• Ferret Care Information - Home Page
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    Ferret Care Information – Home Page

    Small, furry animals, ferrets make great pets. People all over the world are increasingly for these cute animals as pets. In the United States of America alone, six million ferrets have found a home as pets. Ferrets are part of the Mustelidae family, and belong to the Mustela putorious furo type. They are mammals similar to animals such as the weasels, the badgers, the polecats, and the skunks. Although it is largely believed that the ferrets were domesticated nearly 2,500 years ago, a large section of people still consider ferrets to be wild animals. In fact, in several places in the world, laws ban people from keeping ferrets as pets. These people think that ferrets were neither domesticated ever, nor will they be domesticated.

    Although small in size, ferrets come in all colors and patterns. The ‘albino’ or all-white ferret is hugely popular among ferret-lovers. The other popular choices are sable, chocolate, silver, and cinnamon-colored ferret. You can also pick the ferret whose pattern you like the best. Some frequently-occurring patterns are mitts with white feet, pandas with white heads, badgers with white blaze, and Siamese with dark legs and tails.

    The average life span of a ferret is 7-8 years. Ferrets are small animals who love attention. They are playful and have their own distinct personality. They are also very independent in nature. Nevertheless, the ferrets are a friendly lot.

    Several people have a lot of misgivings about them as pets. But the truth is that they can be wonderful pets, provided you care for them properly. They do not take up a large amount of space in a house, and are easy to look after. Yet another advantage of having a ferret as a pet over other animals is that ferrets do not cost quite as much as other animals do. Even then, ferret care is not as easy as it seems. The ferret will require your constant company, or else it will become lethargic and dull. Therefore, you must weight the pros and cons of bringing home a furry pal before you actually get one.

    This article will discuss all the necessary ferret care information to help you reach a decision. Some of the most crucial aspects of ferret care include its health, diet, vaccination, and safety at home.

    Ferrets are very active by nature and love to play and sleep. Your pet’s veterinarian will tell you …

  • Bearded Dragons - Be a Beardie Whisperer
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    Bearded Dragons – Be a Beardie Whisperer

    Have you ever wanted to talk to your pet lizard? Maybe you already do. How about understanding what he is saying back to you? Beardies, like many animals, have a very distinctive way of communicating, which you can learn to understand. This gives you a better way of understanding how happy your Beardie is and how it feels about you!

    Head bobbing

    Both males and females bob their heads from time to time. They nod their head rather quickly up and down, almost as if they are dancing. This signifies dominance, especially when accompanied by a puffed out or darkened beard. It is common for beardies that are housed together to do this as well as when they see their reflection. Some bearded dragons may do it to things outside their tank, including you! Occasionally Beardies will bob their head to show displeasure, if they are stressed or they have been put back in their enclosure they will bob their heads to show they are unhappy about it!

    Nodding

    Nodding, unlike bobbing, is just a quick flick of the head. It can be hard to spot and is mostly done by adults, males mostly. Bearded dragons nod their head toward other bearded dragons to show they realise they are less dominant and that they are being passive. If you Beardie nods to you, he is showing he is passive toward you.

    Bowing down

    Some beardies, mainly young adults, will bow down low. Usually with their head, slowly and remaining in the position for a while. It is most commonly seen when beardies are kept together and after a dominant one has done a head bob or two. It is showing a similar thing to nodding but in a much more obvious way. Females are often seen doing this in order to submit to a male although younger males will also do it to more dominant adults.

    Waving

    Occasionally your Beardie might hop from one front foot to the other, whilst slowly waving the held foot around. It is seen mostly in young bearded dragons and very, very rarely in adult females. It is a form of submission, but rather than submitting it is more of an acknowledgment of dominance and means, ‘let’s not fight – let’s be friends!’

    Beard puffing

    This is sometimes just something they do, particularly in the morning to warm up. Sometimes it will accompany head bobbing, …

  • Animals

    Introducing a New Puppy to an Existing Household Pack

    After 30 plus years of having Poodles as pets and breeding a few litters, we recently obtained a new female for our little Poodle Pack. I kept thinking this was not so hard with Bogart; he had been introduced into the house with Jennifer and Eddie. I am the first to admit the integration of Bogart into the pack was made a lot easier by Jennifer, the past Lady of the pack. She took over as mother figure for Bogart, keeping him in line with hierarchy of the pack and showing him the ropes of being a good house dog. 

