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Infectious Anemia in Cats

Hemoplasmas (formerly known as hemobartonella) are a specialized type of bacteria that attack red blood cells, which can cause anemia (a low red blood cell count). Spread most often by external parasites that feed on blood (fleas, ticks, lice or mosquitoes) or by fighting with infected cats means this illness is most common in cats that spend time outdoors....

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Peterbald Cat: Breed Profile

The & 34;dog-like& 34; Peterbald cat is a loyal and affectionate feline companion. These cats of Russian origin are exceptionally loving and affectionate, and can usually be found underfoot their favorite humans.Weight: 7-14 poundsLength: Medium-sizedCoat: Bald, flock or chamois, velour, brush, or straightCoat Colors: All colors and patternsEye Color: VariedLife Expectancy: 12 to 15 yearsCharacteristics of the Peterbald CatAffection LevelHighFriendlinessHighKid-FriendlyHighPet-FriendlyHighExercise NeedsMediumPlayfulnessHighEnergy LevelMediumTrainabilityHighIntelligenceHighTendency to VocalizeMediumAmount of SheddingLowHistory of the Peterbald CatAs a newer cat breed, the Peterbald cat’s history is somewhat limited....

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Color Dilution Alopecia in Dogs

Color dilution alopecia affects dogs with dilute colored hair coats and as the name implies, causes hairloss. This condition can be alarming to dog owners who don& 39;t understand the disease. Because of this, dog owners with at risk breeds should be educated on what to expect if their dog is diagnosed with color dilution alopecia....

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German Wirehaired Pointer (GWP): Dog Breed Profile

The German Wirehaired Pointer is often regarded as the ultimate gundog, with perfect hunting, pointing and retrieving skills. They& 39;re well-suited to those with a passion for the great outdoors, and with their boundless enthusiasm, energy, and intelligence, they excel in competitive dog sports. Their loyalty and fun-loving natures endear them to breed enthusiasts....

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Polymyositis in Dogs

Polymyositis is a muscle disease in dogs and it can affect all the muscles in a dog& 39;s body making it difficult for it do everyday activities. This disease thankfully has treatment options but it is important for an owner to recognize the potential signs of polymyositis so the best possible outcome can be obtained....

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Wirehaired Vizsla: Dog Breed Profile

The Wirehaired Vizsla (WHV) shares many of the characteristics of their smooth-haired relative. They& 39;re athletic, affectionate and eager to please. They& 39;re, however, a completely separate breed, with a much more recent history, a more hardy disposition, and they& 39;re generally thought of as a little more laid back....

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Glaucoma in Dogs

Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that can be very painful and cause permanent damage to a dog& 39;s eye if not treated. Knowing how to recognize the signs and symptoms of glaucoma and the treatment options available to dogs is an important part of helping keep your pet happy and healthy.What Is Glaucoma in Dogs?...

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Collie Eye Anomaly in Dogs

Collie eye anomaly is an eye disease that not only affects collies but several other dog breeds too. Since this disease often leads to blindness it is important for owners of at risk breeds to understand this condition and know the signs associated with it.What Is Collie Eye Anomaly in Dogs?Collie eye anomaly (CEA) is also known as collie eye defect and is a disease of the eye that affects how the eye develops....

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Toy Fox Terrier: Dog Breed Profile

The Toy Fox Terrier is native to North America and came about after breeders crossed small Smooth Fox Terriers with various toy dogs. These little dogs have big personalities and are playful, intelligent and spunky.Breed OverviewGroup: ToyHeight: 8.5 to 11.5 inchesWeight: 4 to 7 poundsCoat: Smooth, shiny and fine single coatCoat Color: Black, white and tan, or white and tan, or white and black; spots and ticking can sometimes be found on the bodyLife Expectancy: 13 to 15 yearsCharacteristics of the Toy Fox TerrierAffection LevelHighFriendlinessHighKid-Friendly MediumPet-Friendly MediumExercise Needs HighPlayfulness HighEnergy Level HighTrainabilityMediumIntelligence HighTendency to Bark MediumAmount of SheddingMediumHistory of the Toy Fox TerrierThe Toy Fox Terrier is a true American....

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Sussex Spaniel: Dog Breed Profile

The Sussex Spaniel is much rarer than some of their more popular hunting spaniel relatives. They& 39;re also known to be less busy, more strong-willed and a bit more talkative too.Breed OverviewGroup: SportingHeight: 13 to 15 inchesWeight: 35 to 45 poundsCoat: Medium-length flat or wavy single coat, with feathering on the legsCoat Color: Rich solid golden liver, occasionally there will be white on the chest, but this is not desirable as part of the breed standardLife Expectancy: 12 to 15 yearsCharacteristics of the Sussex SpanielAffection LevelHighFriendlinessMediumKid-Friendly MediumPet-Friendly MediumExercise Needs MediumPlayfulness HighEnergy Level MediumTrainabilityMediumIntelligence HighTendency to Bark HighAmount of SheddingMediumHistory of the Sussex SpanielThe Sussex Spaniel is thought to have been first developed by the Fuller family on the Rosehill Estate in Sussex, in South East England, in the late 18th to early 19th century....

