Wildlife Rehabilitator: How to Find One

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
Eagle who received help from a wildlife rehabilitator

The best way to help a baby bird that’s fallen out of his nest, a squirrel that’s been hit by a car, a crow that seems unable to fly, or any other form of wildlife, is to call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. In some cases, an “orphaned” young bird or animal may not be orphaned at all, and a rehabilitator can tell you whether or not the animal actually needs to be rescued.

Why Does My Cat Meow So Much?

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
Gray kitten meowing loudly

Are you asking yourself, "Why does my cat meow so much?" Cats communicate through a variety of vocalizations — meowing, purring, chirping, and hissing, among others. They display their unique personalities through these vocalizations, a characteristic most people find endearing. When these vocalizations become excessive or occur at inopportune times, however, problems arise.

What to Feed a Potbellied Pig

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
RB the potbellied pig eating some lettuce

Potbellied pigs (aka pot belly pigs) are omnivores, so their natural diet in the wild would include roots, veggies, nuts, seeds, berries, worms, insects, raw eggs and other little critters. Of course, you can’t imitate this diet for your pigs, but you can feed them a variety of healthy foods. It’s a good idea to feed pigs larger meals twice a day (breakfast and dinner) and healthy snacks throughout the day.

What Is a Puppy Mill?

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy. Purebred puppies like this one are sadly surrendered to shelters at an alarming rate.

You can save lives today. Join Best Friends Animal Society in putting a stop to puppy mills.

A puppy mill is a “factory farm” for dogs. Even though more and more Americans are taking a stand against them, the U.S. still has about 10,000 puppy mills.

Many people don’t realize that when they buy a dog from a pet store or the Internet, that dog most likely came from a puppy mill. In puppy mills, dogs live in small cages, often in the minimum legal size allowed (only six inches larger than the dog on all sides) and female dogs are bred as frequently as possible.

Walking a Cat

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
Woman walking a cat. Walking a kitty can be fun and rewarding for both you and the cat.

It’s the latest trend: walking a cat on a lead. All the cool cats are doing it. Why walk a feline on a leash? Cats are curious creatures and any opportunities they have to explore the big wide world can enrich their lives. To help your indoor cat have safe outdoor adventures, you can teach her to wear a harness and walk on leash.

Veterinary Specialists

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
Veterinary Specialists

Veterinary practice has evolved a lot in the last few decades, and it is becoming increasingly rare for veterinarians to be a Jack (or Jill) of all trades. It’s still possible to find such veterinarians, but what was once the mainstay of the profession has become the exception.

Veterinary Care for Dogs

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
French bulldog who is going to vet for a routine checkup and care

The following are guidelines for vet care for dogs at each stage of life:

Three weeks old

Puppies should be seen by a veterinarian at approximately three weeks of age for a physical and a fecal test for intestinal parasites. While you’re there, you can talk about what vaccines will be needed in the future, how to prevent disease, when to have spay/neuter surgery done, and how to handle the diet change from mom to meals.

Traveling with Pets: Tips for Travel and Vacations with a Dog or Cat

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
Jango, a pit-bull-terrier-type dog looking out of a car's partially open window

Are you thinking of traveling with your dog or cat? There are various factors to take into account. For example, would it be better to take a pet with you or leave him at home under the care of a family member, neighbor or pet sitter? If you don't have anyone to come to your home to feed and care for your pet, have you investigated local boarding facilities?

Training Shelter Dogs

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 21:34
Woman using positive reinforcement to train a shelter dog

Tara’s Run is a facility for training shelter dogs at Best Friends that contains real-life equipment to help dogs become familiar with structures they’ll encounter in a home once they’re adopted. Because shelter dogs often come from backgrounds where they weren’t taught social skills and many haven’t lived in homes, this equipment helps them become ready to go on mobile adoptions and then successfully transition into living happily in homes.

These structures can be built inexpensively by anyone handy with a hammer.