Q&A: What are your tips for keeping a pet ferret as healthy as possible?

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Question by Emily Huff: What are your tips for keeping a pet ferret as healthy as possible?
I am to be getting a pet ferret soon and I understand that they are prone to illness and unfortunately terminal disease. So I was wondering some things you can do to keep a ferret as healthy as possible, and anything that may prevent sickness. Also, do you recommend buying from a pet store or home breeder? Do home breeders usually spay/neuter, and get the shots for the ferret babies?

Be as detailed as possible! I know they are a difficult pet to take care of and I want to be prepared.

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Answer by Brianna!
Id recommend getting from a breeder.
They have better blood lines and you can actually tract their history down to know what diseases they may carry.
But its way easier to get from a pet store and its cheaper.
Usually breeders ferrets aren’t descended,neutered,or have their shots so you have to pay for all of that.
Most pet stores carry marshall ferrets which are healthy ferrets also.
(i have one ferret from a breeder and 2 marshall ferrets)

I would HIGHLY recommend switching them to a raw/whole prey diet.
Its way healthier than store bought kibble no matter how good people tell you the kibble is-it wont compare to raw feeding. Raw feeding prevents MANY diseases,keeps teeth cleaner,makes their coat all shiny, and builds muscle instead of fat. If you are interested in feeding your ferret raw you can e-mail me and i can give you TONS of info about it and help you switch your ferret to it.(brianna5769594@yahoo.com).

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Q&A: Breeding tips please help for gerbils?

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Question by Alyssa: Breeding tips please help for gerbils?
We looked up on breeding tips but we don’t know what’s the best method for gerbils!

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Answer by Jexx
Please think carefully before this. Breeding doesn’t bring profit in case you’re wondering. It usually is an expense due to all the vet trips, additional food, cages, and other supplies. You’ll need 3 different cages, 2 at very least. Also remember there are many homeless, disowned animals, including gerbils, in shelters waiting to be adopted, or being fed to snakes as a lunch meal – please think about it before adding even more creatures to this world.

One cage for the males. One for the females. One very small one, maybe even a decent-sized carrier. When the female is in heat, but the male and female into the carrier so they have very little distractions and get straight to mating. One day with breaks to stretch their feet is enough. Separate them again and wait. With rodents pregnancies are usually not noticeable so don’t expect the female to change too much. Gerbils are usually pregnant for about 24-30 days.

Now remember the female can develop many casualties during her pregnancy or labour. It isn’t uncommon that on the first birth a baby is lodged and can’t be pushed out. Do you have an exotics vet who specializes in small pets in case of such an emergency?

After she gives birth, don’t touch the babies until they can crawl on their own. Just let her take care of them, she should be fine. Once they are weaned (3-4 weeks old), separate the males from the females. Females can stay with mom, and you can try your luck with putting the males with their dad, but if he doesn’t like them, prepare to get another cage for them.

Again, PLEASE don’t breed just for money or to have “cute” baby gerbils. Breeding is an expense and not a profit. The world really doesn’t want any more animals in shelters, so are you sure you’ll find proper, forever homes for the babies, however many there will be born?

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I have a dog and its raining and the crazy dog wont get in her dog house.any tips on how to get her to use it?

Question by Stefanie S: I have a dog and its raining and the crazy dog wont get in her dog house.any tips on how to get her to use it?
I have a German Shepherd and she wont use her dog house…its raining like crazy and she’s standing in the middle of the yard. I can’t bring her in because our house is too small and too many kids…plus I baby sit. I love her and it’s breaking my heart. Any tips?

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Answer by suzy
shake the foood bowl and he will come in

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Attention all pet parents. What are your favorite time savings tips at keeping your home clean with pets?

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Question by KristinaMaria: Attention all pet parents. What are your favorite time savings tips at keeping your home clean with pets?
For me it is my vacuum cleaner. Also found that using my cat brush removes air well from pet beds. Vinegar works well for urine smells and cleaning my laminate and tile flooring. No carpet for me. So tell me what products or tips that you use that make being a pet parent easier. Just wanting to share information. Thanks.

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Answer by imamom
Resolve carpet foam works well with any stains on your carpet…when my dogs come in from outside when it is raining I wipe them down with a dryer sheet and it helps with the wet dog smell…and of course a good vacuum!!!!

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Do you know any Emergency Care Tips For Your Pet?