    Yes, you may be laughing at me for saying Jennifer was responsible for showing Bogart the ropes. I am here to tell you that I did not realize how much she influenced his training and assisted me in raising Bogart to adulthood. I think we did a great job with him. Jennifer is no longer with us, so I have to take on Clara Belle’s training duties on my own this time.

    So as Clara Belle (our newest addition) and I strike out on this learning process, we wanted to share our experience with everyone. We will break the issues down to Introduction to Pack and Feeding, Housebreaking and Leash Training over the next few articles.

    Prior to introducing the puppy, you need to set up a day area that is safe and open for the new puppy.

    Introduction to the Pack – I recommend bathing the new dog in the same shampoo as the rest of your pack. If bathing is not an option, then use a towel that has your scent on it and rub the new member down with it. I have found by doing this, the other dogs seem to be more accepting; the new member already has a similar scent.

    Keep the initial introduction short; the other dogs are not going to be pleased to be sharing your attention. After the initial introduction, let the pup explore its day pen and get accustomed to the house. This is a good time to show some special attention to the existing members.

    I usually wait about an hour or so then let the new pup out of the day pen to explore the house and check out the other members under close supervision. Let the other members growl or bark at the new puppy, just …

  • What Does The Perfect Animal Hospital Consist Of
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    What Does The Perfect Animal Hospital Consist Of

    Choosing the perfect vet hospital for your animals at home should always consist of thoughtful decisions to make sure they only get the best care. When choosing a vet for your dog or cat, you are going to want to look for an animal hospital that is compassionate, offers payment plans, and has excellent reviews from other clients. By looking into these three things you will have no regrets on the vet you have chosen as you will have already done extensive research to ensure you and your pet that it is the most appropriate and beneficial place for them to go.

    Compassion

    Having any animal hospital st petersburg fl that is compassionate is very important if you care a lot about your pet’s comfort levels. No dog or cat enjoys their trip to the vet’s office, so the least we can do as their owner is provide them with a place to go that offers nothing but compassionate staff members. Not having compassion towards animals will only make them feel like they have to become hostile in order to protect themselves in an area they are not familiar with.

    Payment Plans

    Choosing an animal hospital that offers payment plans is very important, especially when it comes to an emergency situation. Accidents and illnesses with pets are never planned and sometimes we just do not have the funds to be able to care for them properly with medical attention. By choosing an animal hospital that accepts payment plans, you will never have any worries about how you will care for your pet if they become injured or ill with no warning. Before enrolling your pet into any vet office, be sure to ask them about payment plans or credit options for your animals.

    Excellent Reviews

    With any business, it is important to do your research on the company and read through their reviews to get the opinions of other clients in the area. By reading the reviews you will be able to get insight into how the vet’s office works and whether they can offer you and your animals a friendly atmosphere. If you choose to skip out on your research, you can risk bringing your pet to an inadequate facility that does not offer compassion or professional care for dogs and cars. Just a few minutes of your time could save you and your pet a great deal of …

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    Rats and Mice – Health and Vet Care

    Rats and mice are becoming very popular pets for all the right reasons. They are easy and cheap to keep but more importantly, they have great personalities and offer warm and friendly companionship. However, it is important to keep your pet healthy and get proper advice regarding their health and care.

    Not many rats or mice get to go to the vets. They can die suddenly from strokes and heart failure. They are cheap to replace in some people’s eyes and therefore not a lot of time or money is spent on veterinary science researching their health issues. Sadly most vets don’t get much practise seeing these great pets.

    Nonetheless, ring around and choose a vet that has some experience with mice and rats. Don’t be discouraged or disappointed our local vet used to send mice and rats to my pet store because they didn’t know how to deal with them. Also ask what fees and charges you may be up for and compare these with other vets to make sure you are getting value for money.

    I had two rats that lived in my shop: Samson and Delilah. After the shop closed they were kept separate because I didn’t want them to breed and I wasn’t set up for having babies. Sadly Delilah had a stroke and she wasn’t coping in her cage. She knocked her water over all the time; couldn’t find her food bowl (I assume she’d gone blind) and generally seemed quite distressed. I didn’t know what to do so I put Samson in with her. Interestingly they never had babies but he cared for her for a few months. He took her food and groomed her intently. He made nests for her in their ‘house’ and she actually seemed to get better. It broke my heart when he died. He was over two years old and his time was up. Over a period of a week, his health deteriorated and he passed away in his sleep. Delilah only lived a few months after that herself and we buried them together. What a love story! And from two rats!

    If you are looking for specific advice there are many experienced mice and rat breeders available online. Just make sure they live in your area and can offer you advice that is relevant to your country. There are different diseases present in different countries, like …