Welcoming The Colossal German Shepherd In Your House

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Dogs are considered to be the most affable creatures, and a loyal companion of human race. If we talk about the breed of the German shepherds, they have performed dual roles of a faithful companion and … Read More

Adopting vs. buying your next forever pet

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I’ve always been a huge advocate for the animal rescues across the country and around the world that work hard every day to improve the lives of abused and neglected pets. I used to walk and … Read More

Hairless Rat Care

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Hairless rats are among the most unique pets a person can have. They look like little alien lifeforms, feel like warm raw chicken when held, and are certain to start a conversation with any houseguest brave … Read More

Give Your Pet a Mother's Day Gift: Spay Her!

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What’s the best gift for your intact female dog or cat this Mother’s Day? How about an appointment to be spayed? We’ve discussed spaying and neutering here before, but it’s an important subject that deserves to … Read More

HR 669 and How It Might Affect You and Your Pets

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Regular readers know that I tend to avoid political topics in this blog. They’re too contentious, and there are many sides to every issue. However, there is a bill currently being considered by the United States … Read More

First Dog Bo Obama the Portuguese Water Dog Takes Nation By Storm

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It’s official: President Barack Obama and his family have been given a 6-month-old Portuguese Water Dog puppy by Senator Edward M. Kennedy. The dog, who will be named “Bo Diddley,” was purchased from a Texas kennel and … Read More

How to Cope with An Accidental Rat Pregnancy

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A friend wrote to me a few days ago asking for advice. She owns several female rats, and no males. Inexplicably, one of her females is pregnant. The only possible exposure to a male occurred when … Read More

Setting Up A Rat Maternity Cage

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There are as many ways to set up a cage for a rat to deliver a litter as there are rat breeders. Everyone has a personal preference. I’ve incorporated advice from several breeders in creating my current … Read More

Feeding a Pregnant Rat

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I’m hoping that my TEK Artemis is currently pregnant by SGR Fortissimo, so I’ve been feeding her some extra high-fat, high-protein, nutrition-packed snacks to help her grow a batch of healthy pups. This will be my … Read More

Rare Breed Profile: The Hungarian Pumi

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I’m a firm believer in biodiverisity. Variety is the spice of life, after all! For that reason, I’ve decided to start occasionally profiling a rare breed on Petlvr: The Blog, in hopes of encouraging dog lovers … Read More

Pets: Family Members, Not Holiday Gifts

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What would Junior really love to find under the Christmas tree this year? A wiggly little puppy, of course! And wouldn’t Hannah love a hamster for Hanukkah? Grandma Sally has been lonely since her husband passed … Read More

Pet Care in a Down Economy: Why the Adoption Option's the Most Frugal

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We just talked about why you should never buy a pet at a pet store, but why should you adopt instead? Well, setting aside that you’ll save a life and give a wonderful animal a second … Read More

Why You Should Never Buy a Pet at a Pet Store, and Some Alternatives

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I think most pet lovers, especially those who read this blog, know why it’s a bad idea to buy a cat or dog at a pet store. Even Oprah has taken up the cause of raising … Read More

The Ethical Pet Shop: Part 1

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Everyone needs to visit a pet store sometimes, whether it’s for pet supplies, training, grooming, or even advice. However, pet owners concerned about the ethical problems associated with many pet shops often wonder if their dollars … Read More

5 Traits of a Good Dog Breeder

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We talked recently about bad dog breeders, and an owner’s recourse in case of receiving an unhealthy puppy. To balance things out a little bit, I’d like to discuss today a class of people who truly make … Read More

PetLvr Mailbag: Stung by a Bad Breeder

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Dear PetLvr Mailbag, I recently bought a registered Yorkie from a breeder and after 3 weeks and about $1,000.00 vet bill, we have found out that the puppy died of liver failure he was born with. The … Read More

Changes Afoot at Petco

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Let me begin by saying that, as a pet rat owner and fancier, I detest the mill-style breeding that Rainbow Exotics practices. As a result of these conditions, as well as the treatment of animals seen … Read More

Buying A Lizard: Pet Store Or Breeder?

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Over the last few years, I have noticed the trend of purchasing pets from pet stores has gradually shifted to purchasing pets from breeders. More and more pet stores have moved away from selling larger pets, … Read More

Top Five Myths About Pet Adoption

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Many people seeking a new pet bypass the adoption option for one reason or another. While there are certainly some situations in which purchasing from a reputable, responsible breeder is ideal, consider this list of five … Read More

Breeding Rabbits? Here are some Guidelines

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‘They breed like rabbits’ is a familiar phrase. And it’s true. Rabbits are prolific. As prey for a wide variety of predators in the wild, the species survived, in part, by producing many offspring. But that … Read More

Determining the Sex of Your New Bird

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Determining the Sex of Your New Bird Many people are not concerned with whether they have a male or female bird. After all, if you’re not going to breed your bird, it doesn’t really matter, right? … Read More

Dog Breeding – Whelping – The Process

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Building a whelping box helps you prepare for dog birth. At least 4′ wide by 6′ long by 1′ high, will give the dam a place to feel comfortable and enclosed and keep newborn pups from … Read More

Dog Breeding Whelping – Preparation

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When your female dog, called a dam or bitch, is about to give birth there are frequently clear signs. These signals can help you know when to put her in the whelping area, near the instruments. … Read More

Dog Breeding – Things to Think About

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Breeding dogs is a serious responsibility and entails risks and surprises for even experienced breeders. But, even in a world too crowded with unwanted dogs, there are positive aspects. Here are a few things to consider… … Read More

How to Become a Dog Breeder

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If you are a dog lover who has a special place in your heart for one particular dog breed, you may decide to devote yourself to bettering that breed. Many times, this involves working with dogs … Read More

Buying a Second Dog

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If you are a dog lover, you may feel that one dog is not enough. However, before you add a second dog to your household, there are a few important points you should consider. First, you … Read More

The AKC – Know Your Dog's Genealogy

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When you shop for a purebred dog, you will probably notice that many breeders use the initials AKC when they talk about their purebred puppies. What exactly is the AKC? These initials stand for the American … Read More

How to Choose a Reputable Bird Breeder

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So, you want to buy a bird. All you have to do is find a breeder and give him or her the money, right? Actually, there are some very disreputable bird breeders out there. To be … Read More

Choosing a Good Dog Breeder

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Have you ever purchased a car that was a lemon? Facing problem after problem robs you of the pleasure of enjoying your new car. Unfortunately, there are dogs that are lemons, too. A dog with health … Read More

Great Day for Pitbulls in Hawaii

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This past Sunday, on April 29th, we had our first ever Pitbull Bash on O’ahu. There were a number of kennels there with their dogs. It was great to see so many quality dogs in one … Read More

What To Look For When Evaluating Pomeranian Breeders

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What To Look For When Evaluating Pomeranian Breeders By: Lee Dobbins If you’re buying a dog from a Pomeranian breeder, there are several things you should look for in the breeder, as much as in the … Read More

Poodle Hybrid Designer Dogs

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Poodle Hybrid Designer Dogs By Mike Mathews Designer dogs are really hybrid or cross-breed dogs that have been developed to try and gain some positive characteristics or lose some negative characteristics from the founding pure-bred dog … Read More

How Do I Find The Best Cat Breeder

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How Do I Find The Best Cat Breeder By Patricia Craggs What should I be looking for in a cat breeder and which questions should I be asking them to make sure that they are the … Read More

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