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Thursday, January 05, 2012
Chicken jerky treats linked to mystery illnesses, deaths in dogs - article from MSNBC

Chicken jerky treats may be to blame for dozens of new reports of mysterious illnesses and some deaths in dogs, prompting a renewed warning for pet owners by the Food and Drug Administration. At least 70 dogs have been sickened so far this year after reportedly eating chicken jerky products imported from China, FDA officials said. That’s up from 54 reports of illness in 2010. Some of the dogs have died, according to the anecdotal reports from pet owners and veterinarians....

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Thursday, December 01, 2011
Cold Weather Checklist for your Pets - sourced from About.com

Cold Weather Checklist for your Pets - sourced from About.com

Do you have enough of the following items to last a few days, should the roads become unsafe for travel or the veterinary office is closed? pet food litter fresh water supply soft warm bedding any medications your pet takes on a regular basis Now for the safety checklist and weather considerations: Outdoor pets Some pets are better suited than others for living outdoors...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
The History of the Sarplaninac Dog Breed

Sarplaninac “Shar-pla-nee-natz” is an ancient breed of livestock flock (mostly sheep, goats and some cattle) guard dog that originated in the southeastern mountain range of Serbia (southern Kosovo) and the northwest part of Macedonia. In 1939 the dogs were registered with the Federation Cynologique Internationale as the Illyrian Shepherd dog- Sarplanina after the Sar Mountains, where the breed is common. The Sarplaninac is considered to be one of the oldest and original Molossers believed to be possibly 2500 years old. Although the exact ancestry is unknown some have theories as to the origin descending from the Molosser dogs of Epirus, the ancient tribes that inhabited the Balkan Peninsula. It is possible that these dogs came from the great Tibetan Mastiffs who most likely developed from Tibetan wolves...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
How Do I Remove A Tick From My Dog?
Removal of ticks is not a fun job, but is something most dog owners are faced with at one time or another.  We highly recommend prevention measures to help avoid your dog bringing home these parasites.  We offer several products that help control ticks on your dog. 
 
Bio Spot, available at all our stores, has a drop formula, spray formula and a collar.  Our first choice would be to apply the drop formula to your dog.  The collar and spray work well, too.  See one of our sales associates for more information on these products...
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Monday, February 07, 2011
Stop Your Dog from Nuisance Chewing

Stop Your Dog from Nuisance Chewing

Are you frustrated with a dog that chews obsessively? There are several alternatives that are available to help curb this annoying habit.

First, and foremost, puppies need to chew in order to help their teething process. Mature dogs chew out of boredom and it’s one of their instinctual ways of keeping their teeth and gums strong and healthy. Some popular and safe products available are the following...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, October 14, 2010
What is Vetericyn and how does it work?

Neutrophils are the most abundant type of white blood cells in humans and animals and form an integral part of the immune system. Neutrophils are created on demand by the body to counter single pathogens like a bacteria or virus. Single cell pathogens cannot regulate their oxygen content like mammal cells can. So when these white blood cells surround the pathogen, they generate and release an oxy-chlorine compound. This process is called an “oxidative burst” and kills the pathogen.

Vetericyn contains compounds similar to those produced by these white blood cells to destroy the pathogen. But it does not harm other surrounding tissue and actually creates an environment that is most conducive to healing...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, July 08, 2010
Lyme Disease In Humans and Animals is Increasing Worldwide
Lyme Disease In Humans and Animals is Increasing Worldwide By: Herman Aa for Pets International

Lyme disease is transmitted by biting insects such as the tick. It is a very common disease in dogs. The international spread of the disease has been increasing, not just among dogs, but also among humans. The symptoms of the disease in dogs are:  weight loss, lethargy and hair loss...
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, July 01, 2010
Protecting Your Pets Over the Fourth of July

As we are getting excited for all the fireworks, your pets may be cringing with anxiety. The loud explosions of fireworks can be extremely stressful for your pet. Even the most well behaved dogs and cats can get stressed by all the extra guests, fireworks and excitement. Here are tips on how to protect  your pets during the Fourth of July.

Pet ID tag
Keep an ID tag with your name and your phone number on your pet at all times, in case your dog gets frightened and runs off at the onset of fireworks display...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
Raising Chickens - What are Brooders?

Raising Chickens - What are Brooders?
A chicks' first enclosure is called a "brooder". If you have to, a cardboard box works just fine. A chickens brooder can be a cage suitable for a chinchilla or ferret is inexpensive and easy to clean. Some people even use an aquarium! The bottom of the brooder should have a layer of clean litter. You can use pine shavings or even some newspaper.

The litter in the brooder should be changed frequently. Never allow the litter to remain damp...
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Friday, December 18, 2009
Crate Training Tips

Crate Training Tips

Effective crate training starts by buying a crate large enough that the dog can stand, lie down and turn around comfortably. They should never be too small, but be careful not to buy one that is too large either.

Start by rewarding the dog, by giving them a treat or praise when they are getting into the crate, at first every time, then just occasionally.

Be Positive. Your dog will pick up on your attitude...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
Dogs :: 0 Comments :: 3173 Views

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
How to Stop your Dog from Offensive Sniffing

How to Stop Offensive Sniffing
Sniffing is a natural and important behavior for your dog. It helps identify people and other dogs, where they’ve been, determines another dog’s sex and position in the pack's pecking order. In most cases, a dog can learn a lot by a quick sniff—and that’s normal, natural behavior that dog owners and their guests have come to accept. However, sometimes a dog seems to become fixated on this behavior and their constant, prolonged sniffing becomes embarrassing for the owner and the people being subjected to the sniffing...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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How to Care for Older Pets

How to Care for Older Pets:
3 Tips on Caring for an Older Pet
A vet’s top tips for keeping your dog or cat healthy through the golden years. Nowadays, it's not unusual for your pets to be a part of your life for a decade--or more! Thanks to improvements in veterinary medicine, our trusted companions are living longer than ever; as a result, you may notice health problems that are different from those of their youth. Here are the top issues facing older pets--and breakthroughs that can help owners give them longer, healthier lives...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Holiday Pet Hazards

Holiday Pet Hazards
Decorations, candies, flowers, and plants can cause serious harm to animals. Holiday Foods Baked goods and boxes of chocolate are abundant this time of year, but if ingested, they can result in gastrointestinal upset, heart arrhythmia, and seizure. Certain desserts can be deadly too--especially those containing grapes, raisins, or currants (like fruitcake), which can lead to kidney failure. Refrain from tossing meat scraps and bones to your dog...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Monday, December 14, 2009
Agressive Cats

Cat Aggression
"In the cat world, aggression is simply a part of survival. Probably every cat will display aggressive behavior at one time or another for some very normal reason." Pam Johnson-Bennett, a feline behaviorist in Nashville and the author of Think Like a Cat. Deciphering Hostility Many cat owners have had the unpleasant experience of their normally sweet and cuddly cat turning into an aggressive tiger...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, December 03, 2009
What is a Robo Hamster?

