What Does Dog Genetic Testing Tell Us?

If you’ve ever owned a mixed breed dog, you’ve probably wondered what type of dog you really have. In the past, there was no way to know for sure. Today, more and more dog owners are turning to dog DNA tests to tell them more about their dog’s heritage and their health.

Dog genetic testing actually gives us the power to better care for our dogs. By having your dog’s DNA tested, you will have a better idea of the various diseases your dog may be genetically predisposed to. Armed with this information you will be better prepared to deal with it if and when the situation arises. To learn more about genetic diseases, go to Top 100 Diseases and Conditions of Dogs.

Dog genetic testing tells us what breeds our dogs are, and if you take the results to your veterinarian you can find out about potential health risks for those breeds. By being aware of these potential risk factors, your veterinarian can more closely monitor your dog for these conditions and possibly save his life. For instance, if your dog’s DNA shows that he is genetically predisposed to developing arthritis or hip dysplasia, you can help your dog fight these symptoms and give him a better quality of life by giving him joint health supplements. To learn more about hip dysplasia, go to Hip Dysplasia in Dogs.

The results of your dog DNA testing can also help you to provide a better diet for your dog. Understanding your dog’s genetic makeup can help you to select a well-balanced diet that is appropriate for his genetic makeup.

The information from your dog’s DNA test can also give you a better idea of how big your young dog will grow to be, or what breed characteristics it may have. And by understanding your dog’s breed characteristics, you can better develop a more effective training program to deal with your dog’s behavioral problems.

If you have a mixed breed dog, a dog DNA test can identify the breeds in your dog’s heritage, tracing them back to the great grandparents. It can tell you by percentage how much of each breed is present in your dog’s genetic makeup. But if your mixed breed dog has a lot of different breeds in its background, the test may not be able to accurately determine your dog’s actual heritage.

If you have a purebred, a dog DNA test can attest to its purebred status. Before DNA testing, determining the actual parents of a specific puppy was not an accurate science. People had to rely on the breeder’s records and honesty. Since dogs are in heat for several days and multiple matings are possible, puppies within the same litter can have different fathers. This has led to some disputes and even lawsuits regarding parentage. Today, with the help of DNA testing, these disputes can be readily and accurately solved.

Since 1998, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has used DNA testing to monitor dog breeding programs. To learn more, go to DNA and the American Kennel Club.

To learn more about dog DNA tests, go to What Is a Dog DNA Test?

Find out what this dog lover learned about her dog through DNA testing. Go to What Breed Am I, Asks Hazel? Check Out Her DNA Results.

Top 5 Dog Snoring Videos

Do dog’s snore? The answer is yes. Just like with humans, snoring in dogs generally occurs when air movement is restricted in the nasal passageways or throat. Snoring in dogs is perfectly normal and most often hilarious. If you are interested in learning more about why dogs snore or are concerned about your dog’s snoring, please visit this article Why Dogs Snore.

However, if the sound and sight of your dog snoring makes you laugh out loud, see out top 5 Snoring Dog Videos. Sit, stay and laugh (out loud).

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Great Names for Male Puppies

Recently we sent out a plea to our readers to help us find the best male dog names, and you all came through for us! We were overwhelmed by the under of submissions we received. Below we’ve compiled a master list of all of our favorites for you to enjoy.

We know that the period of time right after you bring home a new puppy can be stressful. Between shopping, vet appointments, and puppy-proofing your home, you’ll have a lot to do after you decide to bring home a new puppy. Allow us to help with at least one of your new doggy parent duties; naming. Whether you’re basing your decision on color, breed, pop culture reference, or holiday, you’re sure to at least find some good naming inspiration listed below.

