Pet Insurance Saved Christmas – A True Story

Rex needed surgery that was covered by pet insurance.My name is Kim Shopp. I am a policyholder as well as a Claims Adjuster for Pets Best Insurance and this is my story.

November 20th was just like any other day in my house hold with work, gym time and dinner for myself, my daughter and my dogs, Rex a 6 yr. old Great Dane, and Camilla VonDog, a 2 yr. old Rottweiler. I fed my furry kids their first dinner at the normal time of 3 pm and second dinner (no they’re not Hobbits, just big dogs with multiple food times) around 6 pm.

My Dane Rex had the hiccups and looked “off” to me after his second dinner. I decided to watch him as that wasn’t normal for him. About an hour later, he began to act as if he was going to vomit. I let him out in the back yard. He began to wretch non-productively.  I continued to watch him and noticed he still looked uncomfortable and had started to drool uncontrollably. Within another 30 minutes he was pacing around the room and couldn’t lie down and find comfort. I suspected the worst – bloat.

Bloat is a life-threatening condition that occurs when a dog’s stomach distends with gas and fluid. The increased pressure can cause the stomach to rotate and close itself off at both ends, taking the spleen with it (since the spleen is attached to the wall of the stomach.)Read More…

Top 3 Bizarre Pet Poisons

The Colorado River Toad is toxic to pets.As a veterinarian, I find that most people are aware of the common toxic substances that we see. Antifreeze, chocolate, onions and grapes are well known to cause health problems in our pets. Unfortunately, animals don’t limit themselves to eating just the obvious poisons. Here are 3 lesser-known toxic substances that can prove problematic for our furry companions.

1) Toad Poisoning

The two species of toads that cause poisoning in the United States are the Bufo alvarius (Colorado river toad, pictured here) and Bufo marinus (Cane toad). The Colorado river toad is found primarily in the southwestern United States, while the cane toad is found mostly in southern Texas, Florida, and Hawaii. Both toads contain poisonous glands that create problems after being ingested (but exposure can occur through wounds as well). Symptoms can include salivation, nausea, vomiting, blindness, seizures, heart problems and death. Some studies report that mortality is near 100% in untreated dogs and can occur within 30-60 minutes after exposure. If you suspect your dog has been exposed to one of these toads, it is imperative to seek veterinary care immediately.Read More…

Planning Ahead for the Inevitable

When you lose a pet
By Coleen Ellis, pet loss and grief expert, for Pets Best Insurance.

Just the mere thought of one of our precious pets dying can be unbearable. The reality of a new normal, life without their unconditional love, and future days void of this pet’s quirky personality to brighten our day can immediately illicit tears from deep within oneself.

Death is a part of life. And, like the saying goes, “Saying good-bye is the most difficult thing in life. And we never learn to be good at it.”

Yes, death is a part of life. While few people like the thought of this, it will happen to all of us.  Therefore, taking a bit of time to prepare for the inevitable in life will help in eliminating those feelings of anxiousness, those fears of the unknown in having the answers as to what one’s options are with the death of a pet.Read More…

Four Tips for Finicky Dogs

Picky dog refuses plain dog food.As the saying goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink,” the same holds true for the four-legged members of the family. Dogs often operate on a their own internal hunger cues and getting them to eat regular nutritious meals can be tricky. Watching your pooch skip dinner can be disconcerting, but what can you do and how serious is it?

Any time a normally enthusiastic dog who never skips a meal becomes reluctant to eat or refuses food, consult with your veterinarian. This could be a sign of an underlying illness. Especially if refusing food is accompanied by other clinical signs, prompt veterinary attention is warranted. Pet health insurance is an invaluable tool to ensure your pet gets the top notch care they need!Read More…

#1 Reason Cats are Dumped & 12 Ways to Prevent It

A cat uses its litterbox.There is no arguing against the fact that cats make great pets. They are self-sufficient, affectionate and generally very clean critters.  But what if Frisky stops using the litter box?  That cuddly ball of fur is suddenly not so cute when your carpet and furniture are being used as a toilet! Inappropriate litter box behavior is one of the most common reasons for families to relinquish or re-home their cats.

Any cat that suddenly changes its litter box habits and starts to inappropriately urinate should always be evaluated by a veterinarian to ensure there isn’t an underlying medical problem. Once a medical issue has been ruled out and the problem is deemed behavioral, you might consider some  tips and tricks to help with litter box aversion.Read More…

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