October-November 2012 Articles


        
  
  
      





    
    
    

    



            
    
    
    

    



  
    
    
    

    



  
October-November 2012 Issue

On Christmas Day, 2011, a box was left at the door of the VBSPCA. In it was an adult, blind, male cat. He suffered from detached retinas likely due to head trauma. Later in March, a compassionate, young couple adopted this cat, Tigger, feeling they were up for the challenge.

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October-November 2012 Issue

We see an increase in the cases of vomiting and diarrhea during the rainy season in the tropical paradise we call home, Hampton Roads.  Various culprits cause these sicknesses, including a wide range of dietary items.  The most common cause for the increase in vomiting and diarrhea cases during the...

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October-November 2012 Issue

In all the years that I have written reviews for Pet Tails, I have seldom devoted an entire column to one author or book.  This column is one of those exceptions.

I will freely admit that I am not a religious person; and, as a retired librarian...

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October-November 2012 Issue

To borrow a quote from a movie, “If you build it they will come.” This aptly applies to our butterfly garden at the refuge. Earlier this year my good friend Pam Monahan suggested we make a butterfly garden. We have a bee colony and it seemed this would be a good complement.

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October-November 2012 Issue

First of all you might be asking, “Rabbits suffer from dental disease?” The rabbit savvy veterinarian sees dental problems in rabbits on an almost daily basis. Rabbits are unusual in that unlike humans and our dog and cat friends, rabbits’ teeth continue to grow throughout their lives -- up to 6 inches in a year! Also,...

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October-November 2012 Issue

About a year ago, on October 18, 2011, a tragedy occurred in Zanesville, Ohio, when 56 dangerous and exotic animals were released by their owner into the surrounding community. Animals including lions, grizzly bears, leopards, tigers and monkeys were freely roaming the streets.  Schools were closed,...

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October-November 2012 Issue

If you have brought a new parrot into your home chances are you're interested in getting them to talk to you. If you haven't researched the species of parrot you own, make sure you have reasonable expectations. Not all parrots are equal in their ability, or even desire, to talk. As I sit here I have a chatty Amazon making...

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October-November 2012 Issue

Looking back on just the past ten years of my life, I have done more than my fair share of moving. When I was in college, moving in and out of the dorm was an annual event. After I graduated, I found myself moving to Michigan and then to Ohio a year later and back to Pittsburgh the year after that. While I find the process...

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October-November 2012 Issue

Cats are complicated creatures, and it can be challenging to figure out the things they do. When what they are doing is urinating and/or defecating outside of the litter box, it can be downright frustrating. When litter box habits change, it’s important to remember that it’s not out of spite or revenge. Your cat is simply...

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October-November 2012 Issue

Except for raising baby hamsters, I have avoided the everyday gray-hair creating stress of baby care. That all changed when I brought Pearl home from the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center. Pearl is a beautiful, masked fancy rat, all white except for a black mask of fur across her face.

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October-November 2012 Issue

Usually, when I take my dogs to a dog park, I meet only the most caring and solicitous of pet owners.  But one Tuesday in August was different.  Maybe it was the heat.  Whatever the cause, it seemed to me that half of the people there that day wished they...

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October-November 2012 Issue

Choosing the right training collar can be a difficult task. There are many different options and each dog can react differently to each one. The key is to understand the purpose of each style collar or harness and determine the specific training issues you and your dog are dealing with. The ultimate goal is for your dog to "...

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October-November 2012 Issue

 Sometimes in my readings I will come across a breed of dog with which I am unfamiliar and I am compelled to find out more about it.  Such is the case with the lovable little Chug.  The Chug—also known as a Pugwawa—is a mixed, or designer, breed dog created by...

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October-November 2012 Issue

A few weeks back, my friend Laura came to visit so that she could meet our horses. She had listened to many of my stories and wanted to meet the characters face to face. That day, most of the herd had gathered in our indoor arena to escape the flies. I introduced Laura to each horse and within moments Cutter, our palomino...

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