Pet Grooming: 3 Tips for Treating Nails Cut Too Short

Veterinary advice for pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance for dog and cat toe nails cut too short.

By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and guest blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.

Dog and cat toenails can bleed! When performing pet grooming, it can be disconcerting to accidentally trim a nail too short and cause it to bleed. But don’t despair if this happens to you, here’s how to help:

1. Apply corn starch or flour to help stop the bleeding.

2. Then apply pressure to the nail with a clean cloth for at least 3 to 5 minutes.

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4 Tips for Choosing a Dog Bed

A cute dog with pet health insurance plays in a dog bed.

Pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance, recently asked dog owners what they’d buy for their dog if they had an extra $100. The number one answer? A dog bed.

So Pets Best asked Phuong Phillips of P.L.A.Y. pet products, for her top tips when purchasing a dog bed.

1. Durability

Like all products, owners should look for a pet bed that is high-quality and made to last. While it’s easy to find a cheap pet bed, there’s a good chance you’ll go through those just as fast as you go through treats. Poor craftsmanship and low-quality materials can require frequent replacement. Make sure you check out what the filler is made out of; often times it isn’t washable. If you’ve had a pet before, you’ve smelled the wet-dog scent, seen the muck your pet drags in, and know that accidents can happen. Additionally,  most dogs shed, and some shed a lot! Look for a pet bed that is 100% washer and dryer friendly and made with durable materials meant to last.

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3 Reasons Cats Sleep On Your Head

Dr. Matheys is a veterinarian guest blogger for pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance.

Hello. I’m Dr. Jane Matheys from The Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital and Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Today I’ll be answering some questions about cat health from the comments posted our Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.

First one here, Karen asks: “Why does my cat sleep on my head? Otherwise, she’s not overly affectionate.” Well, it’s not quite as unique as you might think, Karen. It is pretty common for people to tell me that their kitties sleep on their head at night.

There are several reasons for this.

1. Nobody knows for sure, but my guess is that most likely the common reason is that cats do it for warmth. People lose most of their body heat through their head, and your kitty can feel that, so they wrap right against your head to get that warmth. Other things?Read More…

How Often Do You Give Your Dog a Bath?

Warmer weather and more time spent outside can mean dirty dogs. So Pets Best Insurance recently asked dog owners how often they give their dog a bath. Here are their surprisingly varied answers.

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An Update on My Vet’s the Best Winner, Dr. Poutous

veterinary pet insurance contest winner.Dr. Tony Poutous of Virginia was a 2012 quarterly winner in the My Vet’s the Best contest. Dr. Poutous received more than 3,000 votes in the contest by pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance. Dr. Poutous was nominated by client Karen Calabro who said, “Dr. Poutous is the world’s greatest when it comes to compassion, knowledge, communication and genuine concern regarding all animals here on earth. This man is an absolute treasure.”

Dr. Poutous recently reached out to Pets Best Insurance with an update on what has been happening since he won the contest.

Dr. Poutous used the prize money to treat a severely abused dog. She was caught in the middle of a break-up. Dr. Poutous states, “The short story is that the girlfriend left the dog behind with the ex-boyfriend and he kept her locked in a crate for about 8 weeks with no food or water to ‘get back at the girlfriend.’ She was severely emaciated, dehydrated, covered in urine and had open wounds all over her. It was several days of hospitalization before she could even hold her head up on her own. It’s been about a month now and she is doing much better. She still has one wound which has not completely healed, but she’s in a new home with a new life. Thanks to Pets Best Insurance for their generous contribution to getting her better.”

Dr. Poutous has also changed hospitals. Dr. Poutous explained that out of sad circumstances, arose a silver lining. He explained that tragically last November a local veterinarian was killed in an auto accident. She was a solo practitioner and one of the few other veterinarians in the area that would see exotic animals. Dr. Poutous says, “I began volunteering my services there on my days off from Pet Care so that someone could see her patients (especially the exotics that the paid relief vets wouldn’t see). Then the previous owner’s widow approached me about purchasing the practice. I felt that this was an opportunity that I needed to a take, so with a bit of trepidation I left my Pet Care family. There is so much to do, but this will be new and exciting adventure.”

“Thanks again for all you do to help us help animals,” Dr. Poutous concluded.

Formerly, Dr. Poutous worked at the Pet Care Veterinary Hospital in Virginia Beach, VA. Dr. Poutous is now practicing at the Midway Veterinary Hospital, Chesapeake, VA.

Do you have the best veterinarian? The My Vet’s the Best contest from petinsurance provider, Pets Best, recognizes outstanding members of the veterinary community. Learn more about the veterinarian contest and how to nominate your vet.

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