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Cat Food Allergies and Dog Food Allergies - Natural Remedies
By Marianne Wolff

Did you know that pets can be allergic to certain ingredients in their food? With companies trying to keep costs down and substituting cheaper ingredients the probability that an allergy could be triggered for your dog or cat has probably increased.

Sometimes a food allergy can come from something besides their commercial pet food. According to New Choices in Natural Healing for Dogs and Cats by Amy Shojai and the Editors of Prevention for Pets, there was a case where a dog was suffering from low energy, a chronic cough, and a yellow discharge from his nose. The holistic vet took the dog off commercial food and switched him to a natural foods diet. The idea being to give the dog food he had never had before to make the allergy go away. The new diet worked but the dog was still having some problems. It turns out the owners were giving the dog his daily medication in a piece of cheese and the dog was allergic to cheese. Once the cheese was eliminated from the dogs diet, all the allergy symptoms disappeared.

Dogs and cats most common sign of an allergic reaction is itching and scratching. Any ingredient may cause allergies, with beef and soy protein causing the largest percentage of allergic reactions. Treating allergies may take as long as two months. To help with the itching and scratching consider using a natural product to reduce itching. Vets also recommend boosting your dog or cat's immune system to help their bodies resist triggering an allergy. There are herbal remedies available for dog and cats to strengthen their immune system. Common ingredients are dandelion, yellow dock, burdock and goldenseal.

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Basic Care For Keeping a Pet Rabbit
By CS Swarens

Rabbits are popular pets during the Easter season, but there are many things you need to know about keeping a rabbit as a pet before you bring one home. While they can make for great house pets, they do require special care and attention in order to live a long and healthy life.

Bonding with Your Pet Rabbit

Aside from the fact that they are cute and cuddly, rabbits make good pets for a number of reasons. For example, they are very social animals and are generally very tame, particularly if they are handled gently on a regular basis. Rabbits also have a tendency to form tight bonds with their owners and they can be very fun to play with and to watch. Rabbits generally do not care for being held, though they do enjoy spending time sitting next to their owners. In addition, since they are very social creatures, you need to be certain to provide them with attention and opportunities for exercise on a daily basis.

Feeding Your Pet Rabbit

In order to stay healthy, your pet rabbit will need to follow a diet that includes a variety of different foods. Rabbit pellets alone are not enough for a healthy diet, as rabbits also need to eat plenty of roughage such as fresh vegetables and hay. You should not feed grass from your lawn to your rabbit, however as it may contain pesticides, herbicides or other harmful chemicals.

Training Your Pet for Life Indoors

If you plan to keep your pet rabbit inside, you should also take a few steps to keep both your pet and your home safe. For example, keep toys and other small objects out of reach of your rabbit so your rabbit can't chew on them. Not only is this a safety issue, it can also result in some of your favorite items getting damaged.

You can also prepare your pet for life indoors by litter training your rabbit. Although litter box training isn't quite as simple as it is with a cat, a little time and patience will help your new pet learn how to use the litter box properly. Keep in mind, however, that rabbit urine tends to be very strong and it can be difficult to clean if it is allowed to dry up. Therefore, you should be prepared to clean the litter box on a regular basis. You can also help reduce the odor by having your pet spayed or neutered. In addition, if your rabbit does urinate somewhere outside of the litter box, you may need to use a vinegar mixture to get the mess cleaned up.

If you plan to put your rabbit in a cage at night or while you are away from home, you should avoid the traditional rabbit cage with a wire floor. While this flooring is designed to help make cleaning easier, the wire can cause sores to develop on your pet's feet. Rather, cover the floor with a sisal mat, a piece of wood or other solid flooring that will be more comfortable for your pet.

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