Many different mammals have whiskers—from mice and rabbits to foxes and seals—but the animals perhaps most well-known for having whiskers are cats. If you have a feline friend living in your house, you might wonder what purpose these modified hairs serve. Learn more about whiskers here, including just how sensitive they are.
You know your diet greatly impacts your health, so you probably watch what you eat. Do you give the same courtesy to your dog? If you want your pet to avoid some of the most common illnesses caused by poor diet—including obesity, arthritis, diabetes, gum disease, and cancer—you must take pet nutrition seriously. Here’s what dog food ingredients to look for and what to avoid.
Apartment living has its advantages. A maintenance team fixes your appliances, the grounds crew takes care of the yard work, and you don’t have to shovel the sidewalks when it snows. But there are some downsides too, especially for animal lovers. Some pets are simply too big, too noisy, or too active for apartment life. On the other hand, some pets are perfectly content in an apartment setting. Here are the best types of pets to have if you rent an apartment.
Even if your pet is completely satisfied with her dog or cat food and a daily treat, she’s still likely to hunt bugs inside and outside your home—and maybe even eat them. It may be gruesome to watch your feline feast on a helpless moth or see your dog wolf down a juicy grasshopper, but this behavior is natural. As long as it doesn’t lead to unusual symptoms, eating the occasional bug isn’t likely to hurt your pet. Of course, there are some inherent risks in allowing your pet to eat bugs, so consider the following.
If you recently adopted a puppy, you may be curious to know when he will stop growing. Besides satisfying your curiosity, it’s important to recognize when your dog is fully grown, so you know when to invest in that expensive collar, harness, or dog bed without fear of your pup outgrowing it. If you rescued your dog from an animal shelter, you can also better predict his age if you know when his particular breed stops growing. This guide can help.
Fear of the vet is one of the most common phobias in dogs and cats. Your pet’s anxious, terrified, or aggressive actions when visiting the vet may make you reluctant to repeat the experience. However, routine vet visits are important to keep your pet in good health. Therefore, the best response isn’t to skip checkups—it’s to reduce fear and anxiety in your pet so vet visits are more pleasant.
You’ve heard of DNA testing in humans, but did you know dog DNA tests are also available? The process is a simple one that could prove beneficial depending on your reasons for having the test done and how accurate the results are.