Feeding and caring for guinea pigs

History: Guinea pigs are rodents (related to chinchillas and porcupines)that originated from the Andes Mountains region of South America. They were probably first domesticated by the Indians of Peru, who used them for food and as sacrificial offerings to their gods. In the 16th century, Dutch explorers introduced guinea pigs […]

Foot pad disease in dogs

There are several known causes of cracked foot pads and unfortunately unknown reasons of this disorder. If a dog chews its paws, it may be walking in or on a chemical that’s irritating its feet. Rug shampoos, floor cleaners, or garden sprays, for example, can irritate the paws of some […]

Pet food allergies

An allergy is a condition of unusual sensitivity to a substance or substances usually protein in nature which is perceived by the body as foreign. Signs of allergies in dogs may manifest as itching and in some cases diarrhea. Food allergies account for only about 5 to 10 percent of […]

Fleas and your pet

Fleas lay up to10-20 eggs per day. Did you know that three fleas will multiply to 10,000 fleas in three months. Fleas are a transmitter of several diseases to your pet. These include tapeworm and a severe skin condition called FLEA BITE DERMATITIS. It is felt that pets actually become […]

Ferret related diseases

In general, ferrets usually get along with cats and dogs. It is not recommended to leave hunting breeds like terriers and hounds alone with ferrets. Your ferret could be hurt. If you have small mammals (rodents, rabbits, etc.), you must exercise extreme caution with regards to ferrets. They are natural […]

Feline renal failure

The kidneys are organs which maintain the balance of certain chemicals in your cat’s blood while filtering out the body’s wastes as urine. The kidneys also help regulate blood pressure, help regulate the production of calcium and phosphorus metabolism, and produce a hormone that stimulates red-blood-cell production called erythropoiten. As […]

Feline infectious peritonitis

CORONAVIRUS INFECTION IN CATS (feline infectious peritonitis, corona virus enteritis) General Information Feline corona viruses include those that cause feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), and those that cause only a mild intestinal disease (corona virus enteritis). The viruses are not the same, but they cannot be differentiated by the current blood […]

Feline AIDS Syndrome

FeLV and FIV Infections Cats can become infected with viruses which cause immune deficiency. These viruses are the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and the feline leukemia virus (FeLV). FIV and FeLV belong to the same family of viruses, called Retrovirus, as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the causative agent of […]

Eye problems in dogs

Your dog’s eyes are not only among its most expressive anatomical features, they are also a complex sensory organ vulnerable to injury and disease. It is important to be alert to eye ailments if they arise and prevent them whenever possible. The way dogs see is similar to the way we […]

Ear mites in cats

Ear mites are tiny crab like parasites, if left untreated, can cause a bacterial and yeast infections and, in extreme cases, rupture of the ear drum leading to seizures and deafness. Ear mites (Otodectes cynotis) are the most common cause of outer-ear inflammation in cats – especially kittens and young […]