Tag Archives: PETS


Bringing a New Kitten Home

Bringing a New Kitten Home

A curious, cuddly new kitten will bring love and laughter into your home. But, to keep everyone healthy and happy, you have to introduce your furry new friend into your home the right way — here’s how. Bringing home a new kitten is exciting — you’ve suddenly got a cute, cuddly, incredibly curious new friend! Kittens can leave their mother ... Readmore »

Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Spaying or Neutering Your Pet

Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures to remove reproductive organs. These procedures are typically recommended for puppies and kittens before they reach sexual maturity (at about 5 months old). Spaying or neutering your pet prevents him or her from having unwanted offspring. It also has very important health and behavior benefits for your pet. General anesthesia is required. Spaying is ... Readmore »

3 Rules for Solving Pet Behavior Problems

3 Rules for Solving Pet Behavior Problems

What would you give to make your pet’s behavior problems disappear? Believe it or not, most issues can be resolved in three simple steps. Follow along, and your pet will be humming “Ain’t Misbehavin'” in no time! Rule Out Medical Problems Be careful not to confuse a behavior problem with a health issue. For instance, cats with feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) often urinate outside ... Readmore »

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 »