AA-CHEW! Allergies & Pets

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If you suffer from allergies and are considering a first-time pet, there are some breeds of dogs and cats that are less apt to irritate allergies. Among dogs they are: poodles, terriers, Portuguese water dogs, Irish water spaniels and American water spaniels. Among cats, the Rex and many of the shorthair breeds tend to be less allergenic. WHAT YOU CAN …

Guide to a Healthy Happy Parrot

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Ideas contributed by members of the Parrot Fanciers’ Club – Dennis Cleary, Dennis & Lisa Umstead, Diana Baker, Barbara Engle, Karen Feller, Carol & Elise Mayo. Ask your vet to do a mixed culture of your parrot. (Culture of the cloaca & throat.) One lab fee instead of two. Infection can be treated with just one antibiotic. Certain types parts of avocados …

How to Make the Perfect Fish Tank

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Warren Eckstein chats with MSNBC.com about keeping pet fish. Chat questions were answered on the phone through a typist. This is the transcript of that phone call. Chat producer Will Femia moderates. MSNBC Will Ok, I’m here with pet expert Warren Eckstein. I have a pile of fish questions so let’s get started. Welcome back Warren 🙂 Warren Eckstein Good …

Choosing a Bird

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With over 300 species in the parrot family, there is quite a large selection to choose from for those who are interested in pet birds. Warren Eckstein talks about what to look for when considering the right bird to fit your lifestyle and budget. WHEN CHOOSING A bird, many people place tameness first on their list, some consider talking ability …

Is your Fluffy getting too fat?

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Fat cats may be welcome at political fundraisers, but on your sofa, it’s another story. If Fluffy seems to be putting on the pounds, she’s not alone. Half the pets in the U.S. are overweight, and – just like it does for their human companions – it can create serious health problems. Warren Eckstein offers some advice to help you …

Dogs: Does size really matter?

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Tips to judge what breeds will fit best into your life James Herriot wrote about all creatures great and small but when it comes to dogs is bigger really better? Does picking a pooch depend on who will fit into your lifestyle best – Mutt or Jeff? Warren Eckstein answers those hairy questions and more. SMALL DOGS Their “mini me” …

Keeping Pet Birds

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Warren Eckstein chats with MSNBC.com about the joys and challenges of keeping birds as pets. Chat questions were answered on the phone through a typist. This is the transcript of that phone call. Chat producer Will Femia moderates. MSNBC-Will Femia: Ok! We’re ready to go! I have questions up to my beak, so let’s get rolling. Welcome back pet expert …

You have a new puppy, now what?

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Tips on how to turn the lovable beast into a lovable pet Hundreds of thousands of Americans got a new pet in the last year. But those first few months with your new puppy can be some of the most rewarding – and challenging – of all! Warren Eckstein gives advice to help out all those new puppy owners who …

The Best Pet Food to Woof Down

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Americans currently spend a whopping 16 billion dollars on pet food a year and feeding fluffy and can take a bite out of any families budget. But are premium brands worth it? Warren Eckstein has some ideas on picking the perfect pet food. AMERICANS SPENT MORE THAN $16 billion on pet food last year — that’s a lot of jack …

Life in a Fish Bowl – Tips on how to set-up a home aquarium

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Goldfish have always been popular, ever since the Chinese first kept them 5,000 years ago. In fact it’s been estimated that among us we own an amazing 19 million of them. However, the practice of keeping fish in tanks is a relatively modern one – developed in the 1830s to study aquatic life at close range. Since then, it has …