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MVTB Contest Finalist: Dr. Pat Echolds

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by

My Vet's the Best finalist Dr. Pat Echolds of Rancho Niguel Animal Hospital in Laguna Niguel, California.

Meet Dr. Pat Echolds, one of the six finalists in the Pets Best Summer 2014 round of the My Vet’s the Best Contest. Pets Best, a leading U.S. pet health insurance agency developed the contest to recognize the country’s best veterinarians. Each year, thousands of veterinarians receive nominations from grateful pet owners.

Dr. Echolds grew up in Yorba Linda, California and at a young age, felt the calling to work with animals for the rest of his life. With an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from the University of San Diego, he then attended the youngest and most modern vet school in the country, Western University of Health Sciences in Pamona, California. In 2007 Dr. Echolds graduated with honors, and was part of the first graduating class of WesternU.

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MVTB Contest Finalists: Drs. Frank & Mindi Metzler

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by

My Vet's the Best finalists Drs. Frank & Mindi Metzler of 2222 Veterinary Clinic in Austin, Texas.

Meet Drs. Frank & Mindi Metzler, one of the six finalists in the Pets Best Summer 2014 round of the My Vet’s the Best Contest. Pets Best, a leading U.S. pet health insurance agency developed the contest to recognize the country’s best veterinarians. Each year, thousands of veterinarians receive nominations from grateful pet owners.

Drs. Frank & Mindi are both 2009 graduates of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. They met and fell in love while in college, and later shared a common dream of owning their own vet practice in beautiful Texas Hill Country.

Dr. Frank’s veterinary interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology and internal medicine. In his spare time he enjoys canoeing, hiking, and cooking.

Dr. Mindi’s medical focus is in veterinary dentistry, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, and client education, giving free monthly lectures to help pet owners further understand their pet’s health. Outside of work, Dr. Mindi enjoys reading, working out, and playing word games.

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11 Ways to Protect Pets from Wildfires

Posted on: July 9th, 2014 by

Wildfires spread fast and can threaten homes and the humans and pets inside.

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 health insurance agency for dogs and cats.

It doesn’t take much to create a wildfire: a cigarette, a camp fire not properly extinguished or even a lightning strike. No matter the cause, you need to act quickly to protect you and your pets. You may only have minutes to evacuate from these fast-spreading flames.

For the past 15 years, I’ve lived in wildfire country – San Diego. And, I share my home with two dogs and two cats. Let me share with you ways I do my best to keep my pets safe from the dangers of wildfires:

1. Stay informed. Sign up for reverse 911, if it is available in your area. Emergency officials will call or text you if your property falls into a voluntary or mandatory evacuation area.

2. Create a mutual pet-buddy system. Provide a set of house keys to a trusted neighbor who is willing to rescue your pets in case a wildfire strikes when you are not at home. And promise to do the same for their pets.

3. Have fire-dousing tools within reach. Keep a fire extinguisher in your home and learn how to use it properly. Keep a garden hose that can water down all sides and roof of your home.

4. Create three pet disaster preparedness bags: one stored at all times in your vehicle; one near the front door and one near the backdoor. If a wildfire flares up quickly, you can access at least one or more of these bags with your pets. These bags should contain a few days’ worth of food and pet medication as well as inexpensive slip leads you can use to restrain your dog if she becomes stressed or fearful by the smoke-filled sky.

5. Pack items to treat fire-related conditions. Make sure your pet first aid kit in your vehicle and pet disaster bag contains a pet-safe eye wash, burn ointment, antiseptic wipes and socks (or doggy booties) so you can wash out soot and debris from your pet’s eyes and treat paws that may step on embers or shattered glass during the evacuation.

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Breed Guide: Newfoundland

Posted on: July 7th, 2014 by

A Newfoundland dogDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Newfoundland

Height (to base of neck): female 26″, male 28″

Weight: female 100-120lbs, male 130-150lbs

Color: White, grey, black, black and white and brown

Origin: Canadian providence of Newfoundland

Coat: Dense, double coat with coarse wavy outer hairs and soft dense undercoat. The coat is slightly oily and thus waterproof.

Life Expectancy: 8-10 years

Energy level: Low to moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Newfie, Newf

Is a the Newfoundland Right Dog Breed for You?

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4 Reasons Cats Purr

Posted on: July 4th, 2014 by

a black cat relaxes on the floorBy 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.

The phenomenon of purring has fascinated humans for ages. A lot of research has been conducted to figure out this magical feline motoring sound, but no one knows for certain why cats purr, though it is believed to be a voluntary act initiated by the central nervous system. In other words, cats purr on purpose, not just as an instinctive response.

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