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Show your puppy some love with home-baked biscuits

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by

A pet with dog insurance helps his owner bake some treats.Animal lovers and pet insurance enthusiasts everywhere will be excited to learn that today is National Dog Biscuit Day! And while it might be easy to swing by the store on your way home from work, why not bake some dog biscuits in your own kitchen? It’s easier than you might think!

Even if you don’t consider yourself a baker, don’t worry. The best recipes only require a few easy-to-find ingredients, which won’t take a toll on pet health if given in moderation. They’re also much easier to make than people treats. And of course, we pretty much guarantee your dog will scarf them right up.

Peanut Butter Bones
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 1/2 c. white flour
1/2 c. natural peanut butter (no added sugar, salt, etc.)
1 c. water
2 tbsp. oil

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Combine oil, peanut butter and water. Add flour gradually until dough is formed. Knead it and roll it out to about 1/4″ inch thick. Cut into shapes with a bone-shaped cookie cutter and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for about 18 minutes. Keep a close eye on them because they’ll burn fast once they’re done baking!

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Red Pandas Delighted by the Snow!

Posted on: February 20th, 2015 by

Has the harsh winter weather got you down? These adorable red pandas are delighted about the recent snowfall! Watch as Lin and Rover have the time of their lives, frolicking in the snow at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Why is My Pet’s Nose Wet or Dry?

Posted on: February 20th, 2015 by

A dog with a cold, wet nose.

By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet health insurance agency for dogs and cats.

There is an old wives’ tale that a dog or cat’s health can be assessed by the state of their nose. Typically, cat and dog noses are wet and cold, but why? What does it mean if they are warm and dry?

Often times, pet owners think that if their pet’s nose is dry, then the pet must be sick. Conversely, many people think that if a pet’s nose is wet and cold, then the pet is healthy. The truth is that a wet, cold nose has no bearing on your pet’s health, and it is not a reliable way to gage if your pet is sick or healthy.

One reason that cat and dog noses are typically wet is because pets like to lick their noses often. This moistens the nose and keeps that wet feeling. Sometimes, dogs and cats can have a warm, dry nose naturally. However, it can sometimes be a sign of dehydration. Pets that are dehydrated may have dry noses, but a dry nose doesn’t always mean your pet is sick. The humidity and temperature of the air also contributes to how wet or dry your pet’s nose will be.

If you notice a wet, runny nose with clear or colored discharge, then your pet may have an infection or other nasal disease and should be seen by your veterinarian for proper treatment. Some pets will always have dry, cracked noses even when they are healthy otherwise. This is especially true of senior pets.

The best way to assess your pet’s health is to monitor for decreased appetite, lethargy or abnormal behavior.

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5 Tips for Socializing Your Puppy

Posted on: February 18th, 2015 by

A black Labrador puppy needs to be socialized for best behavior.

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.

Congratulations on adopting a puppy! The quicker you instill a clear, concise and consistent training regimen, the faster the chance that your overly energetic puppy develops into a mature, well-behaved dog.

Think of your fast-growing puppy as a sponge, soaking up all experiences inside your home and outside during walks and outings. Experiences – fun and frightening – are being downloaded by your pup. He needs and depends on you for guidance on how not to panic.

Set your puppy up for success by socializing him properly and teaching him how to play with a purpose. The sooner you can introduce fun and positive learning to your puppy, the less likely it is you’ll have to deal with serious behavior problems when he reaches adulthood.

Looking for fun ways to socialize your puppy? Once your puppy has completed his set of puppy vaccines to bolster its immune system, consider these five outings:

1. Spend 15 minutes once a week in front of your supermarket with your puppy. This busy place provides the perfect place for your puppy to meet all types of people, including hat-wearers, those with beards, little children, and individuals in wheelchairs. Make sure your puppy is sporting a harness and is leashed.

2. Bring your puppy with you to an outdoor café. Sip your favorite beverage while your puppy takes in all the sights, sounds and smells. Be sure to bring a portable bowl, a plastic bottle of water, and a few tasty treats for your puppy. Treat him to a brisk 30-minute walk or run right before entering the eatery to provide a suitable outlet for his puppy energy.

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Cat Breed Guide: Chartreux

Posted on: February 16th, 2015 by

A Chartreux 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 Chartreux

Weight:  Female 7-10 lb, male 10-17 lb

Points of conformation: Broad rounded head with well developed jaw.  Short limbs with deep chest and short neck.  Small round paws.

Coat: Medium-short double hair coat is woolly, plush and soft.  Coat can take up to 5 years to fully develop.

Color: Blue gray with silver tips.

Grooming needs: Minimal, although they are heavy seasonal shedders due to double hair coat and will require more attention during these times.

Origin: France

Behavior Traits: Gentle and placid.

Is a Chartreux cat right for You?

The Chartreux is known for its ‘smiling’ expression.  While gentle, at the same time they are playful and can be good mousers.  They crave affection and will often follow their owners around the house.  They are adaptable and intelligent.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Chartreux

According to the number of cat insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount 
 Ear infection  $87
 Lymphoma  $5,621
 Arthritis  $443
 Hyperthyroidism  $109

 

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