By: Elizabeth Culver, a Girl Scout whose furry siblings, Eagle and Phoenix, are protected by Pets Best.
Raven was my parents’ dog. She was my furry, four-legged older sister, who, like many older sisters, did not listen to me. She was full of energy, hence her nickname “Raven Lunatic.” When I was about 10, my parents decided it was time for my sister and me to have a dog of our own. We chose a lab mix from a local rescue, and named her Eagle.
One year later, our once lively Raven tragically developed cancer. My parents did everything that they could to help their first “daughter”, and spent a fortune on treatments. Sadly, Raven did not make it. However, good did come from the experience.We learned a lot about health care and the need for pet health insurance for the furry members of our family. My mom signed Eagle up for pet insurance from Pets Best, which ended up being a huge blessing.
Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.
About the Maltese
Height (to base of neck): 10″
Origin:Isle of Malta.
Coat: Single flat hair coat with long straight silky hairs.
Life Expectancy: 14-15 years
Energy level: Moderate
Exercise needs: Low
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By Dr. Tracy McFarland, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.
Have you ever wondered why a cat you see on the street or in a vacant lot or field has one ear that is neatly squared off at the top? It can be the right or left ear, and it is done at the time of neuter or spay, primarily with cats that are not suitable for adoption and will be released into a “cat colony” area instead. The ear tip surgery allows concerned cat rescuers to recognize that this cat has already been sterilized and released, and does not need further intervention.
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By Coleen Ellis, founder of the Two Hearts Pet Loss Center and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.
It was another frantic phone call from a very caring pet parent, whose heart was breaking yet again after the loss of her beloved dog; she was now left with a deeply grieving sibling litter-mate. Still very upset about the death of her dog, this pet parent knew she had to find a way to help her surviving furry-family member cope through this difficult time.
Pets grieve in different ways based on the type of relationship they had with the deceased pet, who was a part of the family unit. In preparation for that sad day in your household, here are a few healthy coping tips for helping your other pets through their grief.
Most importantly, it is imperative that the surviving pet family members are allowed to see the deceased pet. The step of viewing and smelling the death of the pet will positively confirm what has happened so they aren’t constantly searching for their missing family member. If the surviving pets aren’t able to view the body, smelling a clipping of their fur or hair is an adequate substitute. Once this important step has happened, the surviving pets tend to begin their grieving process.
Other ways to help grieving pets: