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Mitral Valve and Kidney Issues for Cats

Posted on: June 19th, 2012 by

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Hi. I’m Doctor Fiona Caldwell, and I’m at home today answering questions from Pets Best Facebook page. This question comes from Denise who writes, “My 17-year old Siamese cat has degeneration of the mitral valve. Is there anything I can do to help him, and what health signs do I look for?” I’m sorry this has happened. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for older cats and dogs to develop some degeneration in that mitral valve. It is one of the hardest working valves in the heart, because it does have a really big job. After 17 years it’s not uncommon for that valve to become leaky. What you find when the valve becomes leaky and starts to degenerate is that cats and dogs will develop a heart murmur.

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An outdoor adventure could cost thousands at the vet

Posted on: June 18th, 2012 by

A cat with pet health insurance sits near cheat grass outside.

By: Dr. Jane Matheys
Associate Veterinarian
The Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital
For Pets Best Insurance

While many cat owners are are aware of potential pet health dangers outdoors– there’s one that’s sometimes overlooked which can end up costing pet owners thousands of dollars at the veterinarian. That’s why this time of year we need to be on watch for “invaders” from the plant world. As temperatures soar and rain is scarce, grasses and weeds dry out and seeds begin to scatter. This can mean trouble for cats that roam outdoors.

Cheat grass is one of the more common and invasive weeds found in many parts of North America and especially in the West. It is also known as June grass, Downy Brome, grass awn, foxtail, or by the scientific name, Bromus tectorum.

The danger for cats lies in how invasive the dry seed pods found in late summer and early fall can be. These pods have one-way microscopic barbs that allow the seed to work its way into fur, skin and mucous membranes, but not work its way back out, much like the one-way movement of a porcupine quill.

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Top 6 tips for house hunting with a pet

Posted on: June 14th, 2012 by

A tiny dog with pet health insurance squeezes into a little dog house.

By: Ryan Vasso
For Pets Best

Whether you’re a renter looking to buy or a home owner looking for more (or less) square footage— house hunting is no easy task, especially if you have a pet to consider. Once you find what you think might be the perfect house, you’ll need to make sure it will also be a good fit for your furry family members. Pet insurance agency, Pets Best, has a few tips to help your family determine if the next place you move will be a good fit for you and your pet.

1. Will your pet be mostly indoors or out?
Will your pet be running around in the house or the yard? If the answer is indoors, choose a home with wide spaces and hallways so your pet has plenty of room to bound and play. You may also want to consider a home that has an area inside that you can “fence off”, or has a separate room where your pet can relax when guests come over. If your pet will be an indoor/outdoor pet, keep the flooring in mind too. Wood floors are gaining popularity, however, they can also become scratched. If you prefer carpet, remember that muddy paws are part of the pet package. Try choosing a color that won’t show a lot of wear and tear. If your pet is mostly outdoors, make sure there’s room in the yard for a cozy dog house, and plenty of shade for warm summertime weather.

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Potty Training Issues? Preparing Your Pet for a New Baby?

Posted on: June 11th, 2012 by

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Hi. I’m Doctor Fiona Caldwell and I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital and I’m at home today answering questions from Pets Best Facebook page. And this question comes from Dee, who asks, Our one and a half year old dog was completely house-trained, but has regressed to pooing in the house. Any suggestions? First thing I would ask is, I would make sure that the stools are normal. If they’re looser, or a different color, or changed in consistency, it could actually mean there’s something wrong. Submitting a fecal sample to your veterinarian could rule out things like parasites or giardia or some other problem that could be making your dog want to poo more.

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Appreciate your pet? Here are 10 ways to show it!

Posted on: June 11th, 2012 by

A dog with pet health insurance goes for a car ride.

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

National Pet Appreciation Week is July 10th through the 16th! This week is meant to remind us to pause and be thankful for the unconditional love our pets provide for us daily, and to shed light on the epidemic of homeless pets that don’t have a person to love. Animals are unique in their ability to bring so much joy and ask for so little in return. Why not take some time to give back to the furry loved one in your life? Here are some ways that you can show how much you care, even if you don’t have a pet.

1. Consider pet health insurance
This is the ultimate way to show your pet you care. Pet insurance will allow you to give your beloved the treatment they need in a time of emergency. Veterinary medicine can be expensive and having dog or cat insurance may help alleviate the financial strain.

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