6 Reasons Your Dog May Shiver

This dog is shivering because it’s cold, learn the other reasons dogs shiver.Dr. Marc is a veterinarian guest blogger for Pets Best Insurance, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

First let’s start with clarifying what shivering (or trembling) is versus what a seizure is.

A seizure is when the dog suddenly loses all body control, paddling their legs, jerking or convulsing. It can last for a number of minutes. To learn more, visit Dr. Fiona’s blog post on dog seizures.

Shivering is when a dog can make eye contact with you and respond to you, but its body is shaking. Shivering can vary from minimally, to a lot, but the dog still has control of its body.

6 Reasons Your Dog May Shiver

1) The most common reason a dog shivers is due to being cold. A normal dog’s temperature may be as high as 102.5 F. Since a dog’s body is warmer than a persons, just touching your dog won’t accurately let you know if they’re cold or not. So be careful during the winter months with dogs being outside, especially little dogs.Read More…

Planning Ahead for the Inevitable – How to Memorialize Your Pet

memorialize your pet with their paw print.

Coleen Ellis, from the Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, is a Guest Blogger for Pets Best Insurance

There are endless ideas for permanent memorializing that pet parents are doing to honor their pets, giving them lasting physical pieces to remember their pet and the life that was shared together. Even more than honoring the life that was shared together, these ideas are also about honoring the unique personalities of our pets.

Mentioned in a previous blog was taking a clay or ink impression of your pet’s paw or nose.

Why the nose print of your pet? Because it’ll remind you of all of those kisses shared, the noses of animals are like human being’s thumbprints. The nose is the pet’s unique individual marking!

The paw or nose print will provide you an opportunity to do a variety of memorializing pieces. Some ideas are:Read More…

Raw Diet Pros and Cons

raw food diet pros and cons.At Pets Best Insurance we want your pet to live a long, happy and healthy life. Part of a healthy dog and cat is finding the diet that is right for them. With so much discussion over raw diets versus non-raw diets, we asked the folks at All The Best Pet Care in Seattle, to give us their opinion on the pros and cons of raw diets. We are not promoting either side; rather we simply want to educate pet owners so they can make the best decision for their dog or cat.

Pros of raw diets:

1. Less processed ingredients

Can help build the immune system and provide a healthy skin and coat

2. Greatest preservation of naturally-occurring nutrients

Minimal processing preserves the molecular structure of the proteins, fats, vitamins and enzymes.

3. Less stinky stools and less litter box odor

Pets that are fed a raw food diet consistently have smaller, firmer stools that those fed canned or dry food.

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3 Causes of Lumps on Paws

Puggle has a lump on his paw that pet insurance can help diagnose.Pets Best Insurance is about more than just pet insurance; they want your dogs and cats to live long, healthy lives. As a guest veterinarian blogger, I’m happy to help in that mission by answering pet health questions you have regarding your dogs and cats.

This question comes from Janet, posted on the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page:

“My dog licks her paw all the time and now has this huge knot…what can I put on it to make it go away?”

While I can’t diagnose your pet via Facebook, I can tell you some conditions your pet may be experiencing. It’s extremely important she see her veterinarian in order to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Three Potential Causes of Lumps on Paws

1. Infections caused by foreign bodies

If there’s a large knot, sore or lump on your dog’s paw, this may be due to an infection caused by a foreign body. Cheat grass, plant material and thorns/stickers are common items I’ve found lodged in pet paws, and they all cause uncomfortable infections. Any foreign body is extremely agitating to animals and may cause abscesses in addition to lumps, which may appear knot-like. Typically, minor surgical removal is required, along with medication to help rid the body of the infection.Read More…

Pets Best Insurance Sets Record with Fast Claims Turnaround Time

Industry leader reimburses 70 percent of claims in one day, 92 percent within two days

Boise, Idaho – (January 17, 2012) Pets Best Insurance announced an astounding 70 percent of pet insurance claims are processed within one day, with 92 percent of claims taking only two days or less.  Additionally, 13 percent of claims are turned around in the same day (according to claims data from April to December of 2012).

Pet insurance is based on a reimbursement model—meaning pet owners pay veterinarians up front and then submit claims for reimbursement.

Dr. Jack Stephens, President and Founder of Pets Best Insurance.

“If a pet owner pays a veterinary bill on a credit card, it’s our goal to have the reimbursement arrive before the credit card statement shows up,” Dr. Jack Stephens, Founder and President of Pets Best Insurance said. “We want to alleviate the financial stress and burden as quickly as possible.”

Dr. Stephens, the veterinarian who founded the U.S. pet health insurance industry in the early 1980s and now presides over Boise, Idaho-based Pets Best Insurance as president and founder says his goal has always been to make pet insurance the best it can be.

“Turning around a large volume of claims so quickly is a major milestone. In December 2012, we had several days where we were down to a one hour turnaround time which is incredible. We are always striving to be the best and this is the level of excellence we shoot for,” Dr. Stephens said.Read More…

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