6 Ways to Be a Great Pet Owner

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February is Responsible Pet Owners Month. Being a responsible pet owner can mean a lot of things, so we asked our guest veterinarian Pets Best Insurance bloggers, “What are the top things a great pet owner should do or know?” Here’s the combined list from Dr. Marc Edward, Dr. Fiona Caldwell & Dr. Jane Matheys.

1) Do your homework before adopting or purchasing a pet

Make sure you understand the commitment required in owning a pet, some dogs and cats can live 15- 20 years (sometimes longer!). Pet ownership has on-going financial costs: from food, supplies, veterinary care and medicine. Owning a pet also takes time: make sure you have the time to properly train your pet, to exercise your pet and meet the emotional needs your pet may require. Make sure you choose the best pet to fit your lifestyle and home situation.

2) Spay or neuter your petRead More…

Pets Best Insurance Has New Plans!

Affordable pet insurance for people with dogs and cats.At Pets Best Insurance, we pride ourselves on being an innovative company. Our President and Founder, veterinarian Dr. Jack Stephens, founded pet insurance in the United States over 30 years ago. We continuously gather client feedback so our plans fit the needs and budgets of pet owners.

Three Types of Pets Best Insurance Plans                                                                       

1. BestBenefit plans

BestBenefit plans cover the diagnosis and treatment of accidents and illnesses. You can choose a deductible as low as $0, and a reimbursement level up to 100%.

Examples of coverage include: accidents, illnesses, prescription medications, emergency care, specialist care, acupuncture, chiropractic care and hereditary conditions.

2. Plans for Specific Conditions

We also have plans that cover accidents only, cancer only, or specific feline illnesses. These plans can be purchased separately or added to a BestBenefit plan for increased benefits for the specific conditions covered. You can choose a deductible as low as $0, and a reimbursement level up to 100%. A Pets Best Insurance sales agent can help you review your coverage options.

Accident Only

The Accident Only plan covers the treatment of accidents, including exams, X-rays, surgeries, hospitalization and medications.

You may want to add this plan to a BestBenefit plan if your dog is at a high risk for accidents. For instance, if you live near a busy road, on a farm, or you have an “escape artist” dog that loves to find trouble.

Cancer Only

The Cancer Only plan covers the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, including exams, blood work, surgeries, medications and chemotherapy. Cancer Only plans start at $8 per month.

You may want to add this plan to a BestBenefit plan if you have a breed that is prone to cancer, like Boxers, Golden retrievers, German shepherds, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers.

Feline Illness

The Feline Illness plan covers the diagnosis and treatment of feline illnesses, including diabetes and kidney failure. Feline Illness plans start at $4 per month.

Feline Illness plans may be a great option for older cats who aren’t very active, but may face illnesses in the future.

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3. BestWellness Routine Care Coverage

Routine care coverage helps pay for your pet’s regular veterinary visits. Routine checkups, dental cleanings and blood work may help to catch disease early and ensure a longer, happier life for your pet. It’s an excellent way to budget for your pet’s expected medical expenses.

BestWellness coverage includes: vaccinations, spay/neuter, annual exam, blood work and teeth cleaning.

The BestWellness Plan can be added to any BestBenefit plan at enrollment or annual renewal for $22 per month. There is no deductible to meet, and annual benefits for covered services are up to $480 for dogs and $545 for cats.

Top 3 Tips for a Strong My Vet’s the Best Nomination

Nominate your vet in our pet insurance contest, My Vet's the Best.My Vet’s the Best is back for 2013! The team at Pets Best Insurance is excited to offer a third year of this hugely popular promotion that rewards four of the best veterinarians with $1,000 each to treat needy pets.

If you nominated your vet in a past year, thank you. And please nominate him or her again, as we start with a clean slate each January. Four times in 2013, we’ll choose six finalists and invite the public to vote and choose the big winner. In addition to the vet prize, each winning nominator will receive $200.

