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3 Common Reasons for Indoor Cat ER Vet Visits

Posted on: March 5th, 2014 by

A kitty plays in a basket of yarn.By: Veterinarian Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best, a cat insurance and dog insurance agency.

Some people think that cats don’t have as many medical problems as dogs, especially if they live indoors. Due to this, people tend to get pet insurance for their dogs but less frequently for their cats. Of the cats who get insured, it’s typically an outdoor cat as opposed to an indoor cat. This is because people assume outdoor cats are at a higher risk for injuries and accidents. However, just because a cat stays inside the house, doesn’t mean it won’t still have medical issue. Indoor cats still get sick and have accidents, resulting in life threatening situations and expensive veterinary bills.

3 Common Reasons Indoor Cats Have to be Rushed to the Veterinarian

1. Eating objects around the house

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Dog Breed Guide: Australian Shepherd

Posted on: March 3rd, 2014 by

australian shepherd

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

About the Australian Shepherd

Height (to base of neck): female 18-21″, male 20-23″

Weight: female 30-45 lbs, male 50-65 lbs

Color: Tricolored (black, white and red), bi-colored (black and red), and blue or red merle

Origin: United States

Coat: Moderate length, and straight to slightly curly

Life Expectancy: 12-18 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: High

Is an Australian Shepherd the Right Dog Breed for You?

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How to Tell a Cat’s Personality from its Face Shape

Posted on: February 28th, 2014 by

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best, a cat insurance and dog insurance agency.

When searching for a kitten or cat to adopt, how can you tell if your selection will be a lap lounger, a shy cat, or an adventure seeker?

Purebred cats tend to have certain characteristic personality traits, though individuals within breeds may be very different. With the typical shelter cat, personality clues may be linked to the shape of the cat’s face.

Kit Jenkins, program manager for PetSmart Charities, has spent more than 20 years in the animal sheltering world studying the behavior of cats and dogs. She has developed a theory of cat face geometry, based on the fact that feline faces usually fall into one of three physical shapes: square, round, or triangle. While genetics and life experiences play major roles in how cats think and act, Jenkins contends that personality is also influenced by a cat’s physical shape. Here’s how she describes the various types:

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Dog Breed Guide: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Posted on: February 24th, 2014 by
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

A young Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog lies outside in front of the tulips.

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

About the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Height (to base of neck): 12-13″

Weight: 13-18 lbs

Color: Black and tan, Tricolored, white with red patches (Blenheim), and red.

Origin: United Kingdom.

Coat: Moderately long and silky with feathering on ears and feet.

Life Expectancy: 9-14 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel the Right Dog Breed for You?

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3 Essential Dog Obedience Commands

Posted on: February 21st, 2014 by

A dog sits.

By G. Elaine Acker for Pets Best, a pet insurance company for dogs and cats. Elaine is the author of the Pet First Aid and Disaster Response Guide. Elaine is developing an online Pet First Aid course along with Dr. Larry Newell.

I have two small dogs. One is a Jack Russell mix that my veterinarian describes as an “American Terrier,” and the other is a suspected Chiweenie (although he was found on the side of the road, and his heritage is forever a mystery). They both have a willful streak, and even though my husband and I have been through advanced obedience training with them, we find that it takes regular obedience reviews, for both dogs and humans, for that training to be effective.

When we train, we focus on the following three obedience commands, which we consider the life-and-death essentials.

1. Sit/Stay
When your dog will sit and stay until released, you’re able to comfortably place your dog in a specific location, knowing that they’re safely out of harm’s way, until you return. This command makes it easy to do something as simple as take your dog onto a restaurant patio with the confidence that they’ll be well behaved and welcome.

It’s also valuable in emergency situations. For example, you’re visiting a local park with your kiddo and he or she takes a tumble off a swing. You’re able to put your dog into a “stay,” and go help your child without having your dog suddenly invading another family’s picnic, or getting into a tussle with another nearby dog.

Once your dog has learned the basics, you can practice by putting your dog into a sit/stay and gradually increasing the amount of time he or she remains in that position. Our goal is five minutes, and we always return to our dogs with a treat before releasing them.

2. Come

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