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Costume Contest: Win a Year of Free Pet Insurance!

Posted on: October 19th, 2013 by

Picscore.com is proud to host the Pets Best Halloween costume contest this year, offering a grand prize of one year of free pet insurance, up to $500! All pet owners are invited to participate – you don’t have to be a policyholder to enter or win.

How to enter: Upload a picture of your pet or pets in costume at petsbest.picscore.com and wait for an email confirming your submission has been approved. (Check your spam folder if you don’t see it right away.) Then, use your custom link or the website’s share buttons to invite your friends and family to vote!

How to vote: Picscore.com offers a fun new way to vote. Instead of just “liking” a photo, you get to choose whether it’s funny and/or scary on a scale of 0 – 100 each. Simply hover over the photo, wait for the bars to appear and click where you think the score should be. For the best experience, please vote from a full computer (not a tablet or smartphone).
How to vote and win free pet insurance.
How to win: The photo with the highest overall rating for both “creative” and “cute” will win up to $500 in free pet insurance for one year, provided by Picscore.com. The wining image must have at least 50 votes, so don’t forget to invite friends to vote!

Dates and rules: The contest begins October 20th, 2013 and ends November 20th, 2013. Official rules can be found at Picscore.com.

Happy Halloween, and happy voting!

Pets Best Employee on Global Veterinary Mission

Posted on: October 18th, 2013 by

a veterinary mission in Sudan, Africa in 2011.By Megan G., an employee of the Pets Best insurance agency, who participates in veterinary missions across the globe

From October 19-31, 2013 I will be traveling to Kapoeta, South Sudan, Africa to work with the Toposa people on a veterinary mission trip. I am going with a team of 10 people through a partnership between Christian Veterinary Missions and E3 Missions. Our team will provide much needed veterinary care and education.

The Toposa are a very agrarian people group and depend on their livestock for their survival. We will be working alongside the Toposa, training and equipping them so that our work will be sustainable once we leave. We hope to bring a better quality of life to the Toposa by training them to help themselves, instead of relying on additional teams to come in and treat their animals. We had to receive special permission from the Commissioner of Livestock in Kapoeta in order to go on this trip. We will be working alongside the Commissioner to train the people that work under him as well.

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What is a Feral Cat?

Posted on: October 16th, 2013 by

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and blogger for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats

Hi my name is Marc. I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance to answer some Facebook questions for you guys. The next question is:  “What is a feral cat? Is it a stray cat?”

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It’s National Veterinary Technician Week

Posted on: October 15th, 2013 by

A veterinary technician holding a black and white cat.

In honor of National Veterinary Technician Week, we asked Erica Mattox to discuss what being a Veterinary Technician means. Erica is president of the Idaho Society of Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (ISVTA), and Nursing Director at WestVet 24 Hour Animal Emergency & Specialty Center. At Pets Best, we’re proud to have assembled a team of claims processors that reflect the very best the Veterinary Technician and Assistants profession has to offer. National Veterinary Technician Week was created by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).

What is a Veterinary Technician?

Veterinary Technology is a career dedicated to the quality care of animals.

Most veterinary technicians work with small animals including; dogs, cats, and exotic animals. As a technician there are also opportunities working with large animals such as horses, cows and other livestock. There are also many other unique opportunities such as; humane societies, hospital management, veterinary schools, zoo animal care, and research.

Veterinarians look to veterinary technicians to provide technical support for all aspects of animal care. A veterinary technician can do everything a veterinarian can do with the exception of diagnosing, giving a prognosis, prescribing medication, or performing surgery.

Veterinary technicians will interact with clients and their animals, perform examinations, collect samples of blood, urine, feces and other body fluids and tissues, conduct laboratory tests, take x-rays, administer anesthesia, and assist in surgery.

How to Become a Veterinary Technician

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Dog Breed Guide: Dachshunds

Posted on: October 11th, 2013 by

a caramel colored Dachshund dog with short hair.

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

About the Dachshund

Height (to base of neck): No standard, but usually less than 9 inches

Weight: Standards – 16 – 32 lbs; Miniatures – less than 11 lbs

Color: Solid (red and cream), bi-colored (chocolate, black, fawn, or grey with tan markings), brindled and dappled.

Origin: Germany

Coat: Three types – longhaired, smooth and wirehaired

Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 years

Exercise needs: Low to moderate

Is a Dachshund the Right Dog Breed for You?

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