Nominations don’t have to be lengthy if they include the right details. Here are a few tips that may help your story rise to the top:

1. Tell us how your vet helped your pet, specifically.

Readers may be more likely to connect with personal stories, so focus on a specific incident that really made a difference in the life of you and your pet.

2. Tell us how your vet goes above and beyond.

By nature, veterinarians tend to be generous individuals who offer extended office hours and return phone calls on weekends. In addition to services like this, how else does your vet go the extra mile?

3. Tell us about any pet-related organization your vet supports.

If your veterinarian volunteers at a shelter or trains K9 police dogs, for example, be sure to include those details. We want to be sure we recognize all the efforts of your vet – not just what happens during office hours.

And remember, you don’t have to be a Pets Best Insurance customer to participate. Nominate your vet today and watch for finalist announcements and voting periods in April, July, October and January!


Cat UTIs Wont Stop!

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian blogger for Pets Best Insurance.

Hi. My name is Dr. Marc and I’m filming for Pets Bets Insurance, answering some Facebook questions for you guys at Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Boise, Idaho.

This question comes from Emily.  She says that she has four neutered cats and two years ago three of them started getting recurring urinary tract infections, ranging from moderate to severe.  Some of them even included getting treatment such as months of antibiotics, and they even did a PU surgery, which essentially turns a male cat into a female cat to help avoid getting obstructed.  All the cats are on prescription food.  They drink from a fresh fountain.  They take glucosamine to prevent inflammation of the bladder.  And they use phenolate to reduce stress.  She scoops their litter boxes daily.  Her question is, “Can a UTI be viral?  What are the odds of three to four cats getting UTIs within such a close period of time?  And why are they so recurrent?”

Emily, that sounds like a really frustrating situation, but I commend you on what you’ve done so far.  That’s a really great job as far as medications.  I think it’s important for you to know that as many as 50% of cats cannot actually be diagnosed as far as what’s causing these problems.  We do know that there is a neuro-hormone that goes on in those little kitty brains that can actually cause stress related lower urinary tract disease.  And for this reason, I might pursue that a little bit more aggressively.  So we recommend having, at least, one litter box per cat plus one more.  So for you that would be five litter boxes.  Keeping those clean.   We can look at the environment of these cats.  Is there something that’s causing stress that’s leading to these diseases?  A behavioralist can oftentimes come in and kind of look at the interactions and maybe make some recommendations.  And also seeing your veterinarian is important, too, because sometimes even anti-anxiety medications can benefit.  Especially with such an extreme case of these problems for years for you.  Viral problems is not something I can diagnose, unfortunately.  It doesn’t mean they don’t exist, but it is just not something we can pursue at this point in time.  I hope that helps, Emily.

If you have any other cat health questions post them to that Pets Best Insurance Facebook page and we’ll get them answered for you.

Remember to protect your cat and your wallet with pet insurance. The Pets Best Insurance Feline Illness only plan starts at $4/month! Learn more at www.petsbest.com.


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5 Reasons Your Indoor Cat Needs Pet Insurance

By: Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best Insurance. Dr. Stephens is the veterinarian who launched pet insurance in the U.S. over 30 years ago.
A Kitten plays with colorful yarn.
Many people don’t think cats have as many medical problems as dogs, especially if they live indoors. Because of this misconception, people tend to get pet health insurance for their outdoor cats and dogs, but not for indoor cats.

Indoor cats still incur serious and expensive cat health care problems.

5 Reasons You Need Pet Insurance For Your Indoor Cat

1. Cats are good at hiding symptoms: Cats are more sedentary by nature, which mean that cat owners are not as likely to notice symptoms their kitties might be displaying.

2. Indoor cats are still at risk: Common health problems for all cats include- cystitis, digestive upsets, cancer, diabetes, thyroid disease, leukemia, kidney failure and even heart disease. Thousands of medical conditions can occur in indoor cats.

3. The cost of treating cats is just as expensive as other animals: Cats tend to have fewer veterinary visits overall, but when they do have an illness or injury, the veterinarian costs can still be in the hundreds to thousands.Read More…

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