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5 Ways Pets Improve Our Health

Posted on: July 30th, 2013 by

A dog licks a woman's face, making her laugh.1. Pets encourage physical activity

Dogs and cats of all ages give us reason to get off the couch and move. Whether you’re dangling ribbon for a cat, sprinting around the dog park with a puppy or taking a leisurely stroll with a senior dog, pets contribute to a more physically active lifestyle.

2. Pets can lower your blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol levels

Pet owners often find that after a long or stressful day, coming home to a purring cat or playful pup is all it takes to relax and live in the moment. Many studies suggest that the simple act or petting an animal or hearing a cat purr can lower your blood pressure and regulate and slow your heart rate. The benefits of these changes include reduced risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease.

3. Pets increase opportunities for socialization

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Dog Breed Guide: Boxers

Posted on: July 25th, 2013 by

a close up of a boxer dogs face.

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

About the boxer dog

Height: Male 22.5”-25”; Female 21”-23.5”

Weight: Male 65-80 lbs; Female 50-65 lbs

Life Span: 8-10 years

Coat: Short and straight

Color: Brindle, Fawn or White

Energy Level: High

Exercise: Daily

Is a boxer the right dog breed for you?

The Boxer is typically bred for a stable temperament and is generally good with children.  They can be aloof around strangers and are good watchdogs, but also love human contact.  They are high energy and require daily exercise and play sessions to stay mentally challenged.  Boxers are very intelligent, somewhat independent and possess great strength and stamina.  They can have a well developed prey drive, making off-leash activities ill advised.  They have low grooming needs.  Boxers don’t tolerate extremes in temperatures well.

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Cute Puppy Alert: Meet Zoey the French Bulldog

Posted on: July 24th, 2013 by

A french bulldog sits in front of the Pets Best Insurance booth at the American Veterinary Medical Association annual conference.Meet Zoey, an adorable six month old French bulldog. Zoey came to play with us at the Pets Best Insurance booth at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual conference held this past weekend in Chicago.

Still a puppy, this frenchie loved to lick and nibble people’s feet. She also enjoyed laying on her back and attempting to bite her leash while doing so!

We love the sassy, playful nature of frenchies. What do you love about frenchies?

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Do Pets Grieve the Death of Their Owners?

Posted on: July 23rd, 2013 by

a tan dog lays in the grass looking sad.

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

If you haven’t seen the photo of Hawkeye, a beautiful black lab, laying by the casket of his deceased military owner you must check it out. The photo is sure to tug at the heart strings of even the most hardened of hearts.

Or possibly you’ve heard the story of Bobby, who survived his owner by 14 years, and is said to have spent the rest of his life sitting on his master’s grave — leaving for meals at a nearby restaurant — only to become the subject of biographies, a novel, two films and a commemorative statue.

Yes, pets grieve for the loss of their owner companions, too. We have domesticated our pets to the point that their emotions have been a controversial topic of conversation for years. Can they feel? Can they reason? Can they mourn?

Most certainly they do mourn. When a pet’s owner dies, there are numerous ways that you can help the pet through their grief journey.

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Doggie Cam Catches Burglars in the Act

Posted on: July 18th, 2013 by

Dog web cam at home catches burglarBy Chryssa Rich, Pets Best Marketing Programs Associate

Bellevue, Washington couple Melissa Hasley and her husband recently installed a home surveillance system to keep tabs on their dogs while away from the house. They chose an inexpensive setup by Dropcam, which lets users watch the recorded videos right on their smartphones.

Hasley told King 5 News in Seattle, “Everybody always gave me a hard time that I have web cams to look at my dogs all day.” But while vacationing in Sun Valley, Idaho, the move paid off big time for Hasley. One morning at 5:30, she opened her Dropcam app to see what her dogs were doing. But instead of snoozing pups, she found a masked man rummaging through her garage.

“It kinda took me a minute to go, is this really for real?” she explained. Because the video was transmitted in real-time, she was able to alert police who startled the burglar upon arrival, causing him to drop his loot and flee out a back door.

Hasley turned over the footage to authorities and shared her experience on social media, encouraging friends to get systems of their own. One neighbor did, and a few days later, also caught a burglar in the act.

She has a message for thieves in her area: “Don’t come back, you’re being recorded,” she told King 5 News. “Not only can I see what my dogs are doing when they’re on the furniture and shouldn’t be, but I can catch a guy in the act.”

Burglars who steal or destroy the cameras to get rid of evidence aren’t in the clear, because video footage is stored online and can’t be affected by damaging the camera itself.

Do you use doggie cams or nanny cams? In the comments below, tell us about unexpected things you’ve seen while away from home!

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