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Sarah Mouton Dowdy

Sarah Mouton Dowdy writes for both pet parents and veterinary professionals and is passionate about meeting the needs of both to the benefit of all involved—especially the pets. With a master's degree in human health communication, she's particularly interested in the ways in which human and animal health overlap. Sarah's own health has been positively impacted by adopting a dog named Agnes whose tricks include sitting, staying, and stealing pizza from the kitchen counter.

Addison's disease can be a serious adrenal gland hormone deficiency that's hard to diagnose, but with treatment, most dogs with Addison's can live long, happy lives.
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Heartworm affects cats differently than dogs. Learn the signs and symptoms of heartworm in cats to help prevent heartworm-associated respiratory disease (HARD).
Heartworm disease is a serious condition that can affect dogs and is spread through mosquitoes. It can be deadly, so treatment and prevention of heartworm in dogs is critical for keeping your pet healthy.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: prone to health issues, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: fawn
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, willful
Dogues de Bordeaux are known for their massive proportions—and that applies to the big hearts they have for their owners, too. Learn more about what it takes to care for these sweet, drooly giants.
Bigger isn’t always better—especially when it comes to your dog’s weight.
Lumps and bumps and growths—oh, my! While skin tags on dogs generally aren’t a cause for concern, you’ll need a veterinarian’s help to determine whether what you’ve found is harmless or cancerous.
Wondering if your cat can eat chocolate? In short, no. Learn why chocolate is so dangerous and what to do if your cat steals a bite.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, easy to train, strong loyalty tendencies, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: fawn, black, white, blue, gray
  • patterns: tricolor, bicolor, merle, sable
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful
Sweet-tempered and eager-to-please, Shetland sheepdogs, or Shelties as they’re affectionately called, are a popular hardworking, attentive, and affectionate breed.
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Mega or mini, hyper or hypoallergenic, spotless or speckled—snazzy white fur dog breeds make terrific companions and provide endless photo opportunities. 
You have to respect a country that has designated not one—but SIX—dogs as national natural monuments. Get to know the noble breeds known as Nihon Ken, as well as two other native Japanese dog breeds (and one misconception).
Osteoarthritis is a painful, progressive joint condition that’s common in senior dogs, and pet owners play an important role in catching the disease early. Learn how to spot the signs and partner with your veterinarian to manage the disease.
Osteoarthritis is a painful joint condition that’s common in cats—especially as they get older—and the signs can be easy to miss. While there isn’t a cure, there are a lot of treatment options available to ease pain and slow disease progression. 
While bread can be a safe treat to share with your cat, it’s important to know the proper portion size to give, toxic ingredients to avoid, and how this food might fit in with your cat’s general nutrition plan.
Blueberries are generally considered to be safe for cats to eat, but that doesn’t mean you need to add them to your pet’s diet. Follow these guidelines before sharing berries with your cat.
If you’re wondering if you can feed bananas to your cat, the short answer is yes. The long answer involves a look at feline nutrition and steps you should take to keep your cat safe and healthy.
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Can cats eat peanut butter? Technically, yes, but there are a lot of exceptions to consider. Protect your cat’s health by learning about proper portion sizes, ingredients to avoid, and feline nutrition in general.
The common parasite Toxoplasma gondii can infect cats as well as people and other animals. Here’s what you need to know about treating and preventing toxoplasmosis in cats.
Can cats eat apples? What about applesauce? Find out if an apple is a healthy snack for your cat to eat, and how to feed cats apples safely since some parts are toxic.
Cheese can be a safe treat for cats, but there are a lot of exceptions to consider. Protect your cat’s health by learning about potentially toxic ingredients and how treats should fit into a cat’s diet.
Eggs can be a safe treat to share with your cat but understanding some basics on feline nutrition will help you avoid potential issues.
It's well-known that grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs, but did you know that grapes are also not safe for cats to eat either? We don't know why grapes are poisonous to pets, but the risks they pose are serious.
Strawberries are not considered toxic to cats, but that doesn’t mean you should add them to your pet’s diet. Here are some guidelines for safely sharing strawberries with your cat.
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Watermelon isn't toxic to cats, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea to add it to your pet's diet.
It's understandable wanting to share a snack with your cat-but before you do, it's important to know what foods are toxic for cats, since many popular human foods are poisonous to our feline friends.
Before sharing your plate with your cat, learn what nutrients they need and which foods are toxic.