Care Tips For Pet Monkeys

Care Tips For Pet MonkeysMonkeys are not like your average pets. They are extremely intelligent, and their physical and social needs are very complex. People who are planning to have a pet monkey should learn as much as they can about them and see if they can meet their special and complex needs adequately on a daily basis.

Pet monkeys will need lots of physical and mental stimulation. They thrive well when they’re busy and active all throughout the day. They need to engage in the regular physical activity, climbing and swinging around, regular interaction with their humans, and eat a nutritionally balanced diet appropriate for the species.

Indoor and outdoor enclosures

These should be spacious enough to give them plenty of space for vertical and horizontal movement. Perches, climbing structures, swings, and hammocks inside the enclosures can give them plenty of opportunities to engage in natural behaviors. Learn more tips for pet monkeys visit here.


Tips To Help Avoid Dog Bites

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There’s really no guarantee that a dog won’t bite someone, but there are precautionary measures that can be observed to reduce the risk.

  • Spaying or neutering – Spayed or neutered dogs tend to be less aggressive and are much less likely to bite. A dog’s reproductive organs (ovaries in females and testes in males) produce sex hormones that are responsible for dominant behaviors and the desire to roam and look for mates.
  • Socialization – A dog that receives adequate socialization early in life tends to be less aggressive toward people because they have been exposed to various situations where they meet and interact with different types of people. A dog’s experiences during the period of socialization will prepare them to deal with various circumstances they may find themselves in when they’re older.

Obedience training – Dogs that undergo obedience training tend to have good manners and are well-disciplined. For more details about your pet visit your pet clinic.

Declawing Pets Can Lead To Long-Term Physical Pain

Declawing Pets Can Lead To Long-Term Physical PainDid you know that declawing is an irreversible surgical procedure in which the last bone of each toe is amputated? Some cat parents think that declawing is the best way to deal with their cat’s scratching. But this is definitely not the solution! They will realize soon after the procedure that they have sentenced their pets to a lifetime of pain which can pave the way for the display of undesirable behaviors.

Pet owners should realize that declawing is not like having your fingernails trimmed; if the procedure is performed on humans, each finger will be amputated at the last joint.

Declawed cats can develop undesirable behavior like potty issues and aggressive tendencies. Declawing has no medical benefit to the cat, except when it has to be done to remove a tumor on the nail bed or similar health issues.

Always consult your veterinarian if you have any problems or concerns about your pet cat.

Guinea Pig Reproductive Disease and What You Can Do About It

When you adopt a guinea pig, you probably aren’t thinking about your pet developing a reproductive disease. Unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon, so it’s definitely something you should think about before you schedule your first appointment with your veterinary clinic.

The question is, what is guinea pig reproductive disease? And is there anything you can do about it?

What is guinea pig reproductive disease?

Although there are many problems that are associated with male guinea pigs, it’s primarily the females that develop reproductive problems in the form of ovarian cysts. What exactly is a cyst?

Cysts are encapsulated, fluid-filled sacs that can be found in the organs of the reproductive system. Not all cysts are dangerous. Some are part of the normal reproductive cycle and don’t cause any problems. However, some cysts can lead to bilateral fur loss, reduced appetite, lethargy, and a bloated appearance. They may even increase your pet’s chances of developing uterine cancer.

It’s estimated that up to two-thirds of female guinea pigs have some kind of ovarian cysts, so it’s an important potential health problem to consider.

Is there anything you can do about cysts?

Knowing about a problem is only half the battle. You have to know what to do about it. When it comes to cysts, you have a few options.

You can wait until your guinea pig develops cysts before you tackle the problem. Keep an eye on her behavior, and if it changes, schedule an appointment with your local clinic right away. If it is determined that your pet has cysts, you’ll have a few treatment options. Medical treatments, like Lupron injections, can help shrink the size of cysts. If they’re bad enough, surgical removal of the reproductive tract may be recommended.

A preventative approach can keep your pig from suffering or feeling uncomfortable in the future. You can have your guinea pig spayed. Not only will it prevent cysts, but it can help you get better behavior out of your pet as well.

Spaying a guinea pig can be hard so you may want to consider having just the ovaries removed instead. Your pet will recover from this sort of surgery much faster than a full spay.

For help determining the best course of action for your pet, schedule an appointment with your veterinary clinic. Learn more here.

Tips That Support Your Efforts to Litter Train Your Rabbit

If you own a rabbit, you’ve probably heard that they can be litter trained. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If your furry friend isn’t going potty where he should, you may be ready to throw in the towel.

Don’t give up yet! You just have to give a few of these tips a try.

Put some hay next to or inside the box

This is likely going to sound strange, but rabbits like to eat while they go to the bathroom. According to a professional pet clinic, they really like to have something to munch on all the time!

If the hay is too far from your rabbit’s box, he may not be interested in visiting it. To solve this problem, place a pile of hay right next to the box, or place the hay on top of the litter in the box. It may be just enough to tempt him to go potty where he should.

Follow your bunny’s lead

You may have the perfect place picked out for your bunny’s box, but it may not be the perfect place according to your rabbit. If he doesn’t like the placement of his litter box, he isn’t going to use it.

If you notice that your pet uses the same corner to go potty, try moving the box to that corner. You may find that he’s easier to litter train if you follow his lead.

Spay or neuter your rabbit

Having a hard time figuring out exactly where your rabbit likes to go potty because it seems like he’ll go potty anywhere? He’s probably marking his territory, much like a cat might spray couches and chairs.

If you’re struggling with litter training your bunny, consider having your pet spayed or neutered. It can greatly reduce your critter’s drive to mark his territory.

Understand that accidents happen

Cats can be trained to use the litter box 100 percent of the time. This isn’t usually the case with rabbits. Your bunny may accidentally go potty just outside the box, or he may decide that the box is too far away when he comes out to play.

To reduce accidents, place a mat underneath your rabbit’s box, and provide him with more than one so he always an easy place to go potty.

Your pet clinic can provide you with more tips.

Do Cats Dream?

One remarkable thing about cats is that they spend 16-20 hours a day sleeping or napping. This is a habit that they have inherited from their ancestors who survived the hostile conditions in the wild by sleeping during the day and prey hunting at night.

Several studies on the sleeping habits and sleeping patterns of cats were conducted to try to establish if cats do dream. Results show that while sleeping, cats also go through a phase of rapid eye movement (REM), the same phase where dreaming occurs in people. These findings have led many experts to believe that there is a high probability that cats do dream.

Unlike some breeds of dogs that snore loudly while sleeping, cats are noiseless sleepers. Cats don’t have a loose soft palate that is present in dogs that’s why they don’t snore or breathe heavily when asleep. For more information, give your vet a call.

De-Shedding Tools Are Handy For Long-Haired Cats

Contrary to popular notion, a de-shedding tool is not used for cutting hair; it helps in the easy removal of loose hair from the undercoat to prevent mats and tangles. Regular and proper use of a de-shedding tool can help prevent hairball formation in cats. Using this specific type of grooming tool can also enhance the health and wellbeing of cats, especially Himalayans and Persian cats.

But one thing to keep in mind when using a de-shedding tool is that it does not remove loose hair easily or comfortably. Thus, it should only be used at least once a week. It may be used more often in spring and summer which are the shedding seasons of cats.

If your pet has a thick hair coat, using a de-shedding tool won’t thin out the coat; also, it does not remove hairs that are still attached to their follicles. With regular use of the de-shedding tool, cat owners will see less loose hairs blanketing surfaces in the home. Schedule an appointment today!