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Heat Stroke in Dogs

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 by

Signs of heat stroke in dogs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quick look at how to recognize and treat heat stroke in dogs.

 

 

 

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*All degrees listed are Fahrenheit.

Helping Your Pet with Grief

Posted on: August 6th, 2014 by

A sad pug dog grieves.

By Coleen Ellis, founder of the Two Hearts Pet Loss Center and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

It was another frantic phone call from a very caring pet parent, whose heart was breaking yet again after the loss of her beloved dog; she was now left with a deeply grieving sibling litter-mate. Still very upset about the death of her dog, this pet parent knew she had to find a way to help her surviving furry-family member cope through this difficult time.

Pets grieve in different ways based on the type of relationship they had with the deceased pet, who was a part of the family unit. In preparation for that sad day in your household, here are a few healthy coping tips for helping your other pets through their grief.

Most importantly, it is imperative that the surviving pet family members are allowed to see the deceased pet. The step of viewing and smelling the death of the pet will positively confirm what has happened so they aren’t constantly searching for their missing family member. If the surviving pets aren’t able to view the body, smelling a clipping of their fur or hair is an adequate substitute. Once this important step has happened, the surviving pets tend to begin their grieving process.

Other ways to help grieving pets:

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Breed Guide: Abyssinian

Posted on: August 4th, 2014 by

An AbssinianDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Abyssinian

Weight:  9-12lb

Points of conformation: Lithe, medium sized body with slender legs and a long arched neck.  Wide set ears and wedge shaped face.

Coat: Short, fine, shiny hairs in agouti pattern

Color: White chin and chest. Ruddy, blue, sorrel, fawn and lilac and silver.

Grooming needs: low

Origin: Southeast Asia

Behavior Traits: Athletic, playful and very active.

Is an Abyssinian cat right for You?

The Abyssian is affectionate and curious cat.  They are  independent and highly intelligent.  Some lines can tend towards being nervous and high-strung.  They become very attached to their caregivers and will often follow their people around and demand attention.  They get along well with other cats and have been know to enjoy playing in water.  They tend to be quiet.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Abyssian

According to the number of cat insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Ear Infection $108 $160
Inflammatory Bowel Disease $2,783 $4,114
Renal Failure- Chronic $1,924 $6,002
Oral Resorptive Lesions $904 $2,538
Periodontal Disease $626 $1,165

 

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Breed Guide: Mastiff

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 by

A MastiffDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Mastiff

Height (to base of neck): female 27.5″, male 30″

Weight:  170-190lb

Color: Brindle, apricot and fawn with black mask and ears.

Origin: Popular in England for centuries, but likely originated from Southwest Asia.

Coat: Double coat with short dense undercoat and straight coarse outer coat.

Life Expectancy: 8-9 years

Energy level: Low to moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Is a Mastiff the Right Dog Breed for You?

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Books & Barks Contest

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by

Pets Best announces Books & Barks contest to showcase therapy dogs in classrooms.

Pets Best has developed a contest to promote the benefits associated with utilizing therapy dogs to assist students in classrooms across the nation. Pets Best is proud to host the first annual Books & Barks contest.

How to participate in the Books & Barks contest:

1. Simply share an inspirational story about your experience with therapy dogs in the classroom.

2. Finalists will be announced and voting opens to the public

How to enter the contest:

Our online form makes it easy for you to enter our contest. Your story doesn’t have to be long, but we want to hear about your experience with therapy dogs in schools. Whether you’re a student who personally benefitted from therapy dogs, a teacher who witnessed overall class improvement, or a therapy dog handler, please share your stories with us! To enter the contest, go to the Pets Best website.

How are winners selected?

Once per year, a panel of Pets Best representatives will select finalists. The public will then vote to choose the grand prize winner.

The grand prize winner of the contest will be announced Monday September 29th.

Prizes and Awards

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