Dog Can’t Find the Perfect Place to Poop

Hi. My name is Dr. Marc, and I’m filming for Pets Best, answering some Facebook questions for you guys at Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Boise, Idaho. This question comes from Samantha. She asks: “Why does it take my dog such a long time to find a place to poop and get comfortable before she goes?” Samantha, that’s a really good question, and unfortunately there is not going to be a great answer for you on this one, but there’s certainly some speculation and theories out there.

Some people think that this is an instinctual thing left over from before the dogs were domesticated, looking for scents of prey, predators, other animals in the area before they actually go. There’s certainly some other speculation as well that this may be conditioning from people themselves. So if you take your dog on a walk or let your dog go outside, and when they defecate, that signals the termination of that activity. In other words, “Dog poops, walk is over”. They may actually be trained that once they go, that enjoyable activity is done, and therefore they take their time in doing this to fully enjoy as much as they can on the walk or being outside.

If you have any other questions, post them on the Facebook page and we’ll see if we can answer them for you.

The Cheapest Way to Save Your Pet’s Life

A veterinarian prepares to give a puppy a vaccination.Just imagine – for a little cash, you could buy years of happiness with a healthy pet. Really! And we’re not just talking about pet insurance.

Vaccinating your pet to prevent disease is a smart move for both your bank account and the health of your pet.  Vaccines have long been the best method to prevent some very serious and endemic diseases in dogs and cats.

Deadly Diseases Reigned In

The most notable vaccine, of course, is the rabies vaccine. Rabies is an incurable disease, transmissible to humans through bite wounds.  Distemper is another deadly but preventable disease, known as canine distemper in dogs and panleukopenia in cats. Both are highly contagious within their species.  Historically, distemper was a real problem for our pets, causing many deaths.Read More…

How to Calm a Hissy Cat

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

Yolanda says “I have a 16 year old cat. She shows no signs of slowing down. She’s been kind of high anxiety her entire life, and she doesn’t let anyone hold her, pet her or pick her up but me. Even then I can only do so for a few minutes before she gets hiss-y. I’ve tried the pheromone plug-in, the collar which she scratched and she didn’t like. Is it too late for her to learn to relax and be nice ?”

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How Far Would You Go for a Pet?

Tomo Therapy machine used to treat canine cancer and cancer in pets.After vowing to never spend more than $1,000 on a pet, a friend of mine recently spent more than $8,000 to treat cancer in his dog. When I saw him afterwards, he sheepishly said, “I know I said I would never spend near this much for a dog, but our family loves him, how could I not? “

I often hear pet owners say they wouldn’t make financial sacrifices if a pet needed expensive vet care. Yet, over the years, I’ve seen that they often do the opposite. It seems the reality of their pet being ill or injured quickly becomes a high priority – and everything else takes a back seat.Read More…

Top 10 “Made in the USA” Dog Breeds

Dr. Fiona, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine blogs for pet insurance provider, Pets Best.

As far back as humans can remember, dogs have had a place in our hearts and homes. The domesticated canine is thought to have originated tens of thousands of years ago, most likely from grey wolves. It is theorized that early domesticated dogs likely originated from areas of Asia or the Middle East, but modern breeds of dogs have their origins from all over the world.

Here are the top ten truly “Made in the USA” breeds, with photos of each insured by Pets Best Insurance. With a little patriotism, these breeds might make their way up the popularity list!

1. Boston Terrier: Likely descended from a cross between Bulldogs and the White Terrier dog from New England. Boston Terriers have earned themselves the nickname “America’s Gentlemen” due to their black and white tuxedo look and sweet, easy-going manner. Photo: Simon and Colby

Simon has the best pet insurance for Boston Terriers.

2. Alaskan Malamute: This northern breed was important during the Alaskan gold rush in the mid 1800s and was used to help transport sleds over snow. Its thick coat made it a breed well-suited to the cold! Photo: Keiko

Keiko has the best dog insurance for Alaskan Malamutes.

3. Chesapeake Bay Retriever: This breed was developed in the 19th century and used primarily by hunters to retrieve water fowl. The Chessie is known for its love of water and excellent hunting ability. Photo: Hanna

Hanna has the best dog insurance for Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

4. American Staffordshire Terrier/American Pit bull Terrier: This breed has gotten a bad rap due in part to its origins in dog fighting. Often termed a “bully-breed”, this breed of dog is fiercely loyal to their humans and capable of being extremely loving and social. Photo: Piper

Piper has the best pet insurance for Pit Bulls and Staffies.

5. Carolina Dog: Also known as the American Dingo, this is one of the oldest breeds to have originated in the U.S. Early drawings made by Native Americans of dogs tend to resemble the Carolina Dog, which was first noted to be free roaming and wild. It now can be registered with the American Rare Breed Association. Photo: Jayda

Piper has the best pet insurance for Pit Bulls and Staffies.

6. Chinook Dog: A rare breed of sled dog originating from New England, the Chinook is the official dog of New Hampshire. It is known for an easy-going temperament and friendly nature. Photo: Genghis

Genghis has the best pet insurance for Chinook dogs.

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7. American Cocker Spaniel: The first Spaniel came across the Atlantic on the Mayflower, but the breed wasn’t recognized by the AKC until 1878. The Cocker Spaniel is a long time top ten AKC most popular dog breeds contender, with 18 total years in all, from the 1940s and 50s, and again in the 80s. Photo: Phoebe

Phoebe has the best dog insurance for Cocker Spaniels.

8. Rat Terrier: An intelligent and active breed first used on American farms for pest control and companionship, the Rat Terrier shouldn’t be confused with the Jack Russell Terrier, its English counterpart. It became popular in the 1890s and is likely descended from a mix of terriers and possibly Whippets and Beagles. Photo: Brodie and Tucker

Brodie and Tucker have the best dog insurance for Rat Terriers.

9. Blue Tick Coonhound: Bred for hunting, this breed has a knack for problem-solving and is happiest with a full time job and a lot of physical activity. The breed is very intelligent and athletic. Photo: Bella

Bella has the best pet insurance for Blue Tick Coonhounds.

10. American Bulldog: this breed is typically confident and social, but can be highly emotional and strongly bonded to their owners. Traits include a stocky, well built body with powerful muscles and a vertical leap of possibly exceeding seven feet! Photo: Thor

Thor has the best dog insurance for Bulldogs.

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