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English Setter: Dog Breed Profile

The English Setter was originally developed in the United Kingdom for its crouching, pointing and retrieving skills when accompanying hunters. Now they& 39;re also popular as companion dogs and are known for being affectionate, gentle and adaptable.Breed OverviewGroup: SportingHeight: 25 to 27 inches (male); 23 to 25 inches (female)Weight: 65 to 80 pounds (male); 45 to 55 pounds (female)Coat: Flat, silky, medium-length single coat, with feathering on the ears, chest, legs and tailCoat Color: White coat base with & 39;Belton& 39; markings that can be flecks or intermingled roan; Belton colors are orange or black (referred to as blue) and can also be tricolored....

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How to Brush Your Cat's Teeth

Cats have teeth that need care just like ours but most people don& 39;t think about brushing their cat& 39;s teeth like they do their own. Chewing food and toys provides some dental care but often times it isn& 39;t enough to help prevent dental issues from developing. Knowing how to brush your cat& 39;s teeth can help prevent these issues along with unnecessary pain....

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Airedale Terrier: Dog Breed Profile

The Airedale Terrier, also often referred to as & 39;the King of Terriers& 39;, is a strong-willed, sharp-witted, adaptable and energetic breed that is full of character. Their strong personality means they may not be the best choice for the novice dog owner.Breed OverviewGroup: TerrierHeight: 23 to 24 inches (male), the female is slightly smallerWeight: 40 to 65 poundsCoat: Hard, wiry, dense, straight, short topcoat, with a softer undercoatCoat Color: The head and ears are tan, and the body is a mix of tan and black or dark grizzleLife Expectancy: 11 to 13 yearsCharacteristics of the Airedale TerrierAffection LevelMediumFriendlinessMediumKid-FriendlyMediumPet-Friendly MediumExercise Needs HighPlayfulnessHighEnergy Level HighTrainabilityMediumIntelligence HighTendency to Bark HighAmount of SheddingMediumHistory of the Airedale TerrierThe largest of all the terriers, the breed gets its name from the Aire Valley in Yorkshire, North England, where it was first developed as a versatile all-rounder....

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Norwegian Lundehund: Dog Breed Profile

The Norwegian Lundehund is a very rare, small Spitz-type breed with several unique characteristics, including six toes on every paw. They were traditionally used for hunting puffin in the remote Islands of their native homeland of Norway, and they have a long history.These dogs are energetic, happy and loyal, but they aren& 39;t necessarily for the novice dog owner....

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Strokes in Dogs

Strokes are something that can be seen with alarming regularity in our elderly population. It is the third leading cause of death in people in the United States. While dogs don& 39;t suffer from strokes at nearly the same frequency, they are something that owners of elderly, geriatric dogs should be aware of....

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Gordon Setter: Dog Breed Profile

The noble-looking Gordon Setter is an energetic, smart, brave and unconditionally loyal dog, bred to be an excellent hunting companion. The largest of the three Setter breeds, he can also be more challenging for the novice dog owner, with strong protective instincts and wariness around strangers.Breed OverviewGroup: SportingHeight: 24 to 27 inches (male); 23 to 26 inches (female)Weight: 55 to 80 pounds (male); 45 to 70 pounds (female)Coat: Shiny, straight or wavy single coat; longer feathering can be found on the ears, chest, legs and tailCoat Color: Black with tan markingsLife Expectancy: 11 to 13 yearsCharacteristics of the Gordon SetterAffection LevelHighFriendlinessMediumKid-Friendly HighPet-Friendly MediumExercise Needs HighPlayfulness HighEnergy Level HighTrainabilityMediumIntelligence HighTendency to Bark MediumAmount of SheddingMediumHistory of the Gordon SetterSetters can be traced as far back as the 17th century in Great Britain....

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Tibetan Terrier: Dog Breed Profile

The Tibetan Terrier is an ancient breed that was once revered in their native Tibet and thought to bring good luck to their owners. They were raised as companions for the Buddhist monks and were excellent guard dogs for the nomadic high-plateau herdsmen. Nowadays, with their affectionate and laid back personalities, they make popular family pets....

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Border Terrier: Dog Breed Profile

Border Terriers are loyal, adaptable, energetic and intelligent. Like many terriers, though, they can also be vocal, strong-willed and prone to chase and dig. They can be a challenge and won& 39;t be for every dog owner.Breed OverviewGroup: TerrierHeight: 12 to 15 inchesWeight: 11.5 to 15.5 poundsCoat: Wiry, broken, straight, close-lying topcoat and a dense, short undercoatCoat Color: Tan, red, grizzle and tan, blue and tan, or wheaten; muzzle is usually darkerLife Expectancy: 12 to 15 yearsCharacteristics of the Border TerrierAffection LevelMediumFriendlinessHighKid-Friendly MediumPet-Friendly MediumExercise Needs MediumPlayfulness HighEnergy Level MediumTrainabilityMediumIntelligence HighTendency to BarkMediumAmount of SheddingMediumHistory of the Border TerrierThe Border Terrier (BT) got its name from the region that it originates from; the countryside along the Scottish and English Border....

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Wobbler Syndrome in Dogs

While more commonly seen in certain breeds of large dogs, wobbler syndrome can affect dogs of all sizes and breeds. Often recognized by the classic wobbling a dog does when standing or walking, this disease is a result of issues with the spinal cord. Learning more about this syndrome and what can be done about it can help minimize the issues a dog with this disease struggles with....

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Histoplasmosis in Dogs

Histoplasmosis is an infection caused by a specific type of fungus. While this is not an extremely common type of infection, dogs in certain parts of the country are at a higher risk for contracting it. Knowing how to prevent a dog from becoming infected, how the infection may affect your dog, and what can be done about histoplasmosis are important for owners with at risk dogs to understand....

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