How To: Are There Bedbugs in Your Library Books? Here's How to Spot and Destroy Those Bloodsuckers!

Of all the places you'd think to check for bed bugs, I doubt that library books would be at the top of your list. As odd as it sounds, though, libraries and library books are some of the most common places for bed bug infestations. Libraries all over the country have reported bed bug problems this summer, and some have even had to temporarily close to take care of the problem. But before you vow to never set foot inside a library again, here's a little primer on how to check your books for be...

How To: Make a homemade cat trap

Needing to trip the feral cat population in your neighborhood. Well, it's time to make a trap, fill it with cats, and shut your trap. This good how to shows a trap you can build yourself, and the necessary tequinique to catch those cats.

How To: Give your dog medication

Giving your dog any oral medication is never easy! This video will give you the hints and tips necessary to help make giving tablets or liquid medication easier. Such suggestions include making sure you are ready to give the medication before starting by taking the top off liquid medicine or removing the tablet from its wrapping. Then, hold your dog around the muzzle and place the medicine as far back on his tongue as possible. Encourage him to swallow by massaging his throat. Also, try hidin...

How To: Put a cone or medical collar on your pet safely

If your pet has recently had surgery or been ill, they may need to wear a medical collar. A medical e-collar or a cone will prevent your pet from chewing or licking an area of their body that they shouldn't be touching. In this video from Dr. Lauren, you will learn where to get an e-collar and how to secure it to their head so that they stay safe and happy.

How To: Create a desert tortoise habitat

If you need to make a desert tortoise habitat you should be sure to do it properly since they are endangered animals. Desert tortoises like to eat plants because 90% of their diet should come from natural grasses. You should make sure they have dandelion, muellen and a bit of alfalfa. You can also feed them lettuce and make sure they get the right vitamins. You also need to make sure the soil is right for the desert tortoise. To build a habitat properly you need PVC pipes and slice these in h...

How To: Express a disabled dog's bladder

This is an example on how to express the disabled dog's bladder. Prop the dog in a standing position with their feet flat on the ground. Either place the dog facing you or facing away from you. In this video, you will see the dog face the woman, as it works best for expressing her dog in that direction. Males should be faced away from you, as you do not want to have him urinate on you. Place both of your hands on the sides of the bladder. Keep in mid the bladder is known to move. The bladder ...

How To: Make Dog Bows with Ribbon & Elastic Bands

So, basically I was looking around on the internet trying to find out how to make more intricate bows, and found nothing but a whole lot of very confusing instructional posts with no pictures or videos. Here you'll learn how to make cute little bows for your pets, in 6 simple steps! I'm still learning myself, but I'm hoping this could help others!

How To: Care for an Iguana Without a Cage

First of all, I would like you all to meet my good friend Iggy. There he is, in all his scaly reptilian glory. As you can see, he spends a lot more time on top of his cage than inside of it. You see, Iggy here doesn't deal well AT ALL with confinement. I don't know if it's possible for a lizard to be claustrophobic, but if it is possible, then Iggy definitely is. When his previous owner gave him to me, I tried to keep him in the cage, but I quickly realized that it was a bad idea. When confin...

How To: Make homemade baby bird food

This is just a quick video on a simple way to make homemade baby bird food, preferably for wild baby birds such as sparrows, starlings, robins, etc. This is a great starter recipe. If you've rescued an orphaned chick or taken one in as a pet, can be tricky to feed, but this simple feed is easy to make from cat food. Watch this video animal care tutorial and learn how to make baby bird food at home.

How To: Handle and restrain a guinea pig for injections

This Animal Welfare Foundation two-part video tutorial is from expert veterinary staff demonstrating the correct procedures for handling small mammals for clinical examination and medication. Its aim is to show that the primary consideration should be for the the welfare of the animal. This video guide will show you practical animal handling for a guinea pig.

How To: Care for a pet Southern flying squirrel

While squirrels are wild animals, they can still make great pets. People often take in abandoned baby squirrels, that can't live properly in the wild without the care of a mother. As squirrels are wild animals, they require a certain level of care as compared to domesticated animals. You will need food and water bowls, a weasel wheel, a cage, and a home or nest for sleeping. Watch this video pet-care tutorial and learn how to care for a pet Southern flying squirrel.

How To: Handle and restrain a rabbit for injections

This Animal Welfare Foundation three-part video tutorial is from expert veterinary staff demonstrating the correct procedures for handling small mammals for clinical examination and medication. Its aim is to show that the primary consideration should be for the the welfare of the animal. This video guide will show you practical animal handling for a rabbit.

