Info About Pets

November 20, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q:  Where is the best place to buy a guinea pig?

A: The best place to buy a guinea pig is at an animal shelter. Not only will you be getting a great guinea pig for a reasonable price, but you’ll also be saving a life and giving a guinea pig a second chance at life. If you want a purebred guinea pig to show, get one from a reputable and responsible breeder.

Before getting a guinea pig, make sure you are ready for a four to eight year commitment and don’t get a guinea pig younger than eight weeks old.

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October 12, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day, October 12, 2010

Q: How long is an adult bearded dragon?

A: Adult bearded dragons can grow to be an average length of 15-24 inches.

October 11, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day, October 11, 2010

Q: What is the average life span of a ferret?

A: On average, ferrets live from five to seven years, although some of them have known to reach ten years.

October 3, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day, October 3, 2010

Q: If I want to buy a kitten, how old should it be?

A: Never buy a kitten younger than 8 weeks old. The first eight weeks of their lives need to be spent with their mother and siblings, and during this period, they are very fragile. Buying a kitten that’s between 8 and 12 weeks old is the ideal age, because they’re old enough to be on their own, yet young enough that you can teach them and enjoy the cute wonder of kittenhood.

September 27, 2010

How to Litter Train Your Rabbit

Litter training your rabbit is really very easy. First, buy your rabbit a rabbit sized litter box. Rabbits, even in the wild, have a specific they go to the bathroom in, so look in your rabbit’s cage to see which corner of it yourbunny goes to the bathroom in. Place the litter box in this corner. Put a littlebit of hay in the litter box, because rabbits like to eat hay while they relieve themselves. Don’t worry – your rabbit is not going to eat any hay that they’ve soiled on.

After your rabbit is reliably going to the bathroom in his cage litter box, put your rabbit in a bathroom, hallway, or other small area (be sure that you shut the toilet lid if you’re putting it in the bathroom, because it could jump into the toilet and drown). When your rabbit goes to the bathroom, make note of which corner he goes to the bathroom in and place the litter box there. It can be helpful if you soak up your rabbit’s urine on a piece of napkin and place this in the rabbit’s litter box or place several of his feces in the litter box to give him the idea of what he’s supposed to do in it. When you rabbit is using his litter box fairly consistently (most rabbits will never be completely litter trained, such as a cat might be, so expect a few accidents), move it to a larger area and so forth.

Tips

If you rabbit does go to the bathroom on the floor, never punish it because it won’t understand why you’re angry at it and may even start to fear you. If you see your rabbit use its litter box, you can give it a treat or praise it to reinforce the behavior, because praise (and food) is the way to any animal’s heart.

September 16, 2010

Puppy Teething Tips

Q: What is the best way to deal with puppy teething problems?

A: There are five very important things you should definitely do to make sure that your puppy’s teething period goes as smoothly as possible for both you and your puppy. Try out the tips mentioned below to save your __________ (fill in the blank with a prized possession that you don’t feel is safe from your puppy’s grasps.  Your favorite shoes, your antique wooden table, and expensive books are top contenders.)

(1) Out of Sight, Out of Mind
If there’s something you don’t want your puppy chewing on, put it away somewhere in a closet if possible. If it’s furniture that your puppy loves chewing on, try to keep your puppy away from this via using a crate when you go places and at night, keeping an eye on your puppy, and using baby gates and shut doors to keep your puppy out of these areas and away from the problem spots.

(2) Bitter Apple

Bitter Apple Spray works good for keeping dogs from chewing on things. Bitter apple spray is non-toxic and when the dog licks or chews something with the spray on it, the sour taste deters the dog from continuing. Simply spray the bitter apple spray on things your dog chews on that you’d rather it didn’t. Apply it as often as necessary.
Buy Grannick Bitter Apple Spray for Dogs – 16oz

(3) Give Alternatives

If your dog is teething and doesn’t have anything that belongs to it to chew on, he or she will go for the next best thing: something that belongs to you. Make sure that during your dog’s teething period that it has plenty of chew toys,
rawhides,
(supervise them while playing with any toy, especially rawhides), and teething toys.

(4) Exercise

If your dog is bored, he may chew up things as a way to get some excitement. Exercising your dog the appropriate amount for the breed he/she is will be the best thing if your dog’s chewing is related to boredom.

This Too Shall Pass

Like most things, your dog’s chewing phase will pass. I know it might seem like your dog is going to continue destroying your favorite things, but sooner or later, he’ll grow out of the habit.

September 13, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day, September 12, 2010

Q: How many sizes of lop eared rabbits are there?

A: American Fuzzy Lops and Holland Lops are the smallest, weighing between three and four and a half pounds when full grown. Mini Lop rabbits weigh between five and seven pounds, while English Lops usually weigh over nine pounds.

September 2, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day, September 2, 2010

Q: What do White’s Tree Frogs eat?

A: White’s Tree Frogs eat crickets, mealworms, moths, and earthworms. Adult frogs may sometimes eat the occasional pinky mouse.

April 19, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: What is the best type of cage for a pet rabbit?

A: Despite the traditional image of a rabbit in a wooden hutch, the best type of rabbit cage is a chew proof metal cage with a plastic tray in the bottom. I’ve found the cages with a drop pan to be particularly useful, as you don’t need to buy expensive bedding for your bunny.

Personally, I love the Super Pet Chew-Proof Rabbit Cage, Dark Green. It’s the perfect size for a bunny and is very easy to clean.

March 30, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

If you’re setting up an aquarium, make sure that all your fish are compatible both in temperament and environment. It’s common sense that you can’t keep saltwater fish and freshwater fish together, but some other kinds of fish, such as cold water (fish like goldfish who cannot have a heater in the tank) and  tropical fish (many types of fish at the pet store). If you are using a heater with tropical fish, never put a goldfish in the tank or it will probably die from the heat. Goldfish should never be kept with very small fish, as goldfish have large, gaping mouths and will eat the little fish. Bettas and Angel fish or other bettas should not be kept together, because the bettas will attack the other fish. Research your fish choices before buying them to make sure they are compatible in temperature, personality, size, and water Ph.

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