By Dr. Jack Stephens, a veterinarian and founder of pet insurance in the U.S. in 1981. Dr. Stephens leads the Pets Best Insurance team of pet lovers as president.
If your neighborhood is anything like mine, the booms and bangs of the Fourth of July celebration start a week before the official holiday. Every summer, pet owners are told to be mindful of pet health and safety during this holiday.
By following the simple tips below, you can prevent your pet from becoming what many animal shelters call a “July 4th pet,” or a pet that becomes frightened, runs away and ends up in a shelter.
1. Keep your pets in a quiet room.
When fireworks start going off in your neighborhood, make sure your pets are safely confined in a quiet, escape-proof area. Drawing the blinds and turning on a radio can help muffle the noise. If you’re celebrating at home, don’t assume your dogs and cats will be okay outside just because you’re there. The sudden pop of a firecracker could send them running.
2. Don’t console a frightened pet.
The Pets Best Insurance Facebook page is always open to your pet health comments and questions! Here are some recent questions from our Facebook friends regarding their pets:
Delores asks: What age can you have a puppy’s dew claws removed*?
A: While some pet owners will opt to have their puppy’s dewclaws removed, many others will not. This procedure, which is considered “cosmetic” by Pets Best Insurance, and is therefore not covered, is something that should be discussed with your veterinarian. Puppies can have their dewclaws removed between 3 and 5 days of age. When younger than this, the pups tend to be a bit fragile, and when older than this, the blood supply to that declaw is increased, and stopping blood flow can be more difficult.
If you missed the tiny 2 day window for appropriate dewclaw removal, some veterinarians will remove the dewclaws when the pet is older and is spayed or neutered. This is a full anesthetic procedure and the pet will likely have stitches and bandages. But dewclaws aren’t always a bad thing. In fact, some breeds, like Great Pyrenees, are bred for their multiple dewclaws! The most important thing is to keep them trimmed because they often don’t wear down normally and can curl.
For Pets Best Insurance
1. Are Pets Best Insurance policies available in my state?
Yes, Pets Best Insurance pet insurance plans are available in all 50 states.
2. What is your company’s reputation? What do third party review sites have to say about it? What about the Better Business Bureau?
Pets Best Insurance has been selling quality pet health insurance to pet owners since 2005. We have consistently high reviews on third party review sites, like PetInsurancereview.com and we’ve earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau every year we’ve been in business.
3. Are the pet insurance policies easy to understand?
Because of the way we calculate claim reimbursements, our dog and cat insurance policies are very easy to understand. After a deductible is met, we pay a high percentage of the actual veterinarian bill up to your plan’s limit for all eligible expenses. Customers can choose a 70%, 80% or 90% reimbursement level, depending on their state. It’s that simple!
Pets Best Insurance took a dive into some of its fascinating and fun customer pet data, spun out a comical dog-centric infographic, and is excited to share the amusing creation with dog owners everywhere!
The pet insurance agency has always emphasized the importance of creating educational and entertaining content for pet owners, and will continue to provide this kind of fun content in addition to educational blogs and of course, our comprehensive pet insurance plans!
The infographic, called “Best in Show” reveals everything from the most popular insured dog breeds to some of the trendiest dog names and even the ages of some of the oldest dogs with pet insurance policies from Pets Best!
There are seven separate categories (dog-agories?) and it’s perfect for sharing on pet blogs, websites or with your dog-loving friends! It will be fun for dog owners to see if their pooches would be up for an award based on the “Best in Show” categories!
I have worked for Pets Best Insurance as a sales agent for over three years. I’m licensed and very passionate as well as knowledgeable about pet insurance, but I’m not a pet owner– yet.
Some people think it’s odd I work in the pet health insurance industry without having a pet, and I’m frequently asked, “How can you sell pet insurance if you don’t own one?” The sad answer is that to date, our housing situation has not allowed us to own a pet.