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By Vicki Stephens, a certified trainer of therapy animals and operator of the pet therapy organization, Pets Helping People. Vicki guest blogs for pet insurance provider, Pets Best.
For the last 18 years I have been volunteering with my pet therapy animals. We visit nursing homes, reading programs at schools, assisted living centers and youth disability facilities. Currently I have three certified therapy dogs: Cooper, JP, and Tag (short for Tag A Long). As well as five certified therapy miniature horses: Malibu, Peek a Boo, Bell, Bo and Princess. All the horses are under 30 inches tall, except for Princess who stands at 31 ½ inches tall. And in case you are wondering, yes, they are all house broken!
One of my former therapy dogs was a Toy Fox Terrier named Spunky. Spunky and I probably logged in more than 200 hours visiting nursing homes. I remember one lady in particular during these visits. She was a sweet tiny little lady. Every time we walked into the nursing home she would call out, “There’s my Spunky!” I had been told she had dementia, so I was puzzled how she could remember Spunky’s name, yet not remember her own family member’s names when they visited her.
Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell; I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. I’m answering questions from Pets Best Facebook page today. This question comes from Joe, who asks: Why are you so expensive?
This is a great question. Veterinarians, I think, deal with the misconception that veterinary medicine is overpriced. We go into this profession because we love animals, and regardless of how big our hearts are, at the end of the day, veterinary medicine does cost money. I think there’s a couple big reasons why it is that it’s so expensive.
Dr. Marc, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine blogs for dog insurance provider, Pets Best.
Hi. My name is Dr. Marc, and I’m filming for Pets Best Insurance, answering some Facebook questions for you guys at Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Boise, Idaho. This question comes from Lucy. She says her “friend’s beautiful blue pit bull has had a horrible rash on and off for months. It’s blistery and the pet feels miserable. They’ve tried medications, steroid, changing food, detergents, et cetera, et cetera with no luck. They can’t afford the very expensive allergy testing to pinpoint exactly what the problem might be. The vet seems to think it’s an allergy. What else can they do? Any ideas on how they can pinpoint or control it?”
A yellow Labrador retriever named Dakota has been credited with saving the life of his Yorkie buddy, Cory, in Idaho this week.
According to pet owner Steve Groves, Dakota ran into an area where he spotted a hawk flying overhead on Tuesday morning, He realized Cory was nowhere to be found on his 10-acre property, and seconds later, the hawk flew away and both dogs returned home.
Cory, the Yorkshire terrier, had cuts on both sides of his body, indicating a large bird had swooped down to try and make a meal of him. He received immediate veterinary care and stitches to stop the bleeding.
Insurance plans offered and administered by Pets Best are underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware Insurance company. Independence American Insurance Company is a member of The IHC Group, an insurance organization composed of Independence Holding Company (NYSE:IHC) and its operating subsidiaries. The IHC Group has been providing life, health and stop loss insurance solutions for nearly 30 years. For information on The IHC Group, visit, www.ihcgroup.com. In states in which Independence American Insurance Company’s new policy form has not yet received regulatory approval, policies will be underwritten by Aetna Insurance Company of Connecticut. To determine the underwriter in your state, please call Pets Best at 1-877-738-7237.
Please note: This blog is designed to be a community where pet owners can learn and share. The views expressed in each post are the opinion of the author and not necessarily endorsed by Pets Best Insurance. Always consult your veterinarian for professional advice.