August-September 2012 Articles


        
  
  
      





    
    
    

    



            
    
    
    

    



  
    
    
    

    



  
August-September 2012 Issue

 After reading many of the articles in this issue of Pet Tails, one might believe a request had been made to the writers to provide information on pet healthcare. But I like the randomness of topics that typically occurs, so no such request happened. Perhaps it’s all the talk of human healthcare in the news or...

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August-September 2012 Issue

 Six months ago I was wishing for the sparkling warmth of summer to arrive.  I thought it would never get here.  Well, it’s here and so are the summer heat problems we deal with every year.  We’ve seen some record highs and some very interesting storms pass through in early July....

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August-September 2012 Issue

 This may be the year for Royal Jubilee celebrations in England, but it can also be the year when you start giving your pet The Royal Treatment as promoted by Dr. Barbara Royal in her new book of that name, which provides "A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets," due to be published in September.

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August-September 2012 Issue

 This story was given to me and written by Sandy S. Krebs. I want to share it with as many people as I can. Although a work of fiction, it aptly depicts the life and work of a wildlife rehabilitator. Sandy is no longer an active rehabilitator but is always available for advice and assistance. It is titled “THE LIFE CYCLE OF...

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August-September 2012 Issue

 When flipping through aquarium fish magazines, I am always amazed at how natural the fish tanks in the pictures look. Layers of thriving green live plants form a soft background for the tank while pieces of driftwood and large, water-worn river rocks serve as accent pieces. Not only do these tanks look natural and absolutely...

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August-September 2012 Issue

Something important to remember: when your dog hears his name it should always be in a positive manner. For example, if you scold your dog saying, "Cosmo, bad dog!" that negative connotation will stick with him and he may not cooperate. If your dog pays attention when you say his name, it makes it easy to follow it with...

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August-September 2012 Issue

 Most domestic birds are tropical species that are well adapted to warm temperatures. The average parrot species can handle heat up to 80 degrees without much effort. Since most people have air conditioning in their homes, there isn't much danger to their bird companions even during the most excessive heat. There are a few...

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August-September 2012 Issue

 Do you know that the only pet vaccine mandated by law is the Rabies vaccine; and that, in Virginia, this vaccination is required just every three years?  Do you further know that the feline and canine Distemper combination vaccinations are given on a discretionary basis and that automatic...

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August-September 2012 Issue

Owning a pet is an incredibly rewarding experience but, unfortunately, it can be very expensive as well. Dr. Stephen Zawistowski of the ASPCA estimates that the average yearly cost of owning a dog may range from $800 to $2000 or more and owning a cat could cost upwards of $600 on a yearly basis. In addition to the cost of...

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August-September 2012 Issue

June BugJune Bug is a two-year old dachshund with soft, brown eyes that will melt anyone’s heart. She was recently surrendered to the Virginia Beach SPCA because she wasn’t playing nicely with the resident cat....

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August-September 2012 Issue

The Guinea pig we know as a pleasurable and entertaining household pet has a very interesting past and plays an important role in the South American culture.

Origin and Domestication

The earliest traceable...

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August-September 2012 Issue

The domesticated dog prefers the company of man and seeks this relationship. Dogs don’t seem to mind a humane collar or leash as long as there’s a long walk involved. The average dog seems to see freedom as a shared experience with limitations. My dogs are small furry mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils and ferrets with no such...

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August-September 2012 Issue

 As I got ready to sit down and write this column about communication and reciprocation, I had the urge to check up on the horses before settling in with my laptop. I found their main water source had run dry and needed a refill. As I waited for the bucket to fill up, our most reserved horse Kaylaa, a 23-year-old Arabian mare...

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