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Barks & Mewsings

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12 Great Holiday Gifts for Pets and the People Who Love Them

By: Brianna Gunter

Happy Paw-lidays! From neat gadgets to creative toys and beyond, there are many ways you can celebrate dogs, cats, and pet lovers this holiday season.


A white kitten sits in the glow of Christmas lights

Protect Your Pet! 6 Holiday Dangers for Dogs & Cats

By: Brianna Gunter

Are poinsettias poisonous to cats? Can dogs eat cookies? Keep your furry family members safe this season by avoiding these top holiday pet dangers.


A gray dog sits next to a Thanksgiving holiday feast and stares at the food.

Human Food Dogs Can’t (and Can!) Eat During the Holidays

By: Brianna Gunter

Can you share any human foods with dogs during the holidays? Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Sarah Nold offers advice all pet parents need to hear.


Trupanion is the best pet insurance in America chosen by veterinarians.

Vet Survey: Trupanion is America’s #1 Medical Insurance for Pets

By: Trupanion Staff

In a nationwide survey by dvm360, veterinarians chose Trupanion as the top provider of health insurance to dogs and cats. Here’s how Trupanion revolutionized pet care.


Close up of a black cat with signs of matted fur.

How to Get Rid of Matted Cat Hair: Causes and Solutions

By: Kelli Rascoe & Trupanion Staff

There are several reasons cats get matted fur, though long-haired cats may be most at risk. Use these vet-approved tips to get rid of matted cat hair for good.


Four black and white dogs look down from atop a cement wall.

What is the Best Age to Get Pet Insurance for Dogs?

By: Brianna Gunter

Dog insurance can be life-saving for your pet, but is your pal old enough? Real pet insurance claims data shows the best age to get dog health insurance.


A male veterinary staff member wearing a mask preps a dog for pet surgery.

Pet Surgery: What to Expect, How to Help Dogs and Cats Recover

By: Brianna Gunter

Pet surgery can be stressful for any dog or cat parent. Read on for veterinary advice on what to expect and how to help pets recover quickly and safely.


Yellow Labrador Retriever sits near a blue vacuum

Why Your Pet Hates Vacuums (and What to Do About it)

By: Brianna Gunter

Do vacuums scare dogs and cats? If your pet acts uncomfortable around this necessary household cleaning device, there may be multiple reasons why.


Orange cat having his ears examined by a veterinarian

How to Tell if Your Cat Has an Ear Infection

By: Brianna Gunter

Does your cat have an ear infection? It can be tough to tell, but our veterinary advice covers 7 signs to watch for, risks, and treatments that can help.


Multi colored cat and dog looking at camera

How to Include Pets in Your Estate Plan (And Why It’s Important!)

By: Brianna Gunter

Including pets in your estate plan is the best way to protect dogs and cats in the event you’re no longer able to provide care. Here’s what you need to know.


A Boston terrier dog sleeps next to a face mask and a thermometer.

Can Pets Get COVID? What the Science Says

By: Brianna Gunter

With new COVID-19 variants and outbreaks, the lingering pandemic has many pet parents wondering if cats and dogs can get COVID and how to protect them.


A hand posts a lost dog flyer with a reward on a pole.

What to Do if Your Pet Goes Missing

By: Brianna Gunter

Acting quickly is key to recovering a missing pet. Following these pro tips will help you find a lost dog or cat and avoid wasting search time.


A group of dogs of different sizes sit together

What Size Dog Should I Get? A Quiz for Prospective Pet Owners!

By: Brianna Gunter

There are three main dog sizes to choose from. But is a small, medium, or large sized canine the right pet for you? This dog size quiz will help!


A white dog with purple ears gets its fur dyed by a groomer

Is it Okay to Dye Your Pet’s Fur? What Dog and Cat Parents Need to Know

By: Brianna Gunter

Wondering about dyeing your dog or cat fun new colors? Before reaching for the pet fur dye, read this to make sure you’re being safe.


A white dog and a black and white cat pose together

10 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Pet Name

By: Brianna Gunter

Trying to come up with unique pet names can be tough. But it doesn’t have to be when you follow these tips for naming dogs and cats.


A gray tabby kitten lays belly-up on a white background

When Do Cats Stop Growing? From Kitten to Adult Feline

By: Kelli Rascoe

If you’re a new cat parent, it can be tough to tell when your feline friend will reach full adulthood and stop growing.


A domestic shorthair cat looks down into a litter box

How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Odor (and Prevent Future Incidents!)

By: Brianna Gunter

A cat peeing outside of the litter box is never fun, especially when the urine odor lingers. Learn how to clean properly and prevent future bad behavior.


A chocolate lab sits in a green field with his tongue out

Is CBD Safe for Pets?

By: Brianna Gunter

CBD oils have become popular in recent years, including as anxiety and arthritis treatments for pets. But is CBD safe for your dog or cat?


close-up of a cat sleeping during daytime in a pile of purple blankets

Cats are Nocturnal: Truth or Common Misconception?

By: Kelli Rascoe & Trupanion Staff

Are cats really nocturnal creatures, or is it a common misconception? Find out when cats are most active and what feline sleep schedules are really like.


Close-up of a calico kitten with pointed ears on an orange background

Is Pet Insurance Worth it During Economic Inflation?

By: Brianna Gunter

Economic inflation keeps rising, and it’s normal to want to cut costs where possible. But should that include nixing health insurance for your pet?


A gray and white shorthair cat leans out of a basket looking anxious.

Do Cats Get Separation Anxiety? What Feline Pet Parents Need to Know

By: Alyssa Little

Contrary to the ‘cold and aloof’ cat stereotype, our feline pets do get separation anxiety. Learn tips for helping your cat cope with being alone.


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WELCOME TO BARKS & MEWSINGS!

We’re the official blog of Trupanion—chosen by veterinarians as the #1 pet insurance in America. Here you’ll find useful dog and cat care tips, interesting veterinary insights, and fun pet topics galore.

While you’re browsing our pet blog, please note that the views expressed here are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Trupanion. Our articles are reviewed by veterinarians for accuracy, but they are not a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. Always consult with your own pet’s veterinarian for advice.