Our Favorite Male Dog Names>/h3>

  •         Ace
  •         Adam
  •         Aden
  •         Admiral
  •         AJ
  •         Ajax
  •         Aldo
  •         Alex
  •         Alexander The Great
  •         Alf
  •         Alfie
  •         Alina
  •         Alley
  •         Allyway
  •         Alvin
  •         Alyeska
  •         Ami-Mai
  •         Amigo
  •         Amos
  •         Andre
  •         Andy
  •         Angus
  •         Angus
  •         Apollo
  •         Arbie
  •         Archemedes -(Archie)
  •         Archie
  •         Argus
  •         Ari
  •         Aristophanes
  •         Aristotle
  •         Arizona
  •         Armanti
  •         Arnie
  •         Arrow
  •         Ashes
  •         Astro
  •         Atlas
  •         Atticus
  •         Attitude
  •         Audi
  •         Augie
  •         Aussie
  •         Austin
  •         Awesome
  •         Axel
  •         Axle
  •         Azrael
  •         Baba Booey
  •         Bacchus
  •         Bach
  •         Badboy
  •         Bailey
  •         Balthazar
  •         Balto
  •         Bam-Bam
  •         Bandit
  •         Banjo
  •         Barclay
  •         Barfly
  •         Bark Obama
  •         Barker
  •         Barkley
  •         Barley
  •         Barnaby
  •         Barney
  •         Baron
  •         Bart
  •         Basil
  •         Baskerville
  •         Baxter
  •         Beamer
  •         Beanie
  •         Beans
  •         Bear
  •         Beauregard
  •         Beaux
  •         Beetle
  •         Ben
  •         Benji
  •         Bennie
  •         Benny
  •         Benorf
  •         Benson
  •         Bentley
  •         Bernardo
  •         Bernie
  •         Beta
  •         Biablo
  •         Biba
  •         Bibbles
  •         Big Boy
  •         Big Foot
  •         Big Red
  •         Biggie
  •         Biggity Brown
  •         Bijou
  •         Bill Clinton
  •         Billy
  •         Bimbi
  •         Bingo
  •         Binky
  •         Bionic
  •         Biscuit
  •         Bishop
  •         Bismark
  •         Bits
  •         BJ
  •         Black-Jack
  •         Blackie
  •         Blanche
  •         Blast
  •         Blaze
  •         Blazer
  •         Blogger
  •         Blue
  •         Bo
  •         Bo-Bo
  •         Bob
  •         Bobo
  •         Bodie
  •         Bogey
  •         Bogie
  •         Bokkie
  •         Boku
  •         Bonanza
  •         Bones
  •         Bongo
  •         Boo
  •         Booboo
  •         Booger
  •         Boogie
  •         Bookbag
  •         Booker
  •         Bookie
  •         Boomer
  •         Boone
  •         Booster
  •         Boots
  •         Bootsie
  •         Bootstrap Bill
  •         Boozer
  •         Boris
  •         Bosco
  •         Bosley
  •         Boss
  •         Bowser
  •         Bowzer
  •         Boy
  •         Boz
  •         Bozley
  •         Bradley
  •         Brady
  •         Braggs
  •         Brandi
  •         Brando
  •         Bregis
  •         Brewster
  •         Briggs
  •         Brindle
  •         Brit
  •         Brodie
  •         Brook
  •         Broom
  •         Brownie
  •         Bruiser
  •         Bruno
  •         Brutus
  •         Bubba
  •         Bubbles
  •         Buck
  •         Buckeye
  •         Buckles
  •         Bucko
  •         Bucky
  •         Bud
  •         Budda
  •         Buddha
  •         Buddie
  •         Buddy
  •         Buddy Boy
  •         Buddy Holly
  •         Budweiser
  •         Bug
  •         Bugger
  •         Buggie
  •         Bugsey
  •         Bugsy
  •         Bulldozer
  •         Bullet
  •         Bullwinkle
  •         Bully
  •         Bumper
  •         Bungee Cord
  •         Bunky
  •         Buster
  •         Buster-Brown
  •         Butch
  •         Butchy
  •         Butter
  •         Butterfinger
  •         Buttersworth
  •         Buttons
  •         Buzzy
  •         Caesar
  •         Cairo
  •         Calendar
  •         Calloway
  •         Calvin
  •         Capers
  •         Capone
  •         Capri
  •         Captain
  •         Captain Jack Sparrow
  •         Carley
  •         Carson
  •         Cash
  •         Casino
  •         Casper
  •         Cassanova
  •         Cassidy
  •         Castle
  •         Catsups
  •         Cedes
  •         Cerebus
  •         Chab
  •         Chaco
  •         Chad
  •         Chai
  •         Chaia
  •         Challenger
  •         Chamberlain
  •         Champ
  •         Chance
  •         Chanel
  •         Chansey
  •         Chaos
  •         Chaos
  •         Charisma
  •         Charles
  •         Charlie
  •         Charlie Brown
  •         Charmer
  •         Chase
  •         Chauncey
  •         Chaz
  •         Checkers
  •         Chemmie
  •         Cherokee
  •         Chester
  •         Chevy
  •         Chewie
  •         Chewy
  •         Chic
  •         Chicanery
  •         Chicken
  •         Chico
  •         Chief
  •         Chili
  •         Chimp
  •         Chipper
  •         Chippy
  •         Chips
  •         Chivas
  •         Choco
  •         Chocolate
  •         Chubbs
  •         Chucky
  •         Cinder
  •         Cisco
  •         Clancy
  •         Cleo
  •         Cletus
  •         Clicker
  •         Clifford
  •         Clone
  •         Clover
  •         Club
  •         Clyde
  •         Coal
  •         Coats
  •         Cobweb
  •         Coco
  •         Cocoa
  •         Coconut
  •         Coder
  •         Codi
  •         Cody
  •         Cody
  •         Coffee
  •         Cole
  •         Colombo
  •         Colonel
  •         Columbus
  •         Comet
  •         Commando
  •         Conan
  •         Connor
  •         Coochie
  •         Cooper
  •         Copper
  •         Corky
  •         Coruba
  •         Cosmo
  •         Cosmo (Cos-Dude)
  •         Cotton
  •         Cowboy
  •         Cozmo
  •         Crackers
  •         Crap Weasel
  •         Crawford
  •         Cricket
  •         Crooks
  •         Cubby
  •         Cubs
  •         Cujo
  •         Cupcake
  •         Curley
  •         Curly
  •         Curry
  •         Cuy
  •         Cyclone
  •         Cypress
  •         Cyril
  •         Cyrus
  •         Dallas
  •         Damio
  •         Danger
  •         Dante
  •         Daphne
  •         Darby
  •         Darcy
  •         Darin
  •         Darth Vader
  •         Darwin
  •         Dash
  •         Dash
  •         Daskeiki
  •         Dave
  •         Davidson
  •         Daz
  •         Deacon
  •         Decker
  •         Deja
  •         Dempsey
  •         Deniro
  •         Derby
  •         Destini
  •         Dewey
  •         Dexter
  •         Diablo
  •         Diamond
  •         Dickens
  •         Diego
  •         Diesel
  •         Digger
  •         Digger
  •         Dillon
  •         Dinky
  •         Dino
  •         Divot
  •         Dobie
  •         Doc
  •         Dodger
  •         Dogger
  •         Doggie Do
  •         Doggon’
  •         Domino
  •         Doodles
  •         Doogie
  •         Doolittle
  •         Doorknob
  •         Dots
  •         Dough Boy
  •         Dozer
  •         Dragster
  •         Dreamer
  •         Drexel
  •         Dublin
  •         Dude
  •         Dudl
  •         Dudley
  •         Duffy
  •         Duke
  •         Duncan
  •         Dundee
  •         Dunn
  •         Dusty
  •         Dylan
  •         Earl
  •         Easton
  •         Eastwood – For Clint Eastwood
  •         Ebony
  •         Echo
  •         Echo
  •         Eclipse Emperor
  •         Eddie
  •         Eddy
  •         Edgar
  •         Edsel
  •         Eifel
  •         Einstein
  •         Elliot
  •         Elmo
  •         Elvis
  •         Elwood
  •         Ernie
  •         Fairway
  •         Fat Boy
  •         Felix
  •         Felony
  •         Fergie
  •         Ferris
  •         Fido
  •         Fifi
  •         Figaro
  •         Finnegan
  •         Flake
  •         Flakey
  •         Flash
  •         Flex
  •         Flint
  •         Flopsy
  •         Floyd
  •         Fluffy
  •         Flynn
  •         Fonzie
  •         Foster
  •         Foxburg
  •         Foxy
  •         Francais
  •         Frank
  •         Frankie
  •         Franky
  •         Frats
  •         Freckles
  •         Fred
  •         Freddie
  •         Freddy
  •         Freedom
  •         Freeway
  •         Fresier
  •         Friday
  •         Frig
  •         Frisco
  •         Frisky
  •         Fritz
  •         Frodo
  •         Frosty
  •         Fry
  •         Fuhwell
  •         Furball
  •         Fuzzy
  •         Gasby
  •         Gator
  •         Gavin
  •         Genie
  •         Geoffrey
  •         George
  •         Giant
  •         Gibson
  •         Gilbert
  •         Gildo
  •         Gimpie
  •         Gizmo
  •         Glory
  •         Godiva
  •         Godzilla
  •         Goober
  •         Goose
  •         Gordon
  •         Grady
  •         Granite
  •         Grayson
  •         Greenie
  •         Gretel
  •         Griffen
  •         Gringo
  •         Grizzly
  •         Groin
  •         Gromit
  •         Grover
  •         Gucci
  •         Guido
  •         Guinness
  •         Gunner
  •         Gunther
  •         Gus
  •         Guy
  •         Gypsy
  •         Hamlet
  •         Hammer
  •         Hank
  •         Hans
  •         Happy
  •         Hardy
  •         Harley
  •         Harpo
  •         Harrison
  •         Harry

