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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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Mysterious Bumps on Dog’s Face – 3 Possible Causes

Posted on: November 5th, 2013 by

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

Hi. My name is Marc Caldwell; I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance to answer some Facebook questions for you guys. Our next question is: My 4-year-old Border Collie suddenly has bumps all over her face and won’t eat or drink. What could cause this?

While there are many possible reasons that this could actually be occurring, the top three things that come to my mind are this:

1. First would be an insect or a spider bite. Many times after being stung or bitten, I will see facial swelling or bumps, regardless of where the bite was actually sustained on the animal. This can result in vomiting, loss of appetite, occasionally, difficulty breathing as well. Oftentimes, severe reactions will require veterinary care.

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3 Tips to Keep Senior Dogs and Cats Healthy

Posted on: November 1st, 2013 by

A senior golden retriever dog.

By David J. Merrick, For Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, so we asked David Merrick of Quincy Animal Health to discuss senior pet wellness.

As dogs and cats get older, they need more attention and special care. Senior Wellness Programs can help your pet remain fit and healthy as he or she ages and can help catch any potential problems earlier, when they’re easier to treat or manage.

Three tips to keep senior dogs and cats healthy

1. Regular veterinary exams can actually help your pet live longer

  1. Before your dog or cat reaches senior status, it is recommended that you bring your pet in for a baseline exam and diagnostic workup. This gives a record of what’s normal for your pet so we can keep track of any changes.
  2. Senior Wellness checkups are recommended when your dog turns 7 years of age or your cat turns 8 years of age.
  3. Diagnosing diseases and certain conditions early is important throughout a pet’s life, but it becomes even more critical when your dog or cat enters his or her senior years. Our dogs and cats may not show any signs of even serious diseases until they are quite advanced.
  4. Veterinarians can treat many symptoms that are commonly attributed to age; including those associated with cognitive dysfunction syndrome (similar to Alzheimer’s in humans).
  5. Your veterinarian can also improve your pet’s quality of life in many ways: by identifying and preventing or reducing pain, recommending an appropriate nutrition and exercise plan, and suggesting environmental modifications to keep your pet comfortable.

2. Be aware of cognitive changes

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Will Asparagus Dissolve Dog Bladder Stones?

Posted on: October 30th, 2013 by

Will Asparagus Dissolve Dog Bladder Stones and Crystals?Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and blogger for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats

Hi I’m Dr. Fiona, and today I’m answering a question posted on the Pets Best Facebook page. Betty asks, I’ve heard that giving your dog asparagus when there are bladder stones or crystals helps to dissolve them. Is this true?

Good question, Betty. Asparagus root possibly has a mild diuretic effect, which can in turn cause the urine to be more diluted, thus helping to prevent crystals from forming in the urine. Asparagus can also have an alkalinizing effect–meaning it can raise the pH of the urine–which helps with certain types of crystals. However, this is not always true because some crystals form in more alkaline urine, versus acidic, which could make the problem worse.  There are no scientific studies to prove this, and therefore it should not be used as a sole method of managing urinary crystals.  Additionally, asparagus will not dissolve bladder stones.

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