What is a Robo Hamster?
No it’s not the latest advance in science or the newest blockbuster in Hollywood. The diminutive robo hamster’s full name is Roborovskis Dwarf Hamster or The Desert Hamster. They are a quick, agile hamster from the areas around and into the Gobi desert in both Russia and Mongolia. This small hamster species is probably the smallest of all hamsters with a total body length of less than 2 inches when full grown. Although these animals are quick and small they are surprisingly easy to handle and rarely if ever bite those handling them...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
How to Tell If Your Dog Has Bloat / Bloat In Dogs

How to Tell If Your Dog Has Bloat / Bloat In Dogs
“Bloat” is a serious medical condition that affects approximately 60,000 dogs in the U.S. Bloat on average kills 33% of the dogs that get it. Bloat can happen very fast and unpredictably. After Bloat begins it starts to take effect quickly. Unless your dog receives immediate veterinary attention, bloat will most likely be fatal. The more informed you are about bloat in your dog, the better your chances are at identifying your dog’s symptoms and getting your dog the proper medical attention they will need...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
Dogs :: 4 Comments :: 8465 Views

Friday, October 02, 2009
How to Care for a Rat/ Care Sheet for a Rat

How to Care for a Rat/ Care Sheet for a Rat

Rats make amazing pets due to their ability to understand their owners and their cleanliness. They are able to learn and understand commands (such as learning their name and coming when called), or they can learn tricks to grab your attention so you will play and pet them. Rats do recognize their owners and are smart enough to play interactive games. Female rats tend to stay smaller but more active than males. Where as males will relax and make a better lap pet...

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Pet Care Sheets :: 4 Comments :: 2295 Views

Friday, September 25, 2009
How to Care for an Amazon Parrot / Care Sheet for an Amazon Parrot

How to Care for an Amazon Parrot / Care Sheet for an Amazon Parrot

Life Span: 60-65 Years
Size: Varies depending upon Amazon sub species 

About the Amazons: Amazons are comical parrots, but will tell you exactly how it is. Most do learn to speak and perform for attention with training and repetition. These parrots can entertain themselves while being caged (with proper toys provided), but do require vast amounts of attention. Gentle dominance training is essential since they are very independently natured parrots. This species of parrot is not recommended for the first time parrot owner...


 

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
What is The Best Vitamin and Mineral Supplement for Dogs and Cats?

What is The Best Vitamin and Mineral Supplement for Dogs and Cats?

Zamzows Enzam is the best daily vitamin and mineral supplement for dogs and cats available on the market today. Enzam provides superior vitamins and chelated minerals to enhance and prolong the life cycle of dogs and cats. Enzam should be given with meals to help support a healthy digestive tract. When you feed Enzam to your pet...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
All Pets :: 1 Comments :: 4516 Views

Beneficial Bacteria For Dogs

Beneficial Bacteria For Dogs
Many dog owners associate bacteria with negative things, but only a relatively small portion of all bacteria are actually harmful. Most bacteria are harmless and some bacteria are important in maintaining proper digestive health for your dog. These good bacteria are commonly referred to as "beneficial bacteria". These beneficial bacteria help to maximize the nutritional intake and contribute to the overall health of your dog...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
Dogs :: 2 Comments :: 4597 Views

Friday, September 11, 2009
Why Are Dogs Allergic To Chocolate?

Why Are Dogs Allergic To Chocolate?
Dogs are not allergic to chocolate, it is toxic to them. Chocolate contains a toxic chemical known as theobromine, which is a stimulant. Theobromine can affect the heart and nervous system, and can cause more frequent urination of your pet. Dogs as well as cats can not digest this toxin as well as humans...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Common Feed Terms

Common Feed Terms
There are many common terms we use when discussing feed. (I should say common to those in the business, not necessarily common to the "average Joe".) Many of the names  given to feed make sense to those familiar with the products, but inevitably someone is going to get confused. Even when using the term "feed", I feel I should make sure all reading this are aware that we are discussing livestock feed. At Zamzows we carry many types of “feed”; I like to say we feed the Earth and everything on it. We have a lawn food, fish food, dog food and cat food, livestock food, and even guinea pig food for my new little buddy DJ the guinea pig. We have so many different types of feed that you will have to peruse this website to see them all, as there is not enough room in this article to even list them...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Why do Parrots Pull Their Feathers Out?

Why do Parrots Pull Their Feathers Out or Self Mutilate?

Feather plucking and mutilation can be one of the most challenging and frustrating problems a bird owner can experience. Pluckers will readily pull out their own feathers, or severely damage existing feathers by gnawing on them. Areas of feather loss and/or bald patches will be noticed on the chest, abdomen, upper leg, shoulder and inside of the wings. If left untreated and undiagnosed, infection and permanent damage will be the result... 

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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What Vaccinations Do I Need For My Dog?

What Vaccinations Do I Need For My Dog?
Like humans, dogs need vaccinations at an early age. That is why it is important to immunize puppies, so that they will be protected and better able to grow into a healthy adult. The who, what, why, when, where and how of vaccinations are complicated and may vary from puppy to puppy. If you have any concerns you should consult a veterinarian. To better understand vaccines, it is important to understand how the puppy is protected from disease the first few weeks of its life...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
How to Stop a Dog From Eating too Fast

Stopping Dogs who Eat too Fast  
We at Zamzows are often asked: “What can I do to slow down my dog’s eating?” If your canine is gobbling up kibble faster than you can feed him, and you need to slow the dog down, there are a few things that you can do to aid in the proper digestion of your dog's  meal...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
Dogs :: 3 Comments :: 4585 Views

What is Glucosamine and Why is it Important for my Dog?

What is Glucosamine and why is it Important for my Dog?
Glucosamime is an amino sugar, which is a precursor in the synthesis of glycosylated proteins and lipids. These are key in the make up of skeletal connections needed in higher life forms down to the cell walls in fungi...

 

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Diabetes in Dogs

Diabetes in Dogs
Diabetes in dogs is a disease characterized by a decreased tolerance to carbohydrates (sugars), due to a deficiency of insulin. Insulin is a hormone the body needs to utilize blood sugars. Despite extensive research there is no known cure, but dogs with diabetes can live longer with proper nutrition, exercise and insulin injections. Therefore, once your pet has been diagnosed all medical attempts are needed to...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Wednesday, September 09, 2009
How to Know if your Dog is Stressed and How to Treat It

How to know if your dog is stressed and How to Treat It
Your dog is barking like crazy in the backyard. The holes he has dug in your yard makes it look like a construction zone. He tears things up, and seems agitated and upset. You probably have a stressed out dog. In this article, I will describe the stressors in a dog and give advice for some solutions to calming your dog. We can’t remove everything that stresses a dog out, but we can help control their stress levels...

 
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Bull Dogs and Pugs as Pets

Pugs and Bull Dogs as Pets
A customer recently asked me what what I could tell them about Pugs and Bulldogs as pets. I told her that living with a Pug or Bulldog can be very rewarding as long as you understand their breed-specific needs and problems.
Pugs and Bulldogs need a lot of attention. In fact, I’ve heard it said they are like “perpetual children”.  And like all children who crave attention, they can be very destructive when left alone and should therefore always be supplied with chew toys like Kongs or Nylabones to keep them occupied...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Monday, September 07, 2009
How to get a Dog to Stop Submissive Urination

How to get a Dog to Stop Submissive Urination

Hi, my name is Fido, and I would like to discuss a problem that I used to have, and that maybe your dog has also. I am a really good dog normally, but I had this problem of submissive urination. It drove my owners crazy until they learned what it actually was, what caused it, and how to control it....

