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Care of Guinea Pigs

December 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Exotic Mammals

Introduction Guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) are rodents native to South America and were raised by the Incas for food and for use during religious ceremonies.  Today, these animals are raised as pets and laboratory research animals.  Guinea pigs are lively, interactive, gentle pets.  They are… Read more

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Care of Ferrets

December 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Ferrets

Ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) are carnivores in the family Mustelidae, and are related to weasels, mink, badgers, and otters.  Male ferrets are called hobs, females are called jills, and babies are kits.  Breeding age is reached between the ages of 4 and 8 months of age, although most ferrets… Read more

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Care of Bearded Dragons

December 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Reptiles

Adapted from a handout written by Scott Stahl, DVM, DABVP (Avian). Housing Bearded dragons can be housed alone, in breeding pairs, or in groups with one male and two or more females.  Provide a terrarium size of at least 72 inches long by 16 inches wide by 17 inches high for a single adult… Read more

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Dental Disease in Ferrets

December 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Dentistry, Ferrets

Maintaining good dental health is very important in the pet ferret. Lack of good oral hygiene leads to plaque and subsequent tartar, which can trap bacteria resulting in gingivitis (gum inflammation) and with time infection of the tooth roots and loss of teeth. Additionally, bacteria from an… Read more

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Pet Insurance

December 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Pet Care Library

Do yourself and your new puppy a favor by enrolling in pet insurance as soon as possible. Most companies won’t cover pre-existing conditions, so the best time to enroll is when your puppy is perfectly healthy! Pet insurance companies and options have expanded greatly in the past few years,… Read more

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Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

December 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Dogs

Also known as hypoglycemia, this is a common, yet serious, condition that most often affects very young and toy breed puppies.  Symptoms can include weakness, lethargy, trembling, slowness to wake up, and sometimes seizures. If you suspect your puppy is experiencing low blood sugar, rub a small… Read more

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