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Veterinarians Need Pet Insurance For Their Pets Too

Posted on: June 2nd, 2013 by

veterinarian Dr. Patty Khuly.

In a recent article on vetstreet.com, veterinarian Dr. Patty Khuly explains why even though she’s a veterinarian, she still needs pet insurance for her own pets. Especially for her French bulldog, Vincent, who has had a host of health issues.

Dr. Khuly says, “The reality…is that life is unpredictable and there’s always the possibility that your pet will suffer illness or sustain trauma. And since there’s no telling which it’ll be — a trouble-free life or one like Vincent’s — adopting pet insurance is how veterinarians increasingly recommend pet owners act responsibly to hedge against the very real prospect of financial euthanasia.

But pet insurance isn’t just for pet owners. Indeed, if Vincent’s story has taught me anything, it’s that even veterinarians need pet insurance. Really. Here’s why:

1. Because vet care is not free for veterinarians. Contrary to popular opinion, veterinary care does not suddenly become free when you become a veterinarian. Though my own personal store of knowledge is always on tap (though, technically, I still make student loan payments on it), I also require drugs, supplies, equipment and infrastructure — not to mention the staff to make it all happen.

Not free at all, is it? Consider it merely discounted compared to what it would cost you.

2. Because medical care is increasingly pricey.

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Cat Disease: Hyperthyroidism – Part 3

Posted on: May 29th, 2013 by


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

There are two other treatments available that actually cure the hyperthyroidism.

1. One of the possibilities is surgery to remove one or both of the thyroid lobes that sit right in the neck area about here. Now, this is something that used to be more common before we developed these other treatments. Surgery is not done very often anymore. It is much more invasive, of course. It does mean surgery in kind of a delicate area, and there are, potentially, some complications that can arise from that.

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Cat Disease: Hyperthyroidism – Part 2

Posted on: May 28th, 2013 by


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

So there are some options that we have as far as treating the hyperthyroidism.

Most of my clients opt to treat the condition medically. This means giving the kitty an anti-thyroid medication twice a day for the rest of its life. Now, most of the cats do fine on this medication, but, like Marissa’s cat, some of them can get some side effects. Usually, if side effects occur, what we can see is vomiting, not eating well, decreased appetite, oftentimes an itchy rash up around the head, the face, or the neck. Or, like in Marissa’s cat, we can see lethargy too.

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Cat Disease: Hyperthyroidism – Part 1

Posted on: May 24th, 2013 by

Dr. Jane Matheys is a veterinarian and blogger for cat 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 cat health from questions posted on the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.

I’ve got several questions here about hyperthyroidism in kitties. The first one is from Marissa and she says:  “My cat is 12-years-old and was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She got very lethargic from the anti-thyroid medication, even on a very low dose, so we stopped it. She does not like her y/d thyroid food, and if she does eat it, she vomits. Are there any other options?”

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Traveling With Your Dog: Road Trip Checklist

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013 by

Picture of a traveling dog in car from pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance.

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden guest blogs for dog insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.

Recent surveys indicate about 29 million people travel with their pets each year and that number continues to grow.

When hitting the road with your pet, however, pay attention to the weather. Extreme hot or cold can impact your decision to have your dog join you. Never leave your dog alone in your vehicle during warm weather. Not even for just a few minutes. Even if you crack the windows a bit, the temperature inside your car climbs quickly and your dog can develop heat stroke and die.

When traveling with your dog in the hot weather, make sure the air conditioning is on. Consider attaching a small battery-operated fan to your dog’s crate for added ventilation. Bring extra water and look for the key sign of dehydration: your dog’s tongue is wide, red, and dry.

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