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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The Option of feeding a Strictly Canned Food Diet to your Dog

The Option of feeding a Strictly Canned Food Diet to your Dog
There has been an ongoing debate among dog enthusiasts for a long time about whether or not you can feed a canned food only diet to your dog. The answer is yes, you can feed canned food only diets but often times it may not be the best choice for you and your dog. There are a lot of benefits to a canned food diet and some negatives as well; I will try to list the main ones for you so you can make an educated choice...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Should My Dog be Getting Vitamins

Just like humans, many times dogs do not get the trace minerals and vitamins they may need from their diets. This is why feeding a quality, nutritionally balanced dog food like Grandma Z’s or Professional is so important. Grandma Z dog foods go the extra mile by spraying Probiotics on the dog food after the cooking process is complete. This process replaces the vital nutrients/enzymes that may have been lost in the cooking process. In addition, both the professional line and Grandma Z line of dog food are tested every 30 minutes in the production process to insure consistency in the formula...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Friday, September 04, 2009
How to Teach a Parrot to Talk

Whether you have a Quaker Parakeet or a Blue and Gold Macaw, a Cockatiel or Yellow Front Amazon parrot, you know that one of the reasons you initially got your friend, besides the companionship and joy of having them, was to teach them to talk and hear what they have to say. This has been true of human and bird relationships for over 2500 years. Alexander the Great was one of the first rulers to bring back parrots to Western Europe after his long campaigns.

These animals have been treated as royalty and as pests, even being eaten as a myth arose in the dark ages that to do so you would be...

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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Summer Care of Poultry

Summer Care of Poultry by Mike Stanton
This year we have seen an increase of the number of customers who are raising poultry for the first time. Many have no experience with the needs of poultry during the extreme heat of summer. Poultry will have different demands based upon the seasons of the year. Usually the summer heat will cause more problems with the birds than the cold of winter....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Benefits of Dog Parks and Dog Parks in Idaho

Are you looking for a place to socialize your dog(s)? Here is a list of Idaho's dog parks as well as some additional information about dog parks in general. In Boise we have three dog parks. Millitary Reserve Park located at Mountain Cove Rd and Reserve St. This is a nice big open area with lots of activity. There are lots of trails that lead up to Table Rock and all over the Boise Foothills. Definately worth checking out...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
Dogs :: 0 Comments :: 3455 Views

Monday, June 01, 2009
How to Care for a Quaker Parakeet / Care Sheet for a Quaker Parakeet

How to Care for a Quaker Parakeet / Care Sheet for a Quaker Parakeet 
             
Size: 11-13 inches
Lifespan: 20-30 years

General Info   
Quakers are very curious and playful birds. They are capable of mimicking a variety of words and sounds. They are a bit strong willed, but with proper training, this outgoing little clown will entertain one and all. Like most parrot species, Quakers tend to bond closely with one or two people. Provide...

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
How to Care for a Cocktiel / Care Sheet for a Cockatiel

How to Care for a Cockatiel / Care Sheet for a Cockatiel
Size: 8-11”

Life expect: 15-20 years

General Information 
The Cockatiel is a small species of parrot. They are the second most popular pet birds. Cockatiels are native to Australia, but are now kept as companion birds all over the world. They are very intelligent and mellow tempered birds. Cockatiels are revered for their excellent whistling abilities...



 

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How to Care for a Veiled Chameleon / Care Sheet for a Veiled Chameleon

How to Care for a Veiled Chameleon / Care Sheet for a Veiled Chameleon

Maximum Length: Males 14-18inches; Females 10-12 inches

Approximate Life Span: 5-8 years

General Information for a Veiled Chameleon
Veiled chameleons are very active and fun pets. They can be taught to eat out of a person’s hand and change colors based upon their moods. They enjoy a warm and moist tropical environment. Veiled Chameleons are one of the easiest types of chameleons to handle and train and make a wonderful first time chameleon owners pet...
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Monday, May 25, 2009
How to Care for a Sun Conure Parrot / Care Sheet for a Sun Conure Parrot

How to Care for a Sun Conure Parrot / Care Sheet for a Sun Conure Parrot
Sun Conure Parrot
Maximum length: 15-20 inches
Approximate life span: 10-15 years

General Information on Sun Conure Parrots
Sun Conures are medium sized birds with lots of character and personality. These birds make great family birds but they do have a screeching pitch at times. They love any attention that they can get and will be a life long friend...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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How to Care for a Goffin Cockatoo / Care Sheet for a Goffin Cockatoo

Goffin Cockatoo
Size range: 9-12 inches
Life span 40-70 years

 
General info:
The Goffin Cockatoo can be a charming, playful and affectionate companion. It is the smallest of the cockatoos, which can be a plus for people who may not have adequate space for one of the larger cockatoos. Like other cockatoos, Goffins can...
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How to Care for a Fire Belly Toad / Care Sheet for a Fire Belly Toad

How to Care for a Fire Belly Toad / Care Sheet for a Fire Belly Toad
Sze range: 2-3 inches long
Life span: up to 5 years with appropriate care

General info Fire Belly Toad

Fire-bellied toads spend most of their time in the water; Males call when they are ready to breed; the call is quite unusual, sounding like a dog’s bark; They recognize routine; feed them at the same time every day and you’ll find them waiting; One of the few...

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
How to Set Up a New Aquarium / Things to Consider When Setting Up a Fish Tank

Have You Decided to Join the Ranks of Fellow Aquarium Enthusiasts?
The best way to begin is by having a good idea about which kind of fish are a “Must Have” for you, and to learn as much as possible about them. Other questions to ask: What size of tank is required to fit the growing needs of the fish? How much floor space will the aquarium take? A visit to Zamzows can help answer these questions and more. Our Aquatics Specialists will gladly assist in choosing a species that is right for you and properly outfit a suitable aquarium...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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How to Care for a Red Head Agama / Care Sheet for a Red Head Agama

How to Care for a Red Head Agama / Care Sheet for a Red Head Agama
Red Head Agama
Maximum length: 15-20 inches
Approximate life span: 10-15 years

 

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Pet Care Sheets :: 7 Comments :: 11182 Views

Friday, May 08, 2009
How to Care for a Australian Frilled Dragon / Care Sheet for a Australian Frilled Dragon

Australian Frilled Dragon
Maximum Length: 3 Ft.
Approximate Life Span: 20 Yrs.
Country of Origin: Australia

General Information
The Frilled Dragon of Australia and southern New Guinea is an amazing animal that is well known for running on its back legs and hissing with its frill open to scare predators. This behavior is a defense mechanism...

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How to Care for a Emerald Swift Lizard / Care Sheet for a Emerald Swift Lizard

How to Care for a Emerald Swift Lizard / Care Sheet for a Emerald Swift Lizards
Maximum length: 6-8 inches
Approximate life span: 3-5 years
Country of Species origin: Panama and Central America...