 

  •         Harvey
  •         Heckle
  •         Henry
  •         Herbie
  •         Hercules
  •         Hercules
  •         Hershey
  •         Higgins
  •         Hipster
  •         Hobbes
  •         Holly
  •         Homer
  •         Honey
  •         Hooch
  •         Hoover
  •         Houdini
  •         Howard
  •         Howie
  •         Huck
  •         Huckleberry
  •         Hudson
  •         Huey
  •         Hugh
  •         Hugo
  •         Humphrey
  •         Hunter
  •         Iris
  •         Itsy
  •         Itsy-Bitsy
  •         Ivan
  •         Ivory
  •         Ivy
  •         Izzy
  •         Jack
  •         Jackpot
  •         Jackson
  •         Jade
  •         Jagger
  •         Jags
  •         Jaguar
  •         Jake
  •         Jasper
  •         Jaxson
  •         Jay
  •         Jazmie
  •         Jazz
  •         Jed
  •         Jelly
  •         Jellybean
  •         Jeppetto
  •         Jerry
  •         Jersey
  •         Jess
  •         Jesse
  •         Jesse James
  •         Jester
  •         Jet
  •         Jeter
  •         Jethro
  •         Jett
  •         Jetta
  •         Jib
  •         Jiggs
  •         Jimmy
  •         Jingles
  •         JJ
  •         Joe
  •         Joey
  •         Joggs
  •         Johnny
  •         Johnny Cash
  •         Jojo
  •         Joker
  •         Jonah
  •         Jordan
  •         Journey
  •         JR
  •         Julius
  •         Junior (Jr.)
  •         Jupiter
  •         Justice
  •         Kaba
  •         Kane
  •         Karma
  •         Kato
  •         Kayla
  •         KC
  •         Keesha
  •         Kenya
  •         Kerry
  •         Kibbles
  •         Kid
  •         Kid Courage (Kc)
  •         Killian
  •         Kilo
  •         King
  •         Kipper
  •         Kira
  •         Kirby
  •         Kismet
  •         Kiwi
  •         Klaus
  •         Kleo
  •         Kneepad
  •         Koba
  •         Kobe
  •         Koda
  •         Koko
  •         Kona
  •         Kosmo
  •         Koty
  •         Kramer
  •         Kujo
  •         Kurly
  •         Lance
  •         Landis
  •         Laney
  •         Lassie
  •         Latte
  •         Lazarus
  •         Lefty
  •         Lefty
  •         Leo
  •         Leon
  •         Levi
  •         Lex
  •         Lexus
  •         Libby
  •         Liberty
  •         Lightning
  •         Lincoln
  •         Linus
  •         Little Bit
  •         Little-Guy
  •         Little-One
  •         Little-Rascal
  •         Logan
  •         Loki
  •         Longshanks
  •         Lou
  •         Louie
  •         Louis
  •         Lucas
  •         Luci
  •         Lucifer
  •         Lucky
  •         Lucyfur
  •         Luke
  •         Lynx
  •         Mac
  •         Mac
  •         Macho
  •         Macintosh
  •         Mack
  •         Mackenzie
  •         Magic
  •         Major
  •         Mancha -Means “Spot” In Spanish
  •         Manchita -Little Spot In Spanish
  •         Mango
  •         Marble
  •         Marco
  •         Mariah
  •         Mariner
  •         Maris
  •         Marlin
  •         Mason
  •         Matches
  •         Maverick
  •         Max
  •         Maximus
  •         Maxwell
  •         McDuff
  •         Mckenzie
  •         Meadow
  •         Meatloaf
  •         Mercedes
  •         Mercle
  •         Merlin
  •         Michael
  •         Mickey
  •         Midnight
  •         Mighty
  •         Mighty Mite
  •         Mike Tyson
  •         Mikey
  •         Miko
  •         Miles
  •         Miller
  •         Millie
  •         Mimzy
  •         Ming
  •         Mini
  •         Miracle
  •         Mischief
  •         Mister
  •         Misty
  •         Mitch
  •         Mitts
  •         Mitzi
  •         Mitzy
  •         Mo
  •         Mocha
  •         Moe
  •         Mojo
  •         Mona
  •         Monarch
  •         Monkey
  •         Monster
  •         Montana
  •         Montgomery
  •         Monty
  •         Moocher
  •         Moochie
  •         Mookie
  •         Moonshine
  •         Moose
  •         Morgan
  •         Moses
  •         Moxie
  •         Mr Biz
  •         Mr. Butters
  •         Mr. President
  •         Mugsy
  •         Mulligan
  •         Munchkin
  •         Murdoch
  •         Murphy
  •         Mustard
  •         Nakita
  •         Nanuck
  •         Naomi
  •         Napoleon
  •         Nash
  •         Natasha
  •         Nathan
  •         Nemo
  •         Nena
  •         Nero
  •         Nestle
  •         Newt
  •         Newton
  •         Nibbles
  •         Nibbles
  •         Nibby
  •         Nick
  •         Nickers
  •         Nickle
  •         Nico
  •         Nike
