Pet Information & Resources

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Jul

Avian First Aid: Signs of Illness

Avian First Aid: Signs of Illness

Your bird is telling you when it doesn't feel good.  Here are some signs that tell you your avian pet is ill. Signs of illness bleeding change in droppings changes in routine and habits changes in water consumption decreased activity decrease in preening activity dehydration diarrhea difficulty breathing discharge from nose eyes closed feather destructive behaviors feathers fluffed feathers lost and not replaced frequent flicking of the head frequent sneezing inactivity lameness low or horizontal posture on perch noisy breathing not eating or drinking not talking or vocalizing perching with neck extended and

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Jul

Reptile Medicine 101

Reptile Medicine 101

What's Wrong with the Husbandry? I personally think that reptiles can make wonderful pets.  They are, however, not for everyone.  For instance, I can't see my grandmother owning a 12-foot python.  They may not be warm and fuzzy, and they will never be able to catch frisbees, but these are beautiful and intriguing creatures. The most important

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Jul

Christmas Pets

Christmas Pets

Are you thinking that you want a new pet for Christmas? Have you been begging Mom and Dad for that new puppy or kitten? How about a bird, or a snake, or a little Habitrail cage with a hamster within? If you plan to give a pet to someone this holiday season, or if you are hoping that Santa Claus is going to bring you one, make sure you know what you

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Jul

Letters to Dr. Hannon: Ferret Hair Loss

Letters to Dr. Hannon: Ferret Hair Loss

Dear Dr. Hannon, My pet ferret, I. M. Weasel, is starting to lose his hair on his back and tail.  His appetite and everything else seem normal, and he is not acting itchy.  Can ferrets go bald?  Could he have mange? - Future MEMBER, Hair Club for Ferrets Dear Hairless, Unlike humans, ferrets don’t usually go bald when they get older (or grow more nose and ear hair for that matter). 

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Jul

Letters to Dr. Hannon: Sick Box Turtle

Letters to Dr. Hannon:  Sick Box Turtle

Dear Dr. Hannon, A few months ago we found a box turtle in the woods behind our house.  We have been keeping her in an aquarium as a pet, and she gets to roam the house some, too.  Lately she hasn’t been eating well, and she keeps her eyes closed.  They also look kind of puffy.  She also sometimes has bubbles coming from his nose. Our

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Jul

Letters to Dr. Hannon: Sick Cockatiel

Letters to Dr. Hannon:  Sick Cockatiel

Dear Dr. Hannon, Our pet cockatiel, Nippy, has been sleeping a lot lately.  I thought he looked fat, but my dad says that he’s got all of his feathers fluffed up because he’s cold.  Is he trying to hibernate? - New Bird Owner Dear New-B, Your cockatiel is very sick and needs medical attention immediately. Birds don’t hibernate, they migrate. The only domestic birds are chickens and ducks, so even captive

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Jul

About Pocket Pets

About Pocket Pets

Gerbils & Hamsters Gerbils are small rodents originating from the desert areas of Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. Their long tails help them to balance on their hind legs. They're social animals who prefer to live in family groups. Hamsters are nocturnal rodents that originated in the Middle East. They prefer a life

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Jul

About Amphibians

About Amphibians

Amphibians are often confused with reptiles. But they are a distinct and separate group of animals separated into three groups: salamanders and newts, frogs and toads, and caecilians. Amphibians are considered cold blooded, which means they can't regulate their own body temperature like birds and mammals. So, if it's 85°F where the amphibian is, then that amphibian will have a body temperature of 85° as

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Jul

About Rabbits

About Rabbits

Rabbits make intelligent, friendly and quiet house pets. The average life span for a bunny is 7 to 10 years with records of up to 15 years of age reported. Rabbits are growing in popularity as house pets. Social as well as active and playful, they have the potential to be wonderful pets for the prepared owner. Pet Qualities

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Jul

About Ferrets

About Ferrets

About Ferrets What Is A Ferret, Anyway? Well, that's a good question. A ferret is a small, furry mammal of the mustlid (not rodent) family. They usually range in size from 1 to 5 pounds. It's believed that Ferrets come from the Steppe and European polecats. Most believe they were domesticated over 3000 years

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