Info About Pets

November 10, 2010

How to Cut Rabbit Nails

1. Buy a pair of cat nail clippers or nail clippers made for rabbits and put these in the area where you’ll be clipping your rabbit’s toenails. You may also want to buy some styptic powder (often found near shavers in the grocery store because it’s used on shaving nicks and cuts) to apply to your rabbit’s nail if you accidently cut a nail too short.

2. Get your rabbit in a comfortable and supported position and sit down, so if if suddenly squirms you won’t drop it and the rabbit won’t injure itself trying to get away. It’s best not to hold it on its back because many rabbits don’t like this. Have a bright light on or do this by a bright window so you’ll be able to see the quick in your rabbit’s nails.

3. Hold the rabbit’s foot in one hand and the clippers in another. It may be helpful to have someone else hold the rabbit while you cut the nails, especially if your rabbit is very unwilling or is large. Clear the fur away from your rabbit’s nail so you can see it clearly.

4. Before you cut any of your rabbit’s nails, look for the quick. You will see a pinkish part inside of your rabbit’s toenail if the nail is light colored. Cut off the nail slightly above the quick so that it won’t bleed.

5. If you rabbit has dark nails or is very difficult, you may want to have a groomer or veterinarian show you the best way to do it.

6. Your rabbit’s nails will probably need cut every six to eight weeks, depending on how much they naturally wear them down.

November 2, 2010

Bathing a Guinea Pig

Video showing how to bathe a guinea pig.

June 26, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

When checking for ticks on your pet, be sure to look at the bottoms of their feet, between the paw pads, the back of the head and neck, under their ears, and behind/under their front legs, as I’ve found that ticks seem to like these areas most of all.

May 14, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: Do Shelties (Shetland Sheepdogs) need their fur trimmed?

A: Shelties don’t need their fur trimmed, but if you live in a warm climate or have hot summers where you live, it may be best to have the fur trimmed. If you plan on showing it, you can’t trim the fur.

April 15, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: How often should rabbits get their toe nails cut?

A: Most pet rabbits need their toenails cut every 6-8 weeks unless they walk on rough surfaces.

March 24, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

If your dog has fleas, try making home made flea repellant instead of using the commercial flea sprays and powders. Once, I bought flea powder for my dogs at the pet store. Before applying it to them, I read the back of the container to see how much to put on them. What I read was shocking–it said that if you get this stuff on your skin, you need to wash your hands for 15 minutes! Now, there are several factors to consider here. 1–it said you needed to sprinkle this stuff on your carpet. If it’s on your carpet, how are you going to avoid getting it on you? 2–If you’re like most people, petting your dog or cat is relaxing and enjoyable. If you applied this powder to your pet, you would never be able to pet it. 3–If you shouldn’t get it on your skin because it’s toxic, what about your pet? Not only is it going to sit on your pet’s skin for an extended length of time, but your pet is going to ingest it while grooming! Natural flea killers and repellants won’t harm your pet and are perfectly safe for treating your yard and your home.

One recipe I’ve used for flea killer is take a lemon and quarter it. Boil it in a pint of water and let it sit for a few hours. Put this mixture in a spray bottle and spritz your pet and your carpeting. Of course, avoid getting this in your pet’s eyes.

Another good way to keep fleas off your dog is to feed them a little bit of brewer’s yeast or brewer’s yeast tablets. Some dog vitamins and supplements include brewer’s yeast. Products designed for dogs are the best to give your dog. Follow the directions on the package and you should see a dramatic decrease in your dog’s flea population.

Another great way to help keep up with fleas is to vacuum several times a week minimum and to brush your pet with a Flea Comb daily.

March 8, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

If your cat sheds a lot, consider brushing it more often or changing its diet. Often, poor nutrition or too many chemicals in pet food can cause a pet to shed excessively. This isn’t always the case–some cats are just more prone to shedding, and all cats have a heavy shedding period a few times a year. Brushing may help with your cat’s shedding period. If your cat’s fur is coming out in clumps, ask your cat’s veterinarian about this, as it could be attributed to a disease or parasites.