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Make Your Chinchilla Happier With These Tips

There are some things you probably already know about taking care of your chinchilla, but there are probably some things you don’t know, especially when it comes to making sure your furry friend is happy.

Follow these tips from a professional vet clinic and your pet will be as happy as a clam!

Give your chinchilla plenty of space

In the wild, you would find chinchillas living in the mountains. That means these critters are accustomed to having plenty of space. If you try and cram your furry friend in a cage that’s too small, he’s going to get really stressed out.

Your chinchilla needs a cage that is at least three feet long and two feet wide. However, your pet will be even happier if you provide him with more space. That means getting a wider cage, or you can install shelving and multiple levels in your critter’s cage to give him more space.

Provide him with plenty of fresh, dry air

Not only do these mountainous creatures need plenty of space, they also need plenty of fresh air. A wire cage is best because it allows for lots of circulation.

The humidity of the room your pet lives in is important to consider too. Chinchillas can overheat easily, not to mention, their fur is susceptible to fungus in warm environments. A dehumidifier might be needed to keep your pet happy in the summer.

Don’t come on too strong

Chinchillas can grow to enjoy human companionship, but they aren’t born wanting to get to know you and your family. It’s best to back off, especially when you first bring your pet home.

Gradually spend time with your chinchilla when you bring him home instead of bombarding him with attention all at once. You may have to coax your pet with treats to get him to interact with you at first, but after a few weeks, he’ll warm up to spending time with you.

Once your chin is comfortable being held, make sure you take him out of the cage often! He’ll love coming out to explore, which means he’ll be a happier animal.

If you’re worried that your pet isn’t as happy as he could be, schedule an appointment with your local vet clinic and they can make sure there isn’t a medical reason why your critter is unhappy.

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How to Tell If Your Dog Is Having Skin Problems

The condition of your dog’s skin has a huge effect on his happiness. You have to treat any problems that arise, but first you have to know if he has one! Here’s how to tell if your pet is having skin problems, according to a professional veterinarian.

Itching and scratching

The biggest sign that your dog is having trouble with his skin is itching and scratching. Figuring out where your pet is itching is the key to figuring out what his problem is.

For example, if your dog spends a lot of time trying to scratch his ears, he most likely has ear mites. However, if your pet spends a lot of time itching his fur with his teeth, especially around his tail, he probably has fleas.

If ear mites and fleas don’t end up being the problem, an allergy could be to blame. But figuring out what’s causing the allergic reaction can be difficult.

Consider switching to a different kind of dog food to see if there may be something in what he’s eating that’s causing the problem.

Have you switched detergents lately? If you have, and you’ve washed your dog’s bed with that detergent, he could be allergic to it.

Dandruff

Some dogs don’t itch and scratch when there’s a problem. Instead, you might want to look and see if your pet has dandruff. If he does, it will likely be easy to see on top of his fur.

Dandruff can be a sign that your dog has dry skin. If you have dry skin too, it’s probably because the air in your home is dry. Try a humidifier to see if it fixes your pet’s dry skin.

The quality of your dog’s food could also cause him to have dry skin. Many pet foods contain fillers that don’t support a healthy coat. Switching to a higher quality food, or giving your furry friend wet food, can be very helpful.

No matter why your dog has dry skin, a bath is unlikely to solve the problem. That’s because baths can actually dry out your pet’s skin. If you do give your pooch a bath, make sure you choose a hydrating shampoo and follow it up with conditioner.

You can also contact your veterinarian to get to the bottom of your dog’s dry skin problem.

Why Cats Love Catnip

Why Cats Love Catnip

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is an herb from which a type of volatile oil can be extracted. The oil has a strong scent that diffuses into the surroundings when the leaves are crumpled or chewed. A cat’s extremely sensitive sense of smell can detect catnip oil even in saturation as low as 1 ppb (part per billion).

Catnip oil contains a chemical that can influence the cat’s brain. It has also been shown to exert a sedative-like effect, thus it has been used a natural therapy to calm people and pets.

When a cat inhales the scent of catnip oil, special olfactory organs send messages to the hypothalamus, where one of its important functions is to interpret taste and scent, resulting in manifestation of specific behaviors.

