Floor time and your guinea pig

Floor time and your guinea pig


Your Walnut veterinarian knows that you strive to take the best care of your pet that you can. Since guinea pigs need quite a bit of exercise, your pet will need time outside of her cage in addition to toys that encourage movement within it. To do this, take the time to section off an area of your home that your pet can safely enjoy his time in. This will likely include blocking off areas that your pet could sneak into and keeping choking hazards out of reach. Also be sure to remove anything that could harm your pet if chewed on, or that he could become entangled in. Put some toys around for your pet to enjoy, and spend some time interacting with her. Over time, you will learn your pet’s likes and dislikes, so your playtime will become more intuitive and enjoyable. See details here.

How to Find a Turtle

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Although you can go to many pet stores to adopt a turtle, many nature lovers prefer to find their new companion outdoors. Here are some things you can try when searching for your new turtle outside.

When it comes to aquatic turtles, invest in a pair of binoculars. When searching the water, look for mud bubbles or bubbles coming to the surface of the water. You will want to have a net handy because turtles move a lot faster in the water than they do on land!

Finding a turtle in the woods can be just as tricky. Try searching for turtles in the early spring. Not only are they easier to spot because grass, bushes, and shrubs haven’t had a chance to grow yet, but they also lay their eggs at this time, making them easier to spot.

If you do find a turtle, make sure you take it into your veterinary clinic Tualatin for an exam.

Playing with your dog

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Your love for your dog causes you to spend a lot of time thinking about activities you can do with him. While this is great, it can sometimes lead to unnecessary concerns regarding activities. Many pet owners want their pet to experience a lot of different circumstances, and make an effort to see this happen. However, this can also get them a bit frustrated when they run out of ideas. This simply doesn’t have to be the case. Your dog isn’t as interested in new activities as he is in spending time with you. The next time you think your pet needs someone to play with, try simply giving him your full attention and see where it takes you. You’d be surprised how great an afternoon in the yard can be with just a ball and some sunshine. Your local Calabasas veterinarian can offer additional suggestions. Schedule an appointment today.

Dressing the fashionable pup

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Your Seacoast veterinarian knows that you want your pup to be a part of all the aspects of your life that he can be. Incorporating him into your savvy sense of style is another way to bond with him, so you want to give it a try. How do you start dressing your dog?

First, start with functionality. There may be times that your pet actually needs some clothing to be safe and happy. Winter coats, lifejackets, and paw protectors are examples of items that can now be fashion forward while still being useful. Once these bases are covered, try moving onto special holiday wear, or having your pet cheer on your favorite sports team with you. Before you know it, your pet’s closet will be filling up and you will have plenty of options to choose from. To read more, please visit this site.

The Right Way to Get Rid of Your Hamster

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Unfortunately, as pet parents, we aren’t always able to predict circumstances that may not allow us to keep our furry friends. Here are some tips and tricks on the right way to get rid of your hamster.

Try placing a personal ad in the newspaper first. You can also try various locally based websites. Some local newspapers also have websites that allow you to post personal ads online without the need to submit a printing fee.

While you’re waiting for someone to respond, you can ask around and see if a friend or family member may want to take your hamster. You can even try posting on social media.

If you’re still struggling to find a new home for your hamster, you can bring your hamster to the animal shelter. Your vet Marin County may also be able to help find your hamster a new home.

What can my dog smell?

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If you are a dog owner, you’ve probably noticed that your dog’s sense of smell seems to trump your own. In fact, you may have even tested it out a time or two to see if your pet would be able to find treats around the house through scent alone. If so, you likely noticed how well your dog’s sense of smell seems to serve him. He actually relies on his nose more than his eyes to navigate through this world. The part of the brain that interprets smell is significantly larger by comparison in a dog than it is in a human, and your dog also has over 120 million more scent glands than you do! So if you’re wondering what your dog can smell, the answer is simple – a lot. Your local Cherry Hill veterinarian can answer any additional questions you may have. Please schedule an appointment today.

Why adopt an older cat?

