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Derek Sisson - 2004-06-03
I have recently learned a very good tip for treating wet tail which is highly effective. even with some of the sickest hamsters. ive treated well over 20 hamsters with wet tail at the pet store i work at. all you need to do is feed the dri tail liquid directly to the hamsters through a dropper. about 8 drops. also add it to the water as directed.

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Troy - 2006-02-22
This really is a great site. Has all the information I needed about animals I was interested in and ones I did'nt even know you could have as pets. I also like all the feedback by the owners.

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LaVina - 2005-01-18
I have a blue and white dutch bunny. He is the first pet I have had as an adult and my first bunny. He has a great disposition, is very playful, and loves to be petted. He is easy to care for and was easy to litterbox train. He pretty much trained himself. They are very smart animals. He loves to play. He runs all over the room and binkys high! He has a ball that he likes to roll around and he likes to hide in his little huts made out of cardboard boxes. He loves treats such as raisins, apples, carrots, broccoli, oranges, cilantro, mint, and parsley. He seems particularly fond of the mint and will pull it right out of your hand and gulp it down! : ) He does require alot of attention as they do get lonely but he is so worth it! He also gives bunny kisses which is a high honor. They will only groom some one they truly trust and love. He also knows that i always kiss his nose and has started to put his nose out for kisses! So cute. Bunnies are a great pet if you have the time for them but they also require alot of research. They are a fragile animal and need the proper care. But if you are considering one for a pet, a dutch is great to start out with. But be prepared. They can live up to around 10-15 years if properly cared for.

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Angela Johnson - 2013-05-28
Hello everyone, i am a proud owner of a sto, for short, whose name is benny, jr. We have had him for a few months and he is so sweet and friendly, but, and i say but in caps for a reason;are you ready? He eats his own poop! ! It is so completely nasty and i have caught him already a few times doing it. I provide him with the special food they recommended at the exotic pet shop where we bought him- but why is he doing this? What makes it worse is that he gets it on his little 'fingers' and flings it about his home,(a fish aquarium. ) he makes such a mess and it is just so gross because then we don't want to handle him after seeing it stuck to his feet! ! Anyone have this problem?

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    Milla - 2013-05-06
    I have a bunny,a cat and a turtle,but iam a animal lover sort and i really want another animal (a small one like a chinchilla or a squirrel) what do you think , what shall i have?

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    • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-06
      Hehehe, you are an animal lover! So what shall you get... I've had chinchillas and they're very cool, though not quite as snuggly as cat or bunny (definitely more snuggly than a turtle) and they can't take hot temperatures, so there's that to consider. But they are so soft and are curious. Now I'm wanting a bunny myself, and am thinking of one of those really big ones, so I can take if for walks... (but will have to research that some more:)) Anyway, good luck on your decision making, I'm sure whatever you get you'll have a great time and wonderful friend.
    • Milla - 2013-05-08
      I just want to add this to what i said about 'what shall i have!?'thing. -it could also be a bird
    • Logan - 2013-05-26
      I am interested in finding a bunny myself, and I am probably going to, however I am at my grandmothers house for the summer, and there are many wild cats that live there, my sister, mom, and I caught 3, an adult female, and two kittens (both male) and I am REALLY enjoying taming them. They may not be the pet for you, but I absolutely LOVE the cute things:) I really recommend getting kittens or a cat. However, if you get one, try to get or from an animal shelter, it hurts me to think of how many animals are put to sleep each day, so please try to save one. Thanks for reading!
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    Dawn - 2013-05-26
    Hello, well I am sorry to say, about 2 weeks ago we were clearing land we bought. My husband cut down a dead tree and there was a mama Raccoon with 3 babies in it. The mama ran off so we left the babies alone and hoped mama would come back for them..She came back for 2 but not the little girl.. I brought her home and it has been 2 weeks her eyes are now open and she is doing great. I am a dog breeder so I know about keeping them warm and stimulating them so they can go the bathroom and I just started worming her. I am not sure if I can let her go when she is old enough, I cry just at the thought of her being all alone in the world. Please, if anyone can help with in any information the do's and dont's of raccoon care I really need help. Thank you, Dawn

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    • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-27
      Sounds like you're doing great with your little Raccoon:) Read all the comments here, cuz there's some great info on their care and behaviors, and good luck to you both!
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    ike - 2013-05-14
    i found a week old baby squirrel and hand fed him for about 8 weeks he was eating nuts and doing great i left the other day to help someone out to come home to find him dead his name was rocky and he was the best pet id ever had i always want him to be remembered love you rocky and we miss you sweetheart our house just is not a home anymore with out you love dad