How To: Wash a male horse's sheath

This video shows how to wash a horse's sheath. The instructor notes that you do not want to wash the horse's sheath to often because certain good bacteria needs to exist in the horse's sheath. It is noted that you can use soap but his method of choice is to just use water to clean the sheath. This sort of sheath cleaning is only necessary with tame horses and must be done very carefully. The instructor notes that you can just let water run into the sheath and just let it remove any dirt. It i...

How To: Remove hair from a dog's ear

Fur can build up and mat on the inside of a dog's ear. Cutting it doesn't completely remove the problem, and pulling it out can hurt a dog's ear. A veteran pet groomer demonstrates one way of pulling ear hair from inside the ear of a toy poodle. Watch this video pet grooming tutorial and learn how to remove hair from a dog's ear.

How To: Handle and restrain a hamster for injections

This Animal Welfare Foundation two-part video tutorial is from expert veterinary staff demonstrating the correct procedures for handling small mammals for clinical examination and medication. Its aim is to show that the primary consideration should be for the the welfare of the animal. This video guide will show you practical animal handling for a hamster.

How To: Perform dog arthrocentesis veterinary medical tests

An aging dog in poor health might be a candidate for a variety of clinical tests. Arthrocentesis, also known as joint aspiration, is a medical procedure in which synovial fluid is collected from a joint capsule via syringe that in turn is tested to diagnosis gout, arthritis, and certain types of infections. This video veterinary tutorial demonstrates the process of performing the procedure of canine arthrocentesis.

How To: Find the best mouse trap for you

Mouse traps have come a long way from the simple coil that snaps down on the rodents. Make sure you're choosing the mouse trap that best suits your needs by watching this video from Ask the Exterminator. This video will show you how to find the best mouse trap for your needs.

How To: Handle falcons and birds of prey

Falconry is the art of hunting with a bird of prey. The British School of Falconry at Equinox in Manchester, Vermont shows how to handle eagles and other birds of prey. Birds are trained to respond to human signals and people are taught the correct procedure for interacting with these hunting birds. Learn how to handle a bird of prey by watching this instructional video.

How To: Perform basic suturing for veterinary procedures

This surgical how-to video shows several different basic techniques for veterinary suturing stitches. Various tools, such as forceps, grips, hand positions, and stitches are demonstrated. Learn how to comfortably and efficiently execute good suturing in veterinary procedures by watching this video animal surgery tutorial.

How To: Teach your dog the rebound trick

This is a basic trick for little dogs like this Miniature Pincher, Daisy. The dog jumps off a human's leg and does a half turn (180). LIke any dog training be patient, go over each step multiple times in order to help the dog learn. The treats should be broken up so you don't spoil the dog or make him stuffed with sweets.

How To: Identify a mustang horse

This video is a tutorial on how to identify a mustang horse breed. The instructor begins by saying that it is not easy to identify a mustang horse because of the cross breeding characteristics of mustangs. The mustang shown in the video is larger then an average mustang. The instructor shows the mustangs white brand and all the different meanings along with age tagged along with the horse. The mustang is known for having feet that are larger then most other horse species. The most important s...

How To: Find and eliminate hidden pet poisons in your home

A lot of commonly used household items are actually poison for your furry friends. In this clip, learn all about which items can pose a danger for your dog or cat. It's not only chemicals that are bad for your pets, innocent seeming items like fruit, veggies, chicken bones, chocolate, human medications and many other hidden dangers exist as well.

How To: Give subcutaneous fluids to a rabbit

Sub-q fluids should only be administered to an animal under the instruction of a veterinarian, but some pets, like rabbits, will need to receive them at home, when the veterinarian is not around. Proper procedure should be followed to ensure that the subcutaneous fluids are reaching the rabbit, and that the bunny doesn't get hurt from malpractice. Watch this video veterinary tutorial and learn how to give Sub-Q fluids to a pet rabbit.

How To: Feed your dog multiple pills without fuss

Most dogs will be able to tell the difference between a pill and, let's say… a piece of cheese. They aren't as stupid as you think. One is for eating and one is for spitting out. Well, this is a short video tutorial to teach you how to feed your dog multiple pills without fuss.

How To: Register a dog with the AKC

You have a purebred, make it official. With a few simple forms your purebred dog can be a member of the American Kennel Club and carry on the traditions of and gain access to this exclusive organization. Your dog can have an official pedigree.

How To: Insert a catheter into a cow for a urine sample

Sometimes it is necessary to insert a catheter into a cow to obtain a urine sample. Catheterization can be a tricky process, but urine samples are a helpful diagnostic tool for many veterinarians to detect illness and other medical problems in cattle, as well as other animals. Learn how to insert a catheter into a cow to collect a urine sample by watching this video veterinary tutorial.

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