2017 is the Year of the Rooster: What We Can Tell You About Chickens as Pets

RoostersChickens are great, comical creatures that have been domesticated for thousands of years. Keeping backyard chickens was common 100 years ago, but in the 1950s the advent of factory farming and inexpensive store-bought eggs led to a decline in its popularity. However, recently there has been a resurgence of interest in keeping one’s own chickens, both for pleasure of fresh eggs and for the entertainment pet chickens offer. All domesticated chickens belong to the same species, Gallus gallus. There are hundreds of different breeds within this species. However, all chickens have the same basic requirements to remain health: a good quality diet, a clean environment and protection from the elements and predators.

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Christmas-Specific Poisons for Both Cats and Dogs

socks-the-cat-1084179_960_720The holiday time around Christmas and New Year is obviously a period for most individuals when much food and drink is consumed, homes are filled with more people than usual, there are often children around, and Christmas trees adorned with presents are given pride of place. All of this can create an environment in which is very easy for pets to be exposed to poisons. This article will look some Christmas-specific poisons facing your canine and feline friends.

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Tips for Protecting Pets for Winter

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Cold Weather Activities for Pets

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Making an effort for both you and your pet to stay indoors this winter is great for the mind and body. Your pet will enjoy and appreciate the chance to play and be able to stay active and healthy at the same time. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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Fall Weight Management Tips for Your Pet

13634795461edmuIt is officially Fall! This means shorter days, changing leaves, a crisp breeze, football, holidays and food. And with food comes the seasonal weight gain. We seem to find more and more excuses to stay inside our homes as the temperature drops. Add this to the holiday celebrations with the natural tendency to crave comfort food for the colder months, and you have the perfect combination for seasonal weight gain.

Overweight pets face many of the same health issues and concerns as people, including: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, bone and joint problems, various forms of cancers, and a shortened life expectancy, just to name a few. Fortunately, with a few simple modifications, you and your pet can avoid the seasonal weight gain.

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Fall Hazards for Pets

file000350963956Autumn is beautiful time of year, but it does bring certain hazards to our pets. Pet owners will want to be aware of these dangers, and take necessary precautions to keep their pet healthy and safe this fall. This article will discuss some fall hazards for pets and how to avoid them and keep your beloved pet safe.

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Pros and Cons of Pet Microchips and GPS

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Rather than the traditional method of having your pet outfitted with tags on his or her collar, new advances in technology have made it much more practical to find a lost pet. However, these advances come with their typical drawbacks. In this article I am going to cover with you the reasons why it is a great idea to get your pet microchipped or outfitted with a GPS (Global Positioning System) chip on their collar,All Pets Veterinary Medical Center in College Station Texas offers this service for a low price!

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