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  • Should Dogs Be Banned from the Bedroom?

    By Dr. Marty Becker

    ThinkstockQuestion: We just got a new puppy, and my wife doesn't want him going upstairs in our house, where the bedrooms are. I think it's mean to keep him downstairs, especially when we're all in bed at night. How can I convince her to let him treat the house like his home?

    Answer: In my lifetime, and in my more than three decades as a practicing veterinarian, I have seen dogs move from the barnyard to the backyard to the bedroom - and into the bed itself. My own dogs, like many others, have fully made this transition, but I can remember well the first time I pressed my father to let our farm dog sleep in the kitchen during a big snow storm. The dog would have been just fine in his insulated area in our barn, but in he came, and the Becker dogs have been pretty much inside ever since.

    Related: Should Pets Sleep in Bed With You?

    (And the fact is, I wouldn't want to push my wife too hard into choosing between me and her precious Quixote if there were room for

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  • How to Keep Outdoor Pets Warm in Winter

    By Dr. Marty Becker

    BigstockphotoWinter and summer both present challenges to keeping pets safe and comfortable, but winter is actually easier to prepare for since it's more about preventing exposure and less about the summer problem of preventing accidents. With one major exception: In cold weather, you always need to be aware of the possibility that a chilly cat could be cuddled against the warm engine of a recently parked car or in the dryer on a pile of warm clothes. Always check your dryer before using it, and thump the hood of your car before starting it to send any sleeping cat on his way.

    SEE ALSO: 6 Winter Hazards to Be Wary Of

    With very few exceptions, my snow country neighbors would never intentionally cause a pet to suffer in the winter or any other time. But sometimes people just don't have enough information or are just "doing it the way it has always been done." Education is always a big part of a doctor's job, and I pride myself on doing the best I can to offer good

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  • 9 Cat Breeds Yearning for Affection

    By Arden Moore

    Typically, cats don't rush up and bombard you with kisses like some dogs, but many do display genuine friendliness. Happy-to-be-with-you cats range from the demure lap lounger to the chatty feline who escorts you from room to room. Vetstreet shines the spotlight on nine feline breeds with stellar reputations for thoroughly enjoying the company of their favorite people.

    SiameseSiamese - Demanding But Devoted (photo credit: Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography/

    Another highly popular pick, the talkative, outgoing Siamese candidly and confidently declares his loyalty to his chosen people. He craves attention and affection and delights in engaging in loud, yowl-filled conversations. This is not a cat who likes to catnap the day away. Super-smart and fiercely devoted, the Siamese is never far from you at home. This breed demands human interaction, does not enjoy being left home alone for long durations and will treat you like a rock star each time you Read More »from 9 Cat Breeds Yearning for Affection
  • 6 Winter Hazards to Protect Your Pet From

    By Shayna Meliker

    As winter takes hold there are common - and sometimes invisible - winter risks you need to be aware of. By taking simple preventive measures you and your pet can get through the coldest days of the year. Here are six winter situations that could be dangerous for your pet.

    See Also: 10 Dangerous Foods for Dogs & Cats

    Thinkstock1. Hypothermia and Frostbite

    Your dog may love to romp in the snow, but that doesn't mean she's exempt from the effects of cold weather. Every dog needs some kind of shelter from the wind, rain, snow and cold. Small, old or thin-coated dogs are especially susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite. These dogs can benefit from a winter wardrobe that includes boots, coats and sweaters. Dogs who spend much of their time outside need a well-insulated dog house or igloo. Blankets, hay and even a pet-safe heated mat can help your dog maintain a healthy body temperature in her dog house. And don't overlook a pet's need for fresh, unfrozen water - invest

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  • Kids Prefer Dogs Over Cats


    Italian researchers found that the majority of children aged 3 to 6 show a preference for dogs over cats - regardless of their familiarity with each species.

    When the kids were asked to choose the animal with the facial features that appealed to them the most, "they preferred dogs over cats in every comparison," said the study's co-author, Marta Borgi of the Istituto Superiore di Sanita in Italy.

    See Also: Cat vs. Dogs: Which Make a Better Pet?

