New Test Determines Breeds of Mixed Dogs

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Want to know what breeds you are dealing with in your mixed breed puppy? Later this summer Mars Veterinary, a division of M & M Mars Inc, will launch their Wisdom Panel MX. This DNA-based test reportedly distinguishes over 100 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds through analysis of more than 300 distinct genetic markers.

Oral Melanoma: Extended Survival Times

Filed Under: Dogs, Diseases

Oral melanoma—a tumor found in the mouth of your dog—tends to be aggressive. These types of tumors are frequently malignant, and will spread throughout the body often before they are diagnosed. Luckily, routine yearly physical examinations can yield an early diagnosis.

Retained Baby Teeth

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, General Care

If your pet doesn’t lose his baby teeth before the permanent teeth erupt, these retained teeth can cause serious problems for your pet’s dental health.

Rawhide as a Dog Treat

Filed Under: Dogs, Diet & Nutrition

Rawhide is the inner layer of cattle hide which is processed and given to dogs. Most dogs dearly love to chew on rawhide pieces, but problems can occur if the rawhide given is too small for your pet. Often an overzealous pet will swallow pieces or small rawhide bones rather than chewing on them. This is especially true when there is competition for treats among several dogs. Swallowing these large pieces can result in choking. It’s better to choose a rawhide treat that’s too large for your dog, rather than too small.

How to Trim Your Cat's Claws

Filed Under: Cats, General Care

Regular trimming of your cat’s claws will not only make your cat more comfortable, it will probably save you a few minor cuts and scrapes, too.

At a pet supply store you should be able to find a pair "guillotine-style" cat clippers. When using these clippers, the cat’s claw is poked through a hole on one side of the clipper, and a blade cuts through the nail on the other side. Standard human nail clippers will also work just fine.

Cleaning Your Dog's Teeth

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Dogs need regular teeth cleaning to help remove plaque and tartar, just as humans do. Although you don’t need to brush your dog’s teeth every day, once every month is a good schedule to keep your dog’s teeth clean, bright and healthy.

Caring for Ferrets

Filed Under: Pocket Pets, Ferrets, General Care

Ferrets are playful and energetic, and bond well with their human friends. Some ferret caregivers compare ferrets to cats, but a ferret is in general much more energetic than your average cat. In some states in the U.S., owning a ferret is illegal. If you’re thinking of bringing a ferret into your home, check first to find out if any state or local laws prohibit you from keeping a ferret.

Keeping Your Goldfish Healthy

Filed Under: General Care, Fish

Goldfish are the most common pet fish. They are easy to care for, and there are hundreds of breeds to choose from, although the orange comet fish is likely the one you will see at your local pet store. Goldfish are a wonderful pet for someone with limited space and time to dedicate to "playing" with a companion animal, but they still take work and effort to feed and house properly. Contrary to most people’s experiences, a goldfish that’s that cared for properly can live over 10 years.

Rabbit Snuffles

Filed Under: Pocket Pets, Diseases, Rabbits

Commonly known as "snuffles," nasal catarrh, or pasteurellosis, is a highly contagious bacterial infection affecting rabbits. Snuffles produces a discharge from the nose and eyes.

Rats for Pets

Filed Under: Pocket Pets, Diet & Nutrition, General Care, Rats

Anyone who has known a pet rat will tell you how friendly, intelligent, compassionate and adorable rats can be. In addition, they are very easy to care for, provided you can dedicate enough time to bonding with your new friend.

Dr. Susan named best vet in Northeast Alabama!

Critterology.com's primary contributor, Dr. Susan Muller Esneault, has been named for best veterinarian in northeast Alabama!

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