Info About Pets

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 27, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: What is the average body temperature of a cat?

A: The average body temperature of a cat is between 100 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

April 29, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: Can dogs be allergic to cats?

A: Yes. Recent studies have shown that dogs may not just dislike cats, but be allergic to them as well!

April 21, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: Should I get my pet rabbit spayed or neutered? What’s the best age to do it?

A: Yes. Rabbits of either sex should be spayed or neutered. Without the surgery, rabbits may get cancer in their reproduction organs. On the less serious side of things, unspayed and unneutered rabbits may acquire annoying habits such as biting and spraying urine. The best age to get a female rabbit spayed is around 6 months old. They could be spayed earlier, but rabbits are delicate, so six months is the safest age to get them spayed or neutered at. For male rabbits, the best age to get them neutered at is 5 months old (1). If your rabbit is older than this, it can still be spayed or neutered easily. The only problem is that if your alter them later that 5 or 6 months, they may have already reproduced (therefore contributing to the overpopulation of rabbits) or developed irritating habits.

Sources:

(1) http://www.rabbit.org/faq/sections/spay-neuter.html

April 16, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: What is the average heart rate for a guinea pig?

A: The typical heart rate for a guinea pig is around 240-310 beats per minute.

April 14, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: How many babies do gerbils usually have?

A: The average gerbil litter size is 4-6 pups.

April 12, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

When you give your dog a new toy, be sure to keep an eye on your dog to make sure the toy is not dangerous for it. Many toys can be swallowed, chewed down to size, ripped apart, or choked on, so always be sure to get toys sized for your dog and replace toys when they get ripped up.

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 16, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

If your dog goes walking or lives in a wooded area, you may find ticks to be a common problem. Ticks are small, crab shaped parasites that suck your dog’s blood. They latch on with their mouth parts and drop off when they are full. Ticks can also carry diseases, most notably Lyme Disease. If you find a flea on your dog, here’s what you do.

March 5, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

If you’ve got a pet land hermit crab, make sure that you let any water that you will bathe it in or give it to drink sit out at least overnight. This will allow any chlorine to evaporate, which is important because chlorine can cause blisters on the gills of land hermit crabs (yes, they do have gills, but these are for breathing air. They still must be kept moist, which is why your land hermit crab should be bathed once a week.) The blisters can eventually kill the hermit crab if the chlorine exposure is not corrected. Basically, don’t use any water for your hermit crab that you wouldn’t use for a tropical fish tank.

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