• Rabbits As Pets - Expert Advice on Choosing Your Bunny
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    Rabbits As Pets – Expert Advice on Choosing Your Bunny

    A rabbit as a pet can be a wonderful addition to a family. They have an average life span of 8 – 12 years so they can be companions for an entire childhood. Most are gentle and become used to petting but some can be aggressive. This is for several reason including hormones, previous owners or fear but bad behaviour can be overcome with the right treatment. You need to realise though they do take some work in caring for them.

    One of your first consideration is the breed to buy.

    Just like other animals different breeds produce a variety of sizes and colours. From one end of the scale is the tiny dwarf rabbit while at the other extreme is the giant variety. Each brings its own pros and cons which you need to weigh up.

    While each breed will offer a variation of size and colour there can also be numerous care and health matters involved. My own pet for example is a dwarf variety and is prone to malocclusions, an overgrowth of her front teeth where they become tusks. This problem forces a visit every six weeks to the vet to have her teeth snipped short.

    Another consideration when picking the breed you will have, is where you pet is going to live.

    Rabbits are very intelligent and possess the ability to be house-trained and learn to use a litter tray just like cat. Alternatively you may feel having your furry friend live outdoors in a hutch preferable.

    If you opt for a hutch you’ll need to ensure it allows plenty of space and ideally have an attached run or cage so the rabbit can exercise. Keeping a pet locked in a small cage day after day is cruel. You can of course build a hutch if you have the required carpentry skills but make sure the finished project is well built and secure. While outside all manner of creatures like dogs or foxes may pay a visit.…

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    What Are Ferrets and Can They Be Kept As Pets?

    What Are Ferrets?

    Ferrets are small mammals, members of the Weasel family (Mustelidae) – their closest relatives are pole cats, otters, mink, skunks, and fishers. The average ferret is about two feet long in total (including tail) and weighs anywhere from one to four pounds. Ferrets are known for having beautiful full coats ranging in color from white, brown, black, or any mixture of the above! While ferrets have an excellent sense of hearing and smell, their eyesight is known to be quite poor.

    Can I Keep a Ferret as Pet Where I Live?

    Before you completely set your heart on owning a ferret, it is always a good idea to check your local and state regulations. Why are ferrets legal in some areas but not others? Its hard to say for sure, but in many areas the greatest fear is that if released ferrets would escape into the wild and breed extremely large populations which would disturb the natural ecological balance.

    This is a concern which has actually yet to be proven as ferrets, like most domesticated pets, tend to die not thrive when abandoned in the wild. Additionally, many people fear that ferrets are carriers for rabies and thus pose a threat to humans. This concern does not seem to be valid as there are rabies vaccines for ferrets and there are no documented cases where a ferret has passed rabies on to a human (unlike dogs, for example.)

    Regulations tend to vary all the time, but at this time ferrets are not legal to keep as pets in parts of Australia (Queensland and the Northern Territory,) Iceland, New Zealand, and the following US states and cities – California, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., New York City (and the surrounding five boroughs) and most military bases. Permits are required to keep ferrets in parts of Australia (ACT,) Portugal, and the state of Rhode Island.…

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    Keeping Your Pet Safe During the Summer Months

    When warm weather finally appears, it can be a great time to get out and about to enjoy the sun. And if you have a pet, it’s also a great time to bond outdoors!

    Unfortunately, hot weather can cause problems for many pets. For this reason it’s important to take safety precautions when it’s hot, in order to make sure your pet is healthy and set to enjoy the warm weather.

    Be sure that your pet has plenty of cold water available to drink, no matter if it’s indoor or outside during hot weather. The sun can cause pets to become very dehydrated – and having lots of water for your pet to drink will make sure your pet remains healthy and avoids sickness.

    Making sure your pet is fully hydrated will also prevent your pet from getting heat stroke – a hot weather illness that many believe is only applicable to humans. Heat stroke in pets can often be detected if your dog or cat is panting a lot, staggering or if their tongue appears to be bright red.

    Summer weather will often draw many families to an outdoor pool or beach to cool off from the sun. It’s a good idea to let pets swim to cool down, but also keep an eye on them while in the water. Unfortunately, pets can drown when they’re too tired to swim, so be sure to watch your pet while in water.