Important Reasons Your Cat Is Losing Weight

Important Reasons Your Cat Is Losing Weight

Cats have gained the reputation of being finicky eaters. Even though they are naturally inclined to regulate their food intake, being able to consume just the right amount of calories for weight maintenance, some cats become overweight or obese when they are fed an inappropriate ration. However, if your furball seems to be losing weight for no particular reason, this may be an important sign that something is amiss. If your pet’s weight loss is not a result of a change in his activity level or any other factor that you can identify, you should work with your veterinarian in getting to the root of the problem, and be addressing it before it can become serious and more complicated.

Some important reasons cats lose weight include the following:

  • They don’t like the food placed in their food dish
  • They hate the smell of their food bowls, especially when these are made of plastic. The material can easily absorb and retain scents.
  • A heavy load of intestinal parasites
  • Stress – cats are very sensitive to specific stressors in their environment.
  • Old age – physical and mental decline associated with aging can cause cats to lose weight and be more picky about their intake.
  • Health problems – specific health problems such as diabetes can lead to drastic weight loss and host of other distinct symptoms.

What to Do If Someone in Your Home Doesn’t Like Your Pet Rat

Not everyone is a dog person, and not everyone is a cat person, but they aren’t the only animals that cause problems for people. Some creatures, like the rat, are more detested than others.

Now, what if someone who lives in your home doesn’t like that animal? Here are a few tips for making sure everyone in your home lives in harmony, even if one of those people doesn’t like your rat.

Keep the cage out of common areas

Some people are just turned off by rodents. It’s their loss. According to a professional veterinarian, rats are intelligent, social, and affectionate animals! But, if someone you live with just can’t be convinced otherwise, you should be respectful and keep the cage out of common areas.

Avoid placing the cage in the living room or dining room. Instead, place it in a bedroom. A basement can work too, as can a closet, as long as you keep the door open and interact with your pet regularly.

Be careful during playtime

Your rat needs to come out and play on a regular basis. That can be difficult if you’re living with someone who would rather act like they don’t share their space with a rodent.

The key is to be respectful when bringing your pet out to play. Only bring him out in areas of the home where your roommate or family member doesn’t have to worry about interacting with him. It’s even better if you can schedule playtime when that person isn’t home. That way, you and your rat can play anywhere in the house that you like!

When the weather is nice, consider taking your rat outside to play. Use a pen to keep your pet contained, or consider walking him on a leash.

Let them get to know each other

Not everyone is open to getting to know an animal they don’t like, but don’t be afraid to ask! You might be surprised to learn they’re willing to try!

You just have to start small. Invite them into your room to observe your rat in his cage, or ask them to hang out with you in the same room while you play with your rodent.

Don’t forget to ask your veterinarian for more tips!

Ferrets Can Get Heartworms

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Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is not exclusive to dogs and cats; ferrets are also viable hosts of heartworms. Fortunately, there are preventive measures you can take to protect your pet ferret from heartworms.

Mosquitoes are important transmitters of heartworms. A ferret can get the heartworm microfilariae from the bite of an infected mosquito during a blood meal. Cases of heartworm in pet ferrets are highest during summer. So it is a good idea to minimize your pet’s time outside the house and install screens on your windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from getting in.

Adult heartworms are found in the heart of an infected ferret; when there is a heavy infestation, the worms impede the ability of the heart to pump blood. As the number of heartworms increases, the heart’s function and integrity are compromised. The cardiac overload will cause the heart to expand, exerting pressure in the chest, eventually giving rise to breathing problems. For more advice contact your veterinary clinic.

Cats and Hairballs

shutterstock_76555102Hairballs are a common problem among cats as a result of their fastidious grooming habits. A hairball is formed when cats ingest loose hair while grooming themselves. The hairs that accumulate in the stomach can form a hairball. A cat with hairballs in his stomach may suffer from constipation, vomiting and decreased appetite. There is always the risk of a hairball passing through the stomach and lodging in the small intestine. Any obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract is often considered a life-threatening problem. Cats, especially long-haired breeds, will occasionally cough up hairballs and won’t show any symptoms. This is quite normal for cats. However, if there seems to be an abnormal number of hairballs being continually coughed up, you should take your cat to your veterinarian. Brushing your pet’s hair on a daily basis will remove loose hairs before your cat can swallow them during grooming.For more information contact veterinarians care.