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Unusual Pets for Apartments- Beyond Fish & Bi…

by James Maynard August 29th, 2014
Pet-Pointers
Apartment living with pets can be challenging, as many renters are not permitted to keep a cat or dog in their living space. However, that doesn't mean that an apartment-dweller needs to live a life without animals. In addition to the obvious candidates of birds and fish, there are some unusual choices for species that can live in small confines.

Rats are popular among many people, especially those in apartments. Despite their undeserved reputation as being dirty, they are highly-intelligent, clean animals. Ferrets, hedgehogs and (de-scented) skunks are other rodents that can make great furry friends when dogs and cats
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The Savannah Cat That Would Be Dog

by James Maynard August 28th, 2014
Cats
Savannah cats are not your ordinary housecat. They are bred from an African species of wild cat called servals, crossed with domestic breeds. At nearly the size of a small dog, this cat is not for everyone nor can they happily live in most domestic environments. They are one of the newest variety of cat developed by breeders.

These felines are marked by having large ears, and sleek bodies. The
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Is It Important to Monitor Your Dog’s Vitals?

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ August 27th, 2014
Ask-the-Vet
I read about a collar that monitors a dog's vital signs and lets you know if anything's not normal. Couldn't I just check them myself if something seems wrong? Or is it better to know before anything goes wrong?

There are a couple of new "smart" collars on the horizon to monitor a dog's vital signs, including temperature, pulse, and respiration. They may also monitor changes in activity level, disruptions
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Cleaning a Cage for Bird Health

by James Maynard August 26th, 2014
Birds
Cleaning a bird cage is one of the most important things a companion to a feathered animal can do to keep her avian friend healthy.

Birds are clean animals, quickly and effectively removing dirt, debris and waste from their feathers. Some avians spend up to one-third of their waking hours preening themselves and other birds in their group. Water birds also protect their feathers from the moisture through this cleaning.
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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.