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Tip of the Week: Health & Grooming for Rabbit

It is very important that you handle your rabbit / bunny often. In this way you will form a bond with them and know when something is wrong. Grooming your rabbit gives you an opportunity to do this.

bunny rabbit grooming

Grooming for Rabbit

Rabbits are very clean animals and spend a lot of time grooming themselves. Unless you have a long haired breed like an Angora or Lionhead which must be groomed twice weekly, your rabbit will require little grooming.

Here’s a few daily care

  • Brush the coat to remove any matting or loose dirt.
  • Check length of nails and clip if necessary.
  • Check ears for mites, fleas and any redness which could be a sign of infection
  • Check eyes for any discharges by lifting their eyelids and assess if their lids are pink in color. Bring them to the vet once you notice any swelling, redness and discoloration in their eyes.
  • Check for nasal discharge.
    - Rabbits should not have discharge from their noses. Consult the vet if yours does as they may have respiratory infection.
  • Check the teeth regularly.
    - Rabbit needs healthy teeth to chew properly. With healthy teeth the upper incisors should just reach over the lower incisors.

 
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Guidelines for Flea and Tick Treatment

A topical flea & tick treatment for dogs is a spot-on product that is applied on your pet, usually once a month, to eliminate and control fleas and ticks. Topical products are easy to administer and the most effective medicines available in the market for flea and tick control. Topical spot-on products efficiently kill adult fleas and inhibit the growth and development of new fleas. Some of the popular products in this category are Frontline Combo, Advantix for dogs, Advantage for dogs and Advocate for dogs. This article will help you understand the methods, benefits and precautions related to Topical Treatment for Dogs.

Frontline plus for dogs fleas ticks

One of the popular Flea and Tick Treatment

Frontline Combo for dogs is widely considered to be one of the most effective spot-on treatments for the prevention of flea infestation and control of brown dog ticks, paralysis ticks and biting lice on dogs and puppies. It’s easy to use, offers quick and effective treatment for fleas and ticks, and delivers continuous protection for up to a month. As it is waterproof, moisture does not affect the medicine. This allows the pet to continue to swim and bathe, even after the application of medicine.

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Photographing Birds

The following is a several basic tips we have learn along the way, we hope that they may assist you with your photography.

photograph bird

Photo Credit: Mr Chan Hok Chee

General

Bad or lackluster photos are caused from laziness. Unfortunately, too many photographers, amateurs and professionals, will approach a photo assignment with a pre-conceived notion of attack – mostly from “history of style” and wanting to play it safe.

Rarely, will the photographer step back, put down the camera and size up the assignment before proceeding. Instead, many of us will execute the photo from the angle we initially approached the subject, never thinking to study the subject and its environment first.

Hold It Steady

A problem with many photographs is that they’re blurry. Avoid ‘camera shake’ by holding the camera steady.

Use both hands, resting your elbows on your chest, or use a wall for support. Relax, don’t tense up. You’re a marksman/woman holding a gun and it must be steady to shoot.

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Hamster Care – Caring For The Eyes And Ears

Caring for the Ears:
You do not need to help most hamster to keep their ears clean. In fact, hamsters seem to take great pride in giving themselves a daily cleaning. The truth is, hamsters will spend up to 20 percent of the day cleaning themselves.

dwaft hamster

If your hamster’s ears seem red, inflamed, or infected you should take a closer look. You may also want to check the ears if your hamster is scratching excessively. Ear mites are another potential problem for your hamster. You can usually tell if you hamster has ear mites because you will see the small black parasites. If left untreated, they can result in serious issues for the hamster.

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Tip of the Week: Vitamin C for Guinea Pig – How much is enough?

guinea pig food A balance diet of water, grass hay and pellets, as well as vegetables and fruits are needed to provide a good source of nutrients, vitamins and to keep your guinea pig in pink of health. But how do we know that the vitamin C provided is adequate?

Generally, Guinea pigs need 10 to 30 mg/kg or more of Vitamin C daily, usually obtainable from their diet.

Guinea pig are pretty active and they can move around a lot. If you notice any change in your guinea pig, such as barely moving when you go to pick it up or not doing anything but lying down all day then be sure to increase Vitamin C intake for a week to see if condition improves as this can be a sign of scurvy.

Some symptoms of signs of deficiency

  • Not eating, loss of weight
  • Weakness, unwillingness to move
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore or stiff limb joints, which resulted in hopping instead of walking
  • Rough coat, bleeding bums
  • Poor bone development

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Dog Panting: What Can Cause A Dog To Pant

Every breed of dog pants sometimes, either when they are exhausted after vigorous exercise, being stressed or in pain. When we care for dogs we have to be aware that a dog does not sweat over his entire body like we do. Because of his body being covered with either a thick or thin furry coat; instead he sweats mainly through the pads of his feet. There is an additional way an overheated dog cools his body down and that is by panting and breathing rapidly with his mouth wide open and his tongue pushed forward.

Dog panting

Dogs cool down after playing

As a dog heats up he exposes more of his tongue and opens his mouth wider to increase the moist surface area for quicker cooling by using the process of evaporation. A Dog will also pant when he or she is nervous, much the same as we might sweat when we are worried or anxious. Continue reading

What To Expect As A Dog Ages

dog Anyone who gets a puppy that intends to love and cherish it throughout its life will have to accept the fact it will eventually get older. Sad but that’s the reality. This is likely to come sooner than most dog owners would like to think about. Dogs simply don’t live as long as humans. With this in mind, it’s reasonable to expect their aging process moves a whole lot more quickly, too.

 

The general rule of thumb is that dogs typically have a lifespan that falls in at less than 20 years. Smaller breeds tend to live a bit longer than larger breeds. The typical range for a small dog involves an upper reach of nearly 20 years. The very large breeds don’t tend to live longer than 10 years. There are exceptions to the rules, however. Some dogs have been known to live upward of three decades.

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How To Select The Best Pet Boarding Facilities

dogAlthough most people would prefer it if their furry friends could accompany them wherever they go there are times when the family dog or cat needs to stay behind. Everyone who needs to leave their pet while they are away wants to find a great boarding facility that will take good care of their cat or dog. Most kennels assure pet owners that they provide excellent care but unfortunately, this is not always the case. This is why it is so important for pet owners to find out whether the pet boarding facility they are considering lives up to its claims.

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