Top Vetstreet Stories of 2013

Some of you come to Vetstreet for the latest pet-related news or the hottest trends in pet names, while others come to get expert veterinary and training advice. And, of course, some of you love it all! (That's OK — so do we!)

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 Data Article

Siberian Husky
Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography
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.

Honorable Mentions 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 breeds!

Quietest Dog Breeds This was yet another data article that really got our readers, and our Facebook community in particular, talking.

Interested in more articles drawing on our veterinary expert surveys and Vetstreet data? We've got that covered here.

Top Opinion Article

Breeds This Vet Wants to See Less of
Dr. Marty Becker worries that he's seeing too many Golden Retrievers, whose most common breed-related health problem is cancer.

5 Breeds This Vet Wouldn't Mind Seeing Less of Dr. Marty Becker loves all animals — he wouldn't be a veterinarian if he didn't! But, that being said, there are some breeds he misses seeing and a number of dogs he worries he's seeing too much of.

Top Medical Advice

How to Know When It's Time to Say Goodbye End-of-life decisions are never easy; Dr. Andy Roark is well aware of this and offers a number of tips to help pet owners with the task of making the choice to end their pets' pain. Plus, he points out a few specific signs that will let you know when it's time.


4 Everyday Items That Work Wonders on Pet-Stained Carpeting Got pet stains on your carpet? Got a decently stocked pantry? Our readers went crazy about these tips for removing pet stains with products they already had on hand.

Top How-To

How to Pet a Dog You might think there's nothing much to petting a dog, but the fact is, there's a right way and there's definitely a wrong way. Trainer Mikkel Becker explains the best way to show your four-legged friend some love, and tells you why it's important to do it right.

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