Pet Memorial Ceremonies: Remembering Cherokee

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

In a previous blog, we talked about those elements that would make for a memorable ceremony to honor a pet and the life that was shared together.  Let’s talk about some very interesting things that other people have been doing as they celebrate the life they shared with their special furry friend.

It was an honor to assist the Rock family as they remembered their St. Bernard, Cherokee.  She was, as they called her, their first born, the only “daughter” and big sister to Forrest.  Not only did the entire family love Cherokee with all of their hearts but the neighborhood and friends from miles away loved the big St. Bernard too.

Therefore, when she died, not only did the family want to have something to honor Cherokee but the neighborhood cherished the opportunity to come together to celebrate her.  Friends flew in from states away, drove in from miles away, and showed up from blocks away; all to be a part of an event to talk about what Cherokee meant to them.Read More…

Why Do Basset Hounds Get Ear Infections?

basset hounds are prone to ear infections.Dr. Marc is a veterinarian guest blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best.

Today’s question was posted on the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page. Joe asked, “Why does my Basset Hound get ear infections?” Great question Joe, I’ll explain a bit about ear infections and why Basset Hounds are prone to them.

How are ear infections caused? Are there ways to prevent them?

Some ear infections are just spontaneous with no understood cause. Others can be set off by allergies or by moisture being retained in the ear. If the dog has allergies, controlling them with allergy medications will decrease ear infection break-outs. If it is more related to moisture, regular ear cleanings can help prevent the infections.

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6 Heart Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

dogs help people have good heart health.

If you love dogs and cats, being around them probably puts you in a better mood. But did you know, interacting with dogs and cats has actual measurable benefits your heart health?

According to the American Heart Association:

1. Improved Health Status of Heart Patients

Dogs ease anxiety and improve the health status of hospitalized heart failure patients.

2. Anxiety Decreases

Researchers found that anxiety scores dropped 24 percent for participants who received a visit from the volunteer-dog team. Scores for the human volunteer-only group dropped 10 percent and the at-rest group’s score did not change.

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3 Dog Breeds You’ve Never Heard Of

At the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Show, Best in Show went to an Affenpinscher. Never heard of the breed?  How about the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever or the Finnish Lapphund that were at Westminster? Learn about these three lesser known dog breeds below, who knows, maybe one of the breeds would be a great fit for your family and lifestyle!

1) Affenpinscher

According to the American Kennel Club:
Affenpinscher dog breed.

“The Affenpinscher (translated from German as Monkey-Terrier) is a peppy dog that has the face and impish nature of a monkey. This wire-haired terrier-like breed acts like a bigger dog as he proudly struts around. The coat of an Affenpinscher is usually black, but they also come in gray, silver, red, belge or black and tan.

One of the most ancient of toy dogs, the Affenpinscher originated in Central Europe (Munich, Germany and France), where they earned the nickname “little devil with a moustache.” During the 17th century, small terriers were frequently kept around stables, on farms or in stores where they served as ratters. Bred down in size, these small terriers became companions in the home and kept mice from overrunning their mistresses’ boudoirs.”

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Dog Had Allergic Reaction After Vet Visit

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian guest blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best.

dog had allergic reaction to anesthesia or vaccines.

Today’s question comes from the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.

Jill asks, “Three years ago, my dog received vaccinations and a teeth cleaning in the same vet visit. I took her home and her entire head swelled up with an allergic reaction. I raced her back to the vet and they gave her Benadryl, but I’m not sure if it was the anesthesia or the vaccinations that caused the reaction, and I’ve been too scared to take her in since. I’ve made and cancelled appointments due to this fear. Is there anything else I can do for her teeth? I want to be a good pet parent and have her teeth cleaned again because I know she needs it.”

I know that an allergic reaction to anything can be a scary event and I’m glad to hear your dog recovered from the incident without complication. I’d like to first address your question about what you can do for her teeth. In my opinion, the best home dental hygiene is to brush the teeth regularly. You need to use a dog specific toothpaste (some human toothpastes can be toxic) and it needs to be done consistently. Ideally, this would even be done everyday if possible. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent of home care, most animals will still require professional cleanings from time to time.

I can understand your concern about returning to the veterinarian for care since she had a reaction. However, unless the reaction is very severe, your pet will likely still need to continue to receive vaccinations and dental care. In my experience, I have had more reactions from vaccines than I have from anesthetic.

That being said, here are three options that might help avoid this issue from recurring in the future:Read More…

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