What To Get The Dog Lover In Your Life

It’s that time of year again. The weather is cold, the holidays are coming, and you have a lot of shopping to do. Besides stocking up on festive foods and drinks, you have to find some presents for … [Read more...]

Symptoms of Kennel Cough and How to Prevent

Kennel cough is a common and highly contagious infection you may run across as a pet owner. If you find your dog suddenly develops an a-typical cough that sounds like she is choking or even “honking” … [Read more...]


Jordan Walker says that his household is livelier because of their pets. He does not only love talking about them but also writes about these in Coops and Cages and in blogs like this one. In this … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Prevent Dog Thieves From Ruining Your Life

It is a shocking crime but seems to be on the rise, any kind of theft is to be frowned on but when the thieves in question are stealing man’s best friend, it becomes an unthinkable action. Could you … [Read more...]

How to Help a Newly Adopted Cat Adjust to a New Home

Cats are notoriously shy when they're placed in a new environment. This can make it very difficult for the pet owner who has just adopted a new cat. The friendly, sweet cat you meet at the rescue is … [Read more...]

How to Decide if You’re Going to be With Your Pet During Euthansia

The decision to euthanize a pet can be an extremely difficult, heart-wrenching one. But the decision on whether to stay with your pet while he or she is "put to sleep" can be even more … [Read more...]

Why is My Dog Aggressive at the Veterinary Clinic?

One of PetLvr's readers, Sandy, recently asked the following question: "When I take my dog to the vet, he wants to fight every other animal in the waiting room. It's out of character and the last few … [Read more...]

What is a Blood Feather?

Every bird owner should know about blood feathers: what they are, how to identify one and what to do if it starts to bleed! A broken blood feather can be a life-threatening situation for the bird, so … [Read more...]

Monitoring a Pet’s Incision After Surgery

Monitoring a pet's incision after surgery is an important part of post-operative care. Infections, suture problems, and other issues can result in a life-threatening situation for the pet, so it's … [Read more...]

How to Determine if a Stray or Feral Cat has an Infected Spay/Neuter Incision

Just like house cats, a stray or feral cat may develop an infection in their incision following a spaying or neutering procedure. Unfortunately, these cats often have more in common with wild animals … [Read more...]

TNR: When to Release a Feral Cat or Stray After Spaying or Neutering

The approach for caring for a stray or feral cat after spaying or neutering will largely depend on the animal's behavior. In the case of a fairly tame cat, it's best to keep the cat for 10 to 14 days, … [Read more...]

How to Transfer a Feral Cat from a Kennel to a Pet Carrier or Humane Trap

Stray and feral cat caretakers may encounter a situation when they need to capture one of the colony members to treat an injury, illness or to spay or neuter the cat as part of a TNR program (TNR = … [Read more...]

How to Transfer a Feral Cat from a Trap to a Kennel

If you're overseeing a feral cat colony, there will come a time when you need to trap a cat for spaying/neutering or for the care of an injury or illness. If you keep an animal for more than 12 hours, … [Read more...]

How to Use a Humane Trap to Catch a Feral Cat for Spaying or Neutering

If you're a stray and feral cat caretaker, one of the main priorities will be spaying and neutering via a TNR -- trap, neuter (or spay) and return program. In order to bring a feral or stray to a … [Read more...]

Signs of and First Aid for a Pet’s Minor Eye Injury

Pets of all species and sizes are prone to eye injuries and some owners may not know when it's appropriate to bring your pet to the vet clinic or the emergency room at the nearest animal … [Read more...]

Using Sedatives for Pets While Traveling

Pets often get stressed out while traveling in the car or by airplane. Many owners seek to get sedatives for their dog or cat, to help calm them during the trip, but unfortunately, sedatives can be … [Read more...]

Safety Tips for Traveling With Cats and Dogs

Many animal lovers enjoy taking their pets along for the ride, whether it's a road trip, camping trip or a family vacation. There are a few things you should do to ensure your cat or dog remains safe … [Read more...]

Tips to Find a Lost Hamster, Gerbil or Other Small Pets

It's not uncommon for a small pet to get lost inside your home. Finding a lost hamster, gerbil, rat or another small animal can be rather difficult, especially if you have other animals inside the … [Read more...]

How to Find a Lost Snake, Pet Lizard or Other Reptile in Your House

When a small snake or reptile gets loose in your house, it can be difficult to find the pet in a timely manner and for some animals, time is really of the essence as without a heat lamp, they can … [Read more...]

What is Styptic Powder and How do You Use it?

Styptic powder is a handy tool for pet owners, but many don't know how to use it! Here, we'll explore the many uses for styptic powder and how to actually use it when your pet has an … [Read more...]

Alternatives to Giving a Pet as a Gift

Shortly after Valentine's Day, and again around Easter, there is a surge in the number of pets that are brought to animal shelters and rescue organizations. Why? These are animals who were Valentine's … [Read more...]

Tips for Making Lost Pet Posters

Lost pet posters are among the most important tools in your arsenal if you have a lost cat, dog, bird or another animal. It's important that your poster contains all the vital information and what's … [Read more...]

What to do if You Lose Your Pet

That moment when you realize your pet is lost can be among the most terrifying experiences of your life. There are a number of things you can do to increase the chances that you'll find your lost pet, … [Read more...]

What to do if You Find a Lost Pet

Whether you've found a lost dog, cat, bird, rabbit, or another type of animal, there are a number of steps that you should take to ensure the pet finds his way home! It's vital that anyone who finds a … [Read more...]

Dog Nail Clipping Tips — Treating an Exposed Quick

When you accidentally clip a dog's nail too short, it's important to keep the foot clean and free of debris in order to promote healing and avoid infection. The treatment will depend on how short … [Read more...]

Dog Nail Trimming — Tips for Clipping a Frightened Pet’s Nails

Dogs can get extremely frightened by nail clippers. In fact, many pets get very dramatic during the nail trimming process, with lots of yelping, whining and sometimes, screaming! The vocalizations can … [Read more...]

Pet Training Tools — Cat Alarms

Cat alarms are an extremely effective pet training tool, especially if you're trying to prevent your cat from accessing a particular location (or an area where he has been engaging in mischievous … [Read more...]

How to Give a Pill to a Cat

It can be a bit tricky to give medications to your cat, but there are a few tricks that you can try to make the process easier for owner and kitty! Cat Medications in Pill Form vs. Liquid Firstly, … [Read more...]

Reasons to Avoid Bathing Your Rat in the Sink

When bathing your rat or another small animal, including rabbits, gerbils, hamsters and guinea pigs, it's important to avoid sticking the pet under running water of a faucet or shower spigot. There … [Read more...]

Safety Tips for Small Animals Who Live With Cats and Dogs

Many animal lovers have different types of pets, but there are inherent risks if you own small pets like hamsters, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits, along with larger predatory animals like cats and … [Read more...]

How to Get Your Cat to Stop Clawing Furniture, Rugs and Woodwork

Cats are known for their tendency to claw furniture, doorframes, carpeting, a corner where two walls meet and other undesirable locations. This can cause significant damage and aggravation for cat … [Read more...]

How to Treat a Pet’s Cyst

Many pets -- from dogs, to cats and even rats -- are prone to developing sebaceous cysts. These cysts are filled with a white toothpaste-like paste known as sebum. Sebum is a natural oil that's … [Read more...]

How to Care for a Hairless Rat

Hairless rats, also known as Sphinx rats, are very unique in appearance. They are virtually hairless (virtually, as most have varying degrees of hair on their nose, tail and so forth,) with extremely … [Read more...]

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