I Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty ImagesWhen you& 39;re looking for a natural element to add to your dog& 39;s bath, look no further than the pantry shelf. Vinegar, for instance, will benefit your dog in his bath and in other applications, too.Vinegar at Bath Time Is HelpfulIf your pooch has the itchies, no matter what the cause, bring out the vinegar at bath time.
If you plan correctly, you can create a habitat that will allow you to keep a variety of species of reptiles and amphibians communally. It is a great challenge, but it can also be great fun. To maintain a community tank successfully, you will have to know the habits of the species involved, be sure that your specimens are in excellent health, avoid serious size discrepancies and be certain that the animals are non-predaceous (meaning they won't eat one another).
The upper gastrointestinal tract of pet birds has several unique features. Diverticulum. After being swallowed, food moves into a diverticulum of the esophagus called the crop. The function of the crop is to moisten, soften and store food. Proventriculus. Food then moves from the crop into the first stomach, called the proventriculus.
Every ferret in the world can be trained to use a litter box. Some just require a bit more time and patience than others. Younger ferrets typically learn litter box training more easily than older ferrets. And virtually any ferret, even the best-trained one, can have a training lapse, especially if the ferret is under stress.
Just thinking about snakes makes many people squirm. Is it because they move without legs, or we think they'll feel slimy? Maybe it is that snakes eat other animals and their methods are not that attractive. Snakes procure their meals by smothering, injecting a toxin, or simply eating their prey alive.
Reptiles need a variety of temperatures in their enclosures to allow for thermoregulation. Since reptiles rely on environmental temperature to regulate their body temperature, cool spots, warm spots and basking areas are crucial in maintaining your reptile's health. There are many different ways to provide a temperature gradient and supplement heat in your reptile's enclosure.
Egg laying is a common and uncomplicated event for many birds. And, as some bird owners find out, the presence of a male bird is not required for the production and delivery of an egg. Despite most normal egg deliveries, some problems can occur. Egg binding, or the inability to pass an egg, is one of the most serious complications.
No need to have to clean every bit of your rabbit's cage every day. Train your pet to use a litter box and you will be the happier for it. First you will need a large litter box. A cat litter box or a Rubbermaid 11.5-quart dish pan both work great. Place the box inside your rabbit's cage and anchor it to the side of one of the corners using a clothespin.
Quick, agile, acrobatic, quiet, shy, high-strung, odorless and fastidious, chinchillas are soft balls of luxurious fur that make hardy, if rambunctious pets. A native of the rocky Chilean and Bolivian Andes, chinchillas look like small-eared, long-tailed rabbits or large, fluffy guinea pigs with dusky, pale-gray coats.
Your hedgehog's best defense is passive resistance. So don't be surprised if at first it seems you brought home a grapefruit-sized bristle ball rather than a curious and unique insectivore. Don't worry; with time and patience you will discover just how fun living with your hedgehog can be. Handling Allow your hedgehog time to get used to his new surroundings before you approach him.
Ferrets are becoming increasingly popular as pets throughout the United States. Historically, they have had three primary roles throughout the world - they have been used for hunting, utilized in research settings and kept as pets. Because they are friendly, relatively easy to care for and are becoming legal as pets in more areas of the United States, the numbers of ferrets seen in private practice has increased dramatically throughout the last several years.
Picture a rabbit and what do you see? Floppy ears and a fluffy tail. And a remarkable set of choppers. Rabbits have a total of 28 teeth: six incisor - or front - teeth and 22 premolars and molars, also called “cheek” teeth. Dental troubles are among the most common health problems rabbits suffer. Some are preventable, some require occasional treatment, and some will plague your pet all his life.
In the not very distant past, reptiles were animals to be kept and appreciated for their forms, colors and actions, but few were bred in captivity. As a matter of fact, we didn't even know how to determine the sex of many species. This is no longer the case. Today we now know how to sex many (if not most) species of reptiles, and because of successful breeding programs, species once considered rare are now seen with regularity.
Properly feeding pet reptiles is a very important facet of being a responsible owner. Some herps are like children, meaning that they'll choose food items they like, and not necessarily what's good for them. The green iguana is notorious for being a picky eater. The green iguana should be fed a completely vegetarian diet consisting of about 95 percent vegetable matter and 5 percent fruits, prepared so that even a picky iguana can't eat only their preferred food items.
If it involves jumping, swinging, clinging or high-rise acrobatics, chances are your sugar glider will think it's fun. And when your sugar glider is having fun, you'll have fun watching his entertaining antics. “They're like miniature monkeys,” says Sharon Massena, a sugar glider breeder and owner of Massena's Menagerie in Auburn, Wash.
Lizards need housing that provides them with emotional and physical comfort. Emotional comfort means that the animal feels safe. Physical comfort means that the cage temperature and, to a lesser extent, humidity, are within the same range as your lizard's origin. Providing those aspects is easiest if you understand the type of lizard you have.
You've had your sweet, adorable bunny for a few months now, and all of a sudden, he is the antithesis of the cuddly Easter bunny - he is a monster. He now runs from you, no longer uses his litter box, bites, scratches, and doesn't want to be held. Not to worry; you have entered the terrible teenager stage in your bunny's life.
Cannibalism is not a pleasant thing to think about, but it sometimes occurs in some small mammals. It is usually associated with new mothers and stressful situations. Of all the small mammals, the hamster is given the distinction of being the creature most likely to cannibalize her young. Adult hamsters will even attempt to cannibalize each other, under certain circumstances.
Vomiting is the forceful expulsion of stomach contents through the mouth. Vomiting may be triggered by irritation of the intestinal tract or by irritation of receptors in the nervous system. Vomiting can be seen with disease of the intestinal tract, organ system diseases such as liver or kidney disease, toxins, or neurologic disorders.
The water dragon is a diurnal, semi-aquatic, arboreal, tropical lizard of Asia and Australia. The Asian water dragon ( Physignathus cocincinus ) is mainly green in color, with darker areas on the head and joints. The chin and throat are white to light yellow, and the underside is white to pale green.
Snakes, lizards and turtles, oh my! With so many reptiles to choose from, which one is right for you? This guide will help you choose the reptile that best suits your home and lifestyle. Selecting the Proper Reptile Species. To make sure your reptile of choice is the right pet for you and to avoid the common mistakes that make for a disappointing experience, it's important that you do your homework before you bring your new pet home.