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You’ve decided that you’d like to have a cat around the house again, and are now looking into your options. You have fond memories of a cat you grew up with sitting quietly while you pet her, but a kitten seems to be so different from the older cat you once knew. Could you possibly adopt an older cat again?

Not only is this possible, it is actually preferable in many shelters. Since most people want to bring home kittens, adult cats can sometimes have difficulty finding a home. However, they are a great option for people who want to bypass the kitten stage. This allows the pet owners to bring home a cat that is a bit less rambunctious and has settled into her personality a little more. Your local Oceanside veterinarian can help you choose the right pet for you. See details here.

What shouldn’t I feed my dog?

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You enjoy sharing your life with your dog, and this can be extended to your food as well. There are many foods that you eat that your pet can also gain valuable nutrients from. However, there are also foods that may be fine for you, but harmful to your little fur ball. Which foods should you avoid giving to your pet?

Grapes and raisins should be avoided as they can cause kidney failure in dogs, and avocados can also be toxic to your pet. Peaches and plums should not be given to you dog either because the pits can not only pose a choking hazard, but also contain cyanide, a toxic substance. Large quantities of salty foods can cause sodium ion poisoning. Keep in mind that portion size is very different for you than it is for your pet, so it’s best to avoid salty foods altogether. Schedule an appointment with your Fort Worth veterinarian for additional information.

Finding the right food for your dog

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Your dog is an important part of your life, and you want to care for him as best you can. Part of the care you are providing is a balanced diet that includes proper nutrition. Choosing the right food for your pet can be a bit daunting because there are many options available, however, a simple evaluation of your pet’s needs can help narrow down your choices. Factors like your dog’s age, general health, and breed may impact your decision. Extras that may be important to you can also be sought out, like food that supports a healthy coat, for example. Also, any individual traits that need to be addressed, like needing soft food due to stomach or teeth issues, will also help to chip away at the number of options on the market. For more information, please contact your local Stevenson Ranch veterinarian.

How to Feed Your Puppy

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Although it may seem like common knowledge, it is very important that you spend a little extra time and attention on how you feed your puppy.

When you first bring your new puppy home, continue feeding him the same dog food that he ate before you adopted him. A new brand or formula of food may upset his digestive system, especially while he’s getting used to living in a new home.

Make sure you know exactly how much to feed your puppy and when to increase his serving size. Your veterinary clinic Orangevale can help make sure that you don’t overfeed your pooch.

Establishing a feeding schedule is very important. Decide when you want to feed your dog and stick to the schedule. Do not upset your dog’s appetite by feeding him too many treats or table scraps. And as always, make sure that your dog has access to fresh, clean water at all times.

Automatic water dishes

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If you own a cat or a dog, you are likely well versed in filling up your pet’s food and water dishes multiple times a day. However, in this busy world filled with obligations, it can sometimes become difficult to keep up with everything. While your pet probably has specific times of day that he is fed, his water dish may need to be refilled throughout the day and can run out at any time. An automatic water dish can help you keep a steady supply of fresh water available to your pet, even when you are otherwise occupied. Simply fill the water dispenser, and your pet’s water dish will be refilled as needed. This lets you go longer between having to give your pet water, and still have your pet taken care of in the meantime. Your local Willis veterinarian can point you in the direction of a quality pet supply store so you can evaluate your options.

Is Your Pooch a Finicky Eater?

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Many pet dogs have the habit of just sniffing their food and turning up their noses. This is especially true if they have been on the same food for a considerable period of time. Some canine breeds are also known to be finicky eaters, such as the Yorkie, Basenji, and Siberian Husky.

Before domestication, dogs in the wild will eat almost anything; as pets, they soon learn that some foods taste better than others. Even if you don’t make a habit of sharing people food with your pet, their keen sense of smell tells them another story.

Compared to a picky eater, a finicky eater is much worse off because the dog decides to go off-feed. First, you have to rule out any health problems that may be responsible for your pet’s behavior. But if the vet gives your pooch a clean bill of health, here are ways to get him to eat without causing digestive upsets:

• Keep off the treats because your pet will likely compare his pet food to his favorite treats.

• Divide his daily ration into several small meals given regularly throughout the day.

