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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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Dogs on Deployment

Posted on: November 11th, 2013 by

A bulldog in Georgia that needs a temporary home due to its owners being deployed by the military.

Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats, is a proud sponsor of Dogs on Deployment. Learn about this great organization that helps find temporary homes for dogs, when their owners are deployed with the military.

About Dogs on Deployment - By President and Co-Founder Alisa Johnson

A dual-military husband and wife simultaneously received orders; the husband was to be deployed while the wife was to attend military training at Quantico, Va. Because of the sudden geographical separation and military commitments, neither spouse was able to keep and care for their beloved dog. After searching every available option, they eventually met a family that was willing to offer their dog a home until the couple’s orders were finished. This real life scenario is what prompted the founders to establish Dogs on Deployment and inspired them to create an organization that would help other military members in similar situations.

Dogs on Deployment is a service member-ran 501(c)3 non-profit founded in June 2011. DoD provides an online resource for deploying military members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets while they’re away due to deployment, military travel, medical treatment or severe family crisis. Many military members are forced to relinquish their pets because of deployments and the scarcity of boarding options. DoD aims to alleviate this by providing a resource to seek help. Since their launch in June 2011, DoD has helped place nearly four-hundred pets in DoD Boarder homes and has recruited nearly seven-thousand volunteer boarders across the United States. DoD operates nationwide and is open for use by all military members during deployments and training exercises.

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4 Signs of Cancer in Dogs

Posted on: November 8th, 2013 by

A Boxer dog, cancer commonly affects Boxers.

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

Hi, I’m Doctor Fiona Caldwell, and I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital, and I’m answering questions today from pet owners for Pets Best. And this question is, “What are signs of cancer in dogs?”

This is a tough one for me to answer because cancer can affect any organ in the dog’s body, so it really depends on which organ system is affected.  But here are four initial things we veterinarians look for:

1. Dogs can get skin cancer, but they may not have any clinical signs at all other than changes or masses on the skin.

2. Cancer of the organs, though, of the liver or the kidneys, can sometimes cause big signs like changes in hunger, weight loss, that type of thing.

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