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A to Z on pet care (Part 2 of 3)

Do you have what it takes to be a responsible pet owner? Caring for an animal requires a firm commitment to the animal’s health and welfare throughout his life

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A to Z on pet care (Part 1 of 3)

Do you have what it takes to be a responsible pet owner? Caring for an animal requires a firm commitment to the animal’s health and welfare throughout his life

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Can parrots be infected by viruses, bacteria or parasites affecting wild birds?

My parrot enjoys spending time in the garden (I place his cage in a nice shady spot), but I’m worried about diseases he could pick up from wild birds. Can parrots be infected by viruses, bacteria or parasites affecting wild birds and is there anything I can do to protect him?

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Q & A: My dog becomes very anxious every time I leave him alone at home. I think he suffers from separation anxiety.

Q. My dog becomes very anxious every time I leave him alone at home. I think he suffers from separation anxiety. Please give me advice on how to best deal with the situation, as I need to go to work every weekday and cannot take him along.

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5 Things you should do for your chinchilla

Related to guinea pigs, chinchillas are rodents who proudly sport the softest and densest fur of all the world’s animals. They hail from South America, where they have lived in the Andes mountain range since antiquity.

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Q & A: Why does your dog chase and jump on cars?

Q. Why does your dog chase and jump on cars? A. Most dogs have some instinct to chase moving objects. How strong the instinct is depends on the breed of dog. For example, dogs who were bred to herd or to assist ...

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Q & A: What size cage is best for your rat?

Q. What size cage is best for your rat? A. The ideal rat cage should be made of powder-coated wire and should measure at least 760 x 450 x 470mm (this size will accommodate five adult male rats or six ...

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Q & A: Why does your dog eat soil?

Q. Why does your dog eat soil? A. There are several possibilities why a dog would suddenly start to eat soil. One is that the soil eating is due to a deficiency of a mineral substance in his diet. Any diet that ...

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Q & A: My three-year-old pet gerbil recently started to become ‘wobbly’. She also shakes at times and seems unwell. What could be the reason?

Q. My three-year-old pet gerbil recently started to become ‘wobbly’. She also shakes at times and seems unwell. What could be the reason? A. I’m afraid to say that sadly it does sound as if your gerbil is nearing the end ...

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