Dog Breed Guide: Great Pyrenees

A Great Pyrenees dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Great Pyrenees

Height (to base of neck): female 25 – 29,” male 27 – 32″

Weight: female 85lb, male 100lb

Color: All white, with tan, or grey marking allowed.

Origin: Siberia

Coat: Thick double coat with fine, wooly undercoat and hard, long, flat outer coat.

Life Expectancy: 10 – 11 years

Energy level: Low

Exercise needs: Moderate

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Top 10 Holiday Pet Gifts for 2015

Top Holiday Gifts for Dogs and Cats in 2015.

By Therese Pope for Pets Best, a pet health insurance agency for dogs and cats. Pope is a freelance writer based in California.

Looking for those perfect gifts and stocking stuffers for special fur family members and pet lovers? Check out these fun, innovative holiday pet gifts for 2015. Our top 10 favorite picks are below.

1. FitBark – Dog Activity Tracker

Kick off the New Year on a healthy note! If you enjoy taking your dog on runs or walks, FitBark is perfect for active pets and owners. Link your Fitbit with FitBark and monitor your dog’s daily activity levels and compare with your daily fitness goals. The beautiful, bone-shaped sensor tracks your dog’s daily physical activity and converts it into BarkPoints as a way to monitor their fitness progress. The FitBark also keeps a close eye on your pet’s overall health patterns. This is helpful for pets that need to lose weight or need to maintain a certain exercise level.

You can purchase one at www.fitbark.com.

 

2. ThunderShirt

The ThunderShirt vest helps calm and relax dogs and cats. If you haven’t had any luck with training or medication, ThunderShirt is a great option for pets who suffer from anxiety, fear and over-excitement issues. The vest applies a gentle, constant soothing pressure similar to swaddling an infant.

Pets Best has secured an exclusive discount for customers at ThunderShirt. Save 10% on your order with the code PETSBEST10. It can be used from now until Dec. 31 at 11:59 PM PST.

Visit their website at www.thundershirt.com.

 

3. BarkBox

A box of dog goodies delivered to your door each month on the 15th. Each BarkBox will include a new combination of fun toys, healthy treats, and innovative gadgets for your pup. It’s a great way to test out new products to find things your dog loves. And it’s the gift that keeps on giving all year long!

You can sign up for your monthly subscription at www.barkbox.com.

 

4. Outward Hound Dog Gear

Outward Hound Dog Gear makes the perfect gift for playful, curious pups who love

adventures. Outward Hound designs interactive and innovative toys, games, puzzles, and travel products that keep dogs active and engaged.

Outward Hound is offering an exclusive discount to Pets Best customers, save 30% on your order with promo code PETSBEST (one-time use). Shop their online store at www.outwardhound.com.

 

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Cat Breed Guide: Ragdoll

A Ragdoll cat with pet insurance from Pets Best.By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Ragdoll

Weight:  male 12-20; female 10-14

Points of conformation: This large cat has a heavy-set muscular build with medium sized head in a wedge shape.  They possess a full muzzle with medium to short nose and wide set ears. Paws are large and round and tail is long and bushy.

Coat: Semi-long hair coat is very fine and glossy and shorter around the head and forelimbs.  Some describe the coat as a single hair coat, whereas others describe it as possessing minimal undercoat.

Color: Pointed (chocolate, seal, lilac and blue), Van (pigmented mask, ears and tail), Mitted (white on forefeet, ruff, chin and hocks), and Bi-color.

Grooming needs: Low matting tendency, with low to moderate grooming needs.

Origin: California, United States

Behavior Traits: Docile and adaptable.

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2 Tips for Pet Winter Diet Needs

Dogs and cats may have winter specific nutrition needs.

From Pets Best, pet health insurance for dogs and cats.

It is important that your pet be fed a high quality diet throughout the year. And based on the time of year, your dogs and cats nutritional needs can vary.

Tip 1

According to Richard Pitcairn, DVM, author of “The Complete Guide to Natural Health For Dogs And Cats,” exposure to cold weather demands increased calories to keep them warm. He suggests these calories are best supplied by a high-fat diet. Some examples of foods that provide a balanced protein to fat content include lean hamburger or roasted chicken. Never give your dog or cat bones to eat. They can choke on them and/or the bones can splinter off inside of your dog or cat causing further health issues.

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Dog Breed Guide: Chinese Crested

A Chinese Crested dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Chinese Crested

Height (to base of neck): 11 – 13″

Weight:  5 – 12lb

Color: Haired varieties can be any color.

Origin: China

Coat: Two varieties exist, the hairless have no body hair but have silky hair on the head, tail and extremities.  The Powderpuff variety is fully haired with a double hair coat.

Life Expectancy: 12 – 13 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Crested, Crestie, Powderpuff, Chinese Hairless

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