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5 Dog & Cat Poisons Lurking Around Home

Posted on: March 12th, 2014 by

The sago palm can be poisonous to dogs and cats.

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

We all know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, and there are many other human food items that can cause serious illness and death in our canine and feline companions. However, some of the most dangerous toxicities to pets are actually not food related. Be sure to watch out for these dangerous toxins in our everyday environment to keep your pets safe.

1. Ethylene Glycol (Antifreeze)

Antifreeze has long been known as a very dangerous toxin. Dogs and cats that live outside or have access to the garage are particularly susceptible to coming in contact with ethylene glycol. In addition, certain brands have a sweet taste that animals find irresistible. Antifreeze affects the kidneys by forming deadly crystals inside the renal tubules and destroying the kidneys. Signs soon after ingestion include weakness, vomiting and animals acting “drunk” or intoxicated. Pets usually develop severe kidney failure in 1-2 days. If you notice that your pet has ingested ANY amount of anti-freeze, you should take them to your veterinarian immediately. Without treatment, almost all animals will die. Treatment includes large volumes of intravenous (IV) fluids for several days as well as medication to help the kidneys excrete the toxin as quickly as possible.

2. Sago Palm

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Dog Breed Guide: Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by

Shetland Sheepdog

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

About the Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)

Height (to base of neck): 13-16″

Weight: 16-20 lbs

Color: Sable, tri-colored, bi-black/blue, merle, double merle, and color headed white.

Origin: Scotland.

Coat: Long double coat.

Life Expectancy: 12-13 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: High

Is a Shetland Sheepdog the Right Dog Breed for You?

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Do Dogs Dream?

Posted on: March 7th, 2014 by

A puppy sleeps.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 dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

This question was sent to me by a fellow dog owner, “My family gets the biggest kick out of watching our six-year-old Lab, Barnaby, sleep. Not only does he snore — loudly — but also his outstretched paws move and he twitches all over. Sometimes he yelps or whimpers, but his eyes stay closed. Watching and listening to him when he is sleeping makes us wonder if dogs dream and, if so, what do they dream about?”

Compared with us, dogs are regular Rip Van Win­kles. They sleep at least twelve hours a day and rarely suffer from insomnia. At night, they seem to nod off before you even have time to set your snooze alarm. Not all dogs snore like Barnaby, but it is fairly common for dogs to twitch their paws and make noises when they are asleep.

Some dogs move their legs as if they were in full stride, perhaps chasing a rabbit. Look closely at Barnaby and you might also notice the twitching of his eyelids and whiskers, indicating that he has fallen into the deep sleep stage. But dogs don’t stay in that deep slumber for long. Most of the time, they sleep lightly and are aware of their surroundings.

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3 Common Reasons for Indoor Cat ER Vet Visits

Posted on: March 5th, 2014 by

A kitty plays in a basket of yarn.By: Veterinarian Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best, a cat insurance and dog insurance agency.

Some people think that cats don’t have as many medical problems as dogs, especially if they live indoors. Due to this, people tend to get pet insurance for their dogs but less frequently for their cats. Of the cats who get insured, it’s typically an outdoor cat as opposed to an indoor cat. This is because people assume outdoor cats are at a higher risk for injuries and accidents. However, just because a cat stays inside the house, doesn’t mean it won’t still have medical issue. Indoor cats still get sick and have accidents, resulting in life threatening situations and expensive veterinary bills.

3 Common Reasons Indoor Cats Have to be Rushed to the Veterinarian

1. Eating objects around the house

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Dog Breed Guide: Australian Shepherd

Posted on: March 3rd, 2014 by

australian shepherd

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

About the Australian Shepherd

Height (to base of neck): female 18-21″, male 20-23″

Weight: female 30-45 lbs, male 50-65 lbs

Color: Tricolored (black, white and red), bi-colored (black and red), and blue or red merle

Origin: United States

Coat: Moderate length, and straight to slightly curly

Life Expectancy: 12-18 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: High

Is an Australian Shepherd the Right Dog Breed for You?

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