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Ear Tipping and Community Cats

Posted on: August 8th, 2014 by

A cat with his right ear tipped .

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

Have you ever wondered why a cat you see on the street or in a vacant lot or field has one ear that is neatly squared off at the top? It can be the right or left ear, and it is done at the time of neuter or spay, primarily with cats that are not suitable for adoption and will be released into a “cat colony” area instead. The ear tip surgery allows concerned cat rescuers to recognize that this cat has already been sterilized and released, and does not need further intervention.

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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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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?

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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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