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What is a Pet Trust?

Posted on: June 21st, 2013 by

 A dog lays in the grass.

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

What is a pet trust?

A pet trust is an amazing tool to use for those that are wanting the peace of mind in know that their pet(s) will be taken care of when you no longer can perform those duties. Reasons for which can include your death or a deterioration of your health.

The pet trust operates much like a trust for a human being.  The trust will specify to great detail what the instructions are for care of a pet.  The details that can be covered in a pet trust include:

-Identifying individuals to care for your pets when you no longer can. Another point to consider in this area is to identify a back up care giver for the pet in the event something should happen to the primary requested caregiver.

-Instructions for caring for your pet – such as dietary needs, feeding instructions, and grooming needs.

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Top 7 Reasons to Bring Your Dog to the Office

Posted on: June 20th, 2013 by

A Boston Terrier and pug dog sit at the conference table in the Pets Best Insurance office.

A labradoodle sits at a desk in the Pets Best Insurance office.

A dog at the Pets Best Insurance office helps the employee work.

At Pets Best Insurance, we believe in bringing your dog (or any pet!) to work with you. Here are our Top 7 Reasons to Bring Your Dog to the Office.

1. They won’t be doing the potty dance waiting for you to get home.

2. You don’t have to pay for doggy day care.

3. You get a mental break and fresh air during their potty breaks (as long as you’re up wind).

4. They make awkward noises and instantly lighten the mood.

5. You can blame that smell on your dog.

6. Your boss just might through you a bone!

7. Need a smile, just look at their face.

Enjoy these photos of Pets Best Insurance employees’ dogs hard at work in the office!

Top: Hana & Zeus rule the boardroom.

Middle: Stella concentrates hard, while trying to not get distracted by the lunch bag of goodies taunting her.

Bottom: Moe says, “Excuse me, I’m trying to get some important work done here.”

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“Take your dog to work day” was started by Pet Sitters International in 1999.

Heat Safety: Dogs Left in Cars

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by

Dogs left in cars heat risk scale and risks from Pets Best Insurance.

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Is Almond Milk Safe for Cats?

Posted on: June 14th, 2013 by

Dr. Jane Matheys is a veterinarian and guest blogger for pet health insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.

Hello. I’m Dr. Jane Matheys from The Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital and Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Today I’ll be answering some questions about general cat health from questions that were posted on Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.

The first one is from Chryssa. She says: “My cats are conditioned to come running for milk when they hear me eating cereal. I recently switched to almond milk, and I’m wondering if I can still let them lick the bowl when I’m done.”

First of all, let me just talk about milk products in general for kitty cats. To digest any of the dairy products, kitties need lactase enzyme, and they don’t make as much of this enzyme as people do. It can upset the kitty’s tummy and especially give them some diarrhea.

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Top 3 Dog Heat Stroke Questions, Answered

Posted on: June 11th, 2013 by

A pug with its flat face pants because it has a harder time cooling itself is more suseptible to heat stroke.By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and guest blogger for pet health insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.

The weather is warming up and everyone is headed out to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air!  However, before you take your dog outside, be aware that the heat can be dangerous, even deadly, for dogs. Heat is especially dangerous if your dog is a short or flat nose dog breed.

1. What Are The Symptoms of Heat Stroke in Dogs?

Panting is a normal physiologic response to heat, but if after taking a break your pet continues to pant heavily, it is possible he or she could be getting heat stroke, which can be a medical emergency. Take your pet to a shady cool area and provide access to water.

Signs of heat stroke include heavy panting or difficulty breathing, bright red gums, wobbliness, vomiting, diarrhea and collapse. Seek immediate veterinary medical help if this occurs.

2. What Should I Do If I Suspect Dog Heat Stroke?

Heat stroke is a medical emergency and requires immediate veterinary attention. NEVER douse your pet in cold water if you think heat stroke is a possibility, instead move to a cool air-conditioned area and get to a veterinary clinic immediately.

3. Are Some Dog Breeds More Susceptible to Heat Stroke?

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