Is Your Macaw a Male or Female?

In most macaw species it is difficult to distinguish a male from a female based on physical characteristics; therefore, endoscopy or laboratory methods must be used for sex determination in breeding facilities. Credit: Used with permission of the Zoological Education Network. Related posts: Vital Statistics: Rabbits What your veterinarian looks for in a healthy Hedgehog

Avalanche dogs come to the rescue

If you ever find yourself the victim of an avalanche, you had better hope the leader of your search and rescue team is a dog.  Canines’ keen senses allow them to smell things that humans cannot see.  So if someone is buried underneath an avalanche, it’s likely the one who will dictate whether it’s a life or death situation is, indeed, man’s best friend. Skiers, mountain climbers and high-altitude hikers alike don’t think

Positive side effects of pet ownership for children

Dogs and other animals can help children cope with a variety of ailments — depression, emotional disorders, and even poor immune function. Pets are also good preventive medicine for healthy children to help them avoid developing allergies, increasing weight, or becoming social outcasts.  Pets can also teach children empathy and compassion. “Children in dog-owning families have more traditional values, better academic achievement, and greater respect for their parents,” said Elizabeth

Winning Over Your Partner's Pet

Introducing your pet to your new boyfriend or girlfriend can be a big step. Imagine this: You think you’ve just met the guy or girl of your dreams. You’ve been on a few dates and everything’s going great. So much so, that tonight, you’re going to introduce the person to your very best friend: your dog. You’re sure it’ll feel as strongly about your new love interest as you do.

What Should You Feed Your Hampster?

Hamsters should be fed commercial pellets specifically designed for small rodents. Young hamsters begin eating solid food at 7-10 days of age, so food and water must be accessible for their smaller size. Treats may include such items as tiny bits of apple (no seeds or skin), raisins and walnuts. Drinking water is provided via sipper tubes. The water should be changed daily to ensure that the tube is functional

Vital Statistics: Rabbits

Body length: 6-12 inches (15-30 cm) Body weight: 2-20 pounds (1-9 kg) (depends on breed) Sexual maturity: Male: 4-7 months (dwarf breeds mature at a younger age) Female: 4-9 months Average life span: 5 years (max 15) Credit: Used with permission of the Zoological Education Network Related posts: No related posts.

Vital statistics: Canary

Body length: 4-7 inches (10-18 cm) Body weight: 12-30 grams Age of sexual maturity: 5 months Life span: 20-25 years Related posts: Vital Statistics: Gerbils Vital Statistics: Rabbits