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Dog Breed Guide: Yorkshire Terrier

Posted on: December 28th, 2013 by

A Yorkie dog at the beach.

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

About the Yorkshire Terrier

Height (to base of neck): females: 6″, Males: 7″

Weight: 3-5lbs

Color: Trademark is blue and tan

Origin: Scotland

Coat: Long, silkey, low-shed straight haircoat

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Low to moderate

Is a Yorkshire Terrier the Right Dog Breed for You?

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Is Aspirin Okay for Dogs?

Posted on: December 26th, 2013 by

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

Hi, I’m Fiona Caldwell and I am the veterinarian for Idaho Veterinary Hospital. I am answering questions today from pet owners for Pets Best. This question is,”Is human aspirin okay for dogs?”

The answer is sort of, dogs can tolerate aspirin in small doses. There are other painkillers that dogs cannot have, but aspirin they can metabolize. My problem with aspirin it is difficult for you dose because it’s obviously dosed for human size and if you give your dog aspirin, it sometimes it limits what your veterinarian can give your pet in certain illnesses and certain diseases. For example, if you thought your  dog’ s back was hurting and you gave it aspirin then I can no longer give that dog steroids right away. Sometimes it makes the veterinarians job a little bit trickier. In addition, some studies have shown any dose of aspirin can cause microscopic amounts of G.I. bleeding in dogs which, obviously, we would want to avoid.

There is a whole slew of pain relievers that are prescription-only that work better than aspirin and would be safer than aspirin. At this time, is not my recommendation that you give aspirin to your dogs. If you have questions or comments feel free to post below or Pets Best Facebook page.

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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