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Traveling With Your Dog: Road Trip Checklist

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013 by

Picture of a traveling dog in car from pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance.

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden guest blogs for dog insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.

Recent surveys indicate about 29 million people travel with their pets each year and that number continues to grow.

When hitting the road with your pet, however, pay attention to the weather. Extreme hot or cold can impact your decision to have your dog join you. Never leave your dog alone in your vehicle during warm weather. Not even for just a few minutes. Even if you crack the windows a bit, the temperature inside your car climbs quickly and your dog can develop heat stroke and die.

When traveling with your dog in the hot weather, make sure the air conditioning is on. Consider attaching a small battery-operated fan to your dog’s crate for added ventilation. Bring extra water and look for the key sign of dehydration: your dog’s tongue is wide, red, and dry.

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Pet Grooming: 3 Tips for Treating Nails Cut Too Short

Posted on: May 21st, 2013 by

Veterinary advice for pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance for dog and cat toe nails cut too short.

By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and guest blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.

Dog and cat toenails can bleed! When performing pet grooming, it can be disconcerting to accidentally trim a nail too short and cause it to bleed. But don’t despair if this happens to you, here’s how to help:

1. Apply corn starch or flour to help stop the bleeding.

2. Then apply pressure to the nail with a clean cloth for at least 3 to 5 minutes.

(No peeking underneath until the full time has passed).

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4 Tips for Choosing a Dog Bed

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by

A cute dog with pet health insurance plays in a dog bed.

Pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance, recently asked dog owners what they’d buy for their dog if they had an extra $100. The number one answer? A dog bed.

So Pets Best asked Phuong Phillips of P.L.A.Y. pet products, for her top tips when purchasing a dog bed.

1. Durability

Like all products, owners should look for a pet bed that is high-quality and made to last. While it’s easy to find a cheap pet bed, there’s a good chance you’ll go through those just as fast as you go through treats. Poor craftsmanship and low-quality materials can require frequent replacement. Make sure you check out what the filler is made out of; often times it isn’t washable. If you’ve had a pet before, you’ve smelled the wet-dog scent, seen the muck your pet drags in, and know that accidents can happen. Additionally,  most dogs shed, and some shed a lot! Look for a pet bed that is 100% washer and dryer friendly and made with durable materials meant to last.

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3 Reasons Cats Sleep On Your Head

Posted on: May 16th, 2013 by


Dr. Matheys is a veterinarian guest blogger for pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance.

Hello. I’m Dr. Jane Matheys from The Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital and Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Today I’ll be answering some questions about cat health from the comments posted our Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.

First one here, Karen asks: “Why does my cat sleep on my head? Otherwise, she’s not overly affectionate.” Well, it’s not quite as unique as you might think, Karen. It is pretty common for people to tell me that their kitties sleep on their head at night.

There are several reasons for this.

1. Nobody knows for sure, but my guess is that most likely the common reason is that cats do it for warmth. People lose most of their body heat through their head, and your kitty can feel that, so they wrap right against your head to get that warmth. Other things?

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How Often Do You Give Your Dog a Bath?

Posted on: May 15th, 2013 by

Warmer weather and more time spent outside can mean dirty dogs. So Pets Best Insurance recently asked dog owners how often they give their dog a bath. Here are their surprisingly varied answers.

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