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Fostering Pets Can Help You Keep Your Resolutions

by Jane Wangersky December 30th, 2010| Fostering
If you're thinking of offering to foster homeless pets, the New Year is a good time to do it -- fostering can actually help you keep your New Year's resolutions.

If your resolution is to:

  • Lose weight and/or get more fit, having a pet around will definitely help you get

Choosing The Right Type Of Bird

by Anna P. December 29th, 2010| Birds
When it comes to selecting a pet bird, personality is everything. You obviously want to choose a pet that you can easily take care of and one that meshes well with your lifestyle. With so many bird breeds to choose from, it's often hard to decide which bird is

Five Reasons Dogs Love Christmas

by Jane Wangersky December 23rd, 2010| Dogs

  • Their people are happy. "Dogs key off of our emotions," says IdeaOffer reader clang -- confirming something people have always known about dogs -- "and therefore like Christmas because they feel the happiness and calm."

  • Unwrapping presents -- their own or someone else's. "My dear dog LOVES wrapped presents," says

How can I train my cat to stay off the kitchen counters?

by Dena B. Baker DVM December 22nd, 2010| Ask the Vet
It has been my experience that cats are usually very good at training their owners.  If you want to train a cat, you must understand their motivation for a behavior, be persistent, and be patient.  Cats may climb onto counters because they want to get to food that is

How To Maintain A Koi Fish Pond

by Anna P. December 21st, 2010| Fish
Aquariums are standard in fish care, but many people opt to keep their fish in a pond instead. There are many benefits to keeping your fish in a pond rather than an aquarium with the most important being a natural environment. A pond is actually a preferred choice for

Filling the Empty Nest

by Bea December 16th, 2010| Dogs
One of the main reasons why my family brought Gracie into the family was because my mom, sisters, and I really wanted to have a dog in the family again. However, Nikki, our blue Doberman pincher, had passed away in 2005, so why had we not contacted the Doberman Rescue Unlimited

Christmas Gifts for Cat Lovers — And What Not to Give

by Jane Wangersky December 14th, 2010| Cats
If you're thinking of giving a cat-centered Christmas present to a cat-centered friend, what are your best bets? And what's not such a good idea? I'll tackle these questions on behalf of all the other cat people.

Toys are probably the best gift. They're not expensive, so you can give

Do you think clicker programs work?

by Amber Andersen DVM December 14th, 2010| Ask the Vet
I am considering an obedience program for our Golden Retriever puppy.

Yes, clicker programs are based on positive reinforcement and are a great way to train a dog.  Puppies should have socialization classes first to learn the basics, have fun and get comfortable with other dogs.

Please be careful when selecting

What length should I clip my dog’s nails?

by Dena B. Baker DVM December 10th, 2010| Ask the Vet
Is there an easy way to do this for my miniature dachshund?

Just like your own toenails, dogs’ nails grow continuously.  Different dogs’ nails grow at different rates depending on the dog, what type of lifestyle they have (a couch potato vs. a very active dog) and what types of surfaces

Gonzo’s Life Continues

by Jacob Parzych December 9th, 2010| Reptiles
As a foreword to beginners to my series of posts, I have a pet Rhacodactylus Ciliatus, or New Caledonian Crested Gecko named Gonzo.  He is a member of a species of gecko native to southern New Caledonia. This species was thought extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994.  They

Siamese Crosses

by Jane Wangersky December 8th, 2010| Cats
"Oh, he's one of those expensive cats," said a visitor seeing the kitten we brought home a few years ago.

We knew what he meant -- the kitten looked thoroughly Siamese, at least to the average observer. But in fact, though he looked a lot like his Siamese father, he

Holiday Gift Ideas For Your Pet Bird

by Anna P. December 2nd, 2010| Birds
If you're looking for a gift or two for your pet bird, you may become frustrated when shopping pet stores or animal gift shops as most sell more items for cats and dogs. That is not to say that you can forgo buying a gift for your favorite bird.
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