A:Dogs naturally shed their hair, and the amount they shed has to do with their overall health, breed and the time of year. If a dog is shedding excessively, it may be a sign of poor nutrition, stress or a medical condition.
A:Pocket monkeys, otherwise known as pygmy marmosets can be purchased from authorized exotic animal sellers online such as Exotic Animals for Sale, Primate Store and Poggi's Animal House. These are directory listings that feature breeders and pet owners that have these monkeys up for sale. In most cases, pickup has to be done in person, even though the actual purchasing can be completed online.
A:As of June 2014, the average number of companion animals per household in the United States is 1.6 for dogs and 2.1 for cats. At least one dog resides in 36.5 percent of households, while 30.4 percent of households have at least one cat.
A:According to the Humane Society of America, the best way to remove skunk smell from a dog is to buy an over-the-counter product or bathe the dog in a homemade odor removing solution made up of peroxide, baking soda and dishwashing liquid. The first step to remove the odor and keep it from spreading all over everything is to keep the dog outside.
A:According to Midwest Exotic Animal Hospital, common signs of pregnancy in dwarf hamsters include restlessness and bloody discharge prior to delivery. The gestation period for dwarf hamsters is approximately 16 days, with as many as 10 pups per litter.
A:According to ZooBorns, a baby ferret is called a "kit." Other animals whose young are called kits or kittens include bearcats, bobcats, cats, foxes, honey badgers, mice, muskrats, rabbits, rats, servals, skunks, squirrels, weasels and woodchucks.
A:Chinchillas are nocturnal. The sounds they make signal many behaviors – playing, breeding, birthing, feeding and so on. Chinchillas are one of the most intelligent members of the rodent family, and they communicate using a wide variety of sounds that can vary by individual and family groups.
A:There are many items that can be purchased online, though pet hamsters cannot. However, some pet retailers will feature hamsters on their websites for informational purposes, with the pet available for purchase in person at the store.
A:According to WebMD, training is important from the moment a puppy enters its new home. Rewarding good behavior, being consistent and properly socializing puppies are three of the most important puppy training tips for creating a positive learning environment.
A:Ferrets, or mustela putorius furo, are domesticated forms of the European polecat, or mustela putorious, but their origin is unknown. Scientists agree that it’s most likely that they were domesticated 2,500 years ago in the Mediterranean region, according to Wikipedia.
A:Hamsters like a variety of fruit and vegetables, including carrots. Hamsters are omnivores and eat both plant and animal matter. In the wild, hamsters eat grain, seeds, leaves, insects, fruit and more. Citrus fruits and onions are the only definite vegetables to avoid as they are acidic and will give the hamster an upset stomach.
A:According to Sea World, wild pot-bellied pigs are omnivores, and their diet includes eggs, snakes, frogs, fish and grasses. Domestic and farm-raised pot-bellied pigs consume pot-bellied pig feed, vegetables, fruit and nuts. Eating pig chow alone can cause obesity and dry skin in pot bellied pigs, so it is always a smart idea for pig owners to include at least one serving of vegetables per day to ensure proper nutrition.
A:Guinea pigs are relatively vocal animals and use squeaking as a way to communicate emotions such as fear and happiness, according to About.com. Not only do guinea pigs squeak to communicate with other guinea pigs, but also as a way to communicate with humans.
A:According to Wildlife Britain, stoats are bigger and longer than other weasels. Stoats have black coloring on the tips of their tails, which are proportionately longer than those of other weasels, and a coat that turns completely white in winter. Stoats are called ermines when in their white winter coloring.
A:Guinea pigs, or cavies, originated in the northern and western parts of South America. They were originally domesticated about 5,000 B.C.E. and are now found worldwide as pets, laboratory animals and as a source of meat.