Author Archives: Dr. Jack Stephens

Can Big Dogs and Small Dogs Co-Exist in a Family?

A big rottweiler dog with a small Chihuahua laying on top of it.

By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for the pet insurance agency, Pets Best.

Hi, I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell and I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. Today I’m answering a question from a pet owner submitted to Pets Best on the company’s Facebook page.

This dog owners question is, “Our small dog is nearly six years old, and while energetic, you can tell she’s beginning to slow down. My husband wants to get a second dog – a puppy – and he wants a large breed, most likely a Lab. I’m worried the puppy will accidentally hurt our current dog when playing, because she is older and smaller and may not be able to keep up with the puppy. What are your thoughts?”Read More…

Breed Guide: French Bulldog

French Bulldog Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats

About the French Bulldog

Height (to base of neck): female 11-13″, male 11-13″

Weight: Not to exceed 28 lbs

Color: Accepted are various shades of brindle, fawn, tan or white with brindle patches.

Origin: First in England in the 1800s, but eventually in France after the Industrial Revolution.

Coat: Moderately fine, short and smooth.

Life Expectancy: 8 – 10 years

Energy level: Low to moderate

Exercise needs: MinimalRead More…

2 Reasons Cats (Almost) Always Land on Their Feet

cat in treeBy Arden Moore, a certified cat and dog behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best, a cat insurance and dog insurance agency.

The following question was sent to me by a fellow cat owner, “I am embarrassed to admit that I would sometimes hold my childhood cat belly up over my head and let him fall. I was amazed that he could twist his body and land on his four feet with ease. I have much more respect for cats as an adult, but I am still intrigued by their athleticism. How do cats manage to maneuver their bodies and land safely?”Read More…

3 Reasons Dogs Chew Toys on Your Feet

A small dog chews her toy next to a shoe.

By: Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats. 

Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona and I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital, and I’m answering questions today from pet owners for Pets Best. This question is, “Why does my dog always need to chew her toys on people’s feet. She never chews the shoes, just wants to chew her toy on top of people’s feet.”

This is a funny question. If only we knew what was going on inside our dogs’ heads, but here are three ideas as to why your dog might do this.

1. One could be, especially for little dogs, that feet tend to be a strong-smelling area. So it could be that she’s associating your feet with you and your smell and your shoes with you, and so it’s her way of kind of bonding with you.Read More…

Dog Breed Guide: German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired PointerBy: Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the German Shorthaired Pointer

Height (to base of neck): 23-25″

Weight: 55-70 lbs

Color: Dark brown (liver), black, or either liver and white or black and white. The head is commonly a solid color and the body is speckled or “ticked.”

Origin: 19th Century Germany

Coat: Water resistant, short and flat coat with a dense undercoat which is protected by stiff guard hairs.

Life Expectancy: 9-12 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: high

Is a German Shorthaired Pointer the Right Dog Breed for You?Read More…

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