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Top 7 Dog Park Dangers

Posted on: July 30th, 2012 by

Two dogs with dog insurance fight in a park.

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

U.S. dog parks are the most quickly growing portion of city parks in the US. The dog park is a summertime fun staple for dog owners. It’s a place for friends to meet and allow your dog some off-leash time to explore and play.

Dog parks can be a great way to provide exercise and enrichment to your dog’s everyday life, but the dog park can come with a few possible dangers as well. Accidents and illnesses can occur at any time, it’s always a good idea to have a dog insurance in place. But here is what you need to know about the most common dog park injuries, when to treat at home and when to make an appointment with the vet:

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Doggy Martinis and Other Yummy Summer Pet Treats

Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by

A pink dog popsicle.

As a practicing veterinarian and pet insurance enthusiast, I’m constantly asked for yummy, pet-safe recipes. And since summer time is perfect for experimenting with cuisine, why not take the opportunity to bond with your four-legged best friend over a tasty treat tailored for the canine palate that’s yummy for you too?! Here are some summertime recipes to try. But remember to always feed your dog in moderation and in portion sizes appropriate for their size. Treats are only meant to supplement a healthy balanced commercial diet as well. And because food allergies and illness can occur at any time, it’s a good idea to speak with your veterinarian about your pet’s diet and to have pet health insurance as a back up for unforeseen problems.

Canini (yummy for you too)

Ingredients (yields 2)
-3 peeled carrots
-3 peeled oranges
-5 peeled tangerines
-fresh ginger
-dark brown sugar

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Reunited! Mikey’s Adventure

Posted on: July 26th, 2012 by

Pet Insurance Agency Pets Best Insurance found this lost dog.

Last week, thousands of Pets Best Insurance Facebook friends and other pet lovers shared our picture of an adorable found dog, hoping to help reunite him with his family. Pets Best claims adjuster Kate had found him wandering alone one night. The Pomeranian wasn’t injured or starving, but he looked a little rough and didn’t have a microchip or a collar.

Days went by and we pursued a dozen leads as the pup’s picture went viral on Facebook, but none of them panned out. Kate notified the local shelters and placed ads on Craigslist, and pet insurance employee Shirle took the little guy under her wing. He was treated to a bath, grooming, lots of treats, cuddles and playtime with other doggies. Shirle was falling in love with the dog (like so many of our friends who offered to take him), and was thinking about naming him Panda.

Mountain Getaway
Meanwhile, Idaho Falls resident Melissa was just wrapping up a long camping trip on the other side of the state. When she got home, she logged into Facebook to see what she had missed. Scrolling through her newsfeed, she saw a picture of a familiar little dog on her friend’s page. “Dang, that dog looks just like mine!” she said to her daughter. She called her dog sitter, her niece, who reassured her that Mikey was still with her in Boise.

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Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet?

Posted on: July 26th, 2012 by

A cat with animal insurance tries to land on its feet.

I have always been fascinated by cats, including cat health, behavior, their agility and athleticism, and of course their amazing ability to usually land on their feet. Whether they’re overshooting windowsills on a quest for birds or miscalculating fences as they run from barking dogs, they appear to regain perfect balance without much effort.

The question of how cats do this has baffled scientists for a very long time. In 1890, famous French scientist Etienne Jules Marey dropped a cat and filmed it using the first high speed camera which he invented. Yes, you can find the (very short) clip on YouTube! This offered the first glimpse into understanding this unique phenomenon.

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Looking for a Dog-Friendly Vacation Destination?

Posted on: July 25th, 2012 by

Hairy Putter, a pet insurance enthusiast, enjoys a meal at the table.

Let me introduce myself, my name is Hairy Putter and I am a six-year-old Cairn terrier. My good friends at Pets Best Insurance have asked me to share with you some of the fabulous fun you and your uprights can have traveling together.

You no doubt have heard the old adage, “it’s a dog’s life” and maybe wondered what exactly does that mean? Well, I can’t speak for every dog but I can tell you what it means for me. You see, I have quite a unique life. For a start, I live in one of the most dog friendly and beautiful places in the country, Mendocino County, California and I have a very great and wonderful job.

I am the Director of Barketing and I work for Visit Mendocino County, Inc., the promotional arm of Mendocino County, barking to the world about all the fun activities and adventures that you can have when you visit. I also have a blog, www.hairysblog.com, where I review and share pet friendly places and establishments; my Pet Friendly Travel Guide for Mendocino County is also available for download.  ­­
 

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