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Dog Breed Guide: English Bulldogs

Posted on: September 4th, 2013 by

Two white English Bulldog puppies at nine weeks old and named Herschel and Hal.

By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance

About English Bulldogs

Height (to base of neck): 12 to 14 inches (Males and Females)

Weight: Males 50 lbs, Females 40 lbs

Color: Brindle, white, red, fawn and spotted

Origin: British Isles

Coat: Short, flat, straight and glossy

Life Expectancy: 10 to 12 years

Exercise needs: low to moderate

Is this breed right for you?

Common attributes in the Bulldog include a stubborn nature, but they are also kind and gentle with children and other pets.  They have low to moderate exercise needs and can be suited to urban, even apartment living.  Snoring and drooling is common.  Grooming needs are low except skin folds require daily hygiene to prevent infection.  They are moderate shedders.  Bulldogs do not tolerate temperature extremes well and does best as an indoor pet.

5 common illnesses, medical conditions and accidents for English Bulldogs

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What Are Dog Noses Made of?

Posted on: August 30th, 2013 by

By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance

Hi. My name is Marc Caldwell; I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance to answer some Facebook questions.

The next question is: What are dogs’ noses made of? Is it skin?

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Why Does My Cat Talk So Much?

Posted on: August 29th, 2013 by

By Dr. Matheys, a veterinarian and blogger for cat insurance provider Pets Best Insurance

Hello. I’m Dr. Jane Matheys from The Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital and Hotel in  Boise, Idaho. Today I’ll be answering some questions about cat health from questions posted on the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.

Today, Barb asks us:  “My cat meows all the time like he’s talking to me. I pretend to ask him a question, and he meows back as if to answer. It’s adorable, but I’ve never heard a cat meow this much. Is there a reason some cats meow more than others?”

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3 Reasons Cats Stop Covering Their Poop

Posted on: August 27th, 2013 by

A black kitten sits on the edge of its litter box.

By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for cat insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance

Has your cat stopped covering up their feces in the litter box? Here are three reasons that may be causing the issue.

1. Litter aversion

Your cat might have an aversion to the litter. For instance, they don’t like the way it feels on their feet. Or possibly they don’t like the way is smells when raked. It could also be that your cat doesn’t like the dust created when covering its feces.

2. Size of the box

Simply put, bigger cats will need a bigger box. A large cat may feel too confined in their box, so moving up in size to a larger box may help.

3. Location

Where you place the litter box can be very important for some cats. This is because some cats prefer the litter box to be more private. So if the box is out in the open, they feel too exposed and not want to take the time to cover their feces.

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3 Reasons Dogs Eat Cat Poop from the Litter Box

Posted on: August 19th, 2013 by

a Pomeranian dog and a tan cat hang out together.

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and blogger for dog and cat insurance provider Pets Best Insurance.

Does your dog raid the litter box and eat “treats” out of it? It sounds disgusting, but many households that have dogs and cats struggle with this issue. Here are three reasons dogs eat cat poop from the litter box.

1. Nutritional deficiency

Eating the cat’s poop might signal a vitamin deficiency in your dog’s diet. If you feel it might be a nutritional issue, consult with your veterinarian. You may need to switch your dog’s food to a formula that is higher in fat, fiber or protein. Additionally, your dog may need more vitamin B.

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