Daily Archives: February 18, 2016

How Long Do Gerbils Live?

Not all pets are created equal when it comes to lifespan! This is especially true of smaller critters. Exactly how long do gerbils live anyway?

In general, you can expect your gerbil to live for anywhere between three and four years. In comparison, mice will only live for a year or two, while guinea pigs may live for five or six years.

Of course, the length and quality of your pet’s life will depend on how well you take care of him. It all starts with a nutritious diet that provides him with all of the vitamins and minerals he needs. Keeping his cage clean is also a great way to make sure that he doesn’t develop any illnesses.

To learn more about whether a gerbil is a good pet for you and your family, contact your vet Livonia, MI.

How Long Do Gerbils Live

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Is My Golden Retriever is Diabetic?

Is My Golden Retriever is Diabetic

The only way to determine if your Golden Retriever is diabetic is to call and set up an exam with your local veterinarian. Diabetes can affect a variety of canine breeds including Golden Retrievers, but only your vet can make the diagnosis. Call your vet to discuss the disease if your Golden has developed any or all of the following symptoms: weight loss, excessive thirst, excessive urination, lack of energy, depression, lethargy, hunger, vomiting, enlarged liver, cataracts, bladder or kidney infection, and even obesity. To determine if your Golden Retriever has diabetes, your vet may conduct a physical exam, and lab tests including blood work and a urinary analysis. In most cases abnormally high levels of sugar will be present in both blood and urine. A treatment plan may include insulin injections, oral medications and dietary changes for your Golden Retriever. Talk to your veterinarian Olathe KS, the Oakbrook Animal Hospital for further information.

Getting Your Dog Ready for Warmer Weather

Warmer weather is right around the corner! It’s easy to become sedentary during the coldest months of the year, which definitely means you should take a little time to get your dog ready for the spring season.

It can be tempting to head outside for a long walk or jog as soon as the weather turns warm, but it can be extremely dangerous. If your dog isn’t used to the exercise, he could become injured.

Instead, work your way into long workout sessions. If you aren’t playing at home, start playing fetch across the living room or up and down the stairs so your dog is ready for long walks this spring.

You should also make sure you give him a good brush so he stays nice and cool outdoors!

For more tips on getting your dog ready for spring, call your veterinarian Livonia, MI.

Getting Your Dog Ready for Warmer Weather

Cleaning Urine Stains from Your Rabbit’s Feet

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No matter how clean you keep your rabbit’s cage, he’s likely to drag his feet through his litter box. If your rabbit also happens to have white fur, you’ve probably noticed some staining. Here’s now to get rid of those ugly urine stains on your rabbit’s feet!

You can definitely head to your local pet store to find cleaning formulas that will make short work of your pet’s stains. You can even give bunny-friendly cleaning wipes a try. They also come in handy for other messes!

However, a more natural solution is available that’s healthier for your pet, and it’s cheaper too! Mix up a solution of 50 percent vinegar and 50% water and wipe away the mess. Don’t be discouraged if you have to repeat the process a few times.

For more tips, click here, or contact your veterinarian Indianapolis, IN.

Special Care Requirements for Hairless Cats

All cats require a certain level of grooming. You can expect to brush your cat, that is, unless you have a hairless breed!

Instead of brushing your hairless cat, you’ll have to bathe him regularly. Although most cats don’t have to be bathed, and even hairless cats are fastidious groomers, their lack of hair means there’s no place for all that oil to go. A bath is needed to clear the skin.

Many hairless cats are known for enjoying their baths, but only if you get your cat started early. Make sure the water is nice and warm and that your hairless friend gets plenty of treats and affection during the process.

You also have to be sure to dry off your cat thoroughly, otherwise he can get the chills!

Your veterinary clinic Livonia, MI can provide you with more care tips for your hairless cat.

Special Care Requirements for Hairless Cats

Travel Safety Tips with Your Dog

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Sometimes travel with your dog is necessary, but it can also be fun! You just have to make sure that your dog is safe.

If you plan on taking a long road trip, how you travel in the car with your dog is important. Although he would love to stick his head out the window, leaving your dog loose in the car can be dangerous. Plan to leave your dog in a kennel, or purchase a special dog seat belt.

No matter where your travels take you, you must make sure that your dog’s needs are taken care of. That means making sure your dog eats at the same times each day and he has regular access to water.

Don’t forget to let your dog out to stretch his legs every once in a while! For more travel tips, visit with your veterinary clinic Indianapolis, IN.

How to Exercise your Cockatiel

How to Exercise your Cockatiel
Exercise is an important mental and physical stimulation for cockatiels. Exercise can also help keep your cockatiel out of trouble as he may develop bad habits when bored. Some of the ways you can exercise your cockatiel is by allowing him to stretch his legs and his wings outside of the cage. Caged birds need time outside of the cage to ensure health mental states as well as physical states. You can help your cockatiel stretch his legs by encouraging him to roam or walk around. You can even pretend to chase him in order to get him to move. Also try helping your cockatiel stretch his wings by encouraging wing flapping. Experts recommend that your cockatiel flap his wings for at least five minutes a couple of times a day. To encourage this, hold your cockatiel on your hand or arm and slowly move him up and down. Talk your veterinary clinic Thorold, ON for more tips.

Cushing’s Disease in Morgan Horses

Cushing Disease in Morgan Horses

Does your Morgan horse appear to be fluffier than usual? Is his coat taking longer to shed out during the warmer months? Is his water intake increasing? If you answer yes to either of these questions then your horse may have cushing’s disease or another similar equine illness. Call your vet and set up an appointment for your Morgan. In general cases, cushing’s disease occurs when a tumor develops in the pituitary gland and causes incorrect signals to be sent from the gland to the rest of your horse’s body. This may result in the secretion of excessive hormones including the hormone called cortiso. Signs of cushing’s disease include laminitis or founder, weight loss, ulcers in the mouth, excessive thirst, excessive urination, abnormally long or thick coat as well as abnormal shedding, changes in body shape and slower healing time for things like cuts or scrapes. For more information regarding this you can consult your Animal Hospital Olathe KS.

Can Cats and Pet Rats Get Along?

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Getting a new pet is a decision that definitely shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially if you already have a pet at home. One potentially troublesome combination is cats and rats. Can they get along?

In general, cats and pet rats can get along, but a little training and a lot of supervision is needed. First, allow your cat to check out your rat while he’s still in the cage. You want to make sure that your cat is curious, but doesn’t try to rip the cage open to get at your critter.

When you first bring your rat out of the cage, make sure that you’re holding him firmly while you let your cat check him out. If everything goes well, you can loosen your grip and allow your rat to sit comfortably on your lap.

Always provide your pets with supervision! For more tips, call your vets Indianapolis, IN.

Bulging Eye in Turtles

Bulging Eye in Turtles
If you notice your turtle’s eye appears to be puffy or bulging, call your vet right away. Turtles often suffer from various eye conditions including bacterial eye infections and swollen eyelids. On occasion, one eye will be swollen or puffed while the other eye is perfectly normal. When this happens, there is most likely another type of infection occurring behind the turtle’s eye. The secondary infection can cause a buildup of pressure behind the turtle’s eye, which can cause the eye to bulge or appear to be popping out of socket. Your turtle will need immediate veterinarian assistance to treat the eye, reduce the swelling, and return the eye to its normal position. If the eye is left untreated your turtle may go blind. In addition, the infection could spread causing further complications in your turtle. Always call your vet Thorold, ON if your turtle does not appear to be acting or looking his “normal” self.