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Doggie Cam Catches Burglars in the Act

Posted on: July 18th, 2013 by

Dog web cam at home catches burglarBy Chryssa Rich, Pets Best Marketing Programs Associate

Bellevue, Washington couple Melissa Hasley and her husband recently installed a home surveillance system to keep tabs on their dogs while away from the house. They chose an inexpensive setup by Dropcam, which lets users watch the recorded videos right on their smartphones.

Hasley told King 5 News in Seattle, “Everybody always gave me a hard time that I have web cams to look at my dogs all day.” But while vacationing in Sun Valley, Idaho, the move paid off big time for Hasley. One morning at 5:30, she opened her Dropcam app to see what her dogs were doing. But instead of snoozing pups, she found a masked man rummaging through her garage.

“It kinda took me a minute to go, is this really for real?” she explained. Because the video was transmitted in real-time, she was able to alert police who startled the burglar upon arrival, causing him to drop his loot and flee out a back door.

Hasley turned over the footage to authorities and shared her experience on social media, encouraging friends to get systems of their own. One neighbor did, and a few days later, also caught a burglar in the act.

She has a message for thieves in her area: “Don’t come back, you’re being recorded,” she told King 5 News. “Not only can I see what my dogs are doing when they’re on the furniture and shouldn’t be, but I can catch a guy in the act.”

Burglars who steal or destroy the cameras to get rid of evidence aren’t in the clear, because video footage is stored online and can’t be affected by damaging the camera itself.

Do you use doggie cams or nanny cams? In the comments below, tell us about unexpected things you’ve seen while away from home!

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3 Reasons Why Cats Shiver

Posted on: July 18th, 2013 by


Dr. Matheys is 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 a comment posted on Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.

This one is from Billy. Billy asks:  I’ve noticed my cat sometime shudders as if she’s shaking off a cold. She will be sitting so calmly, and then her little paws just start shaking.” So this one’s a little bit harder to answer without getting more information from Billy. Anytime I see any sort of shuddering and quivering of the muscles, I tend to think of several things. First of all, perhaps the kitty is in pain, or maybe the kitty has some sort of neurological problem. Or it could be just kind of a little quirk type behavior that the kitty has.

I recommend that Billy videotapes this movement that she’s seen in her kitty cat and then take that along with her when she makes an appointment with her veterinarian to take a look at her kitty cat. By actually seeing the behavior that’s going on, that can give her veterinarian a better idea as to what sort of medical problem they might be dealing with. So take advantage of that cell phone camera. Get a good video and go forward from there.

If you have any other questions, please post them on the comments section below, or visit Pets Best Insurance Facebook page. See you next time.

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Help – My Dog Can’t Move Her Tail!

Posted on: July 16th, 2013 by

Limber tail or cold tail affects swimming dogs

by Chryssa Rich, Marketing Programs Associate and Pets Best Insurance policyholder.

Recently after taking my dog Jayda to fetch tennis balls in the lake, I noticed she seemed really uncomfortable. Instead of snoozing on the couch, she was pacing around the living room trying to get comfortable. A couple of times, she yipped suddenly and jumped off the couch.

I was baffled. I checked her rump and feet for stickers, and I checked the furniture for bugs. It didn’t make any sense. She and I stood in the living room staring at each other, then I realized – she can’t move her tail!

Jayda’s tail was limp and hanging close to her body (top photo). I asked a number of tail-wagging questions to see if it was just my imagination. “Wanna go for a walk? Should we go? Squirrel!” Jayda’s ears perked up and her front legs danced, but her tail didn’t budge. I started to worry that maybe she’d injured her spinal cord in the lake.

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3 Common Pet Injuries and How to Treat Them

Posted on: July 15th, 2013 by

a dog gets his paw wrapped up after a cut on his paw.By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for dog insurance and cat insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.

1. Bite wounds

Dogs and cats can get bite wounds from many other animals. Especially in the summer months when they’re out and about, and encounter other animals more often. If your dog or cat receives a bite wound, immediately clean the bite wounds with clean water, hydrogen peroxide or diluted betadine.  Avoid alcohol, as this will sting!  Make an appointment to see your veterinarian, because most puncture wounds will get infected without antibiotics.

2. Lacerations (a.k.a. cuts, tears and rips)

Treat a laceration similar to a bite wound, clean the wound well with clean water or hydrogen peroxide. Apply gentle pressure to the wound to help stop bleeding. Most significant lacerations will require stitches to heal. Don’t use hydrogen peroxide more than once or twice, as it can damage the new healing skin cells.  Triple antibiotic ointment is safe to use on pets if the wound is superficial.

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Why Do Cats Get Hairballs?

Posted on: July 10th, 2013 by

a kitten sitting outside.Dr. Matheys is a veterinarian and guest blogger for cat insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.

As a cat pet parent, I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had the delightful experience of stepping out of my warm bed onto a cold, squishy, slimy hairball! I guess that’s the price we have to pay for owning these wonderful, furry grooming machines!

Why Do Cats Get Hairballs?

When your cat grooms himself, tiny hook-like structures on his tongue that are called papillae catch loose and dead hair, which is then swallowed. The majority of the hair passes all the way through the digestive track with no problems and is passed out in the feces. But some of the hair can remain in the stomach– gradually accumulating into a wet clump which becomes a hairball. The hairball can irritate the lining of the stomach, and, ultimately, your cat will vomit to get rid of it. Because hairballs pass through the narrow esophagus on the way out, they usually appear thin and tubelike, rather than round. For all you trivia buffs, the scientific name for a hairball is trichobezor (try-koe-beez-or). Try that word on your friends to be sure to impress!

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