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  • Behavior Problems? We have answers.

    Behavior Problems? We have answers.

    Learn about behavior from our team of experts. Whether you have cats, dogs, reptiles, horses or birds, we can help you learn to live with them. Read More
  • All About Horses

    All About Horses

    Learn about equine science, whether you're an aspiring rider or a long-time owner, we have the latest in products, breeds, and more. Read More
  • Traveling with Pets

    Traveling with Pets

    Be sure to check this section out before you hit the road with your pet! We've got a look at pet-friendly hotels, the guidelines of air, train, bus and auto travel, and much more. Read More
  • All About Critters

    All About Critters

    Take a look at what it means to have ferrets, rabbits, mice, rats, guinea pigs, and more. Read More
  • All About Reptiles

    All About Reptiles

    A look at our cold-blooded friends and discovering how to care for these fun loving creatures! Read More
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  • Animal Waste Blended into $5,000 Skincare Products

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    When it comes to skincare, there are few things women (and men) won't do to have younger, more beautiful skin. But, even I was surprised to see this skin care brand infusing waste into their 3-step skincare program (no matter how rare and expensive the product may be). That may not even be the worst part - the complete set costs $4,494. As a friend of mine once told me, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public."

    [For the record, civets are not cats. But they look like cats, they are often referred to as "civet cats", and honestly "cat poop" makes for a more entertaining story. See below for why the use of civets is not only stupid, but immoral.] Read More
  • Natural Ways to Treat Your Cat's Upper Respiratory Infection

    Treating Your Cat's URI NaturallyBeing a pet parent would be so much easier if they could tell us exactly what’s wrong, where it hurts and what we can do to make it better.  (We could also finally figure out what the heck they’re up to when we’re not home.)

    Every good pet owner knows that having a sick pet is no fun.  Not only do you wish you could take the pain away but you’re also stressing about vet bills, ruined household items and whether or not everything will be okay when you come home each day.

    If you suspect that your cat is suffering from an upper respiratory infection (URI), there’s good news and bad news: 

    The good news is that URIs are basically just the feline version of a cold - they go away with time and the cost of treatment isn’t high.

    The bad news is that there’s no immediate cure and your pet may have to suffer through one to three weeks of being sick before they finally feel like themselves again. It's also highly contagious, so if you have other animals, you should plan on isolating your cat until they are free from symptoms. 

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  • 5 Pet-Safe Ways to Remove Ice

    I'll be honest - we don't have much of a call to worry about ice or snow in my neck of the woods. We experience a hard freeze maybe five times a year, but by mid-morning the ice is gone. That said, we have a lot of readers who do have snow and for this reason, we want to talk about ice melts and the safest ones to use around animals. 

    Snow blowers, shovels, and even "powered brooms" are simple to use - and given the option, we prefer those for snow removal. But my days growing up in Utah remind me  you need something different for ice removal. Rock salt is effective, but let's face it - it's hard on cars, people and pets. Besides, who wants to salt a walkway and have it melt into your garden? That's the stuff of ancient lore (remember "salting the earth" so no one could live there again?). 

    There are safer alternatives for the paws of our pets and wildlife (and our gardens). We're taking a look at five of them today... 

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  • 5 Ways to Help Birds in Winter

    We're looking at ways that we can help our feathered friends during winter. 

    In case you didn't know, birds serve as a sort of "barometer" of our planet's health, particularly when it comes to measuring the health of a specific ecosystem. And let me tell you, the news is not exactly encouraging. Nearly 12 percent of the world's 9,800 species are facing extinction in the next century. 

    We want to help birds and we know you do too. So we've come up with a list that we hope you'll share with others on how you can help birds in winter. Here are five simple ways! 

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  • Keeping Pets Calm During Holidays and Travel

    Anxiety is one of the most common issues we face with ourselves and our pets at any time of year, but nerves seem to become even more strained during the holidays. These are some helpful tips for keeping pets calm and people safe during the busiest time of the year.

    Remember that calming pets is not a “one size fits all”. Some animals will react very favorably to certain remedies, while others will react poorly. Patience will be your strongest weapon as pets adjust to, and learn to trust, their new environment. Never give up on a pet – we have yet to see a case that can’t be resolved with some ingenuity and hard work.

    Giving your pets an option to leave a crowded room is one of the most important things you can do. It may be beneficial to even keep pets in a quiet room until things quiet down (which has the added benefit of making sure no one accidentally lets them escape during a party. Whatever you do, the safety of your pets and guests should be a top concern.

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Dogs that can't Swim and Some that just aren't very good at it

Summer is officially here in the desert and we have reached temperatures in excess of 100 degrees, so you know Read More

Disaster preparedness with pets

September is National Animal Preparedness Month. Some natural disasters require that you evacuate your entire family, pets included. Wildfires, floods, Read More

Keeping Aquariums Alive During Summer Blackouts

Summer is on the way, and that means possible brown outs (power shortages) and even blackouts (power outages) for most Read More

Keeping Pets Safe from Coyotes

No matter where you live, you’ve likely had to deal with wildlife. Whether its mountain lions and coyotes, or squirrels Read More

5 Questions to Ask Before Getting Chickens

There is a lot of interest in chicken keeping these days. With the cost of food skyrocketing, chickens can be Read More

TrackR Uses Crowd GPS To Locate Your Pets

It's tough finding a GPS collar or tag that is small enough for your cat or tiny dog to wear, Read More
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Let's face it - bunnies are just adorable. I totally understand why someone would want to surprise their kids with a rabbit (especially during certain times of the year, like the fast-approaching Easter holiday). After all, their fur feels just as we would imagine clouds would feel – and that nose wiggle gets me every time. They suck us in with their cuteness, but the bottom line is that rabbits are a very serious addition to the family, and before taking the leap, one needs to consider the time and effort it will take to have a rabbit in their home just as they would if it were a cat or a dog.

Even the smallest bunny needs a lot of care, and we’re going to help you discover if you’re ready to have a bunny in your life. If you answer “no” to any of the following questions, you may need to stick to a toy bunny (like these – I want one!).

 

Rabbit Adoption Checklist

  • I am able and willing to (you, not your kids – we know how that works!):
  • Read up on rabbit care so that I’m fully informed before purchasing one.
  • Have my rabbit spayed or neutered.
  • Spend the money and take the time to purchase, prepare, and feed my rabbit a proper diet of quality rabbit pellets, fresh hay, and veggies.
  • Buy a quality cage for my rabbit to nest in.
  • Bunny-proof your home to protect your rabbit and your stuff.
  • Understand that chewing is not a bad thing for a rabbit; it’s how they keep their teeth trimmed.
  • Have a rabbit who doesn’t like to be held or cuddled.
  • Clean my rabbit’s cage as often as needed – even if that means every day.
  • Allow my rabbit a minimum of three hours a day of exercise time outside of his or her cage.
  • Take my rabbit to the vet for check-ups and emergency visits as needed.
  • Spend time hanging out with the rabbit on the floor to develop a bond and trust.
  • Care for a rabbit in my home for 8 to 12 years – the average life span of an indoor rabbit.

There is a lot more to bunny adoption than meets the eye. If this checklist hasn’t made you second-guess your desire for a pet rabbit, head on over to the House Rabbit Society which has a ton of great information on rabbit care. If after reading over that site you still want a rabbit, check out the nifty chews, toys, and other rabbit care products at The Busy Bunny. You’ll find some great items to help make your home a welcome place for your new rabbit.

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