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  • Creepy, Crawly Critters

    What To Do If You Find an Attached Tick on Your Pet 1. Use fine tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. 2. Pull upward with an even pull, do not twist or jerk, to increase the chance the tick will be detached intact.3. Clean the area with iodine scrub

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  • Ready for a Rabbit? Think Again!

    Creating the Best Match Between Your New Bunny and Your Family Adding a cotton-tailed pet to your family? Make the match between your family and your new bunny the best possible. Always avoid animal pet store purchases. Check animal shelters in your area you first start your search. Continue

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  • Pigs as Family Pets

    Planning for Pigs as Pets Bringing a pig into your home as a pet takes planning and easy preparation to make the pig's transition successful. Remember to take the following steps before you bring your new pet home. Create a sleeping area for your pig that is safe and worry-free for you. Check

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  • Ferrets Can Be Furry Family Too

    Fragile Ferrets Entertain Families and Friends Your new family pet will provide you with entertainment and laughs as he or she climbs and crawls through tubes, hoses, boxes, clothing and pipes. Keeping your ferret safe and secure in your home is easy with a bit of advanced planning. Create or

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  • Family Friends Aren't Always Furry - Think of Feathery Friends!

    Transitioning a Bird into Your Home When including a bird of any size and species in your household, take time before the transition to prepare. Use these tips to welcome your new bird and create a happy experience for your family. Choose housing with bars or slats that are only half the width

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  • Captive Reptiles May Have Nutritional Deficiency

    Common Nutritional Disease Can Be Recognized Early in Pet Reptiles Your pet reptile may have a nutritional disease that is commonly referred to as metabolic bone disease. Reptile pets in captivity typically show signs and symptoms of the nutritional deficiency early in the disease. Owners can

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  • Cancer in Pocket Pets

    Signs and Symptoms Early diagnosis is important for successful treatment and improving your pet’s quality of life. Look for these symptoms: • Change in physical appearance, such as a change in posture or attitude • Abnormal swelling • Sores that do not heal • Loss of appetite/weight

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  • Bird Grooming - Wings, Beaks & Nails

    Bird Grooming Help Ask an Expert Contact your veterinarian to schedule a grooming appointment. During the grooming appointment be sure to ask for information and tips, in case you want to try it yourself at home the next time. Imitate the Wild Unlike the wild, caged environments tend to have

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  • At Risk for Rat Bite Fever?

    Know the Risks of Handling a Pet Rat If you or your family member are handling a rat and become scraped, scratched or exchange kisses with the long tailed rodent check in with your veterinarian. Medical treatment may be necessary if you become infected with rat bite fever. You may receive a

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  • Tortoises

    Tortoises can make an interesting pet, although they can present a challenge, due to their size and dietary habits. Their diets vary based on species, but all need quite a variety of foods, with careful attention paid to the amount of roughage as well as calcium/phosphorus balance. Some species have

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  • Red Eared Sliders

    Red eared sliders are semi aquatic turtles that are very commonly kept as pets. Unfortunately, lack of understanding what they require means that many red eared sliders have died from improper care. While they are not overly demanding as pets, many unsuspecting owners have been told that it was fine

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  • Green Anoles

    Species: Anolis carolinensis. Sometimes also called American chameleons, although they are not true chameleons. They can do a color change from green to brown, especially when stressed. Quite readily available in the pet trade. Life span averages around 4 years, although they can live

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  • Leopard Geckos

    Scientific Name: Eublepharis macularius Life Span: May live 20 or more years. Size: Approximately 8-10 inches long Appearance: Appearance: commonly yellow and white with black spots (hatchlings start out striped, and gradually change to the spotted appearance). There are several color (e.g. high yellow,

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  • Box Turtles

    North American box turtles are mainly terrestrial turtles, although they do spend some time in shallow water (Asian box turtles tend to be a bit more aquatic). Compared to aquatic turtles such as red eared sliders, they are more challenging and complex pets, and are not the best choice for beginning

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  • Bearded Dragons

    Bearded dragons are generally docile, and their aggressive displays are rarely seen in captivity. It is reported that even wild bearded dragons will sometimes allow themselves to be picked up without a struggle. Popular as pets, bearded dragons or "beardies" are moderately sized lizards native to Australia.

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  • Handling and Restraint

    Improper handling may cause serious, life-threatening injuries. Fractures and dislocations of the back, most often resulting in paralysis of both rear legs, are the most common injuries. These injuries occur when rabbits are suddenly frightened and attempt to escape from a small enclosure. A rabbit's

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