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…

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…

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