• Exercising your pet before a meal can increase his hunger.

• Have your dog spayed or neutered for it has also been shown to help prevent a finicky eater.

Know more about your dog's nutritional needs by visiting your Newmarket veterinarian. Check out this link.

Knowing When Your Pet Cat Needs the Vet


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Even the most experienced pet owners may have doubts about their pet’s condition, and may have a hard time deciding if they should take their kitty to the vet or not. A few hours or days of indecision may have a big impact on a cat’s health and wellbeing.

Here are some of the most common signs of a medical emergency. If your pet cat exhibits one or more of these symptoms, you should take him to the vet right away.

Pawing at his stomach

A cat suffering from abdominal pain often paws at his stomach and assumes a crouching position. He may also refuse to have his stomach touched.

Bleeding

Your kitty needs prompt veterinary attention when there is blood seeping through his eyes or ears, or other body opening.

Sudden onset of vision problems

A cat which is suffering from a vision problem may start bumping on things or may vocalize loudly because he is afraid of what he can’t se.

Breathing Difficulties

A cat can also suffer from an asthma attack, and may be wheezing or having breathing problems. These signs may also be present in a cat with heart problems or one that is experiencing an anaphylactic shock.

Lameness

Although your pet may not be as vocal about a painful limb or joint, you may see him favor a leg, after closely observing him as he walks.

Bring your kitty to a Sharon veterinary clinic for prompt attention and prevent serious complications. Check out this website for more pet care tips.

Getting your home ready for a new puppy

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Getting your home ready for a new puppy can be a big undertaking. Depending on the home, there may be many things to move around, and lots of things to upkeep. How can you make sure everything is ready for your new addition?

To puppy proof your home, start with the most obvious things. If you know that your pet won’t be safe in a particular area, block it off so he can’t access it. Remove all items that may pose a hazard. Next, go around and try to find the remaining things n your home that will need changing. Any choking hazards will need to be permanently removed from your pet’s reach, as well as anything that could be dangerous if ingested. Things your pet could become tangled in, like blind strings, should also be removed. Your local Thorold vet can help you care for your new addition. Please schedule an appointment today.

Common Dog Ear Problems

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Because dogs can hear better than we can, it is especially important to protect your pup’s ear health. Here are some common dog ear problems that you will want to look out for.
Ear mites are a common problem among dogs, especially dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors. The most obvious symptom of ear mites is the horrible smell. They also leave brown spotting inside the ear itself that is fairly easy to identify.
You may want to check your dog’s ears for debris and loose particles. This is especially true for dogs whose ears stand erect. It is very easy for clumps of dirt to get lodged in the ear canal if your dog isn’t careful when playing outside.
Your dog’s ears can also get infected quite easily, so keep your eye open for sores and scratches.
If you suspect something is wrong with your dog’s ears, schedule an appointment with your veterinary clinic Windward, Oahu

Choosing a cat carrier

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Your Glendale veterinarian knows that choosing a cat carrier isn’t as simple as running to the store and plucking one from the shelf. You first need to consider your pet’s needs and evaluate what you require in a carrier. Larger cats will be better off in carriers that are made of hard plastic, as a fabric carrier won’t be able to evenly distribute their weight. This is also true of cats that like to stand and adjust their position a lot in their carrier. Your pet should be able to stand up and turn around regardless of the carrier type, but a fabric option may be a bit more comfortable for those who are fairly sedentary. However, these may be a bit more difficult to spot clean since a simple wipe won’t do the job as well as it would in a plastic carrier. Read more here.

Grooming Your Chinchilla


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Most pets need to be groomed on a regular basis. Although this is true of the chinchilla, they require a lot less grooming than other pets.

Chinchillas are naturally clean and odor free so you shouldn’t have to worry about giving them a traditional bath. However, chinchillas do like to keep themselves clean with a dust bath every now and then. Check your pet store for chinchilla dust, place a little dust in a shallow pan, and watch your furry friend go to work.

Chinchillas shed their coats about once every three months. You will want to keep an eye on the process. Invest in a basic brush or comb and give your chinchilla a quick brush when he’s losing hair. You may have to clean out the cage more often during this time as well.

