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Dog Breed Guide: Shih Tzus

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013 by

a shih tzu dog sits down with a clip in her hair.By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance

About Shih Tzus

Height (to base of neck): 9-10.5″ (male and females)

Weight: 9-16 lbs (male and females)

Color: Their coat can be any color

Origin: Tibet

Coat: Dense long, straight double coat

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Low to moderate

Is a Shih Tzu the Right Dog Breed for You?

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Are Bully Sticks Bad for Dog Teeth?

Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance

Hi. My name is Marc Caldwell; I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance, to answer some Facebook questions for you guys.

Our next question is: My 2-year-old Chihuahua loves his bully stick in the 6″ size. I’m wondering since he goes through them so quickly if he’s hurting his teeth, I’ve noticed that his teeth are actually getting smaller. It concerns me that you mentioned his teeth are getting smaller; it’s not normal for an adult tooth to actually regress in size. My concern is that possibly what’s happening due to excessive wear and tear at the teeth, they may actually be fracturing due to chewing on this hard surface.

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Have You Met Sir Stuffington?

Posted on: September 26th, 2013 by

A rescued kitten who lost an eye and has a disfigured jaw wears a pirate eye patch and head scarf.

Have you met the latest cat internet sensation, Sir Stuffington?

According to the Multnomah County Animal Shelter ( Sir Stuffington, the pirate costume wearing adorable one-eyed kitten with an injured jaw, arrived at the Shelter along with two siblings on September 13th after being rescued off the street.

The shelter’s website reports, “in addition to being filthy, covered with fleas, and suffering from an upper respiratory infection (URI), it was clear he had survived some sort of traumatic injury that caused a disfigured jaw and the loss of one eye. He also has a heart murmur and flea anemia. All three kittens have calicivirus, which is contagious to other cats.” They continue, “Donations will allow us to offer Sir Stuffington the extra medical care he needs to grow into a happy, healthy cat. Sir Stuffington is not yet available for adoption. It will likely be two months or so, but we will let everyone know when he and his siblings become available.”

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Cushing’s Disease in Dogs-Can You Treat Holistically?

Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 by

By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and blogger for pet health insurance provider Pets Best Insurance 

My name is Marc Caldwell. I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance to answer some Facebook questions for you guys. Our next question is: Are there holistic treatments for my dog’s Cushing’s Disease? The dog is 13 years old and has been on medication, but it’s starting to take a toll on him. So I’d like to seek holistic treatments.

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Potty Training Cats – Part I

Posted on: September 20th, 2013 by

Lola a mixed breed dog with Pets Best Insurance with her human mom Kathy.By Pets Best Insurance Marketing Associate Chryssa Rich

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but what about cats? Mine are ages 10 and 11, and I recently decided it was time to toilet train them. My complaints probably echo cat owners everywhere:

  • The litter box and its furniture take up a lot of space in my small house
  • I’m constantly shooing my toddler and dog away from it
  • I’m tired of scooping it (who isn’t!)
  • I’m tired of choosing between my house smelling like scented litter or used litter

I considered using a commercial cat potty training product, but they were pricey and had mixed reviews. So I kept searching until I stumbled upon some free info*, and it seems to have all the details I’ll need.

A couple of drawbacks to this process are that you need a toilet available only for the cats for a while, and once they’re trained, you’ll have to make sure the lid is always left up. Still, I felt like the trade-off would be worth it.

The first step was to move the litter box to the first floor, since that’s where the available toilet is, so I hauled the box from the top of the stairs to the bottom. I cleaned the carpet under the old box location well (even though they hadn’t had accidents), and left the vacuum there for a couple of days as an extra deterrent. It worked. My cats immediately sniffed their way downstairs and used their box without issue.

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