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Caring for Your Jack Russell Terrier's Coat and Skin

Depending on your Jack Russell Terrier's outside activities, you should only have to bathe him every month or less. Of course, if your terrier is out rolling in the dirt on a daily basis, you may have [more…]

Maintaining the Perfect Cat Diet

If cats ran the pet-food industry, the recipe for a good, nutritious meal would read as follows:

"Take one small mouse from the freezer. Thaw. Put in a blender and hit frappé. Serve at feline body temperature [more…]

Feeding a Golden Retriever Puppy

Your Golden Retriever puppy has a built-in timer that prompts him to eat on schedule. Give him three meals a day for the first three months and then feed him twice a day for the rest of his life. Most [more…]

Reading Your Parrot's Body Language

Learning to recognize your parrot's healthy body language will help you know when he is feeling fine or when he's ill, as well as when he wants attention or food. It will also help you avoid receiving [more…]

Shih Tzu: The Ultimate Companion Dog

If you thought there was just something about the Shih Tzu's temperament that makes it a great furry friend to have around, you aren't wrong. Shih Tzu have been bred for generations to be the ultimate [more…]

Solving Your Cockatiel's Feather-Plucking Problem

Feather plucking is a complex syndrome. It can indicate either a physical or psychological problem with your cockatiel. You need to observe your bird closely, commit to medical care, and then be creative [more…]

Getting a Hunch about Rabbit Hutches

For outdoor rabbits, their hutch is their home, the place where they spend most of their time. Rabbits depend on their hutches to provide them with security and comfort, a place that they can call their [more…]

Deciding Between a Male and a Female Rottweiler

When it comes to choosing a Rottweiler for a pet, the sex of the dog could make a difference — unlike with other breeds. Although both the male and female Rottweiler are capable of becoming excellent companions [more…]

Looking for the Picture-Perfect Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is a graceful, alert, swift-moving, compact little dog with a saucy expression and terrier-like qualities of temperament.

Manchita (the name of the perfect Chihuahua described throughout this [more…]

Your Puppy's First Veterinary Exam

Your puppy's first trip to the veterinarian is almost as much about educating you as checking out the puppy. Besides your many questions and concerns, you need to bring two things with your puppy to the [more…]

Bringing a New Adult Dog Home

Remember the saying: "You never get a second chance to make a first impression"? The idea works with dogs, too. No matter how happy you are to bring him home, no matter how much you want to make up for [more…]

Feeding Your Retired Racing Greyhound a Nutritious Diet

Choosing which food to feed your retired racer isn't as simple as walking into the grocery store and buying the biggest, least expensive bag of food on the shelf. All dog foods are [more…]

Defining Senior Dog Status

The time when a dog crosses the threshold from mid-life to seniorhood is highly individual. Your 9-year-old dog could be a senior, but the 9-year-old pooch who lives down the street may not be. The 5-year-old [more…]

Traveling with Your Dog by Jet Plane

The time may come when you want to take your dog with you when you're flying somewhere. Although all you have to do to fly is buy a ticket, pass through security, and get on the plane, things get a lot [more…]

Housing Options for Your Cockatiel

Your cockatiel will be happiest in the kind of enclosure he is used to. If you're getting a cockatiel from another owner, hopefully his home tweet home comes along with the bird. You can upgrade after [more…]

Getting the Basics of Jack Russell Terriers

Most Jack Russell Terriers (JRTs) make wonderful pets, but not all make wonderful show dogs. It's much easier to find a dog of pet quality than it is to find a dog of breeding or show quality. Don't allow [more…]

Bathing Your Parrot, Simply and Safely

Most parrots love to bathe, which softens dirt on the feathers and skin and encourages preening. If you bathe your parrot regularly, you will notice that his feathers will begin to become waterproof due [more…]

Cluing into a Puppy's Housetraining Instincts

Almost any dog can be housetrained (housebroken). However, the challenges of teaching a puppy to "go potty" may differ from those you encounter if you try to teach the same maneuvers to an adult dog. [more…]

Understanding a Horse's Senses

To see things from the horse's perspective, you need to know — literally — how the horse takes in the world. Humans evolved to be hunters and gatherers, chasing down prey and finding appropriate plants [more…]

Fitting a Saddle to Your Horse

Saddle shopping is more than just finding a nice-looking saddle in your price range. As far as the horse is concerned, a saddle that doesn't fit correctly can result in sore back muscles, and a corresponding [more…]

Picturing a Poodle's Size and Temperament

The Poodle is considered one breed, with three "varieties" within the breed. Except for the size difference, each variety is identical to the rest. No matter what the size, a Poodle is an intelligent, [more…]

Interpreting Your Chihuahua's (and Other Dogs') Body Language

Dogs may not talk (except on television commercials), but if you watch your Chihuahua's body language, you soon find out how to read her needs and even predict her next move. Your Chihauhua [more…]

Convincing Your Dog to Potty in One Place

Having a dog that eliminates in a designated place is a real advantage. No yellow stains marking up the lawn, no standing outside for hours waiting for your dog to go, a handy travel cue to take with you [more…]

Describing the Ideal Pug, AKC-Style

If you have your heart set on a Pug, you probably should spend some time brushing up on your choices (puppy or adult, fawn or black, show dog or pet) before you actually bring home the Pug who you want [more…]

Cancer and Your German Shepherd

Cancer occurs frequently in all breeds of dogs, and some breeds are predisposed to certain types of cancer. Unfortunately, the German Shepherd is one of them. [more…]

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