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Can Dogs and Birds Live Together Safely?

Can Dogs and Birds Live Together Safely?

Q. My dog thinks our pet bird is prey. How do I get him to stop? A. Just because our dogs eat their meals out of a food bowl doesn’t mean predatory behavior is nonexistent. Predatory behavior remains instinctive to dogs, even though it’s been thousands of years since they evolved from the wolf. While predatory behavior toward small animals ... Readmore »

Video: Train Your Dog to Get Into and Out of the Car Safely

Train Your Dog to Get Into and Out of the Car Safely

Do you struggle to get your dog to jump into or out of the car safely? Trainer Mikkel Becker has some simple tips to make teaching your dog to jump in and out of the car super easy. Pay special attention if you have a dog with a health condition that may make jumping painful or a canine who’s afraid of the landing when ... Readmore »

How Do I Stop My Cat From Spraying in the House?

How Do I Stop My Cat From Spraying in the House?

Q. My cat has been urine marking the side of my couch, near the window. What can I do to stop this behavior? A. First, it’s important to determine if your cat is truly spraying, or whether he is urinating. With urine spraying, cats tend to stand upright and eliminate a small amount on vertical surfaces. Cats that are urinating usually ... Readmore »

What kind of housing do guinea pigs need?

What kind of housing do guinea pigs need?

It is important to provide these sociable and complex little animals with an environment that is interesting, varied, and safe. Although they are small, guinea pigs require plenty of space to exercise, the more the better. Provide an enclosure as large as possible; the minimum dimensions for the enclosure of a pair of guinea pigs are 2500 cm2 of useable floor ... Readmore »

Why is rabbit bonding important and how is it done?

Why is rabbit bonding important and how is it done?

Rabbits need the company of their own kind but you cannot just mix two unfamiliar rabbits without following the proper process, as this could result in adverse outcomes. Rabbits are sociable, but they are also territorial. Therefore, rabbit introductions must be done carefully. The process of encouraging rabbits to live compatibly with one another is called bonding, mixing or pairing. ... Readmore »

How to Choose a Veterinarian

How to Choose a Veterinarian

A great veterinarian ensures better health for your pet and peace of mind for you. Use these tips to find one who’s knowledgeable, friendly, and committed to giving your furry, feathered, or scaly friends good care. Don’t Wait The worst time to look for a vet is when you really need one. Even before you get a pet, a veterinarian ... Readmore »

Tips to Get Out With Your Older Dog

Tips to Get Out With Your Older Dog

Your pup isn’t a puppy anymore. He’s up for a game of fetch, but he might move a bit slower and tire out sooner. Your job now is to learn how to keep your senior citizen active but respect his aging body. Keep On Keepin’ On Unless your dog has an injury, don’t stop the exercise, says Ellen Burbrink, DVM, ... Readmore »

How to Figure Out Your Dog’s Age?

How to Figure Out Your Dog’s Age

If you own a dog, you’ve heard this rule: 1 year for Fido equals 7 years for you. Turns out, the math isn’t that simple. Dogs mature more quickly than we do early on. So the first year of your fuzzy friend’s life is equal to about 15 human years. Size and breed also play a role. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger ones, but ... Readmore »

Is It Ever OK to Tease a Dog

Is It Ever OK to Tease a Dog?

Q. When my son plays fetch with our dog, he pretends to throw the ball and then hides it behind his back. I think he’s teasing her, but he says they’re having fun. Is this bad? Should I make him stop, or is it OK to tease her sometimes? A. You’re right; your son is teasing the dog — and he needs to ... Readmore »

Here, Kitty Kitty! How to Teach Your Cat to Come When Called

Here, Kitty Kitty! How to Teach Your Cat to Come When Called

The idea of having your cat come when you call her may seem ridiculous — after all, cats are independent beings who do whatever they please. But while your repeated coos of “Here, kitty kitty!” may produce only an unreliable response from your feline, it’s likely that other cues, such as the sound of a can of cat food popping open, consistently cause her ... Readmore »