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Are Rawhides Safe for Dogs?

Posted on: December 18th, 2013 by

A corgi dog insured with Pets Best Insurance chews a rawhide.

Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer 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.  I’m answering questions for pet owners today for Pets Best.  And this question is, “I have a new puppy, and I’ve heard mixed reviews about giving a dog rawhides. Do you think rawhides are safe to give to dogs?” This is a really good question. It’s a little bit tricky for me to answer because it really depends on the dog.

So rawhides are meant to be kind of gnawed on, and then when they get a little soggy, you should really take them away. They should never be swallowed whole. They should never be eaten very quickly. They are just meant to be kind of chewed on for awhile.

So if you have a dog that does that, and just gently chews on them, gnaws on them, then leaves them alone and then comes back, great. Rawhides can be useful for boredom. You can get rawhides that have ingredients that help with dental issues so they can be helpful to keep the teeth clean.

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4 Reasons Cats Get Runny Noses

Posted on: December 13th, 2013 by

Lost Cat Survived 16 Months in Oregon Wilderness

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 by

Mazy May, a cat that was lost for 16 Months in the Oregon wilderness amazingly survived and was recently reunited with her family.

According to, back in July 2012, Cissy and Ken Myers went camping at Silver Creek Falls in Oregon. They said they always took their two cats and dog camping with them. However during this trip one of their cats, Mazy May, went missing. The Myers conducted a search for a month, but with no luck in finding their cat.

Then after 16 long months of separation, the Myers family was reunited with their Mazy May, something they never thought would happen. About two weeks ago, Martha Duckworth, a Park Ranger at Silver Creek Falls discovered the missing cat. Duckworth commented it was amazing that Mazy May survived the entire winter and wasn’t eaten by a bobcat or a bear, noting she must have lived off mice and bugs.

Duckworth, a cat lover herself, had just put her cat down the week before. So she was very happy to be able to reunite the Myers with Mazy May.

Cissy recounted that when she got the call about Mazy May being found, she was shaking.

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Pictures With Santa Event – Dog Paws and Santa Claus!

Posted on: December 6th, 2013 by

A boxer dog lays between santa boots.

Come have your dog’s picture taken with Santa Claus and support the Meridian Valley Humane Society at the same time!

When:  Wednesday, December 18th, from 4-7 pm

Where: H3 Pet Foods, 1801 W Cherry Ln, Meridian, ID 83642

Cost: Pictures are complimentary with a minimum $10 cash donation. For each cash donation to the Meridian Valley Humane Society (MVHS), H3 Pet Foods will donate one 15 lb bag of food to MVHS!

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  • Pets Best, a nationwide pet insurance agency for dogs and cats based in Boise, ID.
  • H3 Pet Foods in Meridian, ID.

About the Meridian Valley Humane Society

The MVHS recently reopened thanks to its all volunteer staff. The MVHS relies on volunteers and donations to operate. The MVHS works with and shelters homeless, abandoned and abused dogs and helps find them their forever home.

Want to Attend?

To let Pets Best know you plan to attend the photo shoot, you can RSVP by clicking here.

How to Contact–and Donate to–the Meridian Valley Humane Society

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Human Medicine for Gassy Dogs?

Posted on: December 4th, 2013 by

Hi, I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell and I’m a veterinarian at Idaho veterinary hospital. I’m answering questions from pet owners today, for Pets Best. And this question is, “I have a gassy dog. Can I give my dog Beano to help?

Unfortunately, this happens. Dogs can clear out rooms sometimes, with their gassiness, so I sympathize with you. Beano has not been shown to be toxic in dogs. However, as with any human drug, definitely consult with your veterinarian before you’re using over the counter products that are meant for humans.

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