    If you’re planning a road trip, make sure to let your pet out of the car or vehicle for a stretch during long drives. It’s also very important to remember not to leave pets in cars with the doors and windows closed – as vehicles can heat up very quickly, this can easily cause illness and sometimes even death, for many pets.

    In some rare cases, pets can be at risk of being poisoned in the warmer summer months. Though this is a rare problem, pet owners should be sure to keep pets like dogs and cats off of lawns and away from plants that have recently been fertilized. In addition, if you have a pool in the garden, be sure to keep your pets away from the cleaning materials you might use.

    While there are precautions that can be taken during warm weather to protect your pets, it may also be an idea to purchase pet …

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    How to Clean Your Pets’ Ears the Right Way

    A very important step in looking after the well being of your beloved pets is to clean you pets ears properly. However the sad truth many pet lovers don’t place this at the top of their pet care to-do list or are not even aware that this should be done.

    Ear diseases with potential loss of hearing are the most common problems that affect animals. They are often caused by irritation and infection which can be prevented when you clean your pets ears properly and with regularity.

    Your pets are prone to ear infection because of the anatomical structure of their ear canals, long and L-shaped. The corner of the L is where your everyday bacteria love to gather and propagate with the help of the naturally warm and moist surroundings of the ear canal.

    Another reason why animals have ear infection or otitis externa is because they have hypothyroidism and skin allergies such as paw licking. In fact dogs and cats are allergic to the same things that cause allergies in humans the difference is they suffer from otitis media instead of developing skin rashes or respiratory symptoms like us.

    There are times too when the ear infection is not caused by those previously mentioned but by ear mites, foreign objects such as cotton balls, cysts on the canal, and over production of ear wax. With the number of reasons mentioned why so many pets suffer ear diseases hence there is really a need to practice how to clean your pets ears the right way.

    Directions For Cleaning Ears Properly

    Proper cleaning of ears is important to prevent further damage through lacerations of the ear canal or worse rupturing of the ear drums. The techniques for cleaning dog’s or cat’s ears are the same but the method of restraining them is different.

     With dogs, depending on his size place him on top of the table up to the level of your chest then gently place your left or right arm under his chin and hug him. Pet him then gently as you examine his ears for trapped moisture and debris or earwax. As to cats, wrap him in a towel exposing only his head then wrap him gently to you and gently examine each ear. You can use this technique for smaller dogs too.

     After examining the outside of an ear, wipe away any discharge that you …

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    Keeping Pets Cool This Summer

    Summer can be a difficult time for pets, both big and small. The increase in temperature can mean some animals are not able to cope with it. As a pet owner there are some things you can do to help reduce the strain on your much loved pets.

    Small animals, such as hamsters through to guinea pigs may find their sleeping patterns become disturbed if they are in an area that is too hot for them. Consider where you put their bedding and living quarters. You may want to move them to a cooler room, away from direct sunlight. You can also consider cage covers as a good way of keeping a bit of shade around. Water is also an issue in the summer. It will inevitably warm up in sunlight, causing it to become stale. You might even notice algae blooms appearing. A great way to combat this is to clean the bottle daily with a disinfectant designed for rodents, making sure to thoroughly rinse. You can also use a special insulated bottle in order to keep water cooler for longer.

    Cats will love the sunshine. They will bask in the suns rays given any chance they can. This can be a problem though, as many outdoor cats will suffer from sunburn. Using a small dab of sun lotion on ear tips and other areas of exposed skin can help the sun seeking feline to stay sun burn free! Water should also be kept cool and clean, many cars will and do drink from puddles, but at this time of year it is often difficult to find area to sip, so your own water bowl may be their only choice!

    Dogs also tend to feel the heat. As with cats, using sun lotion on exposed areas of skin for the outdoor loving dog can help reduce sunburn. Be aware that on very hot days your dog’s paws may also be at risk of burn from hot tarmac! If you go for a long walk you may want to take a ‘pocket puddle’ with you. They conveniently fold into a small pouch and provide an excellent portable bowl for water stops along the way. Also remember never to leave your dog in the car on a hot day, even if it is just for 20 minutes, it can be deadly. If travelling in the car, there are some …