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Life With Pets Episode 2: Tackling Behavioral Challenges

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[podcast] In this episode Victoria talks canine aggression, separation anxiety and litterbox issues with Dr. Carlo Siracusa from Penn Vet. She also chats with Adam Carolla about his dog Phil, then welcomes Dr. Siracusa back to answer...

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California Bans Pet Shop Sales of Non-Rescue Animals

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As Northen California deals with the aftermath ofdevastating wildfires, including the efforts to rescue pets in the affected regions, the state has made an incredible stride forward in stopping puppy mills. In a landmark decision,California...

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Dog with 6-Pound Tumor Gets a Second Chance at Life Thanks to Rescuers

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On October 9, a year-old dog with a 6.4 pound tumor was brought toGallatin County Animal Shelter in Sparta, Kentucky, with his owners asking for him to be euthanized rathen than get the medical care he so desperately needed. The staff at the...

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Report: Cats in Australia Kill One Million Birds a Day

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Earlier this year, Australia made headlines when a study discovered that feral cats cover nearly 100 percentof the continent. Now, months later, the country has another feline-related issueon its hands. A recent study released by...

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Why is My Dog Losing Hair on His Tail?

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By Diana Bocco Loss of hair on a dog’s tail can be indicative of a few possible problems. While a proper diagnosis cannot be made without an exam, Dr. Judy Morgan, DVM, an integrative veterinarian who runs two animal hospitals in...

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What to Do When Your Dog Has Worms

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By Carol McCarthy You might not want to think about it, but your dog likely has had worms at some point in his life, and may even have them now. If your reaction to this is an emotive “Ick,” you are not alone. But don’t...

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Aquarium Shrimp Care: Water Treatments and Feeding Your Cleaner Shrimp

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Cleaner shrimp are a great addition to any peaceful aquarium environment! These hard-working crustaceans will do a lot of your cleaning work for you and will allow you to enjoy your amazing underwater habitat to the fullest extent. Crustacean...

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Red Cherry Shrimp

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Lacking the distinctive bands of the Red Crystal Shrimp but retaining the same bright coloration is the Red Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina denticulate sinensis). Be aware that these shrimp may be found without any of their red pigment and may even...

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Red Crystal Shrimp

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In vivid contrast to the transparent Ghost Shrimp is the freshwater Red Crystal Shrimp (Caridina sp.). They are sorted into grades based on the vividness of their red and white bands. Shrimp with very stark white bands tend to be more expensive....

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Ghost Shrimp and Grass Shrimp

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On to the freshwater aquarium shrimp! Starting us off is the Ghost Shrimp (Paleomonetes sp.). These are very efficient aquarium cleaners who like to eat anything they can get their claws on and will do their best to helpkeep your aquarium clean. Also...

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Peppermint Shrimp

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Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata wurdemanni), also known as the Veined or Caribbean Cleaner Shrimp, is not a true cleaner shrimp. Rather than pick the parasites off fish, they would rather eat detritus or other convenient organic material floating...

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Banded Cleaner Shrimp

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The Banded Cleaner, or Coral, Shrimp (Stenopus hispidus) is easy to spot as it waves its long white antennaeat the fish swimming by. This shrimp is most noted for its long, banded third pair of arms. It has been observed that this type of shrimp...

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Blood Red Fire Shrimp

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Also known as Blood Shrimp, Fire Shrimp, and Scarlet Cleaner Shrimp, the Blood Red Fire Shrimp (Lysmata debelius) is another true cleaner shrimp that will keep your fish community spick and span. They are very similar to the Scarlet Skunk Cleaner...

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Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp

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Starting offthe saltwater group is our true cleaner shrimp, the Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis). Although they don’t smell like skunks, they have the same distinctive white line along their body. These dainty shrimp...

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Cleaner Shrimp – Hard Working Crustaceans

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By Jessie M Sanders, DVM, CertAqV Planning and developing your tank environment by taking all biome contributors into consideration will make the healthiest home for your new pets, and the best home aquarium systems flourish through diversity....

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The 7 Best Cleaner Shrimp for the Home Aquarium

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Cleaner shrimp are unique tank invertebrates that help keep your aquarium clean. These peaceful and hard-working crustaceans can be a great addition to any aquatic environment. Learn more here.

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Everything You Need to Know About Caring for a Degu

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By Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) In the same family as chinchillas and guinea pigs, degus are rodents that live in large communities in complex underground burrows that they dig in the grasslands of Chile. Degu...

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Outbreak of Pet Store Puppy-Related Infection Reported in 12 States

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Yet another reason to be extremely wary of adopting a puppy from a pet store: over the past year, there has been an outbreak of Campylobacteriosis (an infectious disease caused by theCampylobacterbacteria) in 12 states, stemming from Petland...

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Life With Pets, Mini Episode: All About Puppies

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[podcast] On this mini-episode of petMD's new podcast, Life With Pets, hostVictoria Schade takes questions from listeners about all things puppy. She talks about crate training with a first-time puppy parent who's worried...

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Axolotl – The Mexican Walking Fish

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By Dr. Jessie Sanders Although not technically a fish, the axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) is an extraordinarily unique amphibian. First discovered in Lake Xochimilco in Mexico in the 19th century by French explorers, these alien-like salamanders...

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Prevent the Problems

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With breathing difficulty and overheating the most serious concerns, take extra care when allowing your brachycephalic breed outside in summer, and minimize the time she is left unsupervised, even in a closed yard with shade, the vets say. Always...

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Too Nosy for Their Own Good?

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Pet parents might think that their dogs are at higher risk of injury from inhaling barbed seeds, thorns, or other sharp flora while exploring their back yard or dog park due to their shortened nasal passages, but Marrinan says this is rarely...

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Skin Trouble

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Hot spots (red, irritated areas) and skin infections are most common during the height of the heat and allergy season, Marrinan says. And many short-faced breeds, such as bulldogs, have wrinkly skin with multiple folds that remains moist, leaving...

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Sunburn

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In addition to breathing distress, short-faced breeds often have light skin and short hair — think pugs and bulldogs — which can make them prone to sunburn. Staying out of the sun is the best way to prevent problems, but definitely...

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