  •         Niko
  •         Nitro
  •         Nobel
  •         Noel
  •         Nona
  •         Noodles
  •         Norton
  •         Nugget
  •         Nutmeg
  •         Oakley
  •         Oatmeal (Otis)
  •         Obie
  •         Odie
  •         Old Glory
  •         Old Yeller
  •         Oliver
  •         Ollie
  •         Onie
  •         Onyx
  •         Opie
  •         Oreo
  •         Oscar
  •         Otis
  •         Otto
  •         Oz
  •         Ozzie
  •         Ozzy
  •         Pablo
  •         Paco
  •         Paddington
  •         Paddy
  •         Panda
  •         Panther
  •         Papa
  •         Parker
  •         Patch
  •         Patches
  •         Patricky
  •         Pavlov
  •         Peace
  •         Peanuts
  •         Pedro
  •         Pepe
  •         Pepper
  •         Peppy
  •         Pepsi
  •         Percy
  •         Pete
  •         Peter
  •         Petey
  •         Petie
  •         Phantom
  •         Phoenix
  •         Picasso
  •         Picca
  •         Pickles
  •         Pierre
  •         Pig
  •         Piggy
  •         Piglet
  •         Pilot
  •         Pink Panther
  •         Pinky
  •         Pinto
  •         Pip-Squeek
  •         Piper
  •         Pippin
  •         Piranta
  •         Pirate
  •         Pixie
  •         Plato
  •         Pluto
  •         Pockets
  •         Podunk
  •         Pogo
  •         Pokemon
  •         Poker
  •         Pokey
  •         Polaris
  •         Police
  •         Polo
  •         Poncho
  •         Pongo
  •         Pooch
  •         Poochie
  •         Pooh
  •         Pooh Bear
  •         Pooky
  •         Popcorn
  •         Porche
  •         Porkchop
  •         Porky
  •         Porsche
  •         Port
  •         Porter
  •         Prancer
  •         Presley
  •         Prince
  •         Princeton
  •         Prism
  •         Puck
  •         Puck
  •         Puddles
  •         Puddles
  •         Pudge
  •         Pudgy
  •         Puffy
  •         Pugsley
  •         Pumpkin
  •         Punkin
  •         Puppy
  •         Quincy
  •         Quinn
  •         Rags
  •         Raison
  •         Ralph
  •         Ralphie
  •         Rambler
  •         Rambo
  •         Ramses
  •         Ranch
  •         Ranger
  •         Rascal
  •         Raven
  •         Raven
  •         Rebel
  •         Recess
  •         Red
  •         Reebok
  •         Reggie
  •         Reggie
  •         Reiken
  •         Reilly
  •         Remington Steele
  •         Remy
  •         Remy – After Rem Dog From The Red Sox
  •         Reno
  •         Retread
  •         Rex
  •         Rexy
  •         Rhett
  •         Ricky
  •         Rico
  •         Rico
  •         Riggs
  •         Riley
  •         Rin Tin Tin
  •         Ringo
  •         Ripley
  •         Rocco
  •         Rock
  •         Rocket
  •         Rocko
  •         Rocky
  •         Roland
  •         Rolex
  •         Rollie
  •         Roman
  •         Romeo
  •         Rosa
  •         Roscoe
  •         Rover
  •         Rowdy
  •         Ruchus
  •         Rudy
  •         Ruffe
  •         Ruffer
  •         Rufus
  •         Rug
  •         Ruger
  •         Rusty
  •         Ruthie
  •         Ryder
  •         Sage
  •         Sailor
  •         Salem
  •         Salty
  •         Sam
  •         Sammy
  •         Sampson
  •         Samson
  •         Sarge
  •         Saturn
  •         Sawyer
  •         Schnapps
  •         Schotzie
  •         Schultz
  •         Scoobie
  •         Scooby
  •         Scooby-Doo
  •         Scooter
  •         Scooter
  •         Scottie
  •         Scout
  •         Scrapper
  •         Scrapple
  •         Scrappy
  •         Scruffy
  •         Sebastian
  •         Shadow
  •         Shady
  •         Shaggy
  •         Shasta
  •         Sheba
  •         Shelby
  •         Sherman
  •         Shiloh
  •         Shiner
  •         Shorty
  •         Sid
  •         Sienna
  •         Sierra
  •         Silky
  •         Silver
  •         Silvester
  •         Simba
  •         Simon
  •         Simone
  •         Sir
  •         Sir Coltrane
  •         Skeeter
  •         Skinny
  •         Skip
  •         Skipper
  •         Skippy
  •         Skittle
  •         Skittles
  •         Sky
  •         Skye
  •         Skyler
  •         Slick
  •         Slinky
  •         Sly
  •         Smarty
  •         Smasher
  •         Smitty
  •         Smoke
  •         Smokey
  •         Smudge
  •         Smudge
  •         Snapon
  •         Sneakers
  •         Snickers
  •         Snoop
  •         Snoopy
  •         Snowball
  •         Snowflake
  •         Snowy
  •         Snuffles
  •         Snuggles

