Your Dog's Destructive Chewing Habit

Dogs, especially puppies, explore their environment by sniffing, tasting, and often chewing on objects throughout the home. Dogs that chew may also be scavenging for food (as in garbage raiding), playing (chewing apart a book or pillow), teething (puppies 3-6 months old), or satisfying a natural canine urge to chew and gnaw (which may serve to help keep teeth and gums healthy).  Some dogs chew because they receive attention (even

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Vital Statistics: Gerbils

Body length (no tail): 3-6 inches (7-15 cm) Total body weight: 50-80 grams (females), 80-130 grams (males) Age of sexual maturity: 65-85 days Average life span in captivity: 3-5 years Related posts: Vital Statistics: Rabbits

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

Birdwatching in Urban Areas

Andrew Redden is an avid backyard birdwatcher. From his rear window, he has, on various occasions, spied doves, robins, cardinals, blue jays, three varieties of sparrow, finches, mockingbirds, catbirds, and juncos. He’s even spotted a group of parrots that make regular visits to a neighbor’s tall mulberry tree, squawking up a storm as they gorge on the sweet, sticky fruit. His “yard,” by the way, measures 30 by 20 feet

Serum Biochemistry Profile on your Pet: What does it tell us?

The serum biochemistry profile refers to the chemical analysis of the liquid portion of the blood (versus the blood cells).  This part of the blood is called the serum.  It provides information about organ function in the body.  Your veterinarian may want to perform a single test, a group of tests to evaluate a single organ or organ system, or a comprehensive profile.  A serum biochemistry profile is one of

Obesity in cats and dogs

It is estimated that nearly half of the dogs and many of the cats in the United States are overweight, or obese, which indicates a serious weight problem. Pets generally love to eat, and, just like in people, this love of food can pack on the pounds. An easy way to estimate the proper weight for your dog is to feel the ribs and points on top of the backbone. These

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

Is your Chinchilla a male or a female?

Male chinchillas do not have a scrotum, and the testes mostly remain in the abdominal cavity. The easiest way to sex these rodents is by the anogenital distance: female chinchillas have a very short distance between their anus and their urinary and reproductive opening, while males have a gap between their anus and their penis. Female chinchillas should be bred young or their pelvis will fuse and they may have