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3 Common Pet Injuries and How to Treat Them

Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by

a dog gets his paw wrapped up after a cut on his paw.By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for dog insurance and cat insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.

1. Bite wounds

Dogs and cats can get bite wounds from many other animals. Especially in the summer months when they’re out and about, and encounter other animals more often. If your dog or cat receives a bite wound, immediately clean the bite wounds with clean water, hydrogen peroxide or diluted betadine.  Avoid alcohol, as this will sting!  Make an appointment to see your veterinarian, because most puncture wounds will get infected without antibiotics.

2. Lacerations (a.k.a. cuts, tears and rips)

Treat a laceration similar to a bite wound, clean the wound well with clean water or hydrogen peroxide. Apply gentle pressure to the wound to help stop bleeding. Most significant lacerations will require stitches to heal. Don’t use hydrogen peroxide more than once or twice, as it can damage the new healing skin cells.  Triple antibiotic ointment is safe to use on pets if the wound is superficial.

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Why Do Cats Get Hairballs?

Posted on: July 10th, 2013 by

a kitten sitting outside.Dr. Matheys is a veterinarian and guest blogger for cat insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.

As a cat pet parent, I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had the delightful experience of stepping out of my warm bed onto a cold, squishy, slimy hairball! I guess that’s the price we have to pay for owning these wonderful, furry grooming machines!

Why Do Cats Get Hairballs?

When your cat grooms himself, tiny hook-like structures on his tongue that are called papillae catch loose and dead hair, which is then swallowed. The majority of the hair passes all the way through the digestive track with no problems and is passed out in the feces. But some of the hair can remain in the stomach– gradually accumulating into a wet clump which becomes a hairball. The hairball can irritate the lining of the stomach, and, ultimately, your cat will vomit to get rid of it. Because hairballs pass through the narrow esophagus on the way out, they usually appear thin and tubelike, rather than round. For all you trivia buffs, the scientific name for a hairball is trichobezor (try-koe-beez-or). Try that word on your friends to be sure to impress!

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Dog Breed Guide: Labrador Retrievers

Posted on: July 8th, 2013 by

A yellow lab chewing his stuffed animal toy.

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

About Labrador retrievers

Height (to shoulder blade): Males 22 1/2 inches to 24 1/2 inches tall; Females 21 1/2 inches to 23 1/2 inches

Weight: Males 65 to 80 lbs; Females 55 to 70 lbs

Color: Black, Yellow or Chocolate

Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

Coat: Short, straight and dense

Energy Level: High

Exercise: Daily

Is a Labrador retriever the right breed for you?

Labradors consistently make the top of the list of most popular American breeds for a good reason. They are famous for their loving and eager to please temperament. With their ease of training, good nature with children and other pets, along with their extreme intelligence, this breed makes a great family and companion dog. They do require a lot of human contact, exercise and mental stimulation, as boredom can lead to inappropriate behaviors like chewing. Obedience training is best started young.  They are average shedders, with a need for only routine grooming.

5 Common medical issues with Labrador retrievers

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How to Create a Pet Trust

Posted on: July 5th, 2013 by

a chihuahua mix dog sits in the grass outside.

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

For many pet parents, the thought of not fully taking care of their pets is inconceivable.  After all, many pet parents cover every base for their precious pet including monthly heartguard treatments, flea treatments, annual check-ups, proper pet insurance, and everything else that constitutes the caring love that we have for our furry friends.

Many pet parents are turning to the creation of a pet trust, or a Pet Protection Agreement, to completely spell out the care desired and needed for a pet in the event the pet owner(s) pass away or can no longer take care of their pets.

While many pet parents will include their pets in their will, it’s important to note that a will is often not read until weeks after a funeral.  Therefore, there will be some time that passes between the pet parent’s death and the reading of the will where it will be important to specify the care needed for the pets.  This will be where the Pet Protection Agreement will be executed to make sure the continuum of care is enacted until the final will is put into play.

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7 Tips in Case Your Dog or Cat Goes Missing

Posted on: July 3rd, 2013 by

A little white fluffy dog sits in the grass.

Pets Best Insurance is a provider of pet insurance for dogs and cats.

1. Have a recent photo of your dog or cat. The photo should be clear and help someone easily identify your pet.

a. Ideally it should be a digital picture so that it can be easily shared via email, Facebook, etc.

 2. Have a collar tag with your name and phone number on your pet at all times.

a. Micro chipping your pet is also a great option.

 3. Make a missing poster with your pet’s picture.

a. Make the picture big so it is easily seen.

b. Include your pet’s name, your name and contact information, and the area you last saw your pet. Share any other pertinent information that could help.

 4. Print and post it around the area your dog or cat went missing.

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