Category Archives: Pet Care

Dog Sexual Behavior Dog Sexual Behavior


The sexuality of their pet can be a problem for all dog owners, but is probably heightened when two dogs are kept together, especially if they are of the opposite sex. The majority of male dogs reach puberty between six and 12 months old, but are rarely used for breeding before the age of a…
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Cat Pregnancy Cat Pregnancy


Gestation in the cat usually averages sixty-five days; it is unlikely that kittens born before the fifty-sixth day will survive. Between days twenty-one and thirty-two, some pregnant queens show signs of estrus, which can be confusing to an owner. This false estrus is of no consequence. At twenty-one to thirty-five days diagnosis of pregnancy can…
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How to Introduce a New Dog to Your Current Dog How to Introduce a New Dog to Your Current Dog


In the canine world, scent marking is an important means of communication, and when a new individual is acquired, there may be an apparent breakdown in the toilet training of the established dog. In reality, however, this tends to be related to the stress induced by the intrusion of the newcomer. This situation is worse…
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Dog Care Dog Care


Grooming and Washing Your nose will generally tell you when a dog should be washed—as a rule, about every three weeks or whenever the dog becomes smelly. Choose a warm day and a warm draught-free location. A small dog may be washed in the laundry tub or the bath. Pour warm water over the animal…
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Dog Training Problems Dog Training Problems


If you are acquiring a cross-breed, try to establish its parentage as far as possible. This may have a bearing on the ease with which it can be trained. As a general guide, breeds which have been developed to work closely with people, such as retrievers, sheepdogs and spaniels are among the most responsive to…
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Dog Behavior Training Dog Behavior Training


You will need to integrate the new puppy into socializing with people outside your immediate family. Some of these guests may not like dogs, and could be nervous, especially if you have a large breed. This can cause complications since the dog will undoubtedly be able to sense this by jumping up at a visitor…
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Pet Reptiles Pet Reptiles


Lizards All lizards can and will bite. If bitten by a lizard, do not pull away until the lizard releases its grip. To avoid being bitten, hold the lizard behind the head with one hand and the base of the tail and hind legs with the other. Give lizards a good drink before transporting them,…
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Pet Parrots Pet Parrots


The more common cause of illness in parrots is incorrect feeding and general management, particularly lack of exercise from too small a cage. Other factors are poor hygiene from placing perches over food and water, cluttering the cage with feeding utensils and toys, and exposure to draughts or marked fluctuation in temperature. In addition, marked…
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Guinea Pig Pregnancy Guinea Pig Pregnancy


Problems Associated with Pregnancy Pregnancy Toxemia Fat sows in late pregnancy are especially susceptible to toxaemia. The animals become lethargic, refuse food and usually die within twenty-four hours. This disease is nutritional in origin and better-quality food will prevent deaths. Dystocia (Difficulty Giving Birth) This is not a common cause of mortality in guinea pigs,…
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Guinea Pig Health Guinea Pig Health


Abscesses Abscesses are most commonly found around the jaw, neck and feet. They usually need to be lanced and hence require veterinary treatment. Abscesses are generally the result of fights, so the best method of prevention is to ensure no overcrowding and to segregate boars. Dietary Diseases Vitamin C Deficiency (Scurvy) Guinea pigs, unlike other…
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Rabbit Health Rabbit Health


Rabbits are prone to illness which is usually caused by poor management or unsanitary living conditions. Sore hocks, for example, result from rough or wet floors. In this condition, the pads of the rabbit’s hind feet become inflamed, producing an unhappy rabbit who loses vitality and weight if the condition is not cared for immediately….
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Guard Dog Training Guard Dog Training


Some breeds have been developed primarily for guarding livestock and property. Many of these, such as the Rottweiler and German Shepherd dog, are now popular as companion dogs. Yet coupled with their loyalty these dogs are likely to have a latent hint of aggression in their natures. This is sadly not appreciated by many owners,…
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Pet Canaries Pet Canaries


Canaries are seed-eaters and are known as hardbills, with the typical short, pointed beak of the predominantly seed-eating bird. They have four claws, the first pointing backwards, and the second, third and fourth forwards. They weigh about 16 grams and normal body temperature is 43.3°C. An older canary has more ragged feathers. A well-groomed young…
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Horse Breeding Horse Breeding


The mare will show estrus (be on heat, come into season) several times during the breeding season (spring into summer). When the mare is season she will elevate her tail and stand with the back legs slightly apart. The clitoris will move in and out (winking), and she will urinate frequently. At the beginning of…
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Selecting a Cat Selecting a Cat


A cat is a fastidiously clean animal quite content to be independent. The desexed cat is usually content with the territorial limitations of an backyard and very satisfied to spend the major part of the day basking in the sun. It will rarely come when called—unless there is food. It. is much happier on someone’s…
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