Kitten Milestones

A group of kittens plays together. Learn kitten milestones every cat owner should know.By Dr. Tracy McFarland, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a cat health insurance agency.

It’s really amazing to me how quickly kittens go from helpless newborns who can find their mother’s teat and suckle, but not much else, to fully functional speed racers who can climb, jump, pounce, and use a litter box perfectly in less than 2 months.

Dependent on Mom

When kittens are born, they are completely dependent on their mother for the first few weeks. The mother feeds them, cleans them, and stimulates urination and defecation for her kittens.  Moms start weaning their kittens at 4 weeks of age, usually completing the process by 6 to 8 weeks of age.

Eye Sight

Kittens are born with their eyes sealed shut. Their eyes open at about 7 to 10 days of age, but their vision develops over several weeks, finally reaching full clarity at about 12 weeks of age. If their eyes aren’t open by 10 days, there is any discharge seeping from their eyes, or their eyes become resealed after opening, quickly seek veterinary attention. Infection trapped within sealed lids can permanently damage delicate corneas.

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 5 Signs Your Dog or Cat Has Allergies

A beagle puppy with Pets Best Pet Insurance itches his ear due to allergies.By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance.

Spring is here and with it comes allergy season. People aren’t the only species affected by allergies. Many mammals, including your cat or dog, can have allergy-related issues as well. These five signs could mean that your pet is suffering from allergies.

1. Itching

While there are many causes of itching in dogs and cats, allergies to pollen, dust, fleas and even certain food ingredients can cause itching. If you notice a sudden change in your dog or cat that including excessive scratching, hair loss, crusts or scabs, red skin or irritation, have your pet seen by a veterinarian. Itching can be seasonal if it is related to season allergy such as pollen, or it can be year-round if your pet is constantly exposed to an allergen

2. Red, Watery Eyes

pets can experience some of the same symptoms of allergies as humans. Red, watery, itchy eyes are a sign of environmental allergies. These typically worsen in the spring and fall, depending on your geographical location and what allergens your dog is susceptible to. However, in warmer climates, these signs can happen at any time of the year. Pets may begin rubbing their faces on carpeting, bedding or furniture as well as scratching and pawing at their eyes.

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Dog Breed Guide: Cane Corso

A Cane Corso with pet insurance from Pets Best.

About the Cane Corso

Height (to base of neck): females 23.5-26″ males 25-27.5″

Weight:  females 88-99  lb, males 99-110 lb

Color: Black, grey, fawn, brindled or masked.

Origin: Italy

Coat: Short coat, very coarse and not smooth, thick and waterproof

Life Expectancy: 10-11 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: High

Breed Nicknames: Italian Mastiff

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