General Care

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.

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.

A Good Guide to Iguanas

Filed Under: Reptiles, General Care, Iguanas

Iguanas are a very popular reptile pet. With very gradual introduction to handling, a young iguana can adapt well to human contact. Iguanas are fascinating to watch and, as a somewhat low-maintenance pet, they are popular with people who may not have the time or space to dedicate to a larger, more demanding animal. But that’s not to say that iguanas don’t need their share of care. A happy iguana is well-fed, well-housed and healthy.

Are all white-haired animals albinos?

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Pocket Pets, Horses, General Care

Albinism—the lack of pigment melanin in the skin, hair and eyes—is present in most animal species, but many animals with white coats are not albinos.

Albinos have a complete lack of color pigment. Most animals with white coats have brown eyes, or possibly one blue and one brown eye. The skin around the eyelids and lips may be quite dark, even black.

Though it is generally obvious in their appearance, your veterinarian will tell you if your animal is a true albino.

Caring for Your Pet Bird

Filed Under: General Care, Birds

If you’re looking to care for a pet bird, there are so many kinds you can adopt—one to talk to you, one to play with you, one to sing to you—that there’s bound to be a perfect bird out there for you. Every species of bird has special demands and characteristics, but all birds require proper care.

You may have to seek out a veterinarian familiar enough with birds to provide you with all the answers to your questions, as well as an effective annual check up. A general practice vet may recommend a bird specialist.

What to Expect with Rabbits

Filed Under: Pocket Pets, General Care, Rabbits

Rabbits—social, playful and active—can be wonderful pets, as long as you know what to expect from them, and how to take care of them.

Making a Home for Fish

Filed Under: General Care, Fish

Fish are beautiful and peaceful pets, and in general are low-maintenance. However there are a few things you need to prepare before bringing your new fish home.

Due to an excess of chlorine and gases, most tap water is unsuitable for aquariums, and needs to be conditioned before introducing your fish. Conditioning, or aging, is done simply by letting the water stand in its tank for at least one week. This allows the water bacteria to strike its own balance, kills possible fish parasites, and lets organic particles settle out.

Your Rodent's Dental Health

Filed Under: Pocket Pets, Chinchillas, Ferrets, General Care, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Mice, Rats

Small rodents have continually growing front teeth, worn down through normal chewing. If your rodent’s teeth are not wearing down naturally, it may be due to malocclusion. Malocclusion is a common dental disorder, found in rabbits and other small rodents, defined as abnormal contact between the maxillary (upper jaw) and mandibular (lower jaw) teeth. The misalignment of these teeth interferes with chewing. Causes of the misalignment include abnormal wear and tear—such as chewing on metal cages—or trauma to the teeth or head.

Cats - Outdoor Life vs. Indoor Safety

Filed Under: Cats, General Care

While many cat owners consider their pets "outside cats," the fact is that cats kept indoors are much safer and healthier than their outdoor counterparts.

Free-roaming cats are bound to come in contact with other cats. Parasites, like fleas or ringworm, can be transmitted through these interactions, as well as communicable and infectious diseases—feline leukemia, feline infectious peritonitis, upper respiratory infections and even feline immunodeficiency virus.

Moving With Your Dog?

Filed Under: Dogs, General Care

Before making a big move, check with your new local municipal office and find out if there are any regulations or by-laws that could affect your canine companions.

Check first to see if there is any type of breed ban in effect in your new location. Certain dog breeds may be prohibited altogether by neighborhood or homeowners' associations. You may be required to hold a special license or have your dog muzzled at all times. Breed regulations may also dictate the type of outdoor enclosure or fencing required to contain your dog

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