Potbellied Pig Health and Sickness

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:17
Scout the healthy potbellied pig

As with other animals, potbellied pigs (sometimes called pot belly pigs) can’t tell us when they’re sick, so it’s best to try and be aware of signs of pain or illness. As you get to know your pigs, you’ll learn to recognize when they’re feeling good and when they are feeling under the weather.

Sick pig symptoms

Here are some common symptoms that may indicate a pig is ill or in pain:

FAQs About Dogs in Wheelchairs and Carts

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:05
Corgi dog in wheelchair cart

Disabled dogs can benefit from wheelchairs or carts. Read frequently asked questions about dogs with mobility issues.

FAQs about dogs in wheelchairs and dogs using carts

As faithful family members, dogs deserve to be respected, loved and cherished throughout their lives, regardless of their disabilities. Carts for dogs with mobility issues allow people to enjoy many years with their beloved pets.

FAQs About Cats in Wheelchairs and Carts

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:05
Duke, a cat with cerebellar hypoplasia, utilizing a cart made of PVC piping, with a caregiver helping to keep it steady

Disabled cats can benefit from wheelchairs or carts. Read frequently asked questions about cats with mobility issues.

With the use of a cart, cats with mobility problems can continue to lead happy, active lives.

What is a cat cart or wheelchair?

It’s a device that assists cats with mobility issues. These extremely light carts, which strap on to the cat’s body and provide support, can enable a cat with front or back leg issues to become mobile. Carts allow disabled cats to walk, run, play, exercise, and sometimes even lie down, depending on the model.

Fact vs. Fiction: What Shelter and Field Services Staff Should Know About Free-Roaming Cats

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:05
Medium haired black community cat (feral cat) hiding behind some grass

Trap-neuter-return (TNR) is a common-sense, cost-effective solution for managing populations of unowned, free-roaming cats (sometimes called stray, feral or “community cats”) by preventing additional births — rather than trying to round up, house, feed and kill more cats. Despite TNR becoming increasingly popular over the past 25 years, a great deal of misinformation exists regarding TNR, and outdoor cats in general.[a]

To protect community cats, yourself and the community you serve, you need to know the facts.

Eco-Friendly Dog and Cat Products: Green and Recycled Pet Supplies

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:05
Tabby kitten playing in and chewing on a box, an easy DIY eco-friendly cat toy

The state of the environment is a hot button issue, and current concerns about global warming, water scarcity and environmental toxins have forced Americans to take a hard look at their lifestyle and identify ways to save the planet, and save money, too.

And going green is not just for people anymore. Many pet lovers are looking for eco-friendly dog, cat and other pet products. If you are concerned about your pet’s carbon paw print, consider the following ways that your furry friend can go green.

Dog Mouthing: How to Teach a Dog Not to Mock Bite

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:05
Dog and woman looking into each other's eyes.

If you watch dogs play together, they often mouth each other in a sort of mock bite. Many dogs play with people in the same way — by mouthing our hands or other body parts. Though mouthing is not biting, it can become too aggressive to be acceptable.

Steps for teaching a dog not to mouth

To discourage mouthing, always use a toy to play with your dog. If you inadvertently become the toy, follow these steps:

Cat Scared of Noise: How to Help Fearful Cats

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:01
Black cat and her person. This kitty is very scared of noises, but his person is helping him overcome his fear.

Why is my cat scared of noises?

Just as in humans, all cats have some degree of normal fear when they hear loud, sudden or strange noises. It’s part of our survival instinct. Some cats, however, are especially sensitive to noise or display exaggerated responses to certain sounds. Some sounds, such as the doorbell ringing or someone knocking, signal that other frightening events (e.g., visitors arriving) are about to occur. Other noises are loud, sudden and unexpected (e.g., a door slamming, someone dropping something, road construction outside, thunder).