Owning a pet can be a highly rewarding experience, but there are many people that may not be particularly attracted to the idea of owning dogs or cats. Whether this is due to personal taste or living somewhere that bans these animals, a pet lizard may be an excellent alternative. While these pets can be low maintenance, it is an unfortunate fact that new lizard owners may make some mistakes when caring for these animals. To avoid some common errors, you should use the following two tips. Allow The Lizard Time To Adjust It can be easy to want to show off your lizard or to spend hours watching it. However, you should be aware that the first few days in its new environment can be rather stressful for it. As a result, you should make sure to allow the lizard plenty of privacy to explore and adjust to the new surroundings. To help with this process, you should make sure to have something in the cage that the lizard can hide under. While you may want to be able to see your lizard, it is important for it to have a space that it can use to rest. Use A Calendar To Create A Cleaning Schedule Lizards may be low maintenance, but cleaning the terrarium is an unavoidable part of owning these animals. Unfortunately, many people can forget to clean the lizards environment on a regular basis, and this simple mistake can both lower your lizards quality of life and lead to potentially serious infections and other health complications. To make sure you never accidentally miss a cleaning, you should make sure to always mark on a calendar the days that the habitat will need to be cleaned. Typically, this will need to be done at least once every couple of weeks, but the exact needs will vary based on the type of lizard that you own. While cleaning the terrarium can be a rather unpleasant task, failing to do this basic task can making your lizard’s skin more likely to be covered with harmful bacteria, which can make handling your pet a far more dangerous task than necessary. Caring for your pet lizard does not have to be a difficult or confusing task. If you have never owned a lizard, remembering these two tips should help you to avoid some mistakes that can lower the quality of life that your new pet will...

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If you have a pet or farm animal that you suspect is pregnant (or one that you are hoping is pregnant), then you will want to engage the veterinary services of an experienced and qualified vet. Depending on the size of the animal, the pregnancy check is very different for each kind of animal. Here is what you can expect, based upon the size and type of animal you want checked for pregnancy. Pregnancy Checks for Horses and Cows Pregnancy checks on cows are often done by placing a gloved hand and arm into the cow’s rectum. Because the cow’s rectum rests over the top of the uterus (and the uterus should not be disturbed during a pregnancy), the vet is able to palpate the uterus through the rectum and lower colon. A hard and/or enlarged uterus tells the vet that your cow is indeed pregnant. Horses may be checked for pregnancy the same way, but many mares resist this method. Thankfully, if your vet has a mobile fetal ultrasound for horses, your mare can be checked for pregnancy using this piece of equipment. The ultrasound camera is much smaller and less invasive than a human arm and hand, and the camera can be inserted directly into the mare’s vagina to get a clearer picture of the uterus and its contents. Pregnancy Checks on Sheep, Pigs, Goats and other Medium-Sized Livestock On these medium-sized farm animals, a pregnancy check involves feeling around the animal’s abdomen and listing for signs of life inside the abdomen.  A hard, stretched abdomen, as well as teats that may begin trickling milk, are signs that your sheep, pigs, goats or other female livestock are expecting. The vet may also use a stethoscope to listen for additional heartbeats and/or fetal movement. Pregnancy Checks on Cats and Dogs Pregnancy checks on cats and dogs are a little bit different than pregnancy checks on medium-sized livestock simply because dogs and cats are easier to transport into the vet’s clinic. Once your pet is in the clinic, the vet may conduct some of the same tests done on pregnant livestock, but with the addition of blood tests and maybe even an x-ray to confirm the presence of (and number of) babies. If an x-ray is performed, then the vet may even be able to see if the babies are in trouble or see if your mama pet may need help with the delivery. Pregnancy Checks on Smaller Mammalian Pets Unfortunately the only way a vet can check your small mammalian pets for pregnancy is through a blood test. Palpation could harm the babies if they are present, and...

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Do you have a chihuahua who has been resting a lot lately? Prompt attention from a veterinarian is in the best interest of your dog, as she might be pregnant and need to be closely monitored until the puppies are delivered. Below, learn a few helpful things that will help you cope with your chihuahua being pregnant so you will know what to expect along the way.  How Does a Dog Behave When Pregnant? Besides laying around and resting all day, you might also notice that your pet seems to spend time in the same spot all of the time. For instance, she might stay hidden in a corner inside your home or on the porch if she is not a house pet. You will also notice that your chihuahua is a lot moodier than she used to be. She might bark a lot and become irritable if someone tries to play with her. You might also notice a change in her appetite, as well as frequent vomiting. Why Does a Pregnant Chihuahua Need Attention from a Veterinarian? The first reason for making a prompt appointment with a vet for your chihuahua is so she can be properly diagnosed with being pregnant. The vet will also examine your pet to determine if she is ill in any way so that it can be treated without harming the growing puppies. The most important reason your chihuahua needs attention from a vet is because of her body size, as being pregnant with multiple puppies can end up causing her harm if not monitored the right way. For instance, she might need to undergo a C-section at an animal hospital when her stomach reaches a certain size. Early admission into the animal hospital for close monitoring until delivery will likely be necessary if your pet requires a C-section. What Will Be Charged for a Chihuahua to Have a C-Section? If your chihuahua is further along in the pregnancy than you think and needs to undergo an immediate C-section, you will end up spending more money. The overall health condition of your pet will determine how long she will need to remain in the hospital. You should be prepared to pay at least $500 for a non-emergency C-section to be performed. The procedure can cost up to $2,000 on the highest end of the scale. Contact a veterinarian (such as one from All Care Pet Hospital of Harbour Point) about how your chihuahua has been behaving so he or she can determine if she is pregnant or...

