I am not a veterinarian. The health information provided on and accessible via this Blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered to be healthcare advice, veterinary or medical diagnosis, treatment or prescribing of any kind. Additionally, none of this information should be considered a promise of benefits, a claim of cures, a legal warranty or a guarantee of results to be achieved. This information is not intended as a substitute for advice from your pet’s veterinarian or any other healthcare provider. You should not use this information for diagnosis or treatment of any disease, condition or health problem or for prescription of any medication, supplement or other treatment for your pet, yourself or any other person or animal. You should consult with a veterinarian before altering or discontinuing any of your pet’s current medications, treatment or care or starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program. You should also check with your pet’s veterinarian if you have or suspect he or she might have a health problem.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

What You Need To Know About Heartworm Disease

Dr. Ruth MacPete gives you the facts on heartworm disease. For more from Dr. MacPete, find her on Facebook or at www.drruthpetvet.com!

What is Heartworm Disease?
Heartworm disease is caused by the parasite Dirofilaria immitis, a type of roundworm that lives inside the heart and blood vessels of the lungs. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes. It is a serious disease that primarily affects the heart and lungs but can also affect the liver, kidney, eye, and central nervous system, and if untreated, can cause death.

The symptoms of heartworm disease are subtle and can be easy to miss. As the number of heartworms increases, the symptoms of coughing, lethargy, exercise intolerance, lack of appetite and weight loss become more apparent. However it is best not to wait until symptoms develop since irreversible damage may have already occurred by then.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Introducing Your Pet to a New Baby

Baby onboard? Congratulations! With a new bundle of joy on the way, the "to do's" might seem endless, but if you've already got a four-legged "baby" at home, preparing for the transition is an important item to add to the list. Dogs and cats are particularly sensitive to any changes in routine and surroundings, including sights and smells, so you'll need to plan accordingly. Know what to expect from your pet when you're expecting - check out our tips before the big day arrives, and make sure keep your household remains a happy one!

Click here for the tips.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Dog Stomach Swelling: Causes and Treatment

Stomach swelling in dogs can be a life-threatening emergency, or it can be as simple as your dog eating too much.

To keep your canine companion in good health, it helps to know the signs of dog stomach problems and what you can do when they happen.

Dog Stomach Swelling: Common Causes and Treatments

Because stomach swelling in dogs can be dangerous, never try to diagnose the cause of your dog's stomach trouble yourself. If your dog's abdomen looks bloated or unusual, get your pet to a veterinary hospital or emergency veterinarian immediately, as timing can be critical.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Many dogs love to channel their inner cow and graze on grass. Some are even particular about what type of grass they eat. Is this behavior a sign of a nutritional deficiency or illness and is it safe?

Click here to find the answer.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Why Do Cats Purr? A Purr-fect Question

Cats purr in a variety of situations and there are a number of theories as to why they do it. It could even be therapeutic.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

How Do I Clean My Dog’s Ears?

The best way to clean your dogs ears is with a gentle pet ear cleaner, for example Paws ear cleaner.

Click here for a quick guideline on how to do it.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How to Raise a Piranha

Piranhas can make interesting pets with their full sets of sharp teeth and their fast and furious attack skills. Keeping piranhas is a bigger commitment than keeping other fish as pets -- they require lots of space, and they can live more than 20 years in captivity. Meanwhile, their food and water temperature needs are rather simple to accommodate.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Are Bearded Dragons Good Pets?

The first thing many people ask when thinking about getting a bearded dragon is, “Are bearded dragons good pets?”. This is a very understandable question, since no one wants to get a pet then regret having it later on.

Out of all the reptiles available for hobbyist today, the bearded dragon is arguably the most popular and sought after. One of the reason for this is because they do make excellent pets.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Caring For Pet Wallabies

The pet wallaby is truly an exotic pet to anyone you encounter. Wallabies probably aren't from where you live and aren't seen as commonly as a pet ferret, rabbit, or even another pet marsupial, the sugar glider. But Bennett's wallabies, Damas wallabies, and the Red-necked Pademelon are growing in popularity and can make great pets for the right household.

