Info About Pets

February 27, 2010

Indy the English Spot Rabbit

Indy at Three Months

This is my bunny, Indy. I had been wanting a rabbit for as long as I could remember and finally it was the right time. So I went to the bunny breeder’s house and saw so many cute baby bunnies! Which one would be right for me? I wanted them all but knew I had to pick just one. So I put my hand in the cage with the bunnies and one raced right over to me! I scooped it up and held it. It was sweet and healthy, so I said, “I want this one!” and he was mine. When we got home I put him in his cage and he started exploring. Later on that day, I decided what I wanted to name him. I wanted a name that would be adventurous, sweet, and mostly just the right name for him. So then I realized what his name was: Indiana Jones. Sadly, Indy is no longer with us. He crossed over the Rainbow Bridge (the place where deceased pets go) on September 14, 2009.

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February 26, 2010

Sugar the Basset Hound

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Sugar Lying in the Sun

This is Sugar and she is our 6 year old basset hound! A few years after the death of our previous basset hound, named Potato, we were ready for a new one. So, we contacted some breeders and they emailed us some pictures of their basset hound puppies. We fell in love with Sugar, and her half brother Spud. Sugar is very affectionate and people-oriented.

Full Name: Sugar
Current Age (as of February 2009): 6 years old
Adoption Date: January 2004
Birth Date: December 14, 2003

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February 25, 2010

Spud the Basset Hound

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Spud the Basset Hound

This is one of my two dogs, Spud. We got him from a breeder in January 2004. What happened was he was the last puppy in his litter left, and he looked like our deceased basset hound Potato. So, we named this one a similar name and raised him along with his half sister, Sugar!
Full Name: Spud
Current Age (as of Feb 25, 2009): 6 years old
Adoption Date: January 2004
Birth Date: December 1, 2003

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February 24, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

If you have a rabbit or a rodent as a pet, it’s important that you never use cedar or pine bedding. These chemicals in these types of bedding are harmful and can cause many health problems, including liver problems and respiratory problems.  There are many alternatives out there today like CareFresh bedding, which is made of recycled paper.

Which Pet is Right for You?

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Here are a few questions to ask yourself before choosing a pet. If you get a pet that fits what you are wanting in the pet, there is a much larger chance that your experience in pet ownership will be a happy and fulfilling one.

(1) Do I want an active pet? Some pets, such as horses and most dogs, require a lot of exercise. Do you have enough time to exercise the pet every day? If pets don’t get enough exercise, they can become obese and destructive.
(2) Am I or anyone else that will be living with the pet allergic? You and any others who will be living with the pet should go meet the type of animal you might get as a pet, unless the pet doesn’t have fur or feathers.

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February 23, 2010

Dog Care Sheet

golden-fuzzieWeight–Anywhere from 2 to 200+ lbs. depending on the breed. Chihuahuas are the smallest breed, while mastiffs are the biggest.

Height–From 6 to 36 inches at the shoulders.

Life Span–The average life span of a dog is 8-12 years, although some breeds may live as few as 5 years (example–great danes) to as long as 20 (chihuahuas). These are simply the averages; the actual life span of a dog depends on genetics, health, and breed.

Personality–

Pros–Dogs tend to be playful, clean, affectionate, silly, loyal, sweet, smart, trainable, fun, adventurous, and versatile companions. Only one phrase can fully describe how great of a pet a dog can be: dogs are man’s (or women’s) best friend.

Cons–Dogs can be smelly, need a lot of care, can destroy things if you leave them alone or if they’re puppies, they can be expensive, loud, and need a lot of time and training.

Care Level–8/10–Dogs need a lot of daily care. Every day, you have to feed them, let them out to go to the bathroom, clean their dishes, give them water, play with them, train them, and walk them. When they’re puppies, they need even more care. But the benefits and joy that come out of dog ownership far outweigh the slight inconveniences. A dog will be a loyal and true friend to you, so they’re worth the extra care.

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February 22, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

If your dog or puppy urinates on the floor, be sure to put a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar on the floor and soak that up. Vinegar removes the urine smell and helps deter your dog from peeing in the same spot. If there is residual smell, dogs can think they should go there again. In addition to the scent-removing properties of vinegar, it also removes the urine stain.

How To Remove a Tick from a Pet

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I know it’s winter, but for some of us in warmer climates, it’s always tick season. I hadn’t seen many ticks in my life, and had never removed one from anybody or any animal prior to a few months ago. But when my dog, Spud had a tick on him, I had to find a good way to remove it. I used the method below and got the tick out in tact and without even making Spud flinch. Now, it could be harder or easier for you to do it. This seems to be the way that most places online say to remove them. Good luck!

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February 21, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Timothy Hay is essential for rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas to stay healthy. Timothy Hay provides your pet with enough fiber to remove waste and fur ingested while grooming, somewhat helps keep their teeth trimmed, and is very similar to what animals would eat in the wild. If you have a rabbit, guinea pig, or chinchilla, make sure they get unlimited timothy hay every day.

Feeding Your Betta

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Before I learned about healthy fish feeding, I had several bettas. They never lived a year, which is short of the average 2-3 year lifespan of a betta. So, I realized something was wrong with the foods they were eating. When I looked at the ingredients of what I was feeding them, I realized why they were not healthy. The regular betta food that I was feeding them had chemicals that I found out were unhealthy and toxic. At the time when I learned this, it was after I had two bettas. I wanted to get another betta, and decided that from day one I would feed it healthy foods, like freeze died brine shrimp and bloodworms, supplemented with veggies.

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