Wondering how to teach a dog to fetch a ball or another toy? The process involves plenty of praise and treats. Photo: pixabay When I first got my Border Collie, Mack, I knew he loved tennis balls — on the rescue group’s website, he was pictured grasping multiple tennis balls in his jaws. I quickly
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Learn proper ferret care Ferrets are fun and furry animals that are super inquisitive and love to play. Their name comes from a phrase meaning “stinky little thief” since they are known to take and hide almost anything. They are mischievous but can be really cute and adorable. Ferrets live an average of 6-12 years
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Pink, slightly shiny gums are healthy. But pale gums in dogs are not normal — and they can have several possible causes, such as anemia or dehydration. Photo: Jade87 What can pale gums in dogs tell you? As it happens, quite a lot. From anemia to heart failure, breathing difficulties to dehydration, the color of
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Ferret health problems are common. My daily schedule usually includes at least one ferret appointment, and the ferret is often sick. Next to the name Bandit, Scamper or Rascal, we often have to write “ADR” (ain’t doin’ right) or “SBI” (something bad inside). Crazy for Ferrets Let’s do a little history on the rise of
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Finnish Lapphunds were bred to herd reindeer in Lapland, a northern area of Finland, Sweden and Russia. Photo: iStock.com/Bigandt_Photography 1. Key Characteristics AKC Group: Herding Height: 16–21 inches inches Weight: 30–55 pounds Life Expectancy: 15–17 years This medium-sized, muscular dog breed was bred to live and work outside. The Finnish Lapphund’s thick double coat can withstand harsh
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How do fish mate? Some can do it alone. One of the things I dislike is going to the dentist, but he has a cozy waiting room with a large fish tank that seems calming. Fish can be fascinating to watch, and the bubbling sound is melodic after a while, and this makes me forget
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Ferret myths and misconceptions are common. Myths and misconceptions abound for ferrets. From stories about ferrets carrying rabies to being stinky biters, they get a bad rep based on a bunch of falsehoods. Here we debunk 25 of those myths and misconceptions. 1. Ferrets are silent creatures. Tell that to ferret owners. Ferrets can make
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Excessive peeing in dogs can be a symptom of several different ailments, including pyelonephritis. Photo: bogitw Recently, I had a good reminder never to jump to conclusions. This involved not 1 but 2 cases — both concerned excessive peeing in dogs. When their basic tests came back normal, I nearly went off in the wrong
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Keeping potbellied pigs as pets may not be as easy as you think. Photo: marianneperdomo Potbellied pigs as pets are fun. These cuties with their curious personalities can be a real joy to have around. However, potbellied pigs may not be an ideal family pet. Pigs live in herds, and they have a clear hierarchy
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This dog treat recipe uses oatmeal, blueberries and peanut butter. Photos: Allison Gray/Petful One weekend a while back, my husband and I joined some friends for a quick half-hour of blueberry picking. Even though it was only 30 minutes, between the 5 of us, we collected 13 pounds of berries. Yep, pounds. We split up
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Two cats found themselves alone and trapped this holiday season. According to Gothamist, New York City’s Animal Haven shelter is caring for the two cats, each found in a plastic bucket and dumped on the sidewalk of the city in the past month. Get push notifications with news, features and more. + Follow Following You’ll
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This Samson’s strength knows no bounds. Not long ago, the 80-lb. pit bull pup was sitting in an Oakland Animal Services shelter looking for a special home. Get push notifications with news, features and more. + Follow Following You’ll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications. “Samson wasn’t looking for a typical
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For the safest emergency pain relief for dogs, contact your veterinarian now. Photo: jaminriverside One of the questions we get asked the most goes something like this: What’s the ibuprofen dosage for dogs? It’s easy to understand why this is such a common question. What do you do when you have an ache or pain,
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