Click here for the basic care tips.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

5 "Silent" Killers of Cats

When it comes to caring for your cat, I have a few simple recommendations:

  • Maintain A safe environment (keep him indoors) 
  • Feed a high quality food (e.g., a meat-based protein) 
  • Think about preventative care (e.g., an annual physical examination, laboratory tests, and the appropriate vaccines) 
  • Provide lots of affection and exercise

By following these basic tips, you can help keep your four-legged, feline friends healthy--potentially for decades! But as cat guardians, you should also be aware of five “silent” killers in cats. By knowing what the most common silent killers are, you can know what clinical signs to look for. With most of these diseases, the sooner the clinical signs are recognized, the sooner we veterinarians can treat.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Do Dogs Dream?

Whether or not dogs dream isn’t known with scientific certainty, but it sure is difficult to imagine that they don’t. We’ve all watched our dogs demonstrate behaviors in their sleep that resemble what they do in a fully awake state. Paddling legs, whining, growling, wagging tails, chewing jowls, and twitching noses inspire us to wonder what our dogs are dreaming about.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Snake Ranch, Australia

Photo Credit: http://www.centralcoastaustralia.com.au

Did you know that Australia is home to farms that specifically focus on breeding snakes for both pets and venom? Snake Ranch is the largest and first reptile breeding facility in Australia.

Snake Ranch is a snake breeding farm that offers a wide assortment of rare pythons, one of the deadliest reptiles alive. In fact, Snack Ranch offers over 15 different types of pythons available for sale including one called the "Children's Python," which was ironically named because of its unsuitability for children. Hatchling pythons are also available for purchase.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pygmy Goats as Pets

Goats have long been kept as pets; even Abraham Lincoln had a pet goat in the White House during his presidency. Although most people don't keep standard dairy goats as pets anymore, pygmy goats are popular as pets, thanks to their compact sizes and friendly dispositions. These grass-eaters are similar to small dogs in size and are generally considered easy to care for.

Pygmy goats aren't as high maintenance as standard goats, but they still require shelters that are at least 8 by 10 feet (2.4 by 3 meters) with 4-foot (1.2 meters) high fencing, suggests the National Pygmy Goat Association (NPGA). They are very sociable and are happier in a herd atmosphere or with other pygmies to befriend. A balanced diet for these creatures includes grass hay, brush and leaves. While most livestock vets will treat pygmy goats, you should locate one before bringing home your unique pet.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


The rheas are ratites (flightless birds, with unkeeled sterna) in the genus Rhea, native to South America. There are two existing species: the Greater or American Rhea and the Lesser Rhea.

Rheas tend to be silent birds with the exception being when they are chicks or when the male is seeking a mate. During the non-breeding season they may form flocks of between 10 and 100 birds, although the lesser rhea forms smaller flocks than this. When in danger they flee in a zigzag course, utilizing first one wing then the other, similar to a rudder. During breeding season the flocks break up.

They are omnivorous and prefer to eat broad-leafed plants, but also eat seeds, roots, fruit, lizards, beetles, grasshoppers, and carrion.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Scorpions as Pets

There are approximately 1,500 different species of scorpions roaming the world right now. They can live in a variety of habitats including rain forests, woodlands, deserts, grasslands and everywhere in between. Most prefer warmer tropical or subtropical climates.

They prey upon a wide variety of animals and insects and all have the ability to sting. Even though a sting can hurt, very few scorpions are dangerous to humans.

Keeping scorpions as pets is becoming increasingly more popular. They are relatively inexpensive to buy and require very little maintenance, much in the way of set up, or care.

They can be easily found at pet shops, reptile shows and online dealers and breeders. If you are looking for an interesting and unique pet, a scorpion makes an excellent choice.

Click here for the guide on caring for pet scorpions

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Guidelines for Choosing a Pet Spider

Spiders are fascinating creatures to watch, but before purchasing one for yourself, it is best to do your homework so you will be able to properly determine whether spider ownership is both a good fit for you and the other members of your household. These fascinating creatures are special, and while they are not excessively demanding in their care, you should have the same amount of dedication to caring for them as for any other pet.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

After Days of Intense Search, Lost Dogs Return Home When They Smell Family Cooking Breakfast

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When two mischievous pups dashed away from their owners into the wilderness, their humans were worried that they would never see them ever again.

Upon smelling their favorite food, however, the dogs eventually came home.

When miniature schnauzers Charlie and Theo were out with their owners Liz and Graham Hamson on a walk last week, the pups ran into a foggy forest and did not return.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hot Weather Safety Tips

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts, click here.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Capybaras as Pets

Before you go ahead and adopt a capybara, reconsider your choices.

While they are extraordinary animals and are very tame, there are many drawbacks to keep a capybara as a pet.