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Pet Care Sheets :: 1 Comments :: 10218 Views

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
A Great New Product: The Scratch Lounge Cat Scratcher

Why did Pet Product News select the Scratch Lounge as Editor’s Choice for Best New Product of 2006? Because the Scratch Lounge revolutionizes cat-scratch technology, introducing the first 3-sided scratcher. This one-of-a-kind design allows cats to satisfy their instinctual need to nest. The Scratch Lounge will last far longer than other scratchers because of the reversible super-dense honeycomb construction of the pads. The design is so unique, it was...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
Cats :: 0 Comments :: 2869 Views

Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Massage for Dogs (Written by Carla Campbell)

Massage for Dogs
Canine bodywork can alleviate discomfort often caused by rapid growth of bones and muscles. It can also calm and focus the excitable, active adolescent. Massage reduces the risk of injury which frequently accompanies rowdy play, jumping, rolling, wrestling and generally being an adventurous, energetic young dog...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
Dogs :: 0 Comments :: 2275 Views

Friday, April 03, 2009
Rabbits as Pets

Rabbits are a very popular pet choice althoughm, as with any pet, some thought and consideration must go into the decision to get one as a pet. They are typically not suitable for small children and do not like to sit quietly on a lap for long periods. They prefer to interact with you on their level (the floor), and to have a chance to explore their surroundings. They are good for older children (about seven and up), but care must still be taken as rabbits have powerful hind legs and can kick very hard if scared or mishandled...

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Small Animals :: 7 Comments :: 4873 Views

Tuesday, February 17, 2009
How to Care for a Russian Tortoise / Care Sheet for a Russian Tortoise

How to Care for a Russian Tortoise / Care Sheet for a Russian Tortoise

Latin name: Testudo horsfieldi
Native to: Pakistan
Maximum length: 10 inches
Approximate life span: Estimates claim over 100 years

General information on Russian Tortoises 
The Russian Tortoise is a small and active reptile that interacts with its caregivers. They can be quite comical and entertaining. In warmer areas, the Russian Tortoise...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
All Pets :: 1 Comments :: 5687 Views

Monday, February 09, 2009
How to Care for a Rose Haired Tarantula / Care Sheet for a Rose Haired Tarantula

How to Care for a Rose Haired Tarantula / Care Sheet for a Red Haired Tarantula

Latin name: Grammostola cala
Native to: Chile
Maximum length: 3-4 inches
Approximate life span: 5 years

General information on the Rose Haired Tarantula
Rose Hair Tarantulas are known for their calm temperament, attractive colors, and inexpensive price. Rose Hairs can not be housed together. The Rose Hair is able to re-grow limbs...

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How to Care for a King Snake / Care sheet for a King Snake

How to Care for a King Snake / Care sheet for a King Snake

Latin name: Lampropeltis spp.
Native to: United States
Maximum size: 3-6 feet
Approximate life span: 10-15 years

General information on the King Snake
King snakes are related to their American cousin, the Milk Snake. There are a variety of color morphs available on the market. Most King Snakes that are available have been raised in captivity. They display bright color...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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How to Care for a Leapord Gecko / Care Sheet for a Leapord Gecko


How to Care for a Leapord Gecko / Care Sheet for a Leapord Gecko

Latin name: Eublepharis macularis
Native to: Pakistan, India, Iraq, and Afghanistan
Maximum length: 7-9 inches
Approximate life span: 15-18 years

General information on the Leapord Gecko
Leopard Geckos are one of the most popular lizards kept due to their easy care and beautiful markings. They are easily bred in captivity, making them readily available with many color mutations such as tangerine, albino and others. A Leopard’s toes lack...

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How to Care for a Milk Snake / Care sheet for a Milk Snake

How to Care for a Milk Snake / Care sheet for a Milk Snake

Latin name: Lampropeltis
Native to: South Canada, United States
Average length: 2-4 feet
Average life span: 15-20 years

General information
Milk Snakes are one the most popular snakes kept as a pet due to their bright colors and easy going temperaments. As juveniles they display intensely colored patterns and as the mature some of these colors will... 
 

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Tuesday, February 03, 2009
How to Care for a Corn Snake / Care Sheet for Corn Snakes

How to Care for a Corn Snake / Corn Snake Care Sheet

Latin name: Elaphe guttata guttata
Native to: United States
Maximum size: 4-6 feet
Approximate life span: 10-15 years

Genral Information on the Corn Snake
Corn Snakes are one of the most popular snakes kept by beginners and experienced keepers. They have a very gentle nature, are easy to care for, and the prices are very affordable. There is a wide range of different color morphs available on the...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Monday, February 02, 2009
Caring for the American Box Turtle

Caring for the American Box Turtle / American Box Turtle Care Sheet

Native to: United States
Maximum length: 6-9 inches
Average life span: Sources claim over 100 years

General Information
The American Box Turtle is a small and active reptile that interacts with its caregivers. They can be quite comical and entertaining. There are several sub species listed under this name: 3-toed Box, Ornate, Eastern, and the Gulf Coast...

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How to Care for the Ball Python / Care Sheet for Ball Python

Caring for the Ball Python / Ball Python Care Sheet

Ball Pythons
Latin name: Python reius
Native to: West Africa
Maximum length: 3-5 feet
Approximate life span: 15-20 years

General Information on the Ball Python
Ball Pythons are one of the most popular pet snakes. They are more docile and a smaller size compared with other pythons. Patterns and colors vary with a striking contrast. Balls are easily handled and acclimate to their new surroundings easily. It is best not to handle your Ball until food is accepted. Sexual maturity is reached in...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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How to Care for a Redtail Boa / Care Sheet for Redtail Boa

How to Care for a Redtail Boa / Care Sheet for Redtail Boa

Colombian Redtail Boas
Latin name: Boa constrictor
Native to: Central America, South America
Maximum length: 8-12 feet
Average life span: 20 years

General Information on the Colombian Redtail Boa
Boas are one of the most popular pet snakes due to their great temperament and beautiful markings. Boas are nocturnal climbers that enjoy a lot of climbing branches. These are great animals for someone who wants something large and....

 

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Monday, January 12, 2009
Why is my Goldfish floating upside down after feeding?

Why is my Goldfish floating upside down after feeding?

If you fish floats upside down after feeding this may be that your fish may have a swim bladder disorder. There really is no cure for this particular ailment and it is not contagious to the other fish. I would recommend feeding your fish in smaller quantities 1-2 times a day with a Koi/Goldfish Pond Pellet food (size appropriate). The pellets are specially formulated for your vegetation adoring fish. They contain very little meat protein, if any, which will make digestion much easier for the goldfish. This may not be a complete remedy for the ailment, but I believe it will bring some relief...

By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Monday, December 29, 2008
How to choose a Parrot

How to Choose the right Parrot for you
by Katie Copple

If you are thinking about buying a parrot, here are a few points to consider. Most people think of parrots as large bright colored bird that talks a lot and bonds to one specific person. The Parrot family is a wide and deverse set of beautiful bird species that includes many...
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 9:26 AM ::
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Monday, December 22, 2008
Choose the right light for your reptile

Choose the Right Light for Your Reptile
by Chase Bennett

Reptiles are “cold-blooded” and cannot generate their own body heat. They must rely on external temperatures to regulate their internal temperature and manage their metabolism. In the wild reptiles have the choice of moving into and away from an area with the temperature they need (e.g. sun or shade), changing locations...
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 11:35 AM ::
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Are Heat Rocks bad for reptiles? The Pros and Cons of Heat Rocks

Are Heat Rocks bad of reptiles? The Pros and Cons of Heat Rocks
by Susan Copple

Use of Reptile Heat Rocks is on the rise again. The Reptile Heat Rock manufacturers have made dramatic improvements in recent years making it a safe additional heat source for the Dry Desert Reptile Species. The popular Bearded Dragon is just one of the heat loving reptiles that benefit greatly from having more...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 10:48 AM ::
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Snakes as Pets

Information on Snakes as Pets
by Gabriel Gentry Pet Room Manager

Most people shudder at the idea of having snakes as a pets in their home. However pet snakes are becoming more popular in this day and age. It doesn't cost much to feed and take care of a pet snake. Out of all the reptiles you could have as a pet, snakes can be perfect and fun scaly companions.

