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How To Train Your Pet Bird

by Anna P. December 29th, 2011| Birds
Did you know that you can train your pet bird to better behavior? Like dogs (and some cats), it's always best to start the whole process early in their lives, but with a little patience and persistence, it's possible to help encourage good behavior. Here are some tips and

UV for Turtles

by Dena B. Baker DVM December 28th, 2011| Animal Health, Ask the Vet, Reptiles
Does a turtle need a UV light in its tank?

Ultraviolet (UV) light is critical for turtles to be able to produce Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is essential for proper absorption and metabolism of calcium, which is needed for growth and overall health.  Deficiencies in Vitamin D3 and calcium can

Cats Knocking at the Door

by Lori Sciame December 27th, 2011| Cats, Pet Adoption
Yesterday I heard a story about pet rescue from an unlikely source, the Fed Ex delivery driver. She had stopped at my house late in the afternoon to deliver boxes for Christmas, and during the commotion my cat, Joe, ran out the door to greet her. Come to find

Betta Fish Illnesses

by Mackenzie M. December 22nd, 2011| Animal Health, Fish
Betta fish have a relatively long life span for a pet fish, ranging from two to three years. However, health problems with betta fish can, and do occur. Surprisingly, just like any other pet, there are many diseases that betta fish are prone to; some that are treatable, and

Are Raw Eggs Dangerous for Pets?

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ December 21st, 2011| Ask the Vet
I've read that eating raw eggs can make animals' fur shiny -- but can they get salmonella from them?

Animals can definitely get Salmonella from raw eggs. There risk is less than that of humans, but it is still a problem. They can develop severe diarrhea and GI upset when

Some Dogs Love Cats!

by Lori Sciame December 20th, 2011| Cats, Dogs
A heartwarming story concerning dogs hit the news wire early this month. Apparently, a yellow lab in Iowa rescued kittens trapped in a discarded cat food bag. The version of the events I read online stated that someone had placed an entire litter of kittens in the bag; then

The Pet Ferret

by T Akery December 15th, 2011| Animal Health
Ferrets are more curious than cats, have none of the loyalty of dogs, and have a very high energy level when they are awake. They are a member of the weasel family. But they really aren't the pet for everyone.

The main reason is that curiosity often gets them into

Calicivirus

by Dena B. Baker DVM December 14th, 2011| Animal Health, Ask the Vet, Cats
There's been an outbreak of feline calicivirus in our community - would it be a good idea to wash our cats' things with a bleach solution?

Feline calicivirus (FCV) is a virus that is one of the possible causes of upper respiratory infections and oral disease in cats. This disease

Sweaters on Dogs

by Bea December 13th, 2011| Dogs
Sweaters for dogs are not always a fashion statement. While it is true that many people put on sweaters of all different sorts of patterns just to dress their dogs up, some dogs should really have a sweater for the weekend.

When can you tell if your dog needs a

Keeping a Large Lizard

by Jacob Parzych December 8th, 2011| Animal Health, Reptiles
Although I write about keeping geckos on a regular basis, I have never written an article solely about larger lizards, so here I am, writing one.  I have limited experience with larger lizards, but I have handled them before, and I have done some research.  My handling experience is

Do Pets Need Coats?

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ December 7th, 2011| Ask the Vet
Do dogs and cats ever really need sweaters or coats in cold weather? What about boots?

Dogs and cats don't need sweaters and boots nearly as often as their owners think they do, except just to look even cuter, but there are times when they may be warranted.

Animals who are

Can Cats Control Their Curiosity?

by Lori Sciame December 6th, 2011| Cats
One of the things I admire most about cats – curiosity. Sure, sometimes their penchant for exploring may cause them to end up in precarious, even life-threatening situations, yet unlike some pets that focus solely on the owner (dogs), felines live life to the fullest.

Most recently, Joe, my cat
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