Cats Landing on Their Feet – Are There Health Implications?

A Pets Best Pet Insurance protected kitten jumps through the air and lands on its feet.By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a pet health insurance agency for dogs and cats.

As the saying goes, cats always land on their feet! But is this always true?

Cats do typically land on their feet when they jump or fall. The vestibular system is responsible for telling the cat when it is not right-side-up, and this system triggers the cat to rotate in mid-air to make sure its feet land first. Cats are very agile and flexible which helps them rotate during their fall to avoid landing on their head or back.

When cats land on their feet, their joints absorb the shock associated with the landing. The softer the landing material (carpet for example), the less likely a cat is to injure itself. It is widely known that cats falling from greater heights often sustain fewer injuries that those falling from just a few feet up in the air. Read More…

Dog Breed Guide: Scottish Terrier

A Scottish Terrier 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 Scottish Terrier

Height (to base of neck): 10″

Weight:  females 18 – 21lb, males 19-22lb

Color: Brindle, black and wheaten.

Origin: Scotland

Coat: Double coat with wavy, wiry, long outer coat.

Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Scottie

Is a Scottish Terrier the Right Dog Breed for You?Read More…

Dogs Left in Hot Cars

Dogs left in hot cars can suffer serious or fatal injuries. This chart gives temperature ranges for how quickly it can heat up inside your car. From Pets Best Insurance.

At Pets Best, our mission is to help keep pets healthy, happy and safe in all aspects, from pet insurance coverage to heat safety.

The weather is warming up so remember to play it safe and don’t leave your dog in the car, even on a seemingly “cooler” summer day of 68 degrees! Here are some scary examples of how quickly your car can heat up inside, making it very dangerous for pets left inside.

  • On a 68 degree day, in 10 minutes your car can jump up 13 degrees to 81 degrees, and in 60 minutes your car can reach 115 degrees.
  • On an 82 degree day, in 10 minutes your car can reach 95 degrees and within 60 minutes your car can reach 129 degrees!
  • On a 90 degree day, in 10 minutes your car can reach 102 degrees and within 60 minutes your car can reach 136 degrees!

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*All degrees listed are Fahrenheit.

3 Common Injuries in Medium and Large Breed Dogs

A Pets Best Pet Insurance protected beagle dog with an injury wears a cone while he heals.By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

All dog breeds are at risk for injuries. However, medium and larger dogs are at risk for different types of injuries from smaller breeds. Examples of these medium and large breed dogs include Labradors, Shepherds, Hounds, Rottweilers, Golden Retrievers, Pit Bulls and Dobermans.

1. Lacerations and Wounds – wounds and skin lacerations are one of the most common injuries seen in after-hours emergency veterinary hospitals. This is most often a result of a dog fight. Big dogs tend to initiate fights with other animals more often than smaller dogs. While the can do some serious damage with their teeth, they often sustain wounds themselves from the other dog in the scuffle. In the wounds a punctures and very small, they will need to be cleaned but may not need stitches. If the skin is torn, stitches and a drain tube are often needed for proper healing. Any time an animal has a wound or laceration, regardless of the cause, they should be seen by a veterinarian for proper antibiotics and pain medications.

2. Broken Limbs – Read More…

5 Surprising Pet Health Hazards of Drought

A dog sits.By Dr. Fiona Caldwell, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a pet health insurance agency.

Examination of old growth tree rings in California suggest this is the driest the state has been in 500 years. California’s governor has asked for a state of emergency as the drought continues on. Drought conditions have far reaching implications. Certainly its impact on the economy has been well documented, but less water has implications for human health, and the health of animals as well! Here are five surprising health consequences droughts have for pets.

1. Apparently the dry, warm weather makes stray cats more interested in mating. Experts aren’t sure why there is a correlation between reproductive activity and dry weather, but area shelters and humane societies have seen a dramatic increase in feral kittens being dropped off in need of homes.

2. As running water dries up there are more and more pools of stagnant water. These pools are common places for animals to congregate and comingle, which can lead to the spread of infectious disease, especially in wild populations. Stagnant water is a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes and California officials are geared for a large increase in the incidence of West Nile Virus (dogs and cats are immune to this disease though). Interestingly, studies actually show the opposite for another mosquito borne disease, Heartworms. The incidence of heartworm disease actually goes down.[1]

3. All that stagnant water can increase the concentration of chemical run off from industries and farming.Read More…

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