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 10:05 AM ::
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Pinch Collars for Dogs

Often at Zamzows we are asked about the very best way to keep a dog from pulling while on a leash. The gut reaction for most of our customers is to go to our choke collars which can be very effective but...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 3:30 PM ::
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Tips for Keeping Your Pet Safe this Winter

As our cold winter approaches, we want to make sure that we are paying close attention to our pets needs. Here are some tips to ensure health and safety for beloved dogs or cats.

Winter Safety Tip #1: Protect Your Pet from the Cold Winter Elements

The best way to protect your dog(s) is to keep them indoors. In cold weather, a dry...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Monday, September 08, 2008
When do you feed a dog senior dog food?

Why Should I Feed A Senior Dog Food?
By: Leean Estes

Are you worried that your old dog is not getting everything thier body needs from thier adult dog food? Is your dog slowing down? Are you thinking about feeding your dog a senior dog food? Senior dogs need a well-balanced diet that is lower in calories, protein, and fat yet higher in fiber. Senior dogs are more prone to develop constipation, so senior dog food diets are higher in fiber (around 3 to 5%). You can also add wheat...
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 9:58 AM ::
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Friday, September 05, 2008
How do I keep my Dog from jumping the fence?

How to keep your Dog from jumping fence?
Fence-jumping is a self-rewarding behavior for dogs because the newly escaped pooch feels a sense of freedom and hope of finding someone to pay attention to him and/or critters to chase. To help with deterring your dog from jumping the fence, start with some basic dog commands, such as sit, stay and come.  As for 'stay,' if your dog understands its meaning, calling out 'stay'...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 11:48 AM ::
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Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Mites on Snakes

How to deal with mites on snakes
By: Nick Darrough

Unfortunately no matter how careful you are with your snakes and other reptiles, there is always a chance you will get a mite infestation. The usual cause are from either handling a friend’s snake or handling an infected animal at a reptile show, visits to a pet store and even occasionally a bad batch of bedding. By far the most common...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 10:11 AM ::
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Monday, September 01, 2008
How to Choose the Right Dog House

Selecting the proper Dog House

Like many pet owners, you’re probably one that would rather keep your pet indoors where it’s nice, warm and cozy. If the dog had its way, I think that’s the way they would prefer it too. But as much as they want to stay inside, there comes a time where the owner and the pet need their personal...
 
 
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 11:03 AM ::
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What is Parvo?

What is Parvo?
By: Tyler Reynolds

 
I would like to start by saying that if you are reading this article because you think your dog is infected with Parvo, contact your vet immediately. Parvo is not something to put off until tomorrow.  Parvo is dangerous for your dog, does life long damage, and can be lethal... 
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 9:15 AM ::
Dogs :: 0 Comments :: 6143 Views

Thursday, August 28, 2008
Invisible Pet Fencing

Invisible Pet Fencing
Hans Geary Manager Zamzows Eagle

Several years ago my parents rescued a 110 pound Irish Wolf Hound from a tough situation. Because they lived on seven acres with minimal fencing, there was an immediate need for some form of containment for the new dog. After a great deal of research, they decided to go with an invisible fence and Scout...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:37 PM ::
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Colic and Sand Impaction in Horses

Colic and Sand Impaction in Horses
By Andy Kahl, Fairview Asst. Mgr.

Colic is the most common medical emergency encountered by the horse owner. Colic is not a specific disease. Colic in horses is and indicator of abdominal pain, manifested by signs of anxiety that include tail-switching, pawing, looking back and kicking at the abdomen, sweating, rolling on the ground, and urinating and defecating...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:07 PM ::
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Metabolic Bone Disease In Reptiles

Metabolic Bone Disease In Reptiles
By Mindy Ward (State Street Zamzows Assistant Manager)
What is metabolic bone disease? Metabolic bone disease is a disease found mostly in iguanas that causes skeletal deformities. It can, however, be found in other reptiles such as geckos, water dragons, turtles, frogs, etc. Metabolic Bone Disease, otherwise known as MBD, can also be known as Fibrous Osteodystrophy, and Secondary Nutritional Hyperparathyroidism...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 3:42 PM ::
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Friday, August 22, 2008
How to Keep Pets Off Furniture

Keep Your Pets Off Furniture by Jason Haun
One of the most irritating behaviors of our pets is their love of furniture. We consistantly have customers ask us, "How do I keep my dog off the couch?" Whether you’ve just bought a new sofa or recliner, keeping pets off your furniture can be a trying experience for any pet owner. Our pets love furniture for the same reasons we do, who can resist a comfy couch when you’re used to sleeping on the ground...

 
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Traveling With Your Dog on Vacation

 

Traveling with Your Dog on Vacation
Written by Randy Corn
 
So, you have decided to take your dog on vacation with you this year. I would first decide how you plan to transport the dog. Will you let them run free in the back of your car or pick-up truck, harness them in or use a crate? Personally, I prefer to have my dog in some sort of crate.
 
When choosing a crate, I prefer the folding wire crates. Not only do they store flat when you are not using them, but the dog can see out of the crate from all sides. This will allow your dog to see what is going on around them. The only drawback from...
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:52 PM ::
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Removing Hard Water Stains from Aquariums
Removing Hard Water Stains from Aquariums
By Hans Geary
Manager Zamzows Eagle
 
Aquariums are, if nothing else, a creative and natural addition to any home. It can become particularly frustrating when a décor item in a home is unsightly. As with anything that houses water, hard water deposits are a common occurrence. Fortunately, with a little maintenance and elbow grease, these can be easily managed. First of all, it is the quality of the water that ultimately causes the staining. A greater presence of minerals like calcium and magnesium are the leading contributors to the end result of the...

 

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 8:09 AM ::
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Friday, August 01, 2008
How to Stop your Dog from Eating Too Fast


Is your Dog Eating too Fast? Written by Jason Haun Ast. Manager at Federal Way

When a dog eats too quickly it can become a real problem. Not only can this quick eating cause an upset stomach, it can
cause them to vomit, it can also cause a more serious condition known as bloat. Dogs can learn the habit of eating too fast from a very young age or pick the habit up later in life. If you have more than one dog they may be trying to eat up all the food in a few seconds to keep the other dog from getting ...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Nano Reef Keeping


reeftank.jpgNano-Reef Tanks 
  
A few years ago I visited the large aquaria exhibit at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. I was absolutely overwhelmed with the beauty and mysteries of life that are in the earths oceans.  With the experience fresh in my mind, I decided that I would like to recreate the spectacle that the saltwater hobby could offer if only on some...

