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Pocket Pets

POCKET PETS The most popular pocket pets are guinea pigs, mice, rats, gerbils, and hamsters. Hedgehogs, chinchillas, and sugar gliders are also popular, though they require more specialized care and are illegal to own in some states, so check with your local government before attempting to bring one home. The bottom line for anyone thinking

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Bird Care

Bird care • Cage o The cage must be big enough for your bird to stretch his/her wings (parrot-type birds) and fly (finch-type birds) o The cage must be made from nontoxic (nonpoisonous) material (e.g., Zinc, even powder-coated can flake) o The cage base must be hard so your bird can’t ruin it by chewing

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Care for Your Pet Rabbit

Did you know pet rabbits should be kept indoors to protect against predators, and that rabbits don’t like to be alone? Find out what other facts and responsibilities you should know to take good care of your pet rabbit. Supplies Needed • A solid-bottom cage. Don’t get a wood cage, because rabbits chew wood. Small

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Kitty and Pet Carriers

Kitties and Pet Carriers • Many cats don’t get the regular veterinary care they need, due to the amount of stress caused by trying to get them to the veterinary hospital. • Trips to the veterinarian should not be the only time your furry friend encounters his/her carrier. • You want your cat to associate

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Winter- Snow, Ice, and Rock Salt/Ice Melt

Winter – Snow, Ice, and Rock Salt/Ice Melt Regular Rock Salt/Ice Melt is sodium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride and/or calcium carbonate and calcium magnesium acetate in various mixes. These salts when mixed with water, resulting from the melting snow/ice, are exothermic – they produce HEAT. Up to 170 degrees F! Enough to

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New Years Resolutions for your pet (pets)

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet(s) Goals aren’t just for humans! • Measure your pets’ food~~every time. o Many owners “eyeball” their pet’s daily intake and pour that into a bowl, usually resulting in overfeeding and weight gain. Use an 8-ounce measuring cup to ensure your pet isn’t taking in more calories than they need.

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Pet Emergencies

PET EMERGENCIES • It is essential to develop an emergency plan ahead of time, when your brain is not in fight or flight mode. • Have the contact information for the nearest emergency veterinary hospital. If that clinic is not open 24 hours a day, be sure to have the number for one that is.

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TO VACCINATE OR NOT TO VACCINATE

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate • Vaccines are an emotional issue, among pet owners. While the science of pet vaccines is always a work in progress, there are some undeniable facts. • Animal vaccines help to control disease, many of which can affect people. At the top of the list is rabies. • Another

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Puppy For Christmas?

PUPPY FOR CHRISTMAS? • Their eyes melt your heart. A puppy makes the perfect gift–right? WRONG! • Christmas is one of the worst times to get a puppy and shelters experience buyer’s remorse. • Reputable breeders won’t have puppies available for Christmas, but pet stores and puppy mills will. WHY? 1. It’s Christmas, and it’s

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The J.M. Smucker Company Issues Voluntary Recall of Specific Lots of 9Lives® Protein Plus® Wet, Canned Cat Food Due to Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

The J.M. Smucker Company Issues Voluntary Recall of Specific Lots of 9Lives® Protein Plus® Wet, Canned Cat Food Due to Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1) The J.M. Smucker Company today announced a voluntary recall of specific lots of9Lives® Protein Plus® wet, canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1). No

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