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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.
Don't let these parasites worm their way into your furry friend—or you!
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The short answer is yes, but is there a point to these points? Allow us to nip your confusion in the bud.
Once you know what's pestering your pet, you can help them avoid stressful situations altogether.
The world of pet trainers and behavior consultants is a bit like the Wild West. In the absence of licensing requirements and regulatory oversight, anyone can call themself a professional. Thankfully, credentials can be a helpful tool for finding the right help for you and your pet. Here's a guide to what those credentials mean and require.
The more you know about who's caring for your pet, the better you can partner with them and advocate for your furry family member.
Bacteria are a natural part of your dog's body, but they can use cuts, irritation, and illness to go from normal to nasty.
Often, the only signs of coccidial infection are in your cat's poop.
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In the case of these phenomenal felines, more is more.
While dogs do have belly buttons, if you think your pup has an 'outie,' it might actually be a sign of a problem.
Often, the only signs of coccidial infection are in your cat's poop.
In the case of these phenomenal felines, more is more.
While dogs do have belly buttons, if you think your pup has an 'outie,' it might actually be a sign of a problem.
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.
Think your cat has worms? Find out how to tell for sure and how to treat them is she does.
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Cat got your hair? Let's comb through the reasons why your kitty may have developed a very literal taste for licking, chewing, and even eating your mouthwatering mane.
Know the signs of hip dysplasia and whether or not your dog is prone to the condition so you can treat it early on.
Intestinal parasites are a common condition for dogs, but they can be treated. Find out how to know if your dog has worms, and how to treat and prevent worms.
Let's get to the bottom of this bizarre behavior.
There's no magic formula that will give you the answer, but there are several factors that can help you craft an exercise plan for your pup.
Just like us humans, dogs need to mix up their exercise routine every now and then.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: fawn, gold / yellow, gray, red, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: wiry, short
  • temperament: playful, aloof
Portuguese podengos may come in three sizes (grande, medio, pequeno) and sport two coats, but their purpose throughout history has been singular: hunting. 
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Coupled with monthly flea and tick prevention, the Lyme vaccine can add an extra line of defense for your dog.
Certain dogs have a higher exposure risk based on their lifestyle and geographic location.
Pancreatitis can make your pup very sick and requires immediate diagnosis and treatment from a veterinarian. Though the disease can be treatable, prevention by feeding your dog appropriate food (no table scraps!) and getting enough exercise can help prevent pancreatitis.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, red, fawn
  • patterns: brindle, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: aloof, gentle
The Tosa is known as the sumo wrestler of the canine world. Learn what it takes to care for these dogs that excel in size, patience, and courage. 
If you don't speak cat, you're in luck. Our feline behavior expert is here to translate.
Move over pocket knives—cat tongues are the ultimate multitools. Learn how their teeny hollow spines help groom, cool, and nourish our feline friends.
  • 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.