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By HansGeary (hgeary) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Monday, January 29, 2007
Betta Splendens


Betta splendens (Splendid warrior) 
 
betta_b.jpgThe Betta is one of the most popular aquarium fish in the world. It is also considered one of the most beautiful. The brilliant color and long flowing fins make it one of the most recognized aquarium fish today. 
Originally from Cambodia and Thailand,

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By MarkReed (mreed) @ 1:46 PM ::
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Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Hamsters As Pets


hamster.jpgSo, you have been thinking about getting a pet for yourself or for your child but dont have a lot of space or a lot of time to care for one, then a hamster could be a great pet for you. Hamsters have been a very popular children's pet for

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By MikeStanton (mstanton) @ 12:08 PM ::
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My Dog Sheds On Everything, What Can I Do


My dog sheds on everything, what can I do? by Matt Lott 

No matter what type of dog you own, you can expect to deal with shedding at some level. In this article we will discuss some simple steps you can take to limit the amount of animal hair you have to deal with. The target of this article will be the dog that spends the majority of its time indoors, however this information can be applied to both indoor and outdoor dogs.

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By MattLott (mlott) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Finding Your Lost Pet

 

fencedognewsletter.jpgFinding your lost pet may well be much more difficult than not losing it at all.  So, in this article we will talk about both.  Losing a pet can be devastating to both you and other family members.  While they are gone you worry about them, how they are, and where they might be.  This is why the very first step in getting your pet back should be making sure they have identification... 

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By TylerReynolds (treynolds) @ 1:53 PM ::
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Zamzows Frisbee Fest (Fun For All)

dogfrisbee.jpgEvery year since 1993, Zamzow has hosted and extraordinary event - our annual "Frisbee Fest" for dogs! The 2008 event is scheduled for Saturday September 27th from 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. at Ann Morrison Park in Boise. The event is sponsored by Zamzows Premuim Pet Foods, KNIN-TV Channel 9 ("K-9" Television), and The Idaho Humane Society, who helps out at the event by providing volunteers.

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By ArtGregory (Director of Marketing) (agregory) @ 11:16 AM ::
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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Why won't my canary sing?

canary.jpgThe first real question is, are you sure that your canary is a male?  Even though female canaries can, and do sing, it is only the males that have the long songs or warbles that the canary owner is attempting to hear.  Most reputable breeders and pet stores will be able to tell you if the canary is male or female, but that is only after the bird has matured into an adult. 

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By Randy Corn (rcorn) @ 10:43 AM ::
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Dealing with separation anxiety in dogs

doggie.jpgSeparation anxiety occurs when a dog feels distress or apprehension while separated from their owners. One mistake that owners make is to set the dog up for their departure.  This can lead to barking, crying, whining, and for dogs that are really anxious, destruction of your house a few minutes after youre gone. The bigger the fuss you make over leaving, the bigger the fuss your dog will make when you leave. Some authorities recommend paying little attention to the pet for at least ten minutes before leaving and for the first ten minutes after you arrive home...

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By BobHorton (bhorton) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, July 27, 2006
Your Puppy's first trip to the groomer

poodle.jpgA puppys first trip to the groomer should be a pleasant time for the little one. Good grooming begins at home, start the pups first session about 20 minutes after a meal. The puppy will settle down at this time and is possibly a bit sleepy. More...

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By TomChaloupka (tchaloupka) @ 3:49 PM ::
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Dealing with dog urine burns

dog peeing.jpgI had accomplished it my lawn was the perfect green and it looked like I had the best lawn on the block.  Then it happened my neighbors dog came and urinated on my lawn.  I knew as soon as I saw it happened that my lawn was going to burn there.  Here are a few things you can do if this happens or to help prevent it from happening.   More...

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By KipWeybright (Meridian Store Manager) (kweybright) @ 1:41 PM ::
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
What to do if You Find an Injured Wild Animal

NLbabybird.jpg   For us animal lovers, when we come upon an injured or sick wild animal, its impossible for us to pass them up and leave them to their unfortunate fate.  We want to rescue them and to help them.  This compassion is certainly appreciated and encouraged, but there are things you should know before you embark on your daring rescue.

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By HeatherMeuser (Website Graphics Developer) (Hmeuser) @ 4:36 PM ::
All Pets :: 0 Comments :: 3009 Views

Monday, April 24, 2006
Breeding Chinchillas

After keeping a small animal for a while, providing it with a safe and clean environment to live, trying to take your hobby to a new level is a natural progression.  Breeding Chinchillas can be done in captivity, but before you begin there are some things you should consider.  Where will you find your breeding stock? Are they reputable breeders with a history of their line? Do you have someone to sell the kits to when they are old enough? Are you willing to spend the time to condition your animals...

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By NolanGuthrie (nguthrie) @ 10:25 AM ::
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Tuesday, March 28, 2006
What's Good About Ferrets as Pets?

ferretforarticle.jpgFerrets are a lot of fun. They are very playful, with each other and with you, and they don't lose much of that playfulness as they get older. A ferret -- or better, two or more- can be a very entertaining companion. They are smarter than cats and dogs, or at least they act it. They are also very inquisitive and remarkably determined, which is part of their charm but can also be a bit of a bother. They are friendly, and they do know and love you, though for some of them it can take a year or so to fully bond...

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By JimBridgeman (Petroom Manager-Eagle) (jbridgeman) @ 12:00 AM ::
Small Animals :: 0 Comments :: 5021 Views

Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Socializing Your New Puppy is Important!

Now that spring and summer are quickly approaching, many people are thinking that this is an ideal time to get a new addition to the family.  If you are thinking about getting a new puppy, please keep in mind the importance of early socialization. Socialization is introducing your puppy and establishing positive relationships and responses to different creatures and environments. Socialization helps prevent puppies from being fearful and possibly aggressive...

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By JimMartin (jmartin) @ 8:50 AM ::
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Monday, March 20, 2006
Why You Need to Know What You are Feeding Your Reptiles

So many people just go to a pet store and say, Hey, that looks like fun to have as a pet. One of the first things you need to think about is, What does this reptile eat?. There are many different types of reptiles, and each one has its own type of diet. Some eat crickets and silk worms, and some will just eat greens. Here at Zamzows we always want you to leave our store with the best knowledge you can get. Before you purchase a reptile, I recommend that you do some research before you decide which species...

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By ShaunLough (slough) @ 4:46 PM ::
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Is pet insurance worth the money?

Pet insurance has been growing in recent years, but is it worth the money. The veterinary world is making tremendous strides in pet health care. As the technology and medications become more advanced, the costs rise. Pet insurance was created for two major reasons. First, to help financially offset the cost of providing the best medical care possible to our pets. Second, to reduce the amount of financial euthanasia. Have you ever wondered about the cost of medical care for your pet....

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By ZamzowsAdmin (zampres) @ 9:04 AM ::
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Monday, February 13, 2006
Bearded Dragon care

Bearded-Dragon.jpgBearded Dragons make a great pet for beginners as well as the experienced reptile owner. This article will help you learn about these great reptiles. The non-aggressive demeanor, great personality, and relatively easy to meet needs make bearded dragons one of the preferred lizards in the herp trade today...