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    • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
      I am so sorry. What a wonderful experience raising him, but such a loss. My deepest condolences.
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    Sarah b - 2013-05-11
    My bunny Oreo is very very soft and cuddly! Oreo is 3 years old and very nice. Oreo likes to eat bunny food, carrots, grass, dandelions, lettuce and apples. She does not bite unless she is very hungry and needs food. I like to play with Oreo outside in the summer. In the winter Oreo runs around in the basement and in the summer she likes to be in her cage under the pine tree.

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    • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-11
      Oreo sounds like an awesome friend, and I llike her name too. Does she look like an oreo cookie? I think being under the pine tree in the summer must be very nice for her, a cool shaded spot.
    • Isabelle Lavallee - 2013-05-12
      Hey can I change Oreo's name like Hershys or somthimg?
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    Belinda - 2007-06-29
    I have had Raccoons as "pets". I use the word pet loosely, because there were more like members of the family. I agree that 99% of people who want a pet raccoon will probably not be able to properly take care of them. They are so very precious when they are babies, but like everything else, they grow up. I kept my coonies inside and they had full run of the house. They were never caged and were allowed to go in and out at will. They chose to stay inside most of the time and I have never had one that went out and did not come back. They used a litter box that was filled with water instead of litter. I simply dumped out the dirty water once or twice a day and as long as the water was kept relatively clean, they never used the potty anywhere else except the box. They are extremely curious and those little "hands" are constantly feeling of everything around them. I get the biggest kick in the world out of them and would take in another in a NY second, but I know what to expect and know that I can handle it. They are as destructive and mischieveious as they are cute. They can get into anything, anywhere. I had childproof locks on EVERY SINGLE CABINET IN MY HOUSE! They can open medicine bottles, the refrigerator (nothing like coming downstairs in the middle of the night to see what the noise is only to find a raccoon sitting in the fridge, eating what looked good and tossing the rest onto the kitchen floor), they will unplug your clocks, tv's ect., break your trinkets and whatnots, hide your keys, chew the buttons off your cell phone, and yes...they DO and WILL BITE. They have very sharp claws and teeth and can inflict damage even when not meaning to. They (at least mine did) become very territorial towards their house and their family. You must put them behind closed doors before letting company inside. Mine would not tolerate the presence of anyone that did not live in the house. If a thief had ever broken into the house, he/she would have been easy to find later. If they managed to get out of the house, you could just check the local ER for a shredded person! So...if you are super patient, don't mind replacing material possessions, can take pain from bites and scratches, have adequate space, never go on vacation, have excellent homeowners insurance, rarely have company and if you have the proper paperwork/licenses to keep one, go ahead. But please please! Be sure you can take care of it FOREVER or provide for it in case you are unable to.

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    • Gunner\'s Mom - 2013-05-07
      You nailed it. I have had mine for two years. We bought him from a breeder, as a baby. He is fixed & vaccinated. He is my son. You are absolutely correct. I talk a lot of people out of the idea because it takes a rare, certain person to be a Forever Mom. If an owner were to decide they don't want the pet anymore, chances are this beautiful animal would wind up being put down at some point, as they don't like serious change. Therefore, one must make a life long commitment to this pet. I am fortunate Gunner has myself & his daddy, otherwise, there would be no vacation for me. Only one of us goes at a time..the other remains home with him. As far as his minor mood swings (like any person has), he has learned my stern voice, 'don't you bite me.' I do want to point out that tbe column above is incorrect, which I am sure you noticed too... For those unaware, DO NOT FEED RACCOONS CAT FOOD OR TABLE SCRAPS!!!!! A good quality DOG food & HEALTHY people food (as snacks). Nothing pertaining to tomatoes, onions, garlic, CHOCOLATE....cat food will eventually harm & kill internal organs, chocolate can kill immediately, & the other at the least will cause major tummy trouble. I feed mine Iams weight control dog food, celery, frozen green beans (awesome snack!), & fresh spinach leaves. Respect your baby, & he/she will show you respect & love in return :-)
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    kaitlyn cooper - 2013-05-01
    I just got a peruvian guniea pig named larry and I am planing on showing him, and now I have the proper info, yay!!!

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