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…

7 Tips for Walking Your Dog

walking the dog day.

At Pets Best Insurance we want your dog to live a long, happy and healthy life. Part of a healthy dog is ensuring they get good exercise, which we know walks give them. But did you also know it helps maintain the bond between you, and establishes you as the leader?

Professional dog walker, Kelley Goad, of BallWalkPark.com in Seattle shares her top tips/reasons for walking your dog.

1. Have the right gear for your dog

Some dogs do best with a front clip harness (reduces pulling and is very safe), or a head halter, a prong collar or just a flat collar. I find that almost any dog can adapt to the front clip harness very easily and it makes walking much more enjoyable for both of you.

2. Keep a short leash

I like to hold the majority of the leash with my right hand, cross my body and have the dog walking on my left side, and left hand just holds the leash closer to the collar. This gives you a good Plan B should the leash get out of your hand.

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Five Elements of a Pet Memorial Ceremony

A favorite play spot is a great place for a pet memorial.Coleen Ellis, from the Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, is a Guest Blogger for Pets Best Insurance

Many people wonder what a funeral or ritual ceremony looks like for a pet?  While it may sound like a bit of an oddity, trust me, people have been doing it for years.  From Marley and Me when the kids were out in the back yard burying Marley and saying their final few words to a child who’s stood by the small grave site of their favorite little varmint and spoke from the heart, a ritual ceremony for a pet is not really anything new.

What might be a new twist is the formalization of a memorial ceremony.  With so many people wanting to honor the life they shared with their precious pet, taking the time to reflect, remember and pay tribute to a pet with other friends and family is becoming more and more common.

There are five elements of creating a memorial ceremony for a pet.  These elements are:

1) Where will you have the ceremony?

Get creative as a place is chose for the ceremony.  Think about those favorite bark parks or river banks where the pet liked to play.  Or possibly it is the back yard where the pet spent so many of their days, romping and running.Read More…

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