Question by Lora D: Do you know any Emergency Care Tips For Your Pet?
Emergency Care Tips For Your Pet

This is not intended as a substitute for expert veterinary care. Ask your own veterinarian clinic if they hold pet first-aid classes for owners. Many are now doing this, sometimes in partnership with other clinics in their area.
Heat Stroke, Hyperthermia

Pets cannot tolerate high temperatures as well as people can and they rely on rapid breathing to exchange hot air for cool air. Pets’ temperatures are higher than ours — a dog and cat have an average temperature of 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Common situations and features that can predispose a pet to overheating:

1. Being left in a car in warm weather, even if the windows are left slightly open.
2. Having a muzzle on while a pet is being groomed, and/or leaving the muzzle on while a pet is put in a drying cage.
3. Short-nosed breeds such as pugs, bulldogs, boxers and Persian cats.
4. Any pet with an airway disease.
5. Being confined outside without shade or an adequate supply of fresh water.

Suggested treatment when this condition occurs:

1. Mild Hyperthermia can sometimes be treated by simply removing a pet from the situation and/or environment where overheating has occurred, and placing it in a cool place in the shade or in an air-conditioned room.
2. If a pet is unsteady on its feet and you have moved it to a cooler location, you can start cooling it by placing cool water on the feet. Rubbing alcohol on the skin of your pet’s stomach (with a fan blowing on the pet) can also aid in cooling.
3. While these steps are in progress, have someone call your veterinarian so that they can determine if you should bring your pet in for treatment.

Note: it is very dangerous to cool an overheated pet too quickly. Never put a pet in an ice bath, or use ice cold water, unless under the direct supervision of your veterinarian. Cool water is best.

The most common sign of hyperthermia is restlessness and agitation, with vigorous panting. A pet’s saliva may be thick, and the gums and tongue may be bright red. Depending on the severity of the hyperthermia, the gums can also be very pale and a pet may be lying down with its head, neck, and limbs extended and thick saliva coming from the mouth and nose.

Always call your veterinarian, even if the pet appears to have recovered from hyperthermia, after you have administered any of the treatments above. Your veterinarian may not want to see your pet if it has recovered, but it is always best for them to determine whether or not your pet needs to be examined.


Choking is caused by a foreign object being lodged in the pet’s airway and adding pressure to the trachea or windpipe. To avoid a choking incident, always provide your pet with toys that are the appropriate size. Toys that are too small (relative to your pet’s size) can be easily swallowed and become wedged in your pet’s airway.

It’s important to provide supervision when an edible treat is being chewed. Some treats that dogs enjoy, such as rawhide, cow hooves, and pig ears, can break off in pieces and may not be small enough for your pet to swallow completely.

Always remove strings, foil, and feathers from cat toys — these items can be enjoyable to your cat but may potentially become caught in its throat or intestinal tract.

Indications of choking:

1. Noisy and labored breathing sounds – your pet will have difficulty inhaling
2. Pawing at the nose and mouth
3. Gums may be white or blue
4. Excessive drooling
5. Unconsciousness

Determine if your pet’s airway is able to be cleared by performing a finger swipe of the mouth — this is accomplished by placing your finger on the side of the pet’s mouth and sliding it down and toward the center of the throat. If no foreign object or substance is removed and your pet is still having breathing difficulties, contact your veterinarian for immediate instructions and care. Do not try and perform CPR or the Heimlich method unless instructed by your veterinarian.


A physical trauma can cause pets to suffer blood loss. Regardless of what caused the trauma to your pet, immediate attention to blood loss is required.

Apply gentle pressure to the bleeding; do not remove a cloth or bandage even if it becomes saturated, simply apply additional layers. The bandage can be held in place by bandage material if you need to free your hands. Elevation can be used to aid in stopping the bleeding, but try to continue applying direct pressure to the wound. Try to keep your pet calm, and contact your veterinarian immediately, or if the situation warrants it, begin transporting your pet to the veterinarian while controlling the bleeding.

The use of tourniquets can be dangerous and cause damage to the limb if applied incorrectly. A tourniquet should only be used if the pet is experiencing a life threatening situation, due to the amount of blood loss that is occurring from a limb or tail.

How to Move and Transport an Injured Pet

An injured pet is unpredictable, regardless of its personality. When pets are in pain, they react instinctively and unpredictably and cannot be held responsible for their actions.

