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Why I Love Being a Vet Tech Contest

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by

The Pets Best Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest.

Pets Best has created a contest to give recognition to certified veterinary technicians across the nation. With the help of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), Pets Best is proud to host the first annual Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest.

How to participate in Why I Love Being a Vet Tech:

1. Share a personal story explaining why you chose to be a vet tech and why you love what you do
2. Finalists will be announced and voting opens to the public

How to enter the contest:

Our online form makes it easy for you to enter our contest. Your story doesn’t have to be long, but it should include details about why you decided to become a vet tech, what you love most about it and why. Vet techs may enter the contest any time on the Pets Best website.

How many vet techs win?

Once per year, a panel of Pets Best representatives from the veterinary industry will select 8 finalists. The public will then vote to choose the grand prize winner. The grand prize winner of the contest will be announced during National Veterinary Technician Appreciation week in October 2014.

Prizes and Awards

The 8 finalists will each receive a $200 Visa gift card and a one year membership to NAVTA. The finalist who earns the most online votes will be the grand prize winner and will win a trip to the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Voting

When voting is open, you may vote on the Pets Best Facebook page or on the Pets Best website. Please note when voting is not open, the voting page will be blank.

Important dates to remember

Entry deadline: Sep. 12th
Public voting: Sep. 26th – Oct. 10th
Winner will be announced: Oct. 13th

Stay in the Know

Follow Pets Best on Facebook & Twitter to get the latest updates on this contest and others throughout the year.

See official contest rules HERE

5 Tips to Tame Your Nippy, Swatting Kitten

Posted on: July 18th, 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.

Don’t let that minute size of your newly adopted kitten fool you. Your tiny tabby shares the same prey drive to stalk, chase and hunt as lions roaming in the jungle.

That’s why it is vital that you don’t initially dismiss your kitten’s playful love nips to your hand or ankle as merely playful love bites. Unchecked, her biting and paw swatting will intensify and could cause physical harm to you and your house guests. Deep puncture wounds from cats have landed people in hospitals to receive treatment for Cat Scratch Fever, a disease caused by the Bartonella henselae bacteria. Affected persons can develop skin lesions, fever, fatigue and in severe instances, systemic infections.

When you bring home your kitten, school her on what is acceptable play and interaction with people immediately. Here are five effective strategies designed to tone down your kitten’s desire to nip and claw people:

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3 Steps to Treat Burns on Cats & 5 Things to Not Do

Posted on: July 16th, 2014 by

A cat with a wrapped up burned paw.

By Arden Moore, a master pet first aid/CPR instructor with Pet Tech, a hands-on training program. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best, a cat insurance and dog insurance agency.

Keeping your cat safe is a year-round commitment. That’s why knowing what to do and what not to do in a pet emergency is one of the best ways to be your cat’s best health ally.

Even if your cat spends 24-7 indoors, she is at risk for one of three types of burns: chemical, electrical and thermal. She could be trapped in the dryer that is turned on, chew on exposed electrical cords, brush up against a burning candle or leap up on the hot surface of a ceramic stovetop.

Just like in people, cats can suffer first-degree, second-degree, or third-degree burns. First-degree burns cause mild discomfort, second-degree burns penetrate several skin layers and are very painful, and third-degree burns injure all layers of the skin and can cause your cat to go into shock.

If your cat gets burned, DO take these three steps:

1. Grab a bath towel and wrap your cat to safely restrain her and reduce your chances of being bitten or scratched. Do not wrap her too tightly in the towel because she can overheat en route to the veterinary clinic.

2. Gently place a damp cloth soaked in cool clean water on the burn site. This will act as a compress to help take away some of the heat from the burn site.

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Breed Guide: Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by

A Pembroke Welsh CorgiDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Height (to base of neck): 10-12″

Weight:  female under 28lb, male under 30lb

Color: Black and tan, red, fawn and sable.

Origin: Pembrokeshire, Wales

Coat: Short to medium length with undercoat and coarser outercoat.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Corgi

Is a Corgi the Right Dog Breed for You?

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10 Tips for Dining Out with Your Dog

Posted on: July 11th, 2014 by

blue sign saying dogs welcome on patioBy 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 dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Look closely under the tables at outdoor eateries – perhaps, even seated on chairs – and you will discover a fast-growing segment of cuisine clientele – dogs. Tapping into America’s love of pets, some savvy restaurant owners with outdoor patios are catering to canines to drum up business and boost their bottom line.

To ensure that the number of pet-welcoming eateries steadily increases, here are 10 etiquette tips for you to heed the next time you leash your dog and head to the nearest pet-welcoming café of bistro:

1. Test your dog’s obedience-heeding commands at home and on walks. Your dog should be able to ace the “sit,” “stay,” and “leave it” commands.

2. Exercise your dog before dining out. A tired dog is less apt to be rambunctious and more apt to want to snooze under your table while you enjoy your meal.

3. Give your dog ample time to take care of his bathroom needs before you head to a restaurant. Just in case: bring extra poop disposable bags so your dog doesn’t create a “stink” at the restaurant.

4. Come prepared. Bring a portable water bowl and perhaps a bag of healthy doggy treats.

5. Play it low key. Don’t make a big fuss about your dog joining you at an eatery. Tether your dog’s leash to your chair.

6. Reel in that leash. Keep your dog on a short rein – about 4 feet. Do not let your dog, even those itty-bitty cute ones, wander into tables occupied by other patrons.

7. Be prepared to request a doggy bag to go if your dog acts up by barking, lunging at other dogs or insisting on sniffing the lower extremities of other patrons.

8. Set your dog up for success by selecting times to test his dining manners at non-peak serving times.

9. Be candid with yourself. If you know your dog can not bring his A-level manners to the restaurant, then keep him at home.

10. Refrain from letting your dog perch on your lap – or worse – lap up leftovers from your plate. Keep those habits inside the privacy of your own home so other patrons can enjoy their meals.

Advice to restaurant owners: I highly recommend you invite a professional dog trainer to give a dog behavior workshop to your staff to keep them safe when serving people and their dogs.

And, finally, show your appreciation to the restaurant staff for allowing your dog to dine with you by providing a tip of at least 20 percent. Bone appétit!

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