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6 Things to Consider Before Getting a Cat

Posted on: November 25th, 2013 by

Two dogs sit at the conference table in the Pets Best Insurance office.

By Dr. Jane Matheys, a veterinarian at The Cat Doctor in Boise, Idaho; and blogger for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats

Many families choose the holidays as the “purrfect” time to add a feline friend to their home. Cats make wonderful companions for all ages, and bringing a new pet into your home is an exciting event. Often, though, people go out and get a cat without considering the long term commitment they are making or the financial aspect of providing excellent care for the cat. Here are some important things to consider before deciding to get a cat.

1. Get the family involved

Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat and agrees to adding a new member to the family. Is anyone in the family allergic to cats?  One of the most common reasons people give for surrendering cats to shelters is allergies. If you are not sure you have allergies, you should spend some time around cats to see if you have a reaction before you adopt. If allergies develop later on, will you consider treating the allergy before giving up your cat?

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‘Stache Bash Picture Contest!

Posted on: November 18th, 2013 by

A Boxer breed dog wears glasses and a fake mustache.

By Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats

In honor of raising awareness in November for Prostate Cancer, many men support the cause by growing mustaches and beards—while in turn raising donations. Well at Pets Best we thought, dogs and cats already have facial hair, so why shouldn’t they get in on the action?

So here’s the deal, we’re having a ‘Stache Bash Picture Contest! Post pictures of your dogs and cats sporting mustaches and beards (real or fake) on our Facebook, or email them to us at Submit photos now through November 30th.

We’ll choose one winner to receive a $25 gift card, and we’ll donate $100 to the Movember Foundation which supports “world-class men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.” (

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How Do Dogs and Cats Get Diabetes?

Posted on: November 18th, 2013 by

By veterinarian Dr. Fiona for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats

Hi, I’m Doctor Fiona Caldwell. I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital, and I’m answering questions from pet owners today for Pets Best, and this question is, “Are dogs and cats born with diabetes, or can they develop it at any age?” The classic diabetes that you’re probably referring to, diabetes mellitus, well, they’re not born with it.

There are basically two different types of diabetes, and the same holds true in pets and your Type I diabetes typically happen in children. There’s nothing that they did to predispose themselves to it. Nobody really knows why it happens, but for whatever reason their bodies stop producing insulin.  These children need to have insulin in order to survive. The type II diabetes is your classic, generalizing here, overweight person, and sometimes changing their lifestyle, losing weight, becoming more active, and changing their diet, they can actually influence how their diabetes acts, and they don’t always have to rely on insulin.

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Dog Breed Guide: Beagles

Posted on: November 15th, 2013 by

A Beagle dog puppy.

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

About the Beagle

Height (to base of neck): 13-15″

Weight: 20-30 lbs

Color: Black, tan and white tricolor is most common, but ticking and diluted blue are also accepted

Origin: England

Coat: Short-medium, dense coat

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Exercise needs: low to moderate

Is a Beagle the Right Dog Breed for You?

Beagles can be suited to urban or rural environments and possess a loyal, gentle and trustworthy temperament. They can be independent minded, but enjoy affection and human contact. They are good with children when properly socialized and typically aren’t good watch dogs. They need secure enclosures to prevent escaping. They have moderate to high barking tendency and can become vocal when left alone. They have low to moderate exercise needs and can tend to put on weight easily. They have low grooming needs and are moderate shedders.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for Beagles

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8 Fall-Related Reasons Pets End Up at the Vet

Posted on: November 13th, 2013 by

A sick dog lays cuddled up under a blanket.

By veterinarians Dr. Marc and Dr. Fiona, for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats

Fall is in full swing, bringing a whole slew of new reasons pets are taken to the veterinarian’s office. Here are eight common fall-related reasons dogs and cats visit the vet.

1. Parvovirus

Some infectious diseases seem to have a seasonality to them, Parvo is one of them.  We tend to see an increase in Parvovirus infections this time of year in unvaccinated puppies.  Always make sure your pets are up to date on vaccines!

2. Allergies

Just like in people, the poor air quality, increased dust and pollen from changing seasons can trigger allergies in pets as well. While we occasionally see pets with respiratory symptoms, many will present with itchy skin and ear infections.

3. Arthritis

Cold weather can exacerbate some older pets’ achy joints.

4. Antifreeze Toxicity

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