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Dog Breed Guide: Rottweiler

Posted on: December 24th, 2013 by

A rottweiler puppy and its mom laying together.

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


About the Rottweiler

Height (to base of neck): female 22-25″, male 24-27″

Weight: female 80-100 lbs, male 95-135 lbs

Color: Black with rust markings

Origin: Possibly Rome, and Germany

Coat: Inner coat on neck and thighs, short dense outer coat lies close to skin and is firm and glossy.

Life Expectancy: 12 years

Energy level: Moderate to high

Exercise needs: Moderate


Is a Rottweiler the Right Dog Breed for You?

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#1 Reason It’s Dangerous to Fly with Pugs

Posted on: December 20th, 2013 by

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

Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell and I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital.And I’m answering questions from pet owners today for Pets Best. This question is: “I’ve heard you shouldn’t fly with dogs that have smooshed faces, like pugs, because they can die due to breathing issues. Is this true?” This is a great question.

If you’re planning on flying with your pet and you’ve contacted your airline you may find that you’re going to have special regulations for your smooshed nose breeds like pugs and shih tzus. And the reason is that dogs with a shortened face, it’s called Brachycephalic Syndrome, typically have a harder time with respiration. They have smaller nostrils. They have a smaller trachea. And this becomes an issue when dogs get hot. 

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Are Rawhides Safe for Dogs?

Posted on: December 18th, 2013 by

A corgi dog insured with Pets Best Insurance chews a rawhide.

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

Hi, I’m Doctor Fiona Caldwell, and I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital.  I’m answering questions for pet owners today for Pets Best.  And this question is, “I have a new puppy, and I’ve heard mixed reviews about giving a dog rawhides. Do you think rawhides are safe to give to dogs?” This is a really good question. It’s a little bit tricky for me to answer because it really depends on the dog.

So rawhides are meant to be kind of gnawed on, and then when they get a little soggy, you should really take them away. They should never be swallowed whole. They should never be eaten very quickly. They are just meant to be kind of chewed on for awhile.

So if you have a dog that does that, and just gently chews on them, gnaws on them, then leaves them alone and then comes back, great. Rawhides can be useful for boredom. You can get rawhides that have ingredients that help with dental issues so they can be helpful to keep the teeth clean.

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4 Reasons Cats Get Runny Noses

Posted on: December 13th, 2013 by

Lost Cat Survived 16 Months in Oregon Wilderness

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 by

Mazy May, a cat that was lost for 16 Months in the Oregon wilderness amazingly survived and was recently reunited with her family.

According to, back in July 2012, Cissy and Ken Myers went camping at Silver Creek Falls in Oregon. They said they always took their two cats and dog camping with them. However during this trip one of their cats, Mazy May, went missing. The Myers conducted a search for a month, but with no luck in finding their cat.

Then after 16 long months of separation, the Myers family was reunited with their Mazy May, something they never thought would happen. About two weeks ago, Martha Duckworth, a Park Ranger at Silver Creek Falls discovered the missing cat. Duckworth commented it was amazing that Mazy May survived the entire winter and wasn’t eaten by a bobcat or a bear, noting she must have lived off mice and bugs.

Duckworth, a cat lover herself, had just put her cat down the week before. So she was very happy to be able to reunite the Myers with Mazy May.

Cissy recounted that when she got the call about Mazy May being found, she was shaking.

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