Click here or visit your veterinary clinic Scottsdale for more information.

How often should I bathe my dog?

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Your dog needs your care, and regular baths are a part of this. You know that you need to bathe your pet, but if you are like most pet owners, you may be a little fuzzy on some of the details. The frequency with which a dog needs to be bathed is a common question. However, there is no standard answer to this. Every dog is different, and each will have different needs. It may seem simple, but your dog should be bathed when he becomes dirty, or begins to smell a bit. Contrary to popular belief, a weekly bath is suitable for many dogs. However, if you notice your pet’s skin getting a bit dry, it may be time to cut back on the baths a bit as it may be depleting the natural oils his skin produces. For additional information, please contact your local Portland vet.

Quietest Pets

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Looking for a companion that doesn’t cause a ruckus? Consider one of these quiet pets.

Arguably, the quietest pets are reptiles. They don’t bark and yowl like a dog or cat. Lizards, turtles, and snakes are the quietest of the bunch. Some geckos and frogs can make noises, but nothing compared to an irritated dog.

The next quietest group of animals are caged rodents. In most cases, the smaller the rodent, the less noise they make. For example, a hamster may spin on his exercise wheel from time to time, causing some noise, but this is much quieter than a determined rat that is trying to remove the lid from his cage. Rabbits are also very quiet, even though they require more space.

There are a variety of dog and cat breeds that are quiet too, so check with your vet Upper Arlington for more information.

Normal Behavior of Pet Mice


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If you’re a new mouse owner, you may be wondering what behavior is considered normal. Here are some normal behaviors that all mice share so you can keep an eye open for changes in behavior later.

Although they can be adjusted to your schedule with a little patience and training, mice are primarily nocturnal. You can expect your mouse to sleep for most of the day and play all night.

Mice are extremely curious creatures. They like to burrow and explore their environment, so make sure they have plenty of toys.

Due to their small size, they can be easily startled. You can expect your mousy friend to jump at loud, unexpected noises.

Mice love to chew! It is completely normal for them to attempt to chew on almost anything, so make sure you provide them with plenty of safe chewing material.

If you’re worried about your mouse’s behavior, schedule an appointment with your vet Cameron Park.

Importance of Preventative Care for Your Dog

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Preventative care is extremely important to maintaining the health and well-being of your furry friend.

The best way to provide your dog with preventative care is to make sure that you schedule an appointment with your veterinary clinic Greenville at least once a year. Your vet can provide your dog with essential vaccinations and check for diseases and illnesses in their earliest stages.

Preventative maintenance also means making sure that your dog is up-to-date on all of his flea and tick medications. Not only is this important for your dog, but it can keep your home from getting infested with fleas as well.

Although often overlooked by pet owners, regular dental care is also important. Consider brushing your dog’s teeth at least once a week. You should also ask your veterinarian to do a thorough cleaning at your pet’s yearly examination.

Keeping your dog from begging at the dinner table


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Your dog is a wonderful addition to your family, and you have been able to spend a great deal of time getting to know him. This means that you are not only getting to know his habits, but that he is also getting to know yours. When you sit down at the dinner table, he knows that you probably have something delicious to munch on up there, and he wants some. To stop your pet from begging, never offer him food from your plate. If you do, he will learn that a bit of persistence pays off, and that he should simply keep asking for some until you give in. Ignoring his begging tells him that he isn’t acting in a way that will benefit him, and eventually he will give up. For more information, please contact your local Marietta veterinarian.

Choosing a bed for your dog

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Your Pickerington veterinarian knows that the number of options on the market when it comes to pet supplies can make shopping for them a bit daunting. When choosing a bed for your dog, put some thought into what you are really looking for before you head to the store. This way, you won’t be tempted to pick up that adorable bed you found that just happens to not suite a single of your pet’s needs.

First, think about your pet’s size, and if he is still growing, potential size, in order to determine what size bed makes the most sense. Next, look at the shapes of the beds that are available and determine which fits the way your pet likes to relax best. If your dog has any individual preferences, like something extra soft or added support due to joint pain, take these into account as well. To read more, please click here.

