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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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Doing the Math: Pet Insurance vs. Savings Accounts

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by

A dog with dog insurance rests his paws on a bundle of money.

As someone who loves to travel, I often tell myself I’m going to start a special savings account. I’ll save a few bucks every week and before long, I’ll have enough to take an amazing vacation somewhere exotic.

Like many people, though, I haven’t actually started that savings account. And even if I did, there’s no guarantee it wouldn’t end up going toward car repairs, medical bills or other emergencies (water leaking through the kitchen ceiling, anyone?)

Because I can’t save for a fun vacation, I know I won’t have the discipline to save for un-fun veterinary bills. And I don’t think I’m alone– this is why pet insurance exists.

Can You Save Fast Enough?
Financial advisers sometimes recommend savings accounts instead of pet insurance. They argue that you can put a little away each month in anticipation of future vet bills. In theory, that sounds okay. But what if your “future” vet bill comes next week, or even a year from now? Will your savings account hold enough to cover it?

Even if you’re putting around $35 into the account each month, (which is more than the approximate cost of a pet insurance plan, monthly) basic math exposes the real weaknesses of pet health savings accounts. If your pet gets sick or injured two months in, you’ll only have around $70 at your disposal.

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Breed Guide: Havanese

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by

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

About the Havanese

Height (to base of neck): 9-10.5″

Weight:  8-11lb

Color: Many accepted colors including black, blue silver, gold, cream, white, champagne or chocolate.

Origin: Isle of Malta

Coat: Silky double coat with soft short undercoat covered by long profuse outer coat which can be curly or straight.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: Moderate

Is a Havanese the Right Dog Breed for You?

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Why I Love Being a Vet Tech Contest

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by

The Pets Best Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest.

Pets Best has created a contest to give recognition to certified veterinary technicians across the nation. With the help of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), Pets Best is proud to host the first annual Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest.

How to participate in Why I Love Being a Vet Tech:

1. Share a personal story explaining why you chose to be a vet tech and why you love what you do
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 it should include details about why you decided to become a vet tech, what you love most about it and why. Vet techs may enter the contest any time on the Pets Best website.

How many vet techs win?

Once per year, a panel of Pets Best representatives from the veterinary industry will select 8 finalists. The public will then vote to choose the grand prize winner. The grand prize winner of the contest will be announced during National Veterinary Technician Appreciation week in October.

Prizes and Awards

The 8 finalists will each receive a $200 Visa gift card and a one year membership to NAVTA. The finalist who earns the most online votes will be the grand prize winner and will win a trip to the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Conference.


When voting is open, you may vote on the Pets Best Facebook page or on the Pets Best website. Please note when voting is not open, the voting page will be blank.

Important dates to remember

The next Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest is scheduled for Fall 2015. Dates and deadlines coming soon.

Stay in the Know

Follow Pets Best on Facebook & Twitter to get the latest updates on this contest and others throughout the year.

See official contest rules HERE

5 Tips to Tame Your Nippy, Swatting Kitten

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 by

an orange kittenBy 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 cat insurance and dog insurance agency.

Don’t let that minute size of your newly adopted kitten fool you. Your tiny tabby shares the same prey drive to stalk, chase and hunt as lions roaming in the jungle.

That’s why it is vital that you don’t initially dismiss your kitten’s playful love nips to your hand or ankle as merely playful love bites. Unchecked, her biting and paw swatting will intensify and could cause physical harm to you and your house guests. Deep puncture wounds from cats have landed people in hospitals to receive treatment for Cat Scratch Fever, a disease caused by the Bartonella henselae bacteria. Affected persons can develop skin lesions, fever, fatigue and in severe instances, systemic infections.

When you bring home your kitten, school her on what is acceptable play and interaction with people immediately. Here are five effective strategies designed to tone down your kitten’s desire to nip and claw people:

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