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5 Things Chinchilla Owners Need to Know about Fur Rings

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Chinchillas, like other types of rodents, groom themselves meticulously. They keep their own fur clean and don’t usually need assistance from their owners. However, male chinchillas can sometimes develop fur rings, which are painful rings of excess hair around their genitals, and they can’t solve this grooming problem by themselves. Here are five things chinchilla owners need to know about fur rings. What causes fur rings? Your pet can develop a ring of fur around his genitals for a few different reasons. Read More»

Three Holiday Threats To Your Dog Or Cat (And How To Avoid Them)

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When holiday time approaches, common foods and ornaments you may regard as festive may become a danger to your pet. When creating a celebratory holiday environment, don’t overlook the little things that may land Fido or Fluffy in the emergency vet clinic. As a devoted pet owner, you probably are aware of the common hazards such as ingesting tinsel, knocking over a holiday candle or chewing on electrical cords. However, there are several other threats to your pet that may be overlooked. Read More»

Pros And Cons Of Dental Implants For Your Dog

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Do you realize that most dental procedures available to humans are becoming available to pets as well? Among the dental procedures being introduced by veterinarians are dental implants. This procedure is still fairly new, and research is limited, but it is still worth considering if your dog is suffering from extreme tooth decay. The pros and cons of this procedure are outlined below. Potential Benefits of Dental Implants for Dogs Read More»

Five Smart Ways To Avoid An Emergency Visit To The Avian Pet Hospital This Holiday Season

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The holidays are a time of bustling activity, with a welcomed introduction to seasonal foods, excitement and fun. If you are a parrot owner, however, you need to be especially careful around the holiday time to avoid a potential accident or illness that could land your feathered friend in the bird hospital. Keep your parrot in fine-feathered form by following a few holiday hints for your pet’s safety and well-being. Here are five ways to avoid an unexpected incident with your parrot over the holidays: Read More»

Interesting Rat Facts For Potential Owners

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Unlike their wild cousins, pet rats aren’t considered pests at all–they’re intelligent, personable, and even capable of learning tricks or cuddling with you when trained correctly. Curious if rats are right for you? These interesting facts will help you to understand the pros and cons of owning domesticated rats. Rats are Extremely Intelligent Most rat species, including the domestic fancy rat and the Gambian pouched rat, are extremely intelligent. Their natural curiosity and love of learning results in quick and easy training for most rat owners. Read More»