By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.
About the Chihuahua
Height (to base of neck): 6-10″
Weight: 4-10 lbs
Color: Many accepted colors, including white, black, and tan.
Coat: Smooth or long haired.
Life Expectancy: 15-20 years
Energy level: Low to moderate
Exercise needs: Minimal
Is a Chihuahua the Right Dog Breed for You?
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.
I was asked the following question by a cat owner, “When I walk around my house at night in dimly lit rooms, sometimes I get spooked a bit when I see my cat. Precious is a sweet Siamese cat, but at night, her eyes seem to glow red in the dark, giving off a devilish look…What causes her eyes to glow red at night?”
Good question. Your cat’s large, round eyes are designed to operate far better in low light conditions and the dark than our eyes. As hunters who are active at dawn and dusk – the best times for them to stalk prey – cats can actually see as well in pitch black as we can see in full moonlight. Here are two reasons cats’ eyes glow in the dark.
By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.
We all know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, and there are many other human food items that can cause serious illness and death in our canine and feline companions. However, some of the most dangerous toxicities to pets are actually not food related. Be sure to watch out for these dangerous toxins in our everyday environment to keep your pets safe.
1. Ethylene Glycol (Antifreeze)
Antifreeze has long been known as a very dangerous toxin. Dogs and cats that live outside or have access to the garage are particularly susceptible to coming in contact with ethylene glycol. In addition, certain brands have a sweet taste that animals find irresistible. Antifreeze affects the kidneys by forming deadly crystals inside the renal tubules and destroying the kidneys. Signs soon after ingestion include weakness, vomiting and animals acting “drunk” or intoxicated. Pets usually develop severe kidney failure in 1-2 days. If you notice that your pet has ingested ANY amount of anti-freeze, you should take them to your veterinarian immediately. Without treatment, almost all animals will die. Treatment includes large volumes of intravenous (IV) fluids for several days as well as medication to help the kidneys excrete the toxin as quickly as possible.
2. Sago Palm
By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.
About the Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)
Height (to base of neck): 13-16″
Weight: 16-20 lbs
Color: Sable, tri-colored, bi-black/blue, merle, double merle, and color headed white.
Coat: Long double coat.
Life Expectancy: 12-13 years
Energy level: High
Exercise needs: High
Is a Shetland Sheepdog 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 dog insurance and cat insurance agency.
This question was sent to me by a fellow dog owner, “My family gets the biggest kick out of watching our six-year-old Lab, Barnaby, sleep. Not only does he snore — loudly — but also his outstretched paws move and he twitches all over. Sometimes he yelps or whimpers, but his eyes stay closed. Watching and listening to him when he is sleeping makes us wonder if dogs dream and, if so, what do they dream about?”
Compared with us, dogs are regular Rip Van Winkles. They sleep at least twelve hours a day and rarely suffer from insomnia. At night, they seem to nod off before you even have time to set your snooze alarm. Not all dogs snore like Barnaby, but it is fairly common for dogs to twitch their paws and make noises when they are asleep.
Some dogs move their legs as if they were in full stride, perhaps chasing a rabbit. Look closely at Barnaby and you might also notice the twitching of his eyelids and whiskers, indicating that he has fallen into the deep sleep stage. But dogs don’t stay in that deep slumber for long. Most of the time, they sleep lightly and are aware of their surroundings.