General Care

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

The Chesapeake Bay retriever is a native of Maryland in the United States. This water dog evolved with the breeding of Newfoundlands and English Otter Hounds with local retrievers, including curly-coated and flat-coated retrievers, back in the early 1800’s.

The breed was developed for its keen intelligence and a willingness to retrieve no matter how harsh the weather or how icy the water. This breed is considered to be the toughest of the water retrievers. They are named for the Chesapeake Bay area from which they hail.

Adverse Drug Reactions in Herding Breeds of Dogs and Cats

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, General Care

Do you own a collie or an Australian shepherd?  Have you been cautioned that they may be particularly sensitive to certain drugs, or have you heard not to give them certain medications?

Greyhounds

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Tall, lean, and built for speed, the greyhound is the fastest breed of dog.  With a sharp eye it is classified as a sight hound.  Originally bred as a racing dog they are now accepted as sweet and personable companions.  As part of the hound family they can have some stubborn personality traits.  They are not hyper and will spend much of their day resting in preparation, conserving their energy, until required to utilize their great bursts of speed. 
 

Top Ten Reasons for Owning a Pond

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care, Fish

10. Provides the family Labrador retriever a place to cool off.

9. Less water usage. Lawns and landscaping require watering. Often rainwater is sufficient to top off a pond once it has been filled, dependent on the area of the country.

8. The pond provides a wonderful local wildlife habitat.

7. Sludge collected by a pond filter may be used as a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

6. Just add fish and you have wonderful, easy to care for and entertaining pets.

5. A pond encourages young people to help preserve the planet and brings them in close contact with nature.

Top Dogs for 2008

Filed Under: Dogs, Behavioral & Training, General Care

In the United States, the most popular breeds have all remained the same for 2008 according to the AKC. For the 18th consecutive year the Labrador retriever has maintained the coveted number one most popular breed ranking, although rumor has it that the mixed breed actually edges them out for the number one spot. In fact the Labrador retriever has twice the number of registrants in ‘08 than does its nearest competition: the Yorkshire terrier.

The 2008 ranking resembles that of 2007 with the exception of the English bulldog, who has managed to move up an additional two slots.

Top 10 Cat-Friendly Cities in the United States 2009

Filed Under: Cats, General Care

According to the CATalyst Council, which is a coalition of veterinary, academic, nonprofit, pet industry, and animal welfare organizations, the top 10 cat-friendly cities in the United States for 2009 are:  Phoenix, AZ; San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; Denver, CO; Boston, MA; Seattle, WA; San Diego, CA; Atlanta, GA; and Minneapolis, MN; with the friendliest city being Tampa, FL.

 
References:
 
“Top Cat Cities.”  Pet Age. June 2009. P. 10

Corn Snakes

Filed Under: Reptiles, General Care

Trying to decide on the ideal snake for a beginning hobbyist?  The two most important things to look for include ease of handling and difficulty in feeding.  One of the best, if not the best choice for a new handler is the corn snake, or Elaphe guttata, sometimes referred to as the red rat snake.  

Why Do Dogs and Cats Eat Grass?

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Behavioral & Training, Diet & Nutrition, General Care

The age old question for pet owners has been, “Why do dogs, who are largely carnivores, and cats, who are obligate carnivores, eat grass?”  Dogs and cats receive no nutritive value from grass.  So why do they consume greens, typically grasses?  Traditionally veterinarians and behaviorists have theorized that these pets are sick and need to vomit or have some perceived dietary deficiency that perhaps the owner is unaware of.  The answer may be more fundamental:  eating grass may be a necessary inherited predisposition of dogs and cats from their wild ancestors.  

Coral Reefs Currently Under Stress from a Changing Planet

Filed Under: General Care, Fish

Did you know that corals are actually marine animals? There are more than 2,000 known species of coral. These delicate creatures are under stress around the world due to warmer temperatures, changing pH levels, and even agricultural and fresh water runoff. Coral reefs provide homes to more than a quarter of the world’s saltwater fish. Coral reefs are typically found in shallow water areas, often close to the coast or island locations.

Does your pet suffer from allergies in the spring?

Not at all!
48% (26 votes)
Just a little sniffle.
11% (6 votes)
Lots of sneezes.
28% (15 votes)
We both need prescriptions!
13% (7 votes)
Total votes: 54
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