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It’s National Veterinary Technician Week

Posted on: October 15th, 2013 by

A veterinary technician holding a black and white cat.

In honor of National Veterinary Technician Week, we asked Erica Mattox to discuss what being a Veterinary Technician means. Erica is president of the Idaho Society of Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (ISVTA), and Nursing Director at WestVet 24 Hour Animal Emergency & Specialty Center. At Pets Best, we’re proud to have assembled a team of claims processors that reflect the very best the Veterinary Technician and Assistants profession has to offer. National Veterinary Technician Week was created by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).

What is a Veterinary Technician?

Veterinary Technology is a career dedicated to the quality care of animals.

Most veterinary technicians work with small animals including; dogs, cats, and exotic animals. As a technician there are also opportunities working with large animals such as horses, cows and other livestock. There are also many other unique opportunities such as; humane societies, hospital management, veterinary schools, zoo animal care, and research.

Veterinarians look to veterinary technicians to provide technical support for all aspects of animal care. A veterinary technician can do everything a veterinarian can do with the exception of diagnosing, giving a prognosis, prescribing medication, or performing surgery.

Veterinary technicians will interact with clients and their animals, perform examinations, collect samples of blood, urine, feces and other body fluids and tissues, conduct laboratory tests, take x-rays, administer anesthesia, and assist in surgery.

How to Become a Veterinary Technician

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Dog Breed Guide: Dachshunds

Posted on: October 11th, 2013 by

a caramel colored Dachshund dog with short hair.

By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and blogger for Pets Best, pet insurance for dogs and cats

About the Dachshund

Height (to base of neck): No standard, but usually less than 9 inches

Weight: Standards – 16 – 32 lbs; Miniatures – less than 11 lbs

Color: Solid (red and cream), bi-colored (chocolate, black, fawn, or grey with tan markings), brindled and dappled.

Origin: Germany

Coat: Three types – longhaired, smooth and wirehaired

Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 years

Exercise needs: Low to moderate

Is a Dachshund the Right Dog Breed for You?

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Dogs Can Get Breast Cancer, Too

Posted on: October 10th, 2013 by

A maltese dog poses with a pink background. Maltese are one of the breeds prone to breast cancer.By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for Pets Best Insurance

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and pink ribbons are everywhere. Breast cancer is a devastating and common disease in humans, but did you know that dogs can get breast cancer too? Veterinarians typically refer to the disease as mammary cancer, since dogs have a mammary chain rather than two breasts like humans. Here are some facts about mammary cancer in dogs:


Mammary cancer is defined as benign or malignant tumors associated with the mammary glands. About 50% of tumors felt in the mammary glands will be malignant, meaning they can spread to regional lymph nodes and other parts of the body, the other 50% are benign. It is impossible to tell which is which just by feeling or looking at the mass.

Which dogs are at risk?

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Cats Gorging and Throwing Up

Posted on: October 7th, 2013 by
By Dr. Jane, a veterinarian and blogger for cat insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance

Hello. I’m Dr. Jane Matheys from The Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital and Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Today, I’ll be answering a question about cat health from our readers of the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.

Today, Karen asks: “I have a 15-year-old cat. For years, he has had issues with throwing up in the mornings right after he eats. He’s very healthy for his age and has been to four different vets about this problem, with no solutions. His vomiting is always in the morning. He will eat some food, go drink a lot of water, then go eat more. After that, he will throw up. Any suggestions?”

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Despite Official Closing, Volunteers Keep Animal Shelter Going

Posted on: October 4th, 2013 by

a black dog sits outside the Meridian Valley Humane Society and is very happy.Update as of November 5th, 2013: The Meridian Valley Humane Society has officially reopened! They will be holding their grand opening at the new shelter located at 191 N. Linder Road on November 17th from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Originally posted on October 4th, 2013. The Meridian Animal Shelter closed on September 30, 2013 but thanks to a dedicated group of about 35 volunteers, the Meridian Valley Humane Society (MVHS) will continue to offer re-homing and rescue services in the Meridian, ID area.

The MVHS is an all volunteer non-profit 501c3 organization who states their mission is “providing compassion, protection, welfare, and responsible adoption for homeless, abandoned and abused animals.”

According to one volunteer who has been with the organization for three years, Debby Decker, the volunteers pride themselves on taking the time to get to know the dog so they can find a family that is the right fit and find their forever home.

The new address of the Meridian Valley Humane Society will be 191 N. Linder Rd., Meridian, Idaho 83642.

MVHS recently acquired the new location and according to Decker it needs some major cleaning, painting and sprucing up, but they hope to be open by early November at the latest. Once their new location is ready they’ll be able to accept and adopt animals again. Until then, their permanent mailbox is 3313 W. Cherry Ln. #603, Meridian, ID 83642.

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