs and cat were already present and accounted for, so my husband made his way down the hall and peeked around the bedroom door. “Um, there’s a dog in here,” he said.

Nothing was working in this poor dog’s favor. Our new arrival wore a rabies tag from an out-of-town vet, but the numbers on the surface were scratched almost beyond recognition. It was New Year’s Day. The dog was visiting from out of town. His veterinarian’s office was closed. The city’s office was closed, and there was no place open locally to help us scan for a microchip.

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6 Winter Hazards for Dogs and Cats

Posted on: January 8th, 2014 by

By Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best, a pet insurance company for dogs and cats
A furry dog sits outside in the snow. The cold Winter conditions can mean problems for dogs and cats.

The bitter cold winter months always bring a slew of new hazards for our four legged family members. Here are six common winter hazards I’ve seen as a veterinarian and the president of a pet insurance company.

1. Frostbite

All dogs are susceptible to frostbite, but it’s more common among dogs that aren’t used to being outdoors.

Frostbite starts out as a blemish and turns to a blister and turns black when there is severe tissue damage. When it turns black, that area will slough off and be subject to secondary infection. The dog can lose a toe if subjected to prolonged exposure.

2. Ice Melt Burns

Ice melts can make dogs sick by walking on them and then licking their paw and digesting the ice melt. Watch for limping, excessive licking of feet and redness to skin areas between pads.

3. Dehydration

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Dog Breed Guide: Yorkshire Terrier

Posted on: December 28th, 2013 by

A Yorkie dog at the beach.

By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats

About the Yorkshire Terrier

Height (to base of neck): females: 6″, Males: 7″

Weight: 3-5lbs

Color: Trademark is blue and tan

Origin: Scotland

Coat: Long, silkey, low-shed straight haircoat

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Low to moderate

Is a Yorkshire Terrier the Right Dog Breed for You?

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Is Aspirin Okay for Dogs?

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by

By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats

Hi, I’m Fiona Caldwell and I am the veterinarian for Idaho Veterinary Hospital. I am answering questions today from pet owners for Pets Best. This question is,”Is human aspirin okay for dogs?”

The answer is sort of, dogs can tolerate aspirin in small doses. There are other painkillers that dogs cannot have, but aspirin they can metabolize. My problem with aspirin it is difficult for you dose because it’s obviously dosed for human size and if you give your dog aspirin, it sometimes it limits what your veterinarian can give your pet in certain illnesses and certain diseases. For example, if you thought your  dog’ s back was hurting and you gave it aspirin then I can no longer give that dog steroids right away. Sometimes it makes the veterinarians job a little bit trickier. In addition, some studies have shown any dose of aspirin can cause microscopic amounts of G.I. bleeding in dogs which, obviously, we would want to avoid.

There is a whole slew of pain relievers that are prescription-only that work better than aspirin and would be safer than aspirin. At this time, is not my recommendation that you give aspirin to your dogs. If you have questions or comments feel free to post below or Pets Best Facebook page.