Top 10 things to do with your pet this summer

A dog with pet health insurance runs on the beach with his master.

By: Dr. Fiona Caldwell
Idaho Veterinary Hospital
For Pets Best Insurance

The sun is out and your sunscreen is on (don’t forget sunscreen for Fido too– Melanoma is a pet health issue pets have to be wary of too!) Summer is the perfect time to squeeze in some adventure and relaxation.

Here are ten ideas for summertime pet-friendly activities that are guaranteed to please both you and your four-legged best friend.

1. Buy a kiddie pool and invite friends over for a pooch pool party and barbecue for the humans.

2. Find a restaurant with a dog friendly patio and bring a book and order a summer drink. You’ll be amazed at all the people who will stop to say hello and pet Fluffy; it’s a great way to meet people!Read More…

Celebrate that special bond on National Kids and Pets Day!

A dog with dog insurance sits with a baby.

By: Dr. Fiona Caldwell
Idaho Veterinary Hospital
For Pets Best Insurance

April 26th is National Kids and Pets day! The special bond between a child and their pets is a pure and unconditional one. This day is designed to recognize and perpetuate the magical link between children and animals. Having dog or cat insurance is a wonderful way to protect the health of our beloved pets and ensure the special bond is also protected.

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Our future lies in our children’s hands, and by allowing them the experience of living with pets, we can help give them the skills necessary to make our world a kinder and better place to live.

Beyond Lassie and Timmy, kids have reaped the benefits of having relationships with animals for generations. Human development has been shown to be influenced by the presence of pets. Studies show significant correlations between and child-animal bond and that child’s social competency and ability to empathize.Read More…

Teaching Children How to Handle Cats

A dog sits.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 Pet Insurance, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

When I turned six, my mom gave me my first cat, a Siamese kitten I named Corky. He was a big cat with an apple-shaped head and a mouth that rarely stopped meowing. He followed me like a dog, especially whenever I carried a fishing pole. We had a small lake in our backyard and Corky astutely made the connection between the fishing pole and his favorite meal – a fresh-caught blue gill fish.

Most of all, he trusted me. He would wade into the water with me for a swim and jump in the canoe for a paddle ride around the horseshoe-shaped lake. I will never forget Corky. He was my first pet, my first confidant, my pal.

Even though I begged my mom for a cat since I could remember, my mom waited until I entered kindergarten. She later told me that she wanted to make sure that I was “mature” enough to handle the responsibilities of having a cat.

When it comes to setting up a successful connection in a safe manner, age plays a role. In general, toddlers lack the ability to understand how their actions impact others, including family pets. Childhood psychologists note the following:Read More…

Cat Breed Guide: Devon Rex

A Devon Rex cat with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Devon Rex

Weight:  6-9lb

Points of conformation: Prominent cheekbones with defined whisker pads. Short nose and large round ears set low, giving this breed an “elfin” look.  Long slender legs with small oval paws.

Coat: Very short coat lacks normal guard hairs and  is silky fine, the texture of crushed velvet.  It is whirled or curled more than wavy.

Color: Any color accepted.

Grooming needs: Minimal.

Origin: Devonshire, England

Behavior Traits: Playful and active.

Is a Devon Rex cat right for You?Read More…

The Dog IQ Test

A Pets Best Pet Insurance protected dog takes an IQ test to find out how smart he is.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 Pet Insurance, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Is your dog an obvious Einstein, having mastered many human words and complex demands? What if your dog is a secret Einstein and you just didn’t know it yet? Well now you can find out with this fun dog IQ test.

Here’s how to test your dog’s IQ.

Step 1. Line up three empty plastic buckets on the floor. Turn them upside down.

Step 2. Get your dog to sit in front of the three buckets in a room free of distractions.

Step 3. Hold up your dog’s favorite treat in front of his face and then place it under one of these buckets.

Step 4. Distract him by telling him to stay and then walking behind him and asking him to heed the “watch me” cue. Do this for just a few seconds. You are intentionally testing his canine smarts by diverting his attention temporarily away from the hidden treat.

Step 5. Resume your position by the buckets and then ask him to find the hidden treat.

Canine IQ barometer. Brainy dogs make beelines to the correct bucket, knock it over and grab the treat in mere seconds. They possess the cognitive development to know to look behind – or underneath – a solid object to find the missing treat. Not—so-smart dogs may paw over the other two buckets first before finally realizing where the hidden treat really it.Read More…

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