My Vet’s the Best Finalist: Dr. Jess Anderson

My Vet's the Best finalist, Dr. Jess Anderson.

Five years ago, Pets Best developed the My Vet’s the Best Contest to acknowledge notable veterinarians around the nation. November concludes our final contest of 2015, and we’re again moved by the thousands of pet owners who shared heartfelt stories in nominating their vets for outstanding service and compassionate care. As we announce our seven finalists, it is clear that many selfless veterinarians around the nation are making a tremendous impact upon the pets and pet owners in their local communities. Meet Dr. Jess Anderson who is one such veterinarian and a finalist in the third round of this year’s contest.

After growing up in Spokane, Washington, Dr. Anderson attended college in Utah, completing his bachelor’s degree in animal science at BYU. He then attended veterinary school at Washington State University. Today, he practices at Timpanogos Animal Hospital in Pleasant Grove, Utah, and enjoys working with pets and their families to strengthen the human-animal bond.Read More…

My Vet’s the Best Finalists: Drs. Bill & Kim Mitchell

My Vet's the Best finalist, Drs. Bill & Kim Mitchell.

Five years ago, Pets Best developed the My Vet’s the Best Contest to acknowledge notable veterinarians around the nation. November concludes our final contest of 2015, and we’re again moved by the thousands of pet owners who shared heartfelt stories in nominating their vets for outstanding service and compassionate care. As we announce our seven finalists, it is clear that many selfless veterinarians around the nation are making a tremendous impact upon the pets and pet owners in their local communities. Meet Doctors Bill and Kim Mitchell who are such veterinarians and finalists in the third round of this year’s contest.

Licensed to practice veterinary medicine since 1988 and 1990 (respectively), husband and wife team Dr. Bill Mitchell and Dr. Kim Mitchell attended Tuskegee University in Alabama before joining Bristow Veterinary Hospital. Both veterinarians perform acupuncture and offer other treatments as affordably as possible.Read More…

My Vet’s the Best Finalist: Dr. Tina Marcotte

My Vet's the Best finalist, Dr. Tina Marcotte.

Five years ago, Pets Best developed the My Vet’s the Best Contest to acknowledge notable veterinarians around the nation. November concludes our final contest of 2015, and we’re again moved by the thousands of pet owners who shared heartfelt stories in nominating their vets for outstanding service and compassionate care. As we announce our eight finalists, it is clear that many selfless veterinarians around the nation are making a tremendous impact upon the pets and pet owners in their local communities. Meet Dr. Tina Marcotte who is one such veterinarian and a finalist in the third round of this year’s contest.

After receiving her DVM from the University of Illinois in 2002, Dr. Marcotte practiced at an AAHA-accredited dog and cat hospital in Evanston, then spent the next five years working in a busy emergency room treating injured and critically ill dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and small mammals. She returned to general practice in 2009, and currently works as a veterinarian at Green Paws Veterinary Care in La Grange, Illinois. Her current area of interest is exploring alternative therapies and their integration with traditional medical treatments.Read More…

4 Winter Safety Habits for Pet Owners

Tips for keeping dogs and cats safe in the winter.

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

Here are four safety habits for pet parents to adopt to keep their dogs and cats safe during winter.

1. Use “Pet-Friendly” Antifreeze

Thankfully, it’s well publicized that antifreeze is tempting to pets, as well as a detriment to pet health. Accidental ingestion is a big reason why pet owners are so thankful for the services of their pet insurance company every year.

Some antifreeze brands have an added bitterant to keep pets and children from ingesting it, and others, like Prestone LowTox Antifreeze Coolant, are less toxic blends. You should still be careful to keep your pet away from it, but if accidental ingestion should occur, results may not be fatal.

2. Bang on Your Car Hood Before Starting the Car

Feral and loose cats know how to find warm sleeping spots, often including wheel wells and warm car engines. Too often, these cats are run over or maimed by rotating fan belts or engine components. Get in the habit of always banging on the hood as you approach your car, and then honking the horn before you start it, to scare away potential heat seekers.

3. Screen Your FireplaceRead More…

My Vet’s the Best Finalist: Dr. Paul Sedlacek

My Vet's the Best finalist, Dr. Paul Sedlacek.

Five years ago, Pets Best developed the My Vet’s the Best Contest to acknowledge notable veterinarians around the nation. November concludes our final contest of 2015, and we’re again moved by the thousands of pet owners who shared heartfelt stories in nominating their vets for outstanding service and compassionate care. As we announce our eight finalists, it is clear that many selfless veterinarians around the nation are making a tremendous impact upon the pets and pet owners in their local communities. Meet Dr. Paul Sedlacek who is one such veterinarian and a finalist in the third round of this year’s contest.

After graduating from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, Dr. Sedlacek started working for Benson Animal Hospitals of Lansing, Michigan, where he was quickly promoted. In 1987, he returned to New Jersey where he began practicing at the Animal Clinic of Morris Plains—the same clinic where he had been employed as a kennel worker and technician prior to vet school.Read More…

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