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Elf Cat: Breed Profile

A new and extremely rare hybrid breed, the Elf cat is a playful and intelligent cat that combines the physical and personality traits of the Sphynx and American Curl cats. Elf cats are extremely sociable and friendly, and make excellent pets because they can easily integrate into any household and become part of the family....

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Donskoy: Cat Breed Profile

Often referred to as the Don Sphynx, Russian Donskoy, Don Hairless and Russian Hairless, the Donskoy is a medium-sized, muscular cat known for having little (or no) hair and wrinkled skin that resembles human skin. These friendly, active cats are known for being very loyal— in fact, their loyalty is often compared to that of dogs—and the are also both incredibly intelligent and affectionate....

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Can Dogs Eat Lemons?

There are plenty of videos online showing the humorous, albeit slightly twisted, reactions of dogs eating and tasting various foods that have a strong flavor. Several years back, one such video trend was to record your dog eating a lemon. This trend became so popular, in fact, that a four and a half minute compilation video of dogs reacting to eating lemons has five and a half million views!...

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Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin?

Pumpkin has become a staple of autumn for people, and better yet, it& 39;s one of a handful of & 34;human& 34; foods that are actually recommended by many veterinarians. And with good reason—it& 39;s a nutritious fruit (not a vegetable, believe it or not) that& 39;s packed with dietary fiber and antioxidants and rich in vitamins and minerals....

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Why Does My Dog Snore?

You are taking a nap with your canine friend and suddenly you hear snoring. You may think it’s adorable or maybe the snoring keeps you up at night. Either way, snoring may indicate a medical problem, in some cases. Read on to learn more about why your dog is snoring.What Is Snoring?Snoring is a sound that is generated during sleep by vibration of loose tissue in the upper airway....

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Eclampsia in Dogs

You may have heard of a condition called eclampsia that causes seizures in pregnant women, but did you know that eclampsia can also affect lactating female dogs? Eclampsia in dogs differs from the type that affects humans in that it is related to calcium levels and not blood pressure (as is the case in pregnant women)....

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Norwich Terrier: Dog Breed Profile

The Norwich Terrier is an affectionate and curious dog named for their hometown in England. Standing at just 10 inches tall, the & 34;small but mighty& 34; Norwich Terrier is a cute and cuddly breed that also happens to be a courageous and seemingly fearless little dog that was bred to hunt vermin like rats....

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Can Dogs Eat Hot Dogs?

One staple food item at cookouts and tailgates across America are hot dogs. With the various toppings and flavors available these days, it& 39;s no wonder why they are so popular. So what to do about that cute little pup under the table begging for your carefully crafted hot dog? Surely just one nibble wouldn& 39;t hurt?...

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Can Dogs Eat Quinoa?

Quinoa is a gluten-free seed that offers an ideal alternative to grains—and also happens to be a nutrient powerhouse for humans. From protein to calcium, the edible seed is loaded with vitamins, essential amino acids, and minerals that support everything from improved digestion to a healthier coat.But just because a food is healthy for humans doesn& 39;t always mean it& 39;s dog-friendly....

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German Spitz: Dog Breed Profile

The German Spitz is a small to medium-sized, fluffy companion breed that hails from Germany. “Spitz” breeds, sometimes called Northern breeds, are a type of dog breed frequently found in cold climates. Spitz breeds, including the German Spitz, have thick double coats (a longer outer coat combined with a shorter, thicker undercoat), a wedged-shaped head, upright triangular ears, and a long tail that curls up and over the back....

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What Parts of a Turkey Can I Feed My Dog?

It isn& 39;t a big mystery as to whether turkey is safe for dogs to eat or not. Spoiler alert: turkey is not only safe, but it& 39;s a commonly used protein source in commercial dog foods. Throwing your dog bits of turkey while you prep dinner can be a perfectly healthy treat, but not all parts of the turkey are safe....

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Weimaraner: Dog Breed Profile

One look into the captivating amber or blue-green eyes of the Weimaraner and you’ll be hooked. This beautiful and athletic dog breed sports a uniform coat that is steel grey in color. Originally bred to be a sportsman& 39;s companion, the Weimaraner—or Weir, for short—is a versatile dog breed that is happy on the hunt but loves to be part of your home life....

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Irish Wolfhound: Dog Breed Profile

A true gentle giant, the Irish wolfhound has imposing stature but a calm demeanor that makes it a wonderful companion. This sighthound is the tallest of the AKC-recognized dog breeds and tops out at nearly 36 inches at the shoulder and more than 100 pounds.Also referred to as the ‘Wolfdogs of Ireland’ or ‘the Great Hounds of Ireland,’ this breed has a long and storied history as a hunter but today is best known for being a lovable family dog....

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Amazing Facts About a Dog's Sense of Smell

When it comes to sense of smell, dogs definitely have a leg up on us humans. So it’s no surprise that our four-legged friends are often relied upon to use their nose to complete important, and even life-saving, tasks—from serving as military dogs that can sniff out the presence of bombs or weapons to training as service dogs that can alert their epileptic owner to an oncoming seizure or a diabetic when their blood sugar is dipping too low....

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Ventricular Standstill in Dogs

Ventricular standstill is a serious condition that can affect the heart of a dog. If this occurs in a dog it can have a fatal outcome. Knowing what this heart condition is and what it may mean for a dog that has it is beneficial for dog owners to understand.What Is Ventricular Standstill in Dogs?Ventricular standstill is also known as asystole....

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Mudi: Dog Breed Profile

A Hungarian herding breed, the Mudi is an intelligent and agile breed that serves as both a versatile farm dog and a loyal protector of his or her family. These alert, powerful dogs are courageous enough to herd the most stubborn livestock while standing guard over their homes without the need for an overly aggressive nature....

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How to Care for a Hairless Cat

Hairless cats have been popular for decades. This in part to their friendly, sociable, almost dog-like at times demeanor. However, whichever breed of hairless cat your have your heart set on, there are things you should know about their care before you launch headlong into hairless cat ownership. A life without fur can require more upkeep than one might initially think....

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Tibetan Spaniel: Dog Breed Profile

Tibetan Spaniels were used by Buddhist monks in the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet as watchdogs, patrolling the tops of monastery walls and barking to alert to intruders. Their barks would draw the monks and the much larger Tibetan Mastiffs to investigate. The Tibetan Spaniel, or Tibbie as the breed is affectionately called, still loves to perch, often on the back of the sofa or even a windowsill, to survey the goings on of the household....

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Can Dogs Eat Potatoes?

It seems that potatoes are one of those foods that just about everyone loves, whether they’re mashed or scalloped, in the form of French fries or tater tots, or shredded and fried as hash browns. This starchy staple seems to be the ultimate comfort food, and better yet, when they’re prepared in a healthy way they can actually be a great source of nutrition for humans—after all, potatoes are technically a vegetable....

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Anchor Worms in Freshwater Fish

Anchor worms (Lernaea spp.) are macroscopic parasites, meaning they can be seen by the naked eye. They are commonly found on koi and goldfish, but can be found on many freshwater fish species. The & 34;worm& 34; part extending out into the water is actually the female reproductive structures. Treating these parasites can be challenging depending on your setup and parasite load....

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