9 Things to Keep in Mind for Dog Halloween Costumes and Parades

Halloween is an exciting time for humans and dogs. But you want to make sure your dog is safe and comfortable, too. Let’s take a look at how to make this Halloween the best one yet!

Here's how to make the most of dog Halloween costumes and the holiday itself. Photography ©adogslifephoto | Getty Images.

Dog Halloween costumes, parades and parties are among the most fun social activities you can do with your dog. Everyone puts a lot of heart and creativity into the costumes, and there’s a lot of laughter to go around. Here’s how to prep both you and your dog for a safe and fabulous time.

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Top 5 Tips To Protect The Health Of Your Reptiles

The popularity of reptile pets continues to grow. Consequently, more reptiles are being presented to veterinarians, and owner’s expectations regarding their veterinary care are also increasing. Although reptiles are promoted as low-maintenance pets, they still require daily attention. Do your homework, and research what is involved in caring for a reptile, including the habits and behavior of different species, housing, heating, humidity, lighting, cleaning, feeding and any other relevant husbandry information, before selecting the species that you want to keep. Once you’ve made your choice, the following tips will help you to keep that herp healthy.

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Guinea Pig Feeding Guide – Which Foods Are Best?

Where do guinea pigs come from?

And no, we don’t mean ‘Pets at Home’, but rather, where they come from originally…which is the Andes in South America. This is one of the world’s longest mountain ranges, a rocky environment consisting of rocky slopes, grassland, woods, and forests.

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What has this to do with feeding your guinea pig?

By understanding what guinea pigs eat in the wild, it unlocks what to give your pet pig for a healthy diet. For starters, guinea pigs are vegetarian, living off plant material. Indeed, the majority of a feral guinea pig’s diet is made up of grass, dried grass, or herbage. The guinea pig’s gut has adapted to harvest maximum nutrition out of this low calorie food and it’s what they do best on.  Too much rich food has the opposite effect and leads to problems such as obesity and poor teeth.

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How to Stop Kitten Biting

Kitten biting can be cute and harmless when your cat is a baby, but can turn painful as cats get bigger. Here’s how to stop kitten biting the right way.

When my former pet, Leroy, was a kitten, he loved to pounce on anything that moved — including hands, feet and the legs of people (or animals) passing by where he crouched. In fact, he liked biting our hands as much as he liked biting his toys. What seemed cute when Leroy was tiny soon became painful as he became more agile and a little bigger. What was the fascination with biting us? He loved being around us and enjoyed our company — so why bite the people you love? Why do kittens bite and how do you stop kitten biting appropriately and effectively before those cute kitten bites become serious cat bites?

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Let’s Talk Dog Exercise — How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need Every Day?

When it comes to dog exercise, how much exercise does a dog need every day based on breed and age? How do you exercise your dog if you’re short on time?

A man running outside with his dog on a leash on a trail.

How much exercise does a dog need a day? Between busy work schedules and family responsibilities, it’s hard to keep up with daily dog exercise needs. Let’s review dog activity suggestions based on your pup’s breed and age, and how to exercise your dog even if you’re short on time.

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Bird Beak Health

Even though the quality of a bird’s beak is key to the health of the overall bird, it can be difficult for bird owners to assess the health of their bird’s mouth, and even more difficult for them to figure out how to treat beak problems if any should arise. We will discuss common beak problems that arise in parrots and other types of captive pet birds, look at ways that we can promote and maintain optimal beak health in our feathered friends, and learn how to identify and fix beak problems that can lead to big health issues for our birds. Becoming more aware of the condition of your bird’s beak will allow you to formulate a more accurate estimation of his or her overall health, and make it easier for you to provide the best possible care for your beloved pet.

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

Although it might not be something you’d normally think about, a pet bird’s beak is susceptible to several common problems.

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Is Your Cat Peeing Blood? Here’s What Could Be at Play

A cat peeing blood could mean a number of things — from conditions that are mild and easily treatable to serious illnesses that need attention ASAP.

Paying attention to your cat’s daily routine is important. Normal eating, drinking and elimination means it’s “business as usual.” But your cat peeing blood is another story. If your cat has blood in her urine it’s time to make an appointment with the veterinarian. The causes for a cat peeing blood run the gamut. A cat peeing blood could be something mild and passing or it might be caused by something life-threatening. Let’s find out what blood in cat pee looks like, its major causes, and what you can do to prevent, cure or manage the condition causing this alarming symptom!

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