Has your dog or cat suddenly developed a nickel to quarter sized lump along the trunk (side)? Is your pet irritating the site further or excessively grooming the site? If the cyst contains a circular hole in it, you may be dealing with a parasite called Cuterebra or the warble worm.
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—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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.