Advice

Dealing With A Barking Dog

While the Louth SPCA would ideally like to think that every dog is happy in his environment, we all know that many are not. This unhappiness often manifests itself as excessive barking. Unfortunately if this dog is being regularly fed and has shelter (kennel for instance), our hands are tied as we only deal with …

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Reasons for neutering your cat

Aside from the fact that County Louth has a stray cat population of biblical proportion, there are other good reasons to neuter your cat.

Did my dog have a stroke?

It’s rare when the words “stroke” and “scary” don’t appear in the same sentence. That’s why it’s important for dog owners to know the symptoms of a dog stroke and how to move forward with treatment. A sudden loss of balance and a head tilt are just some of the signs, but strokes take scary …

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How to Care for Exotic Pets

Having a pet is a wonderful thing. Pets are great for children, teaching them responsibility, and they are fantastic company to those who may live alone. However, if you have exotic pets, there are some things you need to know about taking care of your pet. An exotic bird or reptile takes a different kind …

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Drought Impacts on Wildlife

Prolonged drought conditions can have impacts on wildlife. These impacts range from relatively minor – such as decreased fat reserves – to impacts resulting in a significant loss of wildlife. While some of these impacts from drought can be closely monitored and tracked, other impacts are difficult to monitor or evaluate. Currently, Louth SPCA staff …

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Caring for Chinchillas

Chinchillas are clean, quiet, odourless and attractive rodents that have been bred and farmed for their soft dense fur. Historically, chinchillas lived in an area that included parts of Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, and Chile, but today, colonies in the wild are known only in Chile. They are quite shy and are more appropriate as pets for adults and older children. …

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Buying A Fish

A fish can make a fun family pet. Every species has its own personality and needs, so make sure you know what you’re looking for. Do your research Read up about different species – how big they grow, and what other species they can share tanks with. Some species are up for a battle. Some …

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Housetraining Your Dog

When you welcome a new dog into your home, one of the first steps you may need to take is to housetrain them. Even if you have been informed that your new dog is fully housetrained, it is often worth refreshing their memory especially if they have spent a period of time in kennels as …

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Rabbit Care

Rabbits are popular family pets. Armed with the right knowledge, keeping your bunny happy and healthy is relatively straight forward. Rabbits are pretty easy to take care of, as long as you keep in mind that she is a rabbit. Some people seem to think that rabbits are vegetarian cats. They’re cute and furry and …

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Why Does My Dog Fart?

If your dog swallows lots of air while eating, that air has to come out somewhere, either through eructation (burping) or out the southern end. In most cases these farts are odourless. Gases produced by intestinal bacteria are more smelly, but only 1% of intestinal bacteria produces smelly sulphur or methane. Dogs are not built …

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