Dog Breed Guide: Bull Terrier

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About the Bull Terrier

Height (to base of neck): 21-22″

Weight:  52-62 lb

Color: Two types, white and colored. White is generally all white with some markings on the head. Colored can be a variety of colors, but brindled is preferred.

Origin: Britain

Coat: Hair is short, hard and lies flat.

Life Expectancy: 11-13 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: High

Breed Nicknames: White Cavalier, English Bull Terrier

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Top 3 Allergies in Dogs and Cats

A dog and cat both with allergies are protected by Pets Best Pet Insurance.By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance.

There are three main types of allergies seen in dogs and cats. Depending on the type of allergy, pets can experience itchy skin, hair loss, skin infections, ear infections, sneezing, watery eyes, vomiting and soft stool. The three main categories of allergies in dogs and cats include environmental allergies, food allergies, and flea allergies.

1. Environmental allergies (also known as Atopy) are caused allergens in the environment such as dust, pollen and dander. Your pet could be allergic to things ranging from ragweed to cockroaches or mold to dust mites! Often times, this type of allergy is worse in the spring and fall, and will improve in the winter. This correlates with the how much of the allergen your pet is exposed to. If you live in a warm climate with a year-round growing season, then your pet may have allergies year round. Typically, pets with environmental allergies will lick and chew on their feet excessively and they may have recurring ear infections, itchy or red skin, hair loss and skin infections. Milder symptoms include sneezing and red, watery eyes. There are different treatments for this type of allergy which include anti-histamines, immunomodulating drugs such as Atopica, and allergy shots (similar to allergy shots in people, but these can be given orally as well). Talk to your veterinarian if you think your dog has environmental allergies.

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Dog Breed Guide: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

A Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier with pet insurance from Pets Best.

About the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Height (to base of neck): females 17-18″ males 18-19″

Weight:  females 30-35 lb, males 35-40 lb

Color: Wheaten

Origin: Ireland

Coat: Very soft, silky slightly wavy hair

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Energy level: Moderate to high

Exercise needs: Moderate to high

Breed Nicknames: Wheaten

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Why Dog People Don’t Understand Cat People

A woman who considers herself a dog person, plays with her dog.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 Pet Insurance, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

You met the person of your dreams. She has a cat and you have a dog and the four of you are about to share one home. Think of this as a furry Brady Bunch situation. Your dog listens to your every word. Sits and stay on cue, and greets you each time you return home like you’re a rock star. On the other hand, her cat ignores you when you call her name (unless you rattle kibble in her food bowl) and delivers a wide-eyed look of indifference as she proceed to walk across the kitchen counter top despite your protests.

Feeling a bit frustrated, right? You may be thinking to yourself, “If only that darn cat acted more like a dog.” Time for a reality check. Cats are not small dogs. When I give talks around the country about how to achieve harmony in a household with cats and dogs, I gently remind my audiences of the distinct differences between America’s top two most popular pets by sharing these acronyms I’ve created for each:

Dogs puts the “d” in drool, the “o” in obey, the “g” in goofy and the “s” in seconds, please. By comparison, cats put the “c” in candid, the “a” in attitude, the “t” in tenacious and the “s” in…so what.

Dogs and cats have been hard-wired differently. For centuries, cats have been independent hunters while dogs have worked in packs to score food. Early man saw the value of the obey-nature in dogs to help them get out of the Stone Age. Cats waited an extra 10,000 years or so after dogs were domesticated before agreeing to hang out with humans. Their talents for ridding ships, barns and homes of rodents proved to be valuable.Read More…

Why Cat People Don’t Understand Dog People

A woman plays with her cat.

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 Pet Insurance, a cat insurance and dog insurance agency.

There are cat people and there are dog people and then there are folks like me who fall in the middle, enjoying the company of both cats and dogs. I happily share my home – and my heart – with two dogs and two cats. In this age-old pet debate of which species ranks supreme, a communication gap definitely exists between people who declare felines are the finest and those who swear canines are doggone great.

For starters, let’s identify why cats rank number one as a pet choice for some people. Among the feline pluses:

• Your cat will never need you to take them out in the middle of the night or in bad weather simply to perform necessary bathroom duties. That’s the beauty of the invention of litter boxes.

• Your cat won’t greet house guests by leaping on them and showering them with slobbery kisses. Cats have far more dignity than to succumb to this canine welcome.Read More…

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