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Birds Can Make Terrific Companions

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by Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) Birds of all kinds are increasingly popular as pets. Recent statistics from a survey completed by the American Pet Products Association show that Americans own 16.2 million pet...

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Dottyback*

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These attractively colored fish have big personalities. They are active swimmers and they can jump, so be sure to cover the top of your tank with a secure lid. Dottybacks are carnivorous fish that can be aggressive with others; be sure your...

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Hawkfish

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Hawkfish appear to fly through the tank and then perch on a rock. They enjoy finding a spot high in the tank where they can watch all the action below. Hawkfish are carnivores and will snap up meals at feeding time. Species to...

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Dartfish*

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Dartfish are a nice addition to the saltwater aquarium for their bright, fluorescent colors. They are related to gobies but they swim in the middle tier of the tank rather than hide out in crevices. Dartfish are quite active and can become aggressive...

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Goby*

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In general, gobies are small, linear fish that spend most of their time at the bottom of the tank in small crevices. They peek out to look for food and then retract when another fish swims close by. Some gobies form a symbiotic relationship...

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Cardinalfish*

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Cardinalfish are more interesting than they might first appear. Cardinals are mouthbreeders, meaning the male carries the eggs in his mouth and will not eat for weeks while carrying the eggs. Quite often the eggs are eaten by the cardinalfish...

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Dwarf Angelfish

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Dwarf angels come in beautiful colors and bold patterns, and while angelfish can grow quite large, dwarf angels are appropriately sized for most beginners. These fish show a range in aggressive behavior, however, so be sure to research before...

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Damselfish and Chromis*

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These closely related groups of fish are recommended for new saltwater aquariums because they are tolerant of the fluctuations that can occur in new tanks. Damsels and chromis are also easy to feed as they readily adapt to taking dry flake food. These...

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Anemonefish - aka Clownfish*

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Commonly known as clownfish, this group of fish has the ability to take shelter in the venomous tentacles of anemones and form an ongoing symbiotic (beneficial) relationship. Clownfish make great additions to the saltwater tank for their bright...

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The Special Needs of Saltwater Fish

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Similar to freshwater fish, saltwater fish have special needs based on the ecosystem from where they originate. While there are many species of saltwater fish that will fare well in a community tank, some fish like seahorses should be kept in...

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Starting a Saltwater Fish Tank

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by Adam Denish If you find yourself in the saltwater section of your local pet store, the beautiful colors and intriguing behaviors of the fish might just lure you in. If you are starting a saltwater fish tank, you will need to decide...

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8 Tropical Fish for Your Saltwater Tank

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Starting a tropical saltwater fish tank takes planning, starting with the kind of fish that will be living in your home aquarium. Dr. Adam Denish tells us about eight fish that are perfect even for beginners. Read more.

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Keeping Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy

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To keep dogs in peak dental health, Lothamer says they should be evaluated regularly by their veterinarian to assess the teeth, along with professional cleanings and radiographs done at regular intervals. According to Lothamer, the best way...

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Signs of Tooth Injury

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Dental problems aren’t always as obvious as a canine tooth snapped in half and, unfortunately, dogs can be very good at masking their pain. “There often are no warning signs of tooth fracture as dogsare very good at masking...

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Hard-Plastic Dental Bones

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Some processed plastic or nylon dental chew bones are marketed to suggest that they improve dental health, but they may in fact cause the same types of problems as antlers and hooves. Many of these chews don’t pass the “knee test,”...

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Animal Bones, Antlers and Rolled Rawhide

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Dogs have an innate need to exercise their jaws, however many beloved chews like bones, elk antlers and cow hooves can cause serious dental trauma like fractures and breaks. Dr. Mary Buelow, assistant professor of clinical dentistry and oral...

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Ice

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It might seem like ice cubes are a great dog treat because they do double duty as a quick chew as well as a way to hydrate. Unfortunately, those hard chunks of ice can do major damage. Even though dogs have powerful mouths, the pressure required...

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Sweets

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Some pet parents can’t resist sharing their desserts with their dogs. Sweet treats like ice cream, cookies and other sugary human delicacies are a bad idea for dogs from a nutrition and weight standpoint, but sweet foods can also have...

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Your Dog’s Teeth – Strong, but Fragile

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By Victoria Schade Even though canine teeth are incredibly powerful, they’re still susceptible to fractures, breaks, and in some cases, even cavities. Pet parents might be surprised to discover that some of their dog’s...

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4 Treats That Can Harm Your Dog's Teeth

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Learn more about which items can harm your dog’s teeth, and what the signs of tooth injury are, here.

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Do Remember that Animals Have Personalities Too

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Reptiles of all kinds make great pets. When housed alone, they can be interactive, fun, and happy. Before you add a friend to your existing reptile’s tank or cage, be sure that the addition is appropriate, and take all precautions. Even...

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Do Prepare for the Cost: Twice the Number of Pets = Twice the Expense

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Twice the number of pets means not only twice as big a tank, it also means twice as much bedding, food, and cage accessories (lights, heaters, rocks, plants, etc.). Therefore, not only is tank set-up more expensive, the daily care is as well. Reptiles...

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Do Prepare for More Cleaning

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A second pet in a tank means twice as much fecal and urine production and twice as much wasted food. All this waste can build up in a tank quickly, leading to high ammonia levels, poor quality living conditions, and increased chance of infection...

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Don’t Forget to Quarantine Before Adding

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Regardless of species, before a new reptile is introduced into an existing tank, it should be checked by a reptile-savvy veterinarian and quarantined for at least a month to ensure it doesn’t have infectious disease that can be transmitted...

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Do Limit Your Tank to One Male: Sex Matters!

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In general, groups of same species females may be housed together with or without one male. However, only one male should be kept in the tank, as males tend to be more territorial than females and are more likely to fight. This is just a rule-of-thumb,...

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