General Care

Caring for Your Box Turtle

Filed Under: Reptiles, Diet & Nutrition, General Care, Turtles

Box turtles are one of the most popular amphibian pets, particularly for children. This is partly due to their reputation as an easy pet to care for. When treated well and housed properly, box turtles are very easy to care for, and easy to love. But as easy-going as they seem to be, box turtles do need proper and attentive care.

Box turtles get their moniker from their unique hinged shell, which allows them to completely withdraw their head and limbs, closing their shell like a box.

A Guide to Guinea Pigs

Filed Under: Pocket Pets, General Care, Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are wonderful pets, gentle and loving. They easily become quite accustomed to human handling, and love to be petted and held regularly. Some guineas will make a rumbling, chirping sound while they’re being petted, similar to a cat's purr.

Healthy and Happy Mice

Filed Under: Pocket Pets, General Care, Mice

Mice are a wonderful pet for young children just learning to take care of animals, or anyone who would love an active, adorable but low-maintenance pet.

When you’re picking out a mouse, find one that’s active and healthy with bright eyes. Have your veterinarian give your new mouse a checkup first thing. If you’re bringing a new mouse into a group of mice you’ve had for some time, keep him in a sort of quarantine until you’re sure he’s free of any bacterial diseases or viruses.

Dealing With Your Dog's Allergies

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Canine atopy is essentially another name for canine allergies. Most dogs with atopic dermatitis are triggered by environmental allergens, although some allergic reactions can be attributed to food allergies. The allergens causing your dog’s problems, as well as his reactions, are usually quite diverse.

Examine Your Horse Before You Buy

Filed Under: Horses, General Care

Buying a horse is a serious investment. Before you make any decisions, it’s wise to have a veterinarian who specializes in horses perform a prepurchase evaluation on the horse you’re interested in.

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.

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.

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.

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