 

  •         Socrates
  •         Solomon
  •         Sonny
  •         Sox
  •         Spanky
  •         Sparky
  •         Spaz
  •         Speed
  •         Speedo
  •         Speedy
  •         Spencer
  •         Spider
  •         Spike
  •         Spirit
  •         Sponge
  •         Spook
  •         Spookey
  •         Sport
  •         Spot
  •         Spotty
  •         Spritzy
  •         Spud
  •         Spunky
  •         Squeeky
  •         Squirt
  •         Stanley
  •         Sterling
  •         Stich
  •         Stinky
  •         Stormy
  •         Strider
  •         Stripes
  •         Stuart
  •         Sugar
  •         Sully
  •         Summer
  •         Sumo
  •         Sundance
  •         Sunday
  •         Sunny
  •         Sunshine
  •         Sweet-Pea
  •         Sydney
  •         Sylvester
  •         T-Bird
  •         T-Bone
  •         Tabby
  •         Tabetha
  •         Taco
  •         Tadmore
  •         Tally
  •         Tangles
  •         Tango
  •         Tank
  •         Tanker
  •         Tanner
  •         Tax
  •         Taxi
  •         Taylor
  •         Taz
  •         Tazz
  •         Teddy
  •         Teddy-Bear
  •         Tequila
  •         Tex
  •         Theo
  •         Thor
  •         Thud
  •         Thumper
  •         Thunder
  •         Thyme
  •         Tickles
  •         Tidbit
  •         Tiddles
  •         Tiffani
  •         Tiger
  •         Tigger
  •         Tiggy
  •         Tiggy
  •         Tiki
  •         Tilo
  •         Timber
  •         Timid
  •         Timmy
  •         Tinker
  •         Tinker-Bell
  •         Tinky
  •         Tiny
  •         Tippie
  •         Tippy
  •         Tipr
  •         Titan
  •         Tito
  •         Titus
  •         Tobie
  •         Toby
  •         Toffee
  •         Tom
  •         Tommy
  •         Tommy-Boy
  •         Tony
  •         Toots
  •         Tootsie
  •         Topaz
  •         Tori
  •         Toto
  •         Tracker
  •         Tramp
  •         Trap
  •         Trapper
  •         Travis
  •         Trevor
  •         Trigger
  •         Trinity
  •         Tripod
  •         Tripp
  •         Tristan
  •         Trixie
  •         Trooper
  •         Trouble
  •         Trout
  •         Troy
  •         Truffles
  •         Tuck
  •         Tucker
  •         Tuesday
  •         Tuffy
  •         Tumbles
  •         Tundra
  •         Tunis
  •         Turbo
  •         Turner
  •         Tux
  •         Tweetie
  •         Twiggy
  •         Twinkle
  •         Ty
  •         Tybee
  •         Tyler
  •         Typhon
  •         Tyson
  •         Tzar
  •         Uno
  •         Usker
  •         Valinto
  •         Vava
  •         Vegas
  •         Vinnie
  •         Vinny
  •         Vito
  •         Vocal
  •         Volvo
  •         Waddles
  •         Wags
  •         Waldo
  •         Wallace
  •         Wally
  •         Walter
  •         Warrior
  •         Wayne
  •         Weasel
  •         Weaver
  •         Webster
  •         Wesley
  •         Westie
  •         Wexford
  •         Whiskers
  •         Whiskey
  •         Whispy
  •         Whitie
  •         Whiz
  •         Wiggles
  •         Wilber
  •         Willie
  •         Willow
  •         Willy
  •         Wilson
  •         Winkie
  •         Winnie
  •         Winston
  •         Winter
  •         Wiz
  •         Wizard
  •         Wolfgang
  •         Wolfie
  •         Woody
  •         Woofie
  •         Wrigley
  •         Wrinkles
  •         Wyatt
  •         Xanax
  •         Yaka
  •         Yang
  •         Yeller
  •         Yellow
  •         Yin
  •         Yoda
  •         Yogi
  •         Yogi-Bear
  •         Yoshi
  •         Yukon
  •         Yuma
  •         Zack
  •         Zeke
  •         Zeus
  •         Ziggy
  •         Zip
  •         Zipper
  •         Zippy
  •         Zoe
  •         Zoey
  •         Zorro

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What You Should Know About Dog Health Insurance

Is Dog Health Insurance Right for Your Dog?

Consider this scenario – It’s a dog owner’s worst nightmare: Your cherished pooch is suffering in pain and you’re faced with the agonizing choice of facing huge veterinary bills you can’t afford or putting your dog to sleep.

Fortunately, more dog owners are learning that reasonably priced pet insurance is readily available in the United States. This is especially good news since so many treatments that were once confined just to humans are now readily available to pets.

It is now possible, for example, for veterinarians to do hip replacement surgery, kidney transplants or surgery for cancer. According to Alejandra Soto, spokeswoman for the non-profit Insurance Information Institute in New York, “dogs are three times more likely than people to contract cancer and 45 percent of dogs die from it.”

These advances in veterinary medicine mean that pets can live longer, more rewarding lives. But they can be expensive and dog owners need to be prepared for the expense.

Few Dog Owners Have Pet Insurance

Even so, not everyone is aware about or taking advantage of pet insurance with less than 2 percent of America’s pet owners having enrolled their dog, cat, bird, rabbit, reptile or other exotic pet. Often pet owners may not be aware of the costly amounts associated with veterinary care until their pet is stricken with a sudden illness or suffers an injury.

