Do Puppy Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Hi. I’m Doctor Fiona Caldwell and I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. I’m answering questions from Pets Best Facebook page today. This question comes from Aidan who writes, At what point should you have puppy teeth pulled if the adult ones are trying to come in or can’t come in me or came in and the baby teeth are still there? This is pretty common. This happens a lot, especially in smaller breed dogs. Read More…

Trick Your Cat Into Losing Weight

Hello. I’m Dr. Jane Matheys, from the Cat Doctor Veterinary and Hospital in Boise, Idaho. I’m here to answer a question posted on the Pets Best Facebook page, today.

This one is from Gina and she asks “If diet food is not working for an extremely overweight cat for years, what else can we try?” Often times even though an owner is feeding “diet food”, they’re still giving the cat too much. The cat’s consuming too many calories, and you’re just not going to see weight loss. The number one way that I can achieve good weight loss in cats

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A Veterinarian’s Take on Pet Insurance

A cat with pet health insurance is checked by a veterinarian.

Percy is one of our three beloved mutts. He was on his last legs at the local shelter, so we adopted him with the full knowledge that he was very wild and active, and had already been returned three times to the shelter.

As a veterinarian, I felt well equipped to handle his various wounds, daily accidents, the sutures, the upset stomachs and the ear infections. But when he needed intensive surgical intervention, I did not want to operate on my own dog. In the last five years, pet insurance has covered his six broken teeth (which needed root canals), his bloat surgery, his liver biopsies, his ultrasounds and his corn-cob-eating and subsequent surgery.

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My Vet’s the Best Summer 2012 Winner!

veterinary pet insurance contest winner.

Pet owners, pet insurance enthusiasts and veterinarians alike have been on pins and needles this quarter, and during our online voting period, waiting to find out who the summer 2012 My Vet’s the Best Winner is! Pets Best Insurance is elated to announce the My Vet’s the Best Summer 2012 winner is…

Dr. Tony Poutous of Pet Care Animal Clinic in Virginia Beach, VA!

Dr. Poutous received multiple nominations and more than 3,000 votes during the Pets Best Insurance online voting period. Our favorite nomination story came from Karen Calabro and her pets Dusty Too, Taylor Wigglesworth III, Zoe and Tucker.

In Karen’s nomination, she wrote that Dr. Poutous cares about all animals and always goes the extra mile for his clients and their pets.

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Four Reasons Kitty Gobbles Grass

A kitten with pet health insurance chews on a piece of grass.

During the nice summer weather, I let my cats outdoors under direct supervision, and it always befuddles me how oftentimes the first thing they’ll do is to start nibbling on grass. Why do cats eat grass? It’s the same question that clients often ask me, and I have to admit that it’s a question nobody, including us veterinarians, has a clear answer to. One thing is certain though- grazing is something that comes naturally to not just to domestic cats, but also to feral and wild cats. Let’s look at some of the possible reasons and explanations for this behavior.

1. Help With Kitty’s Digestion
Grass has very little nutritional value for cats. Grass is mainly fiber, and the cat’s stomach doesn’t have the enzyme needed to digest it. But grass can help a cat’s digestive process by inducing regurgitation of undigested matter. This can be important for outdoor cats that eat mice, birds, and other small animals. After the meat is digested, the bones, feathers and fur stay in the cat’s stomach. Eating grass makes the cat throw up, so the grass comes right back up along with the undigested animal parts. This is safer for the cat than having the undigested material try to pass through the intestines and cause irritation or possible blockage of the gastrointestinal tract.

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