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.
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. 
Curious to know how many nipples cats have and why male cats have nipples? You're in good company.
Two words: barbed penis.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, red, cream, white, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver, blue
  • patterns: brindle, sable, bicolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, medium, wiry
  • temperament: willful, friendly, outgoing, playful
Dorgis are social, sprightly dogs with a loyal (and royal!) fan club. Learn what it takes to care for this bold, brainy, and beautiful mixed breed.
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and your dog wants a piece of the pie—literally. Learn what you can and can't share with your pooch before forking over your Christmas dinner.
Here's what to do if your pet treats your holiday greenery as grub and how to keep poisonous plants out of their paws.
Does your cat think your succulent plant is, well―succulent?
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: high prey drive, easy to groom, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver, fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
English foxhounds are powerful, athletic hunters that were bred to track prey over miles of countryside. But with training, regular exercise, and room to roam, these affectionate and social hounds can be just as happy chasing balls in the backyard.
Excuse me, did I just get a whiff of corn chips coming from my dog's paws or are these just hunger cravings?
Most people think of rabies as a dog problem, but more cats than canines are reported to have the disease every year in the U.S.
Vaccinating your dog against rabies could be a matter of life and death.
Rabies is one of the worst diseases to affect man's best friend. Learn the signs of rabies in dogs and what you can do to protect the pets and people around you.
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.
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.
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.
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.