Archives for 2014

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Dogs and Holiday Guests

by Kathy Gibson December 31st, 2014| Ask the Dog Teacher
We have extra visitors during the holidays. Our dog likes meeting new people. However, with many people coming in a short period of time, do you think it’s better to let the dog greet them at the door or let the people inside and then bring the dog to

How to Raise a Skunk

by Ronald A. Rowe December 30th, 2014| Pet Pointers
When you hear the word “skunk” you probably think of that awful smell that they use as a natural defense mechanism. That foul odor comes from a scent gland that can be surgically removed. De-scented skunks are available as pets. Skunks are affectionate, curious, intelligent creatures that can –
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4 Tell Tale Signs Your Cat is Bored

by Lori Sciame December 29th, 2014| Behavior, Cats
Just like dogs, cats need regular stimulation.  This can come in the form of rambunctious play or in loving interaction with their human family.  Basically, a happy cat is an active cat.

With pet parents working long hours, and with winter keeping indoor/outdoor cats inside 24/7, cats have a greater
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Fish Tanks and the Nitrogen Cycle

by Ronald A. Rowe December 26th, 2014| Pet Pointers
Fish exist in nature in a vast interdependent ecosystem.  When those fish are transported to a closed system – like an aquarium – they are separated from their natural environment.  Most types of fish cannot survive long in a glass tank without the benefit of some of their mutually
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3 Smart Ways to Break Up a Dogfight

by Marnie Bii December 25th, 2014| Behavior, Dogs
If you've ever witnessed a dogfight, you know it is a scary display of growling, barking and gnashing teeth. Sticking your hand into the fray to drag your dog away by the collar is just asking to get bit. A dog bite can result in broken bones, severed tendons
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Feeding Times for Kittens

by Lori Teller DVM DABVP CVJ December 24th, 2014| Ask the Vet
We are getting a kitten, which is a first for us.  Should I leave a bowl of food out at all times, or should I have set feeding times? (I’ve been a dog owner previously and wanted to make sure I’m caring for my cat correctly.)

The recommendations on the
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3 Health Conditions Common to Potbelly Pigs

by Marnie Bii December 23rd, 2014| Unique Pets
In most cases, potbelly pigs are hardy animals that do not develop many health conditions when in good shape. Over the years, your pigs may only visit the vet to receive an exam and tusk or nail trim. Unfortunately, pigs can suddenly change their eating or drinking habits, which
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How To Safely Travel By Plane With Your Birds

by Marnie Bii December 19th, 2014| Birds, Care
Pet birds are fragile creatures that do not fare well in harsh environments with poor temperature, noise and impact controls. As a result, you should never send your bird on a plane in the cargo hold area reserved for pets. Instead, you'll need to seek out airlines that allow
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Large Puppy Thinks He’s a Lapdog

by Kathy Gibson December 17th, 2014| Ask the Dog Teacher
We have a Great Dane puppy. He is 3 months old and weighs 60 pounds. He’s a great puppy, but he thinks that he is a lapdog. How do I show him that I like his affection but stop the lapdog mode, is he is going to get much
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Smart As A Whip: 4 Awesome Potbellied Pig Tricks

by Marnie Bii December 16th, 2014| Unique Pets
Potbellied pigs' high intelligence levels make them a joy to train. They pick up tricks and variations quickly to create a full repertoire for impromptu performances on the go. With the crowd that these pigs draw, you'll never be short on audience members. Starting with the simplest of tricks
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Illness or Attitude?

by Ronald A. Rowe December 15th, 2014| Pet Pointers
It can be difficult to tell the difference between a behavioral problem and a physical issue when cats are concerned.  A cat who suddenly shifts behavior may be a moody little beast, or she may be suffering from some underlying malady.  There is no sure-fire method to determine which
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How to Introduce a New Bird to Your Existing One

by R. Carnavale December 12th, 2014| Birds, Care
You already have a bird and are so happy with your beloved pet that you'd like to get a companion for your feathered friend or you'd like to start breeding. While birds tend to be quite sociable by nature, not all birds appreciate the sudden introduction of a second
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