By 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?”
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.
By: 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?
By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.
The following question was sent to me by a fellow dog lover, “My Siberian husky can be snoozing upstairs in the back bedroom, but within seconds of a bag of potato chips being opened on the first floor, she suddenly appears, tail wagging and ready to share. When we go out on walks, I am amazed at how she sniffs out a cat hiding under a bush or tracks down the smallest bit of something edible on the ground. She can spot a squirrel scampering up a tree faster than I can but will sometimes stop and stare intently at a stick or a rock as though she expects it to move. When it comes to our senses, how do we compare to dogs?”
By: Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.
We all know that dogs love people food. However, some common human food is dangerous and downright deadly to dogs. If you notice that your dog has possibly eaten any of the following foods, make sure to have him or her seen by a veterinarian immediately!
This is the most common toxic food that pets ingest. Chocolate contains two compounds that are toxic to dogs: theobromine and caffeine which will be discussed later. The toxins cause upset stomach which may be visualized as vomiting and diarrhea. At high doses, dogs may show neurological signs such as seizures, weakness and coma. Dogs can also experience life threatening arrhythmias, or abnormal heart beats. The darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains and the more toxic it is. Treatment includes inducing vomiting (if your dog has eaten the chocolate within the last two hours), administering activated charcoal and giving high volumes of intravenous (IV) fluids. With treatment, most dogs who ingest chocolate will live.
This is a sugar substitute that is used in many “sugar free” human products including candy, chewing gum and toothpaste. This chemical causes a very dramatic release of insulin in dogs within 30 minutes of ingestion. This abnormal insulin release can cause dangerous hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Signs include weakness, seizures and coma. If your dog survives this initial episode of hypoglycemia, they can develop liver failure in the days following ingestion. Treatment includes inducing vomiting, IV fluids with added dextrose (sugar) if your dog’s blood sugar is low, and monitoring liver values for several days after ingestion. If your dog develops liver damage from ingesting xylitol, other medications and blood work may be necessary.
3. Grapes and raisins