Like human medical insurance insurers of humans, pet insurance companies charge premiums and there are deductibles for the different policy plans offered. Pet insurance policies offer different levels of coverage depending on how much you pay. Routine veterinary check-ups may not be covered in the base plan but offered as an endorsement. There might also be exclusions for older animals, pre-existing conditions and breed-related problems may be excluded. Be sure to examine every pet insurance policy closely to make sure that you understand what you are buying and call the pet insurance company with questions.

Key Dog Health Insurance Issues to Consider 

  • The age of your dog. Pet insurance premium costs rise as dogs grow older and enter the years when they are more likely to suffer serious illness or injury.
  • Pet insurance levels of coverage. Pet health insurers offer basic policies and upgrades. There are various deductibles with some companies that can be anywhere from $50 to $500. And there are various levels of coverage such as 80% reimbursement to 100% reimbursement.
  • What’s covered in a pet insurance policy. Basic dog health insurance policies generally cover treatment for accidents, injuries and illnesses. Beyond that, some policies may cover vaccinations & routine care coverage. Some endorsements may include spaying and neutering along with dental and other routine care treatments.

Is Pet Insurance Right For You?

The best pet insurance offers coverage that’s broad enough for whatever care your pet needs and with enough options to get the perfect coverage for you and your pet.

As one of the first pet insurance providers in the U.S., PetPartners has been offering affordable, comprehensive pet health insurance to dogs and cats in all 50 states since 2002. Trusted as the exclusive pet insurance provider for the American Kennel Club and the Cat Fanciers’ Association, PetPartners highly customizable options allow pet owners to create a plan that fits their individual needs and budget — so you’re not paying for added coverage you don’t necessarily need or want. Visit www.PetPartners.com today to see if pet insurance is right for you and your family.”)

Is Pet Insurance Right for Your Puppy?

Is pet insurance right for your puppy? How do you know?

Consider this scenario which is also a pet owner’s worst nightmare: You finally get the puppy of your dreams and he gets sick and you’re faced with the agonizing choice of facing huge veterinary bills you can’t afford or putting your pet to sleep.Veterinarians see this happen frequently.

Fortunately, more pet owners are learning that reasonably priced pet health insurance is readily available in the United States. This is especially good news since so many treatments that were once confined just to humans are now readily available to pets.

Puppies commonly can get into toxins, eat things that they shouldn’t, or contact infectious diseases. Trauma is also common in puppies that are more likely to be curious and get into “things”. They also need vaccines and spaying and neutering to stay healthy. Treatment and preventative vaccines can be expensive and pet owners need to be prepared for such expenses and emergencies. Pet insurance can help you pay for emergency care and other unexpected health care expenses as well as pay for preventive health care such as vaccines and neutering.

Key Pet Insurance Issues to Consider

  • The age of your pet. Pet insurance premium costs are lower for puppies. Premium costs rise as pets grow older and enter the years when they are more likely to suffer serious illness or injury.
  • Consider pet insurance levels of coverage. Pet health insurers offer basic several types of pet insurance policies and upgrades. Many companies offer a variety of deductibles and different coverages to offer a variety of policies that are right for you and that will fit in to your budget.
  • What’s covered in the pet insurance policy?. Basic policies generally cover treatment for accidents, injuries and illnesses. Beyond that, there are variations. For example, coverage for basic medical care, vaccinations & wellness care. Some policies will include spaying and neutering along with dental and other routine care treatments, which is perfect for new puppies.

Pet insurance premiums vary with age, species, plan selected, and state of residence.

In summary – is pet insurance right for your puppy? If you can’t afford an unexpected big expense if your puppy were to get sick or injured – then please consider pet insurance. It can help you do the best for your puppy in the case of an emergency.

Is Pet Insurance Right For You?

Can you afford a $1,000 vet bill? Medical care for pets, including emergency care, diagnostic tests and treatment options, is becoming increasingly more sophisticated and more expensive.

Did You Know? 4 out of 5 pets will have a medical emergency in their lifetime, and every six seconds a pet owner will face a veterinary bill of $1,000 or more.

Many veterinarians recommend pet insurance. And most vets that recommend pet insurance will tell you that all pet insurance providers are not the same. As one of the first pet insurance providers in the U.S., Pets Best was founded by veterinarian Dr. Jack Stephens. Pets Best insures cats and dogs in every state and has paid over $150 million in claims since 2005. With coverage options on accident and illness plans, a routine care add-on, and accident-only plans, you have control over how much of your veterinary expenses you want to pay.

Pets Best can help you save up to 90% off your vet bills and is also rated 9.6 out of 10 on TrustPilot by pet owners just like you. Visit Pets Best and get a quote today to see if pet insurance is right for you.

Are Cats Dangerous to Pregnant Women?

Your cat is a part of the family, but now you wonder if it’s safe to keep her if you’re pregnant. If this is a concern of yours, and it is a common one, you can relax. Your kitty can stay right where she belongs. Cats and pregnancy can mix.

However, there are some precautions you will want to take if you are pregnant. The most common concern people have regarding cats and pregnancy is the risk of toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease that cats can carry and pass along when they eliminate in the litter box or garden. The risk of toxoplasmosis, or toxo as it is commonly called, is why pregnant women are discouraged from cleaning the litter box.

This parasite is extremely common, and it is important to know that exposure to toxoplasmosis can also come from eating or even just mishandling raw or undercooked meat. In fact, about 22 percent of people in the United States have had the parasite, including 10 to 15 percent of women. This is why you should always wash your hands, the surface of counters, utensils and other cooking implements if in contact with meat. Additionally, you should also wear gloves when working in a garden. Pets or wild animals may have deposited the parasite in the soil, and the organism can live for years in the right climate (toxoplasmosis thrives in warm climates).

The toxo parasite rarely affects a healthy adult person (if it does, seek medical attention), but it can have devastating effects on a fetus. The parasite can cause eye inflammation leading to blindness, and calcium deposits in the brain, leading to mental retardation. The parasite can also cause spontaneous abortions.

