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Originating from South America, guinea pigs, or cavies, to give them their proper name, are wonderfully intelligent and friendly creatures when handled properly. Although there are 8 species of guinea pig, only one, the domestic cavy, is suitable to keep as a pet. ...

Buying a bed for your dog should be no different than buying a bed for yourself. It sounds simple to go down to your local pet store and pick out something cute for your equally cute dog, but it is important to remember that with dog beds, one size does not fit all, and it is very important to take into consideration your dog’s size and health conditions in order to select a bed that’s right for them. Older and larger dogs especially need a proper, comfortable bed—an orthopedic bed. ...

Buying a puppy can be an exciting experience.  They come in fluffy little packages with big cute eyes and a tendency to destroy half of your house.   ...

Keeping ticks out of your home starts with a good defense. The first line of defense is to use a service like Intensive Tick Treatment from the Mosquito Squad. Services like this help keep ticks at bay and away from your property. Your second line of defense is the proper bathing of your dog. When ticks attach to your dog, they eventually get carried into your home, where it’s easy for them to bite your loved ones and spread diseases. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re washing your dog properly to avoid ticks. ...

Source: Wikimedia Dogs are extremely popular as domestic pets, and it isn’t hard to see why! They’re so cute and funny, even when they’re fully grown, and most give off affection like it’s all they live for! If you have you have a dog you care about, you obviously want to make sure it keeps in good health. Here are some tips for ensuring your best friend stays as healthy and happy as possible. Source: Wikimedia Possibly the most important tip I can give is to take your dog for an annual veterinary exam. It’s much harder to...

  Whether you’re a seasoned dog owner or you’ve just taken the plunge and gotten a puppy, it is important for you to know all about the different foods dogs can eat and foods that they should avoid. Dogs are not fussy creatures and will often put most things in their mouths if given the chance, so in some ways it is up to us to decide and prevent them from eating anything that is incredibly dangerous or harmful to them. Unfortunately due to the amount of ingredients we put into our everyday meals, including preservatives, food...

As a dog owner, you have two choices when you go on holiday somewhere. You can have someone look after your pooch while you’re away, such as a friend or a boarding kennel. Or you can take your dog with you! If your destination is somewhere dog-friendly, it makes sense to take your canine companion on your travels. If that’s what you’re planning to do, there are a few things you should bear in mind before you go. Here is what you need to know: Photo via Wikimedia Commons If possible, avoid air travel It’s no secret that some dogs...

As the kids start to get older and go off to school, you can feel that your influence as a parent has dramatically diminished. Now there is a full-time teacher involved, deciding what is right for your children, and disciplining them if they do wrong. Even more worrying for a parent is the influence of other kids. Their backgrounds may be different from yours, and you may worry their behavior may not be up to the standards you expect from your own children. Still, off to school they must go, and when they come home in the evenings you...

As parents, one of the most common questions we get asked by the kids is “can we get a puppy?” and I suspect that we’re not alone in this! Every household with children and families of their own has probably been asked or begged for a puppy since their children were old enough to talk. It’s certainly one of those inbuilt things that make our childhood more fun. Today I wanted to sit down and think about the pro’s and con’s of getting a new pet. When is the right time and what sort of sacrifices will we have to make in order...

When you know you want a family pet it can be very frustrating if the timing never seems to be right to get one. Household emergencies may suck up your budget, or you may fall pregnant again and worry how you would be able to keep up physically. Time can march on through decorating your home and moving house, toilet training your toddler and starting back at work. It never feels like the best time to bring someone new into the household. But nothing else is going to fill that void. Sometimes you just have to take the plunge and find yourself...

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