Always take precautions to protect yourself, and your pet, from further injury when transporting to the veterinarian. An emergency muzzle’ can be made from a neck tie, silk stocking, a section of linen fabric, or other strong material. Using the middle of the material, make a loop and place it around your pet’s muzzle. Bring the ends under the chin and tie snuggly around the back of the head under the ears.

If your pet is unable to walk, or you have determined that walking may cause further injury or damage, a blanket can be used as a transport device. Gently lift the pet onto the blanket, and grip the edges of the blanket to lift and place the pet in the vehicle. Covering your pet is important to prevent heat loss and can create a calming effect.

Smaller pets can be transported in a carrier or a box (with holes large enough for air to allow for adequate breathing) with a lid. Try to minimize the amount of movement, and make your pet as comfortable as possible. Always try to contact your veterinarian, in advance, to share as many details as possible, and the estimated time that you will arrive at the clinic.

Snake Bites

The first thing you must do if you think your pet has been bitten by a snake is to stay calm. Do not add any additional excitement to the situation. Your pet will need to be examined to determine if and where the snake bite occurred, and there may be more than one location, so examine carefully. A constrictive bandage can be placed on the limb involved, above the bite. A bandage will need to fit firmly on the leg, but not too tightly.

If possible, try to identify the snake – you should attempt to determine the size, color, the shape of the head, and if there was a rattle at the end of the snake’s tail. Do not risk injury to yourself in attempting to get this information.

Carry the pet to the vehicle or, if too large to carry, walk it slowly to your vehicle and go to the nearest veterinary hospital. (This may not be the hospital that you regularly use, but immediate care is required for a snake bite.) In the meantime, keep your pet as calm as possible.

Contact your veterinarian if you think a snake bite may have occurred, but you are unable to find the fang marks. Your veterinarian may want to examine your pet to insure a bite mark was not accidentally overlooked.

Spider Bites

Veterinary treatment is required for any spider bite. Unfortunately, you will probably not know when your pet has received a spider bite. Spider bites can be painless when they occur. What you may see is a patch of skin where the hair has thinned; there may be a single hole visible, with skin discoloration around the hole. The skin may be a dark purple or black in color.

There might be lameness in the limb other than where the bite occurred, as well as fever and chills. Spider bites can be life threatening to you and your pets.

Research the area you live to determine which poisonous spiders are prevalent, and always examine the areas where spiders like to build nests. Contact an exterminator to remove spiders from your home.

(A handy guide to complete, print and keep in your home and car)

Primary Information you need in case of emergency:

Phone Number:
Hours of operation:
Alternate or emergency phone number:

Emergency Veterinarian
Phone Number:
Hours of operation:

Animal Poison Control: 1-888-426-4435, a charge applies to every call

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Answer by thebradwalker
well if your dog or cat may have broken a leg you must grab a ruler or other suportive object and straigten the limb than wrap a rolled up newspaper or magazine around the leg and tie it so the leg stays supported and carefully transport your pet to a veterinarian where they will apply a real cast

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i want to build my puppy a dog house from scrap wood, any tips?

Question by kelly: i want to build my puppy a dog house from scrap wood, any tips?
my grandpa is rebuilding is 25 year old fence and the wood is a neat red so i wanted to use that to build my pup a dog house.

i’ve never done this before, so any tips are appreciated!

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Answer by wishnuwelltoo
I think you can go to Lowes or Home Depot and get some instructions for free. I am pretty sure I have seen those at Lowes.

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In the process of getting two male rats, done my homework, looking for fun tips and advice!?

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Question by anonymous: In the process of getting two male rats, done my homework, looking for fun tips and advice!?
I am in the process of adopting two wonderful little boy ratties, I have starter bedding and food, I am ordering the Rat Lodge (R-680) from Martin’s cages online, and I know I need a water-bottle, food bowls, a litter-box, and toys.

I was just wondering if anyone has any fun ideas for homemade toys, experience with constructing tiny outfits for halloween costumes for rats, or good tips and advice for my first pet rats! Thanks!

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Answer by Jessica Roos
lol Sounds like fun. When I had my rats when I was younger, I never did that. You can get a leash for them and let them walk around your house or even your back yard (only when it’s nice and warm out)

Have fun! :)

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tips for building a dog house out of wood planks?

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Question by kelly: tips for building a dog house out of wood planks?
re-doing my backyard fence and want to build a dog house out of the old planks.

i’ve never built a dog house before and am looking for help!

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Answer by ryan 7
Do a search for “build a dog house” in any search engine. I don’t think it matters what boards you use. You should find something in the search results.

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