First and foremost, in some places, it is illegal to keep them as pets. In Texas and Pennsylvania it is allowed to keep them, and in many other places, you would need to consult your local legislation to see if you need any special permit.

But legal formalities aside, make sure you understand what keeping a capybara as a pet involves.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Chinchilla Care Sheet

Chinchillas have an inquisitive and gentle nature, but also have a lot of energy.

Click here for the information on how to take care for Chinchillas.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How to Add Years to Your Pet's Life

Anyone who has ever had a dog or cat wishes just one thing — that he or she has a healthy and long life. Here are five tips that can help your pet do just that.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Taking Care of Stick Insects

Keeping stick insects as pets can be great fun for everyone. Some species are very easy to keep, while others pose more of a challenge to the real insect enthusiast. For everyone there is a nice species to keep, but all species require care. This page will take you through all the basics of caring for any stick insect species.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lovebirds as Pets

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There are several species of lovebirds in the world but not all of them are kept as pets. The most commonly seen species that are also pets are peach faced lovebirds (Agapornis roseicollis), masked lovebirds (Agapornis personata), and Fischer's lovebirds (Agapornis fischeri). There are also many color mutations found in peach-faced lovebirds and several color mutations in some of the other lovebird species so the color combinations are endless.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017


Alpacas are domesticated versions of vicuñas, South American ruminants that live high in the Andes. Alpacas are related to the llama, which is a domesticated version of another wild Andean ruminant, the guanaco. While llamas are used as pack animals, alpacas are raised mainly for their soft wool.

Alpacas are very social creatures. They are gentle and curious and with training can become great pets. Herds often include animals of different species or taxonomic families, such as llamas, goats and sheep.

Alpacas spit when they are distressed or feel threatened. They will sometimes spit at each other when they are competing for food or trying to establish dominance. They won't spit at people unless they have been abused.

As herbivores, alpacas only eat vegetation. They eat mostly grass, but their diets can also include leaves wood, bark or stems. Like other ruminants, alpacas have a three-chambered stomach that digests the roughage efficiently.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Why Keep Llamas?

In our opinion the potential of these intelligent and versatile animals is underestimated. They have a range of uses many of which are relevant to areas such as here in western Norway. They are not true ruminants and are more closely related to camels than other breeds of domestic livestock. They can thrive on poor quality grazing and will eat most vegetation, including saplings, nettles, bushes, etc. They are therefore suitable for grazing marginal areas and holding the landscape open.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Pet Snake Guide for Beginners

#1 CHOOSE A GOOD BEGINNER SNAKE. You might think any old snake will do, but you would be wrong. Many experts would recommend the corn snake, ball python, and kingsnake as good pet snakes.

#2 KNOW THE COMMITMENT. Just how long do snakes live? It depends on the species, but most snakes tend to live long lives. For example, corn snakes have a lifespan of 5-10 years, ball pythons can live for 20-30 years, and kingsnakes often live for 12-15 years. Make sure you do your research on the type of snake you want beforehand to determine if you're ready for the time commitment that comes with it.

#3 KNOW THE RISKS. We’re not just talking bites here (though the risk is small, accidents can happen). Snakes, like all reptiles, can carry Salmonella, which can leave you feeling quite ill (it’s not a good idea to have a snake with kids under five because of this). If you have children in the house, make sure they learn to wash their hands after handling the snake. And you? Wash your hands, too!

#4 UNDERSTAND WHAT SNAKES LIKE. Snakes are, by nature, typically solitary creatures. They most definitely do not enjoy crowds or loud noises, so you can just forget about taking them to see the latest Taylor Swift concert. And because of this solitary nature, it’s usually best to have just one snake per habitat. Try to keep the snake handling to a minimum, as most snakes aren't the touchy-feely type. However, you do need to handle your snake for about five minutes a day so it is accustomed to human contact. They also love consistency and routine (who knew?), so stick to the same routine for feeding, changing of water, and cleaning the tank.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

How to Choose the Pet Bug That's Right for You

Like any pet, there’s a lot to consider with bug ownership—time, money and space being key concerns—and there are trendy pet bugs as much as their are trendy designer dogs. Ramsey’s journey began with books, and a lot of trial and error to figure out what kinds of food and living conditions different bugs required (errors oftentimes resulting in dead insects). Since his first pill bugs and earwigs, Ramsey has raised nine different species of praying mantis and several species of millipedes, spiders, and (really huge) stick insects, to name a few. Four giant silk moths currently flutter around his office space.

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