Cats and Pregnancy

How Can I Protect My Cat?

Outdoor cats and feral cats are at greater risk of getting toxoplasmosis but kittens have a greater chance of becoming severely ill or dying. Outdoor cats are naturally more exposed to the parasite, because they are more likely to eat an animal that already has the parasite. Here are other ways you can protect your cat from exposure:

  • Feed your cat only dry, canned or cooked foods. Don’t ever feed your cat uncooked meat, entrails or bones.
  • Keep your cat from hunting wildlife. Bells on the collar can alert wildlife to a preying cat, but the safest and surest way is to keep your cat indoors.
  • Secure trash containers to prevent your cat from scavenging the garbage.
  • Remove carcasses of rodents or birds before your cat can get to them.

    If your cat becomes ill from toxoplasmosis, she may act depressed, run a fever and struggle to breath. She may also have an inflammation of the eye, which would cause her to blink and squint excessively.

  • How Can I Protect Myself?

    Preventing exposure is simple.

  • Have someone else clean the litter box while you are pregnant, if possible.
  • Wear gloves when cleaning the litter box, and take care not to touch any part of your body, especially the face. Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
  • Remove bowel movements from the litter box within a 24-hour period of their being deposited. 
  • Rinse the box with scalding water once weekly.
  • Do not take in or touch stray cats or unfamiliar cats. They may be carrying the parasite.

    By taking these measures, you should not have problems with cats and pregnancy. Some physicians will do a “toxo” titer before pregnancy to determine prior exposure. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, women who test positive for toxoplasmosis won’t have to worry about passing it on to the fetus because they already have the necessary antibodies.

    To learn more about toxoplasmosis and cats and pregnancy, click here.

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    How the Halloween Cat Got to Be So Scary

    Back arched, fur on end, eyes glittering, claws unsheathed, ready to pounce, hissing and spitting on the first human to cross its path: The Halloween cat is as scary a symbol as there is in the mythology of childhood.

    The reputation of the Halloween cat’s historical ancestor is no better: boiled in oil or burned at the stake, the black cat – and her fellow traveler, the witch – was thought to be a companion of the devil. They were blamed for most of the wrongs of the medieval world, from impiety to plague.

    The animal’s habits and grace – prized today – didn’t help her image either. Moving silently along, merging seamlessly into the gloom of night, the cat seemed to appear and disappear at will. While most people feared the darkness, the animal, with her natural nocturnal habits, seemed to seek it out. Her unearthly yowlings in the dark only added to her fearsome reputation.

    In the Middle Ages, cats were held to be demonic. The reason probably lies in the monumental superstition of the times: disease, storms, famine – the causes of all were unfathomable and available explanations improbable at best.

    The Cult of the Cat

    Sailors, whose lives were thought to rest on the vagaries of feline fancy, especially promoted the cult of the cat, believing that they forecast the weather and the hardships of upcoming voyages. For example, it was said, a loudly meowing cat meant a dangerous trip; a playful one, easy sailing. If a cat licked her fur against the grain, hailstorms were likely; if she sneezed, there would be rain. Storms were started through magic stored in the animals’ tails. Good luck was guaranteed if a cat ran ahead of a sailor; but if she chanced to cross his path, disaster was sure to follow.

    While the creatures no doubt made the men nervous, no one was willing to risk the consequences of doing away with them. According to tradition, if you drowned a cat, you would shortly follow her into the drink. Aboard ship, the most egregious crime was tossing a cat overboard. Punishment, so the sailors said, was swift and sure: Killer storms that would send the vessel to the bottom.

    On dry land, cats were just as fearsome. In what passed for science, they were said to help out sorcerers and midwives with their herbal magic, adding to their reputation as witches’ helpers. On rare occasions, though, they gave their lives for medicine. In the American colonies, a sure cure for tuberculosis was a broth made from a boiled black cat. The problem was killing the cat in the first place; few dared risk the bad luck that would surely dog the murderer all his days, so cures were few and far between.

    Witches Morphed Into Cats 

    Accused witches were usually single women – often widows – who probably kept the animals more for companionship than anything else. But village gossip made the relationship far more ominous. Witches changed their shapes, transforming themselves into cats. In a witch trial in Scotland, one supposed witch explained how the women managed this trick, saying that her coven assembled in human form to work their spells. As they gathered, the Devil appeared among them, shaking his hands above their heads and turning them into snarling four-legged beasts.

    Across the Atlantic, the transformation theory was taken up during the Salem witch trials. As the local hysteria heated up, Sarah, the 7-year-old daughter of accused witch Martha Carrier, testified that “a cat, identifying herself as Martha Carrier, had carried her along to afflict people while her mother was in prison.” Ultimately, Martha was convicted; along with four others, she was hanged on August 19, 1692.

    The Halloween Cat — The Ultimate Scapegoat

    Damned if she did, damned if she didn’t, the Halloween cat was the ultimate scapegoat. If a black cat chanced to cross someone’s path and through some trick of fate nothing happened to him, that, too, was a sure sign of the cat’s complicity with the devil. That person was clearly protected by the King of Darkness.

    But for all the trouble cats were said to cause, there are a few cases of lucky cats. You could cure a sty by rubbing it with the tail of a black cat or find a lover by dreaming of a tortoiseshell cat. In France, it was thought black cats were particularly good at sniffing out buried treasure. All you had to do was take a cat to an intersection where five roads connected. Then, you turned the cat loose and moseyed along behind her until she found you a fortune.

    Things Dogs Hate About Halloween

    Halloween for Dogs is For the Birds!

    Many of us love Halloween. Do our dogs love it too? Well, some do and some don’t.

    Halloween for people can be fun and festive. Halloween for dogs is often another story.

    Here are some top things that dogs hate – from the mouths of dogs themselves!

    “I Hate Halloween Because….”