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Does my dog need a harness?

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Traditionally, if you became a dog owner, you also became a collar and leash user. While this is still true to some extent, many pet owners aren’t using their dog’s collars to attach a leash to anymore. Harnesses are gaining in popularity, and for good reason.
Many dog owners utilize harnesses while their dogs are puppies in order to gain more control when out and about with their pet. During this training stage, the harness can help keep your dog safe and assist him in understanding what is expected of him. Many adult dogs are also better off in a harness for this reason. Also, some breeds are quite sensitive around their neck, and the harness offers an option that is more comfortable than the traditional leash and collar combination. Your Budd Lake vet can help you decide if a harness is the best option for your dog.
For more information, you can visit Mount Olive Veterinary Hospital.

Going Boating with Your Dog


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Going boating with your dog can be a lot of fun. Just make sure you are fully prepared for your first trip out on the water.

If your dog has never been on a boat before, let him get acquainted with it while it’s still tethered at the dock. This is also a great way for you to gauge how he’s going to behave while he’s on board. Just make sure you let him go to the bathroom before you get on the boat.

Before you take off, make sure there is a shady or air conditioned area for your dog when he needs to escape from the heat. Make sure that you keep plenty of cool water onboard so that he doesn’t dehydrate. If your trip is going to be a short one, there is no need to bring along dog food.

Contact your veterinary clinic Jacksonville for more information.

Costs of Owning a Cat

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Many pet owners get caught up in the joy of adopting a cat without considering the cost. Before you choose to bring home a new cat, make sure you consider the following expenses.

Must-have items include a high-quality pet food and quality cat litter. These are non-negotiable items that must be added to your monthly budget. Although prices can range widely, you may want to count on spending between $30 and $50 on these items each month.

You must also consider whether you will pay to have your cat spayed or neutered. No matter what you choose, you still must provide your cat with vaccinations.

Annual exams are also a must in order to identify potential problems early. You may also want to consider pet insurance or setting aside a special fund for emergency situations.

Your vet Fayetteville NC can help you budget for your new cat.

Choosing the ideal dog for your home

Choosing the ideal dog for your home

When you are thinking of bringing a new pet into your home, there are a lot of considerations to go over. Even once you have decided on the type of animal there are still other things to think about. If you have your heart set on a dog, you then need to evaluate your lifestyle to determine which dog would best fit into your family. For example, if you have a small home without a yard, you need to find a dog that would thrive under those circumstances, as well as any other factors that may impact your new pet’s life. Your time and willingness to care for your pet are also huge factors. Different dogs will have different care requirements, and you want to choose a pet that you will be able to handle caring for and enjoy having in your home. Contact your local Greensboro vet for additional advice.

Making your home safe for a kitten

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Your Ashburn vet knows that your home is where your family should feel safe, and your pet should be included in this. If you are bringing home a new kitten, it is time to evaluate your household’s safety level. Your new pet will be very interested in your home, and will be exploring it thoroughly. This means that a vigilant eye must be kept on her in order to see what areas of the home she will be drawn to. However, before you bring her home, there are certain precautions that should be taken. Take the time to search over the floors, counters, tables, and any other area that your pet will be able to reach. Remove all small items that shouldn’t be ingested or could pose a choking risk. Next, eliminate all areas that your pet could get tangled up in and block off all small areas she could squeeze into. See details here.

Loving the dog in front of you

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Your Greensboro vet clinic knows that you love spending time with your dog. Throughout the pet owning process, you will notice many different traits that your pet exhibits. Some of these you will be absolutely thrilled about, while others you will wish he didn’t exhibit. Many of these behaviors can be addressed through training, but some are simply a part of his personality. Loving your pet means that you realize this and accept him as a he is. After all, there are probably some habits he wishes he could change about you as well. To do this, take into consideration the behaviors that are less than desirable. Evaluate them, and determine which should be worked on and which are harmless preferences that your dog harbors. Work on those that need it, and try to find the plusses associated with the others. Read more here.
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