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The History of German Shorthairs

german shorthair.jpgThe German shorthair is a great breed with a interesting history. As the name implies, the country of origin of this breed of dog was Germany.  German Short-haired Pointers have been known to be a distinct and separate breed probably since the 17th century.  However, the dog that we identify as a GSP today was developed by a group made up of dedicated noblemen and sportsmen toward the end of the 19th century.  It is important to note that these people had a very specific...

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By JimMartin (jmartin) @ 5:13 PM ::
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Anabantoid fish


betta_b.jpg Anabantoid fish are a colorful, hearty species of fish.  They have adapted to harsh conditions and are a great choice for the home aquarist. Anabantoids ara a popular group of tropical fish that has been thought of as one family, but actually is broken down into several families. Collectively they are called labyrinth fishes because they are equipped with a maze-like respiratory organ that serves...

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By JimBridgeman (Petroom Manager-Eagle) (jbridgeman) @ 9:09 AM ::
Fish :: 0 Comments :: 6498 Views

Friday, February 10, 2006
Lovebirds as pets

lovebird.jpgLovebirds can make great pets, but before your purchase there are things to consider. Making the decision to have a pet bird in your home is a big commitment. It will require time, energy, and money on your part. In many ways, the commitment to bird ownership resembles parenthood. These small, cute, reasonably helpless creature will depend on you for their every need. Unlike a child, though, your pet will never leave the nest....
 
 

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By BobHorton (bhorton) @ 2:25 PM ::
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Keeping cats scratching where they are supposed to

Keeping your cat from scratching your furniture is really not that hard.  They would much rather scratch something else, the key is to provide them somewhere to do there scratching. They are cute and cuddly and everyone loves them, and they make an excellent family pet.  What better pet for your family than a cat?  Is there anything that people wouldnt love about owning a cat?  One of the downfalls to owning a cat is that it scratches everything.  What is more frustrating than buying a new piece of furniture and having your cat scratching oo...
 
 

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By KipWeybright (Meridian Store Manager) (kweybright) @ 11:53 AM ::
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Monday, January 16, 2006
Chinchillas and the heat

As with any new addition to your family it is important to research and ask questions about whatever it is you and your family have an interest in.  One fact often overlooked when purchasing and caring for a chinchilla is their susceptibility to heat stroke. For the most part care of chinchillas is quite basic and much like other rodents.  With the appropriate caging, food, bedding and placement in the home chinchillas will thrive with minimal care for as long as 10-20 years. Chinchillas...

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By ZamzowsAdmin (zampres) @ 2:24 PM ::
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Outdoor hazzards for dogs

daukson.jpgFollow these simple steps to avoid outdoor hazzards for your dog. Regardless of the time of year many of us would like to be outdoors doing something, so would your dog. Being as we have four distinct seasons there are many things to consider for yourself and your pet. I am assuming that since you are reading this you are competent enough to take care of yourself so lets focus on your dog at this time. Outdoor dangers are...

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By TylerReynolds (treynolds) @ 9:53 AM ::
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Reptiles are misunderstood

spike2022.jpgReptiles are very misunderstood.  Because of these misconceptions, people often fear them.  The first question I usually get asked is, "Do they bite?" Well, anything with a mouth has the potential of biting, but this doesn't mean that it will.  In fact, reptiles don't want to bite anymore than we want to...

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By ZamzowsAdmin (zampres) @ 8:23 AM ::
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Friday, January 13, 2006
Small Animals 101

When buying a small animal examine it closely to make sure it is healthy and not hurt in any way. Their cages should spacious, secure, and cleaned frequently. Change food and water every day. Keep your pets cage away from direct sunlight, heat, drafts, moisture, and predators such as the family dog or cat.  Handle your small pet with care-never grab it by the ears or tale and always watch your pet with children and other pets. To avoid...

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By TomChaloupka (tchaloupka) @ 4:07 PM ::
Small Animals :: 1 Comments :: 3985 Views

introducing a chinchilla to your home

The chinchillas origin is in the AndesMountains of Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. They are classified as members of the Rodentia family. They are related to squirrels, guinea pigs, mice hamsters and gerbils. They are the most expensive costing of all rodents. Mostly because of their soft fur, it is the most sought after in the making of fur garments. They have long hind limbs and short front legs, four toes and very flexible digits. It has a thick neck and shoulders, with short ears and...

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By ZamzowsAdmin (zampres) @ 12:37 PM ::
Small Animals :: 0 Comments :: 2892 Views

Wednesday, January 11, 2006
The essentials for a Guinea pigs diet.

The key to keeping any house pet healthy and happy for a long time always begins with their diet. And your guinea pig is no different. There are lots of different guinea pig formulated foods out there and it is hard to choose one over the other. In this article I will talk about the things to look and plan for when choosing the best feed for your guinea pig. The first thing you should do is ask the store that you bought your guinea pig from what they are feeding...

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By NolanGuthrie (nguthrie) @ 8:16 AM ::
Small Animals :: 0 Comments :: 4525 Views

Thursday, January 05, 2006
Rabbits as a house-trained pet.

We all love those cute little rabbit eyes and twitching nose and little cottontail. But did you know that cute little rabbit inside the hutch on the back patio would love to join you inside? Sure you bring him inside every now and then, but did you know that he could be litter trained just like a house cat? It might seem hard to believe but rabbits are capable of learning like many pets by using positive reinforcement an utilizing rabbits own tendencies and...
 

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By NolanGuthrie (nguthrie) @ 11:51 AM ::
Small Animals :: 2 Comments :: 5849 Views

Introducing a new pet food.

When introducing a new pet food there are many things to consider. Factors such as age, breed, activity level, and are there any known health problems. These are very important, as they need to be considered when choosing a pet food to insure that you are feeding the correct one. If you are not sure that you chose the right diet then contact any Zamzows employee and we would be glad to assist you. For now lets assume that you have the right...

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By TylerReynolds (treynolds) @ 11:42 AM ::
All Pets :: 0 Comments :: 4561 Views

Help! My horse is chewing on everything!

When it comes to horses chewing, there are several different beliefs why horses do this. The first is they are just really bored! If this is true you may need to entertain your horse with toys or another animal. Here at Zamzows we sell balls with handles or ropes on them for the horse to pick up with their mouths. If a companion is more to your liking, a small pygmy goat may be a good choice. As well as a companion they will also help...

 

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By Randy Corn (rcorn) @ 11:25 AM ::
Large Animals :: 0 Comments :: 3407 Views

Invisible or in ground fence systems.

Many of our valued customers ask us often about using a containment system to keep their dogs in or on their property without just putting them in a dog run. We like to recommend using an in ground or invisible fence. We have different choices for your needs.

The invisible fence will help keep your pet safe and secure, keep your neighbors pets out; it will also help keep nuisance pests like rabbits...

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By KellyRourick (krourick) @ 10:02 AM ::
Dogs :: 1 Comments :: 3520 Views

Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Where do ferrets come from?

If you think ferrets are just some smelly, little weasel that you hope won't bite you when you try to pet it, you should give them a second look. It is believed the ferret has been a domesticated animal, since the time Pharaohs ruled Egypt ; some say even before cats! Ferrets have been used for hunting for many years, often paired with a hawk; ferrets would flush game from under brush and allow the hawk to take it down. Ferrets were brought to Europe after...