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Online pet pharmacies claim to offer convenience and lower prices on pet medications than the local veterinarian’s office. However, there are several reasons you should skip the online pet pharmacies and stick to buying medications for your pet in person from your veterinarian. If you are considering shopping online for pet medications, consider the following information before making a purchase. Counterfeit Medications The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has investigated many online pet pharmacies, discovering that many of these pharmacies sell counterfeit products. All of these products are dangerous to pets, however, pain reliever medications and heartworm preventatives are especially dangerous to give to pets without the oversight of a licensed veterinarian. Counterfeit products are made with no quality control, and there is no way for pet owners to know what substances are actually in these products. The products may be full of harmful chemicals, and may also lack the actual medicinal properties that are essential to keep pets healthy. It is actually cheaper to buy approved medications from your local vet, so you can be sure that your pet is being treated properly and you won’t have to go back later to fix a medical issue that you thought you were preventing with regular medication for your pet. Expired & Improperly Stored Medications Online pet pharmacies do not go through the same channels a licensed veterinarian goes through to obtain the products they sell. Some online pet pharmacies buy old stock from veterinarians or products with dubious origins. This can lead to consumers purchasing pet medications that are nearing or past their expiration dates. These medications may also be stored improperly. Improper storage in extreme heat, extreme cold or dirty storage conditions can render the medication ineffective at best, and deadly to your pet at worst. Since there is no way to know the chain of custody for the medications sold at online pet pharmacies, it is best to protect your pet’s health and purchase from your local veterinarian. Local vets usually purchase directly from the manufacturer, or from a licensed distributor, so you can be sure that your pet’s medications are fresh and properly stored. Overseas Pharmacies Several online pet pharmacies are located outside of the United States. As a result, there is no control of these pharmacies by the FDA. With this lack of oversight, these pharmacies are free to sell medications that are expired, diluted, or otherwise tampered with. These pharmacies also sell medications that require prescriptions, without requiring customers to provide an actual prescription from the pet’s doctor. This can result in customers getting the wrong type of medication for their pet,...

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The abundance of the holiday season can present health risks and other dangers for your cat. Foods that are perfectly suitable (at least in moderation) for pet owners can prove harmful or fatal for their feline companions. Other non-edible items might be consumed by a cat just because they look or smell inviting. Cats are also more exposed to additional physical danger around the holiday season because of the arrival of numerous family members and other visitors. Foods that can be harmful or fatal to your cat Alcohol- Mixed with a tempting beverage or given to a cat by a drunken prankster, alcohol can cause coma or death in small quantities. Caffeine- It can be fatal in sufficient quantities, and although a cat may not be interested in coffee, tea, or other caffeinated drinks, it can be consumed in unusual ways.  Coffee grounds mixed with discarded food in a trash container may prove tempting to a cat. Chocolate- Although cats are not usually interested, uninformed guests, particular children, may offer chocolate as a treat. While the caffeine in chocolate is harmful in itself, the real culprit is theobromine, which can be fatal in sufficient quantities. Darker chocolate has the highest levels of this toxic agent. Raisins- A staple of many holiday treats, raisins, along with grapes, can cause kidney failure in cats. Onions – While a cat is not likely to eat either raw or cooked onions, even foods prepared with onion powder can be harmful or fatal in sufficient quantities. Yeast Dough- If a cat eats a piece of dough that hasn’t yet risen, it will rise and expand in their stomach. In addition, yeast causes fermentation in the stomach, producing alcohol and possible alcohol poisoning. Non-edibles that are harmful to your cat if chewed or consumed Plants – The most popular plants around the holiday season, mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias, are all poisonous to cats. All varieties of lilies are extremely poisonous to cats, including flowers, leaves, and stems. Decorative materials – Colorful tinsel and ribbon can be ingested by a cat in a playful mood, which may result in an intestinal blockage that can prove deadly if not treated immediately at an veterinary hospital. Artificial snow that is sprayed on windows or trees is toxic to cats if consumed. The dangers presented by holiday visitors Some cats are extremely sensitive to excessive noise, and may run outside and into dangers such as cars and other animals. Cold weather presents additional risks, as cats climb under the hood of visitors’ vehicles to warm themselves by the heat of the engine. When the car is turned on ,the...

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