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Pet Pointer: Cuttlefish

by Ronald A. Rowe January 23rd, 2015
Pet-Pointers
The cuttlefish is not a fish at all but a cephalopod, a member of the same family as squid and octopus.  Cuttlefish are growing in popularity as pets because of their impressive intellect.  Unlike their fishy cousins who will do little more than swim about aimlessly, cuttlefish are curious, bright, and can be really fun to watch as they stalk their prey.  Cuttlefish are quite playful and can actually be taught tricks.  Their eight arms, two tentacles, and distinctive cuttlebone make the cuttlefish a striking and unusual pet.

Unfortunately, the lifespan of a cuttlefish in captivity is limited.  Even with
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Stopping Overprotective Behavior in Your Chiweenie

by Marnie Bii January 22nd, 2015
Dogs
Aggression in small dogs, including the loveable Chiweenie, often stems from feelings of fear or inadequacy. All of the posturing, growling and snapping is an effort to compensate for a perceived lack of control and weakness. Since your Chiweenie may look cute, not menacing, while displaying outward aggression, you may not feel like it is necessary to correct overprotective behavior. As a result, the
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Leaving Your Dog in a Crate

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ January 21st, 2015
Ask-the-Vet
We leave our dog in his crate when we are away. He is happy in there; he goes to it when we grab keys.  Is it ok for him to be in there without water for 5 or 6 hours?

It's great that you've made your dog so comfortable in his crate! You didn't mention how old he was, but most healthy dogs can do fine without access to water
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3 Common Health Complaints Of Miniature Horses

by Marnie Bii January 20th, 2015
Unique Pets
Due to their diminished weight, miniature horses, or minis, do not have to deal with bone, muscle and joint disorders that commonly lead to lameness in large horse breeds. Minis do require routine vet care to keep other health conditions at bay, however. Conditions affecting the relatively narrow sinus cavities and digestive tract plague these little creatures. Furthermore, vitamin and mineral balances are harder for owners to maintain, especially
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All health and medical information is provided for educational purposes and is not meant to replace the medical advice or treatment of your animal's veterinarian.