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By NolanGuthrie (nguthrie) @ 3:38 PM ::
Small Animals :: 0 Comments :: 8177 Views

Feeding snakes: live -vs- frozen.

I have been a snake owner for about a year and a half now. The first thing I had to decide was I going to feed live or frozen food for my pet. I went on to a lot of different web sites and tried to weigh the pros and cons of both sides. I also had to decide which way worked the best for myself. Myself I went with live. But it is all up to you when you start. But I recommend that once you start you stick with what you have chosen...

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By ShaunLough (slough) @ 3:21 PM ::
Reptiles :: 5 Comments :: 5111 Views

Introducing Your Dog to an Electronic Dog Collars

Introducing your dog to an electronic dog collar should be very simple and another step in having a well mannered pet. You need to be aware that your dog should be at least 6 months of age and weigh more than 10 pounds before using an electronic training collar.

The first 20 weeks of your puppys life are an important time for your training sessions, they should begin after the pup is 8 weeks old...

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By KellyRourick (krourick) @ 2:50 PM ::
Dogs :: 0 Comments :: 4718 Views

Properly Hydrating Your Cat

Cats are very finicky about their drinking water. Some like it cold and some like it warmed at least at room temperature. It is important  to refresh your cats water every day. They like it fresh. It is also important to keep their water bowl  full at all times so they don't have to get their whiskers wet as they are very sensitive. A lot of cats do not like the taste of tap water because of the chlorine so you can use bottled water. Or jusr refrigerate it before using. Also you can put in a little flavoring such...

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By TomChaloupka (tchaloupka) @ 1:10 PM ::
Cats :: 0 Comments :: 3636 Views

Help my dog is overweight!

Now that you have realized there is a problem it is time to get to work. Many pet owners either do not realize that their pets are overweight or dont want to admit it. The fact is veterinarians are reporting that upwards of 40% of pets in America are overweight. This is not a good thing. Obesity in pets, like humans, is very serious. The sad thing is that in many cases our pets weight problem is our own...

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By TylerReynolds (treynolds) @ 11:42 AM ::
Dogs :: 1 Comments :: 3688 Views

Proper nutrition in older dogs.

 

Ensuring good nutrition is very important, especially in older dogs.  As we age we may not hear or see as well as when we were younger but in fact many of our other systems are not functioning as well either.  This is why it all starts with a good dog food. 

As your dog gets older their digestive system may not be working as efficiently as it once did.  This is why it is so important to be feeding...

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By TylerReynolds (treynolds) @ 11:36 AM ::
Dogs :: 0 Comments :: 3194 Views

What causes pet "hot spots"?

To understand what causes a hot spot we first need to understand what it is. I like to describe it as a symptom, not the problem. Hot spots appear on pets for many reasons. It is important to determine the reason so you are not putting a band-aid on a broken arm. I talk with many people daily that have different definitions of what a hot spot is and where it is located. For now we are going to describe it as a skin irritation that is generally warmer, raised or swollen, and tends to be red in...

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By TylerReynolds (treynolds) @ 11:30 AM ::
All Pets :: 0 Comments :: 3693 Views

How Zamzows got into the pet buisness.

In a way, Zamzows has always been in the pet business! Store founders Gus and Carmalita Zamzow both grew up on farms, so when they married in 1915, they already knew a great deal about all types of animals, including dogs and cats, which they always had an abundance of on the farm. As their own family grew, the couples 5 children also learned about animals. So when the family bought the Snodgrass Mill at the corner of Fairview in Liberty in rural Boise in 1933, they were ready...

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By ArtGregory (Director of Marketing) (agregory) @ 11:19 AM ::
All Pets :: 0 Comments :: 5225 Views

Can I get diseases from my household pets?

I wouldnt call you paranoid for asking the question Can my pet get me sick? Maybe you have heard a story of somebodys pet causing sickness. Many of these stories are peppered with many myths and half truths. While there are legitimate concerns, the documented cases of true illness are rare. Many cases of illness are actually caused by allergic reactions to pet dander or a number of other allergies that can present themselves from human to pet contact...

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By NolanGuthrie (nguthrie) @ 11:08 AM ::
All Pets :: 0 Comments :: 6114 Views

Do cats have special requirements for their teeth?

Cats are no different than humans or dogs when it comes to dental care.  All must take care of their teeth. Cats have softer teeth of the three so it important to check their teeth on a regular schedule. Ideally the best prevention for tooth and gum  {periodontal} disease  is to brush daily with a soft tooth brush and cat toothpaste starting at an early age when just a kitten. Do not use human toothpaste as it is too abrasive and can cause stomach upsets. Try to get on a regular schedule so they will know...

 

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By TomChaloupka (tchaloupka) @ 11:03 AM ::
Cats :: 0 Comments :: 3279 Views

What is Metabolic Bone Disease, and How do I Avoid it in my Reptiles?

Metabolic Bone Disease is a very common disease in reptiles but a lot of people dont know why it happens. I have seen many cases of  Metabolic Bone Disease in my experience with reptiles. One of the first thing you need to know is what kind of lighting you need to have, for the specific reptile you have. Different reptiles need to have different amounts of UVB. UVB provides a lot of minerals that the sun naturally gives to them in the wild. If the do not get enough their bones start to crumble and brake...

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By ShaunLough (slough) @ 10:06 AM ::
Reptiles :: 1 Comments :: 4691 Views

Rats as houshold pets.

These aint no flea ridden varmints. It may be hard to believe that something descended from the animal responsible for the bubonic plague could be a good pet, but its true!  Over the years, rats have become increasingly popular as household pets, and once you learn about them, you wont wonder why.  Rats are very adaptable, so theyre great beginner pets.  They are extremely intelligent, so theyre able to learn tricks...

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By NolanGuthrie (nguthrie) @ 12:00 AM ::
Small Animals :: 6 Comments :: 5863 Views

Monday, December 26, 2005
What are Glucosamine and Chondroitin?

For this article I intend to use non-technical information so as to not put you to sleep. In a short sentence the answer to the question is food for the joints, or cartilage specifically. While many people think that this is a new technology they have been used and tested for about 40 years. Though they are not new it hasn't been until recently that they have become more main stream. They are becoming more popular as we are learning more about them and their effects. These products when used together...

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By ZamzowsAdmin (zampres) @ 10:36 AM ::
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Thursday, August 25, 2005
Caring For an Older Horse

It is estimated that 20% of all horses are over the age of 15 years old. It is also not uncommon for horses to live to the age of 28-30 years old with proper diet and living conditions. This article discusses what to feed an older horse.
 
To keep your older horse healthy and eating well you should have your horses teeth floated every year. This will insure that your...

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By ZamzowsAdmin (zampres) @ 11:37 AM ::
Large Animals :: 0 Comments :: 3066 Views

Introducing A New Cat to A Home with an Existing Cat

It is very important when introducing a new cat into a home, which already has an existing cat that you go about it very carefully.  If not done properly this could cause a lot of stress for you and your cats.  As in any situation when someone new is introduced in to a family it should be done slowly and cautiously, always taking into consideration the cat that was there first.  Cats are very territorial, some more than others, so to say exactly how long it will take for your older cat to accept your newer cat...


 
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By ZamzowsAdmin (zampres) @ 10:58 AM ::
Cats :: 2 Comments :: 3790 Views