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Small-Size Shih Tzu: Imperial or Teacup

The Imperial Shih Tzu, also called the Teacup Shih Tzu, is a super-small version of a Shih Tzu. These names aren't official, and neither the American Kennel Club [more…]

Exploring the Advantages and Disadvantages of Acrylic Aquariums

Acrylic aquariums (or tanks) are lightweight and come in an amazing number of shapes and sizes to suit whatever style needs you have. If you're looking at acrylic aquariums for your saltwater or freshwater [more…]

Living with a Blind Dog

Blind dogs can live comfortably. Some sightles canines take quite a while to even recognize the full limitations of their handicap, since vision usually diminishes progressively and isn't a dog's primary [more…]

How Much Food Is Enough for Aquarium Fish?

Hobbyists new to aquarium keeping get such constant reminders not to overfeed their fish that they sometimes end up underfeeding them. Too much food in an aquarium tank can also build up and foul the water [more…]

Prepping the House for Your Puppy's Arrival

Prepping your home for a new puppy is much like setting up a nursery. Like formal preparations for bringing home a baby, readying the house before you get your puppy will take a load off your mind when [more…]

Following a Cleaning Schedule to Maintain Your Aquarium

Preventative maintenance for your saltwater or freshwater aquarium is easy if you follow a schedule. A little maintenance every day will keep your fish and aquarium environment clean and healthy. [more…]

Monitoring Your Turtle's or Tortoise's Health

As your turtle's or tortoise's caretaker, you are ultimately responsible for its good health. You aren't able to hear directly from your turtle or tortoise when it is unwell or has been hurt. In fact, [more…]

Knowing When to Call the Vet for Your Horse

Not every equine ailment requires a frantic phone call to the nearest veterinarian. You can deal with some problems at home, or at least monitor them before [more…]

Using a Clicker in Dog Training

Clicker training is based on the concepts of operant conditioning, which describes the effects of a trainer's particular action on the future occurrence of an animal's behavior. The dog is first trained [more…]

Winterizing Your Beagle

Keeping your Beagle happy, healthy, and comfortable in all seasons isn't hard to do. The Snoopy-dog is a hardy soul, and a few adjustments are all that's needed to keep her in tip-top condition all year [more…]

Understanding Pomeranians and Shedding

A Pomeranian in shedding season looks just like a fluffy dandelion giving up its seeds in a strong wind. Because shedding is controlled in part by changes in light, most natural shedding occurs as the [more…]

Pomeranians: Peering into the Breed's Personality Traits

As a breed, Pomeranians are extroverted, intelligent, vivacious, great companions, and competitive show dogs. Here's a closer look at some of the other traits that make these dogs such satndouts. [more…]

Understanding Common Household Dangers for Your Bird

Birds are hardy creatures in many ways, survivors both in the evolution game — where they boast residency in nearly every ecological niche — and in the challenging role of sharing their lives with humans [more…]

Questions to Ask a Cat Breeder

Reputable breeders are not only happy to answer questions but also welcome them as the sign of the caring buyer they want to share their cats and kittens with. You can find out a lot about the breeder [more…]

Getting His Leash for You

It's a fact of nature that dogs love to go for walks. Though teaching them to get their leash for you may encourage some late-night deliveries of it, this trick's a real prize. If nothing else, he'll look [more…]

Beagle-Proofing Your Yard

Your Beagle needs clear, consistent boundaries not only to stay in your good graces, but also just to stay safe. Those boundaries start with the outdoors: specifically, with enclosing part or your entire [more…]

Dealing with Hairballs

Veterinarians call them trichobezoars, but cat lovers call them "hairballs," or, more commonly, simply "gross." Whatever you call them, hairballs are a normal part of living with a cat and are usually [more…]

The Three Stages of Boxer Puppyhood

The age of your Boxer puppy when he first enters your household determines how you handle the arrival and what you have to deal with in the following weeks and months. You may decide that a very young [more…]

Is a Golden Retriever Right for You?

Golden Retrievers have a high-profile status in the media, but they aren't for everyone. This is a sporting breed, and these high-energy dogs require training. Golden Retrievers, however, are easily trained [more…]

Training a Dog to Undergo Grooming Sessions

When you begin a grooming session, your dog probably won't understand that it's ultimately for his benefit — even if you try to explain it to him. He is, after all, a dog, and dogs don't come with the [more…]

Boston Terrier Health Watch: Teeth, Gums, and Jaw

With their short, broad heads and flat faces, Boston Terriers don't have a lot of space for their jaws and teeth. As a result, their jaws may develop abnormally and their mouths tend to be crowded, causing [more…]

The Source of a Dog's Allergies

Several dog breeds, such as Golden Retrievers, are highly predisposed to allergies. Some allergies are seasonal, some appear at various life stages, and some skin diseases become lifelong problems requiring [more…]

Determining What You Want in a Retired Racing Greyhound

If you're certain you can provide a loving, lifelong home for a retired racer, think about what kind of retired racer you want before you contact an adoption group or a track kennel. If you take the time [more…]

Beyond Cats and Dogs: Adopting a Small-Animal Pet

Adopting a pet doesn't always mean taking home a dog or cat — animal shelters and rescue groups have small pets available for adoption, as well. Pet adoption includes birds, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs [more…]

Deciding on a Doghouse

If your dog spends much time outside — while you're at work, perhaps — he needs shelter from heat and cold. One of the easiest ways to provide this is by getting a doghouse. You only have two choices here [more…]

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