    The study did, however, show an increased appreciation for cats in older children, suggesting that cats are, perhaps, an acquired taste. "The appreciation of less-popular animals like cats probably needs time to develop, and appears more dependent on their physical appeal and on our contacts with them," Borgi said. The researchers hope their results will have implications for helping choose ideal companion animals for autistic children or other kids whose social development may benefit from interaction with pets. - Read it at Paw

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  • Best Food for a Diabetic Cat

    By Dr. Donna Spector

    ThinkstockDiet plays a critical role in the management of feline diabetes. In fact, with the right diet and medication, it is highly likely that cats newly diagnosed with diabetes will achieve diabetic remission - meaning they will become non-diabetic and no longer require insulin therapy. This is most common within the first four to six months after diagnosis and institution of appropriate diet and insulin therapy.

    See Also: 7 Foods to NEVER Feed Your Cat

    What Is the Best Food for a Diabetic Cat?

    Cats are true obligate carnivores and as such have a very high protein requirement and an almost nonexistent carbohydrate requirement.

    Cats are designed to consume foods that are high in protein, moderate in fat and very low in carbohydrates. The following composition is ideal:

    • 50 percent (or greater) of calories from animal-based protein
    • 20-45 percent of calories from fat
    • 1-2 percent of calories from carbohydrates
    • Rich in water (approximately 70 percent by
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  • Can This Invention Translate Dogs’ Thoughts into Words?

    By Colleen Oakley

    No More WoofEver wonder what your dog is thinking? Wonder no more: Swedish researchers claim their invention No More Woof will be able to translate a dog's thoughts into human words.

    The project, which has raised $16,000 through crowdfunding, uses a headset that will collect EEG signals from a dog and software that can then translate those signals into thought. The device is set to go on sale in April of this year. No word yet on what dogs think about the device. - Read it at

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  • 5 Most High-Energy Dog Breeds

    By Kristen Seymour

    Do you find it hard to sit still? Would you rather spend your time running and playing and working outdoors instead of lounging at home on the couch? If so, you may have met your match in these breeds.

    We polled 122 veterinary experts to get their opinions on which dog breeds are the most energetic. Here are the five that received the most votes!

    No. 5: Australian Cattle Dog

    The Australian Cattle Dog, who hails from Oz, is also known as a Blue Heeler or Queensland Heeler. He can be a tough herding dog and is often known for impressive endurance. That's a fantastic trait if you're looking for a biking or running buddy or planning to work or compete with him, but it's a little more problematic if all you have time for is a short exercise session with him each day, because that endurance also means he could have some energy left over for destructive behavior.

    Learn More About the Australian Cattle Dog

    Boston TerrierNo. 4 Boston Terrier (Photo credit: Karin

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  • Put a Stop to These 5 Dog Behavior Problems

    By Mikkel Becker

    ThinkstockHaving guests over can be stressful if your pets aren't properly prepared for company. Consider Jackson the Papillon who shakes, cowers and paces when company arrives. Or Katie the Westie, who growls and bares her teeth when table scraps fall near her. Or Bosque the Goldendoodle, who jumps, barks and causes general mayhem every time the doorbell rings.

    Here are five common behavior pitfalls and some quick tips for managing - or avoiding - each of them.

    Problem #1: Fear of People

    If there have been more people in the house than normal, this can cause fear and aggression to escalate. A stressed-out dog may snap at or bite a guest, which is why it is so important to help your dog manage his fears.

    Solution: If your dog is most anxious when guests arrive, having visitors greet him in the right manner can have a calming effect. If he is overwhelmed by extra people in your house, create a getaway space for him where he can be safely separated from the crowd. And

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  • Vetstreet's Top Pet Stories of 2013

    By Kristen Seymour

    From the dogs new owners should think twice about bringing home to common cat-care mistakes, we've rounded up some of the top Vetstreet articles of the year. Did your favorite make the cut? If we missed your pick, please share in the comments!

    Top List Article

    Veterinary professionals chose the Siberian Husky as one of the worst breeds for new owners.15 Most Challenging Breeds for New Pet Owners We polled 218 veterinary professionals to ask them which breeds they thought were the best - and worst - for first-time dog owners. As you can imagine, this article was quite the conversation piece! Although its difficult to make sweeping statements about dog breeds as each dog is different, the vet experts surveyed did name certain breeds that they believed do better with more experienced owners. (photo credit - Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography/

    Honorable Mention

    Best Breeds for New Owners Interestingly, this was almost as controversial as the worst breeds article. We love that our readers feel so passionate about their favorite

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