Welcoming The Colossal German Shepherd In Your House

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 … [Read more...]

Adopting vs. buying your next forever pet

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 socialize … [Read more...]

Hairless Rat Care

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

HR 669 and How It Might Affect You and Your Pets

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

How to Cope with An Accidental Rat Pregnancy

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 the … [Read more...]

Setting Up A Rat Maternity Cage

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 … [Read more...]

Feeding a Pregnant Rat

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. … [Read more...]

Rare Breed Profile: The Hungarian Pumi

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 … [Read more...]

Pets: Family Members, Not Holiday Gifts

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 chance, … [Read more...]

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

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 puppymill awareness. But did you … [Read more...]

The Ethical Pet Shop: Part 1

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 … [Read more...]

5 Traits of a Good Dog Breeder

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 … [Read more...]

PetLvr Mailbag: Stung by a Bad Breeder

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

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?

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 … [Read more...]

Top Five Myths About Pet Adoption

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, … [Read more...]

Breeding Rabbits? Here are some Guidelines

'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. … [Read more...]

Determining the Sex of Your New Bird

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

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 wandering the … [Read more...]

Dog Breeding Whelping – Preparation

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. Oh, … [Read more...]

Dog Breeding – Things to Think About

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 … [Read more...]

How to Become a Dog Breeder

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 from a … [Read more...]

Buying a Second Dog

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 may want to … [Read more...]

The AKC – Know Your Dog's Genealogy

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 … [Read more...]

How to Choose a Reputable Bird Breeder

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 sure you get a healthy, … [Read more...]

Choosing a Good Dog Breeder

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

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 place and … [Read more...]

What To Look For When Evaluating Pomeranian Breeders

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

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 … [Read more...]

How Do I Find The Best Cat Breeder

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 best for my needs? Make … [Read more...]

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