Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week

Sad dog chained up.Highly rated pet insurance company, Pets Best Insurance shares information on all matters related to dog and cat well being.

February 7th-14th is Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week which was organized by the Dogs Deserve Better organization.

Why Constantly Chaining Hurts Dogs

According to the Humane Society of the United States:

∙200,000 dogs live a life constantly chained or tethered outdoors.

∙As pack animals, dogs have been bred for thousands of years to form a strong attachment to a human family. An otherwise friendly and happy dog, when kept continually chained and isolated, often becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious, and aggressive.Read More…

Dog Itches Ears Until Bloody, Has Goopy Eyes

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and guest blogger for the highly rated pet insurance company, Pets Best Insurance.

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

This question comes from Jessica. Jessica says that her dog gets eye boogers and has a bit of blood in his ears from itching. “My vet says he has allergies, and I clean his eyes and ears just like the vet told me to, but is there anything else I can do to help, like eye or ear drops? Thanks.”Read More…

What is Cherry Eye and Is There a Quick Fix?

Bulldogs are prone to cherry eye.Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian guest blogger for the highly rated pet insurance company, Pets Best Insurance.

On the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page, Justin asked about cherry eye and if there’s a quick way to treat it. Great question Justin, cherry eye can be a common condition in dogs so I’ll go over the basics and how it’s treated.

What is Cherry Eye?

Dogs have an opaque third eyelid with a tear gland, which usually can’t be seen. When there is defect in the tissue of the third eyelid, the tear gland prolapses (bulges).

What Does Cherry Eye Look Like?

It looks like a fleshy red mass in the corner of the eye. It can be in one eye or both.

Do you Need to Treat Cherry Eye?

Treatment is needed to prevent the tissue from drying out, and to prevent future problems with ‘dry eye’ which could require daily artificial tears for your dog.

How Do You Treat Cherry Eye? Is There a Quick Way to Help Cherry Eye?Read More…

Dog Loose on a Busy Road! How Pepper Was Rescued for the Second Time.

Pets Best Insurance Employees who rescued Pepper the dog

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month. Being a responsible pet owner can mean a lot of things. Sometimes you don’t even have to be the pet’s owner to do the responsible thing, as three of our Pets Best Insurance employees recently demonstrated.

After a recent snow storm, Laura, a sales agent at Pets Best, looked out her office window and saw a black and white Aussie dog running loose. Our office is on a busy street so this immediately concerned Laura. She was on the phone with a client, so she got the attention of Raychel, another Pets Best employee and asked her to go help the dog. While running out the door with a leash and treats, Raychel called to another employee, Sarah, to come help.

Raychel and Sarah ran outside in the snow and ice, calling out to the dog. The dog darted directly into oncoming traffic. Thankfully all the cars stopped. Raychel and Sarah ran across the road to follow the dog, and in their high heels nonetheless, traversed the huge snow piled median, trying to keep up with the dog. But the dog crossed the street and took off down another side street. After Raychel and Sarah couldn’t track the dog any longer, they returned to the office.Read More…

6 Reasons Your Dog May Shiver

This dog is shivering because it’s cold, learn the other reasons dogs shiver.Dr. Marc is a veterinarian guest blogger for Pets Best Insurance, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

First let’s start with clarifying what shivering (or trembling) is versus what a seizure is.

A seizure is when the dog suddenly loses all body control, paddling their legs, jerking or convulsing. It can last for a number of minutes. To learn more, visit Dr. Fiona’s blog post on dog seizures.

Shivering is when a dog can make eye contact with you and respond to you, but its body is shaking. Shivering can vary from minimally, to a lot, but the dog still has control of its body.

6 Reasons Your Dog May Shiver

1) The most common reason a dog shivers is due to being cold. A normal dog’s temperature may be as high as 102.5 F. Since a dog’s body is warmer than a persons, just touching your dog won’t accurately let you know if they’re cold or not. So be careful during the winter months with dogs being outside, especially little dogs.Read More…

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