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4 Tips for Puppy School Success

Posted on: January 24th, 2014 by

A puppy lays next to a chalkboard sign that reads, Back to School - 4 Tips for Puppy Training Class.

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 pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

1. Take your puppy for a walk

Walk for 20 – 30 minutes before arriving at your class. That way your puppy will have unleashed some of their energy and excitement.

2. Arrive 5-10 minutes early

This will allow your puppy to satisfy their uncontrollable need to meet and greet other classmates (both people and other puppies) and to have time to go potty one more time. Many puppy classes have socializing as part of the lesson plan. For those that do not, this “play preview” can help the pup work through their excitement.

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6 Tips for Crate Training Dogs

Posted on: January 20th, 2014 by

A happy, small white dog lays in its crate.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 pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.


1. Buy a crate big enough for puppy to stand up and turn around in easily. If you buy a crate to match your puppy’s eventual adult size, temporarily insert a divider until he gets larger.

2. Let your puppy investigate inside the crate on his own. Encourage his curiosity by tossing a toy or a few treats inside.

3. Feed your puppy in his crate. Quietly close the door while he eats and then open the door after he eats and let him go outside to go to the bathroom.

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3 Ways to be Reunited With Your Lost Dog or Cat

Posted on: January 10th, 2014 by

A lost yellow lab dog sits in a field looking worried and scared.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 and Dr. Larry Newell are developing an online Pet First Aid course, which will launch in early 2014.

On New Year’s Day a couple of years ago, I was reminded how priceless an identification tag can be for pets. For a lost animal, that inexpensive, tiny scrap of metal can mean the difference between being home in time for supper, and spending the weekend (or longer) in a cold, lonely cage at the local shelter.

My husband and I were sitting peacefully in the living room watching a fire crackling in the wood-burning stove, when we heard a strange sound from the bedroom. A quick head count told us that our own dogs and cat were already present and accounted for, so my husband made his way down the hall and peeked around the bedroom door. “Um, there’s a dog in here,” he said.

Nothing was working in this poor dog’s favor. Our new arrival wore a rabies tag from an out-of-town vet, but the numbers on the surface were scratched almost beyond recognition. It was New Year’s Day. The dog was visiting from out of town. His veterinarian’s office was closed. The city’s office was closed, and there was no place open locally to help us scan for a microchip.

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6 Winter Hazards for Dogs and Cats

Posted on: January 8th, 2014 by

By Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best, a pet insurance company for dogs and cats
A furry dog sits outside in the snow. The cold Winter conditions can mean problems for dogs and cats.

The bitter cold winter months always bring a slew of new hazards for our four legged family members. Here are six common winter hazards I’ve seen as a veterinarian and the president of a pet insurance company.

1. Frostbite

All dogs are susceptible to frostbite, but it’s more common among dogs that aren’t used to being outdoors.

Frostbite starts out as a blemish and turns to a blister and turns black when there is severe tissue damage. When it turns black, that area will slough off and be subject to secondary infection. The dog can lose a toe if subjected to prolonged exposure.

2. Ice Melt Burns

Ice melts can make dogs sick by walking on them and then licking their paw and digesting the ice melt. Watch for limping, excessive licking of feet and redness to skin areas between pads.

3. Dehydration

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My Vet’s the Best National Contest

Posted on: January 1st, 2014 by

My Vet’s the Best Contest. In 2010, Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats, became the nation’s first pet insurance company to develop a contest aimed at recognizing the country’s best veterinarians. Each year, thousands of veterinarians receive nominations from grateful pet owners. Their stories include heartwarming and sometimes harrowing tales of why they believe their vet is the best.

How to participate in My Vet’s the Best

1. Nominate your veterinarian

2. Watch for finalists to be announced and vote for your favorite

Nominating Your Veterinarian

Our online form makes it easy for you to nominate your vet. Your story doesn’t have to be long, but it should include details about how your vet helped your pet specifically, as well as information about any pet-related charity your veterinarian may support.

For more information, read the top 3 tips for a strong nomination.

Click here to nominate your veterinarian any time on the Pets Best website.

Please note: if you nominate your veterinarian and they do not become a finalist for voting, you will need to nominate them again to be considered for the next round of finalists/voting. However, all nominated vets in the calendar year will be entered into the running for the Grand Prize title and prize.


How Many Veterinarians Win?

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