    Doorbells. That darn doorbell rings and rings. My owners answer it and then it rings again. I get excited, I bark and they yell at me. I don’t get it. Halloween for dogs is ruff!

    Scary Costumes. Ugly, evil-looking things come to the door, and they get something. I don’t know what they get, but I’m sure it’s tasty. The whole ritual is scary and just plain odd. Why do they do that? If I did something like that they would haul me off to the “funny farm.”

    Screaming Kids. If the noise and the costumes aren’t bad enough, there are screaming kids to contend with. Screaming children chanting little rhymes that only a mother must be able to admire.

    I Don’t Get Treats. On top of it all, there is an abundance of candy going from hand to hand, chocolate, candy bars, and goodies that make a real dog drool. And I don’t get any. None. Stingy people.

    They Ignore ME. I am there – barking and doing my dog thing – and no one pays any attention to me. I try to join in on the fun but they keep telling me to go away. With all these new people here at this Halloween party, a dog has lots of sniffing to do. I need to get to know these people to make sure they are safe for my family.

    Weird Music and Sounds. People play the most ridiculous music – makes me want to howl … or hide! Did I mention that Halloween for dogs is ruff?

    Jack-O-lanterns and Candles. Weird shadows on walls and total ambiance of ghostliness. It would not surprise me if Casper came out of the walls and said boo! Halloween for dogs is weird, too!

    I hope these thoughts make you understand some of the things that dogs may not like about Halloween and how Halloween for dogs can be scary and frustrating.

    Selecting Your First Aquarium

    Aquarium shops sell an impressive array of fish tanks in glass and acrylic and in every conceivable shape and size: rectangular, hexagonal, cylindrical, tall, short, and every size in between. Tanks have been built into cabinets with facings in everything from faux stone to cherry wood to marble. They have also been built into glass coffee tables. Needless to say, selecting your first aquarium can be a daunting task.

    While many of these tanks are impressive, they can be very expensive and certainly intimidating to a beginner. Still, you want a tank that will look good, accommodate a good selection of fish and plants, and be easy to care for.

    Here are some tips for selecting your first aquarium.

    Selecting Your First Aquarium

    Tanks now come in two basic types: glass or acrylic. Glass tanks are usually cheaper but they are heavy and can crack and break more easily than acrylic tanks. Acrylic tanks scratch easily and can look pretty beat up if you’re not careful with your tank cleanings. Still, you don’t have to worry about cracks and breakage. 

    Often aquarium shops offer beginner’s deals that include the tank, filters, lights, heater, and gravel. These can be good deals but very often you will find that once you’ve got your tank going you may want some different accessories. It’s also worth checking out the price if you get the accessories individually. It may be a little more expensive but you may get better products.

    Size Matters

    While many first time aquarists think that beginning small is the best idea, this usually turns out to be a bad choice. The amount of work involved in setting up a 5-gallon or 10-gallon tank is exactly the same as the work in setting up a 20-gallon tank. The same goes for cleaning the tank. You will most likely find that you want more fish than you started with and now you have no room to grow. 

    It’s better to begin with a 20-gallon tank. For rectangular tanks these come in what are called 20-gallon high or 20-gallon long tanks. The high tanks have the same length and width of a 10-gallon tank, but are higher. The longs are the same height as a 10-gallon but longer. The choice usually depends upon the space you have set aside for the tank. Either of these tanks will give you enough room for a good fish community that can include some groups of schooling fish such as barbs or rasboras along with your other good community tank species like gouramis. Your tank will have movement and color.

    Other shapes besides the classic rectangle can be fun to look at but be certain before you buy one that the filter equipment you choose will fit inside and the lighting you choose will fit above. What determines the number of fish your tank can hold is not so much the amount of water in the tank, as the amount of surface area available for oxygen exchange. High narrow tanks may look appealing or fit your decor, but they will hold far fewer fish. 

    If you outgrow your tank, don’t throw it out. Save it for a quarantine tank for new or sick fish or use it for a breeding tank.

    Puppy Hazards

    Puppies are cute and lovable but they can get into all kinds of trouble. Their inquisitive nature frequently puts them in harm's way unless they are carefully watched. Everything is new and exciting to a puppy, but not everything is safe, and as puppies explore their world, hazards abound. Here is a list of some common hazards with links to more in-depth information.

    Puppies tend to explore their world with their mouths. Exposed electric cords can be quite tempting, and chewing through these cords can result in serious, even fatal, injury.

    Puppies don't understand that the safe play area ends at the street. With their rambunctious enthusiastic nature, puppies can run into the road. It is important to restrain your puppy to avoid automobile injuries.

    Anyone who has ever owned a puppy will agree that they always seem to be getting into things. Ingesting table scraps, trash, foreign objects or toxins can all result in illness. Other popular items include fishhooks, human medications and plants. Common toxins are also a danger and can poison your pet, including ethylene glycol and rodenticide.

    Although you may think your puppy is adorable, other animals may not agree. Puppies have not learned how to tell a friend from a foe and this can lead to some animal attacks and bite wounds.

    Children and puppies have many things in common, one of which is their interest in reptiles and bugs. In certain parts of the United States, some toads are toxic and ingesting them can lead to illness. Various species of snakes are venomous and even a couple of spider species can cause serious sickness. Click here to learn about pit vipers or coral snakes. Also, you can learn about black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders.

    Swimming pools are another source of potential tragedy. Drinking chlorinated water can make your puppy ill and some puppies have drowned in pools.

    Lawn and garden supplies must be kept secured from your puppy's curious nature. Many products used to keep the yard beautiful can poison your pet.

    Insecticides are very dangerous and exposure can cause significant illness. If you use insecticides such as organophosphates or carbamates, be very careful to keep them safely locked away from your puppy.

    And lastly, at holiday time, special holiday hazards abound. Make sure the holidays stay joyous and keep your puppy away from all the potential dangers.