Tag Archives: Pet Care

Does my Horse need a Vet?

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If you’re new to horse ownership then you may not know that your horse will require routine veterinary care. Contact your local equine vet to set up a first time visit and establish a medical record for your horse. Your horse will most likely have come with some sort of veterinary certification stating vaccinations and a history of ailments or illnesses. You should have your equine vet do a thorough checkup on your horse before purchasing or adopting. If that did not occur, have your vet check your horse after. Depending on where you live your horse will need a core set of spring and fall shots, which your vet can give. Teeth filings are also required for horses every six to twelve months. Horses tend to require more vet care than cats and dogs due to their size and tendency to develop illnesses such as colic, ulcers, etc. Talk with your vet Mattoon, IL to learn more.

Feeding your leopard gecko

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You will soon be the proud owner of a leopard gecko, and you’ve been making a point to research the care requirements for your new companion. However, there is still one area you are unsure of – food. What should you be feeding him?

The food you offer your pet impacts his overall health, so it’s important that you take this portion of his care very seriously. Leopard geckos love insects, so it’s important to offer them to him. Your pet will enjoy some mealworms and crickets on a regular basis. There are other options you can offer from time to time, but these will likely make up the bulk of his diet. You can also feed the insects nutritious food to pass onto your pet, or dust them with additional nutrients. For more information, please contact your local Moorpark, CA vet.

Preparing to Show Your Southern African Hedgehog: Owner’s Appearance

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If you’re planning to show your Southern African Hedgehog in a show then you may want to prepare yourself for the occasion as well. Showing your Southern African hedgehog requires a lot of preparation for your hedgehog and yourself. Besides making sure your hedgehog is presentable, you should also make sure you are well groomed and dressed appropriately. Most competitors will agree that you don’t want to be too dressy or too casual, but somewhere in between. Remember, your hedgehog (not you) is on display. In addition, make sure you are well prepared in the area of handling your hedgehog. You will be required to handle your hedgehog during the judging process. If your hedgehog doesn’t do well being handled then you might want to reconsider showing him. You may also want to ask your vet Oshawa, ON for guidance on handling and training your hedgehog.

Litter Training Of Pet Rabbits

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Did you know that rabbits can be litter-trained? Flexibility and persistence are very important when training your pet rabbit to use the litter box. Keep in mind that rabbits like to do their business in several spots, so make sure to use this knowledge to your advantage during litter training.

Choosing a good type of litter that is indicated for rabbits is also equally important. An ideal litter should possess good absorbent quality because the stench of a rabbit’s urine can be quite overpowering. The litter material should also be safe for your pet because rabbits tend to lie down on their litter and may try nibbling some of it.

You should steer clear of clumping litter, pine wood, cedar shavings, or clay because they are known to be potentially toxic to rabbits.

Some pet owners use rabbit pellets as litter because they are cheaper than most types of litter material; they are also safe for rabbits. But the downside is that the rabbit may eat the pellets, which means consuming more calories than what they really need, thus increasing their risk for piling on the pounds.

Your Louisville, CO veterinarian is an important source of information when it comes to your pet’s dietary needs.

Can you train your hamster?

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Your hamster is a big part of your life, and you enjoy being able to spend as much time with her as you possibly can. However, there are still a lot of differences between you. How can you become closer with your pet?

Your pet will naturally become closer with you over time, as you will get to know one another better. If you’d like to speed up the process a bit, training can really help. This gives you a common goal to work toward, and a better understanding of what each of you is thinking. State commands as she naturally performs the actions that go along with them, and once this is done enough an association between them will be born in your pet’s mind. You can then state the command and she will know what action you are looking for. For more information, please contact your local Omaha NE vet.

Do Lorikeets Carry Bird Mites

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Are you looking to purchase or adopt a pet bird like the Lorikeet? If so, talk with your vet first to find out what you should look for when shopping around for a bird. One particular thing you want to watch out for is bird mites. Although most captive or pet birds do not carry mites, if you are buying from a pet store or an unknown breeder then you can’t be sure if their birds are without mites. Pet birds may not start out with mites but if they come in contact with a wild bird that has them then they could easily pick them up. The most common mites found on pet birds are scaly-faced mites, air sac mites, feather mites and red mites. Always watch your bird for itchiness, scale lesions, anemia, feather damage or even trouble breathing. Contact your vet McHenry, IL if your bird has any of these symptoms.

Finding pet supplies for an exotic pet

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Your family has an exotic pet in it, and you couldn’t be happier with her being a part of your life. You love spending time with her, and caring for her is one of the best parts of your day. However, you’ve noticed it can be a bit difficult to find pet supplies in your area. What can you do about this?

Exotic pets are considered exotic because they aren’t very common. This means that most pet stores don’t cater to them as they would other pets. Letting your local pet stores know what type of pet you have may encourage them to stock items specifically for her. It may even open doors for you to special order items your pet needs. There are also places you can order pet supplies from online if need be. For more information, please contact your local North Las Vegas, NV vet.

Clothing for Teddy Guinea Pigs

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Some pet owners love to dress up their pets including their cats, dogs, rabbits and even guinea pigs. Yes it may sound a little odd, but there is a market for cute little clothes to be worn (temporarily) by small little cavies like the Teddy guinea pig. Different online stores offer a variety of little sweaters, jackets, and other types of clothing suitable for guinea pigs. Clothes are available as simple accessories and everyday wear to keep the cavy warm on a cool day. There are even little hats and scarves available. And don’t forget the numerous costumes to choose from! If you’re thinking your Teddy guinea pig may look cute in an outfit then you may just want to try one out and see how it likes it. As for size, you might need to ask your vet Cameron Park, CA to help you figure that one out.

Feeding a sugar glider

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Your family is readying your home for a sugar glider, and it’s important that you take the time to fully understand her care needs prior to bringing her home. What should you be feeding her?

Sugar gliders get a variety of foods in the wild, offering them various nutrients to help keep their bodies healthy. This will need to be mimicked in your home, which means that you will need to offer her a few different options on a regular basis to help keep her at her fittest. A commercial mix made for sugar glider consumption can offer your pet the base of her diet, and protein-rich items like insects should also be offered. Fresh produce should also be offered in appropriate portions. Her diet should be high in protein and calcium to help keep her feeling her best. For additional information, please contact your local Louisville, CO veterinarian.

Bird proofing your home

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Your family is getting ready to bring home their very first bird, and you are in charge of getting your home ready to have a feathery friend moving around within it. How can you make sure your bird is safe in your living space?

While your pet will spend a lot of her time within her enclosure, she will need to get out and about each and every day. This means that any hazardous items will need to be out of her reach. Place cleaning products, food items, things she could become entangled within, and items that could pose a choking hazard away in cabinets where she can’t get to them. Make sure all windows and doors are closed when you let her out, and that there are no small spaces she could squeeze her way into. If so, block them off thoroughly.  For additional information, please contact your local Moorpark, CA veterinarian.