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: 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: Give your dog a pill easily

Whether it's a daily routine or for a short period of time, giving medicine to your dog is an important task that isn't always simple. Learn some helpful tips that will make giving a pill to your dog a little easier.

How To: Perform passive range of motion (PROM) exercises on your dog's hind legs

Stretching isn't just good for humans, it's a great way to keep animals loose and healthy, especially dogs who have suffered bone deformities, muscle aches or arthritis. This video will show you how to give your dog passive range of motion (PROM) exercises on its hind legs. Perform these exercises daily if your dog has recently had orthopedic surgery or suffers from arthritis. Doing so helps maintain flexibility, reduce stiffness and increase blood flow to painful joints. For more information...

How To: Groom, style, and trim a long-haired dog

Long-haired dogs require extra attention when grooming. Thick fur can become matted, which not only looks messy, but can actually be painful and even unhealthy for the dog. Watch this video pet grooming tutorial and learn how to style and trim a long-haired dog's coat.

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: Trap an entire colony of cats

In this how to video Alley Cat Allies demonstrates how to trap an entire colony of cats. This video walks you through all the steps involved in planning, organizing, and implementing a full scale, entire colony trapping. It is important to trap all the cats in a colony at (or around) the same time to lower the amount of time and resources devoted to that particular colony. This video includes information on the equipment you will need, tricks of the trade for hard to trap cats, and advice to ...

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: Remove a tick with Vaseline

In this video, we learn how to remove a tick with Vaseline. First, find the tick on the body of the animal. The tick will be obvious because the skin will swell up around where they are. Use a special tool to help pull the tick off, which has a slit in the middle of it. Now, slide the tool underneath the tick so it's in the middle. Twist the tool a couple of times and then pull the tick off from the body of the animal. After this, apply some Vaseline to the tick and it will kill it off, enjoy!

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 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: 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 a cheap aquarium filter

Aquarium filters can be expensive to replace, but are important for the health and happiness of your aquatic friends. This video tutorial shows you how to keep your pet fish in good condition by making a replacement aquarium filter out of a soda bottle and a few other household supplies.

How To: Make a DIY aquarium background

This is how to make a DIY aquarium or fish tank background. Some people's methods may differ from these, but this is the easiest, most inexpensive way. You may want to listen to the Incubus song "The Warmth" while you are doing it. (Wait--is that Brandon Boyd?)

How To: Make a homemade fish aquarium filter

This is a short video of a DIY filter for a small aquarium. It works off the same concept as a sponge filter, but could be built to use and common HOB filter. You will need a Cool Whip container, a PVC pipe, silicone, airline and a pump. Watch this video pet care tutorial and learn how to make an aquarium filter at home for your pet fish.

How To: Scissor the top knot of a poodle

This video slide show tutorial gives a step-by-step guide to scissoring a poodle topknot. 1. After clipping the face against the grain with a close blade, the line is first scissored from the outside corner of the eye to the top of the base of the ear.

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: Pick up dog poop

Picking up dog poop is not one of life's great joys. It is, however, a necessary evil to owning an adorable dog, or having a lawn that someone else's adorable dog may want to use as a toilet. When it comes to this unpleasant task, the shop vac is actually a very good way to pick up dog poo. You want to make sure, however, that you're not using your shop vac for anything but this one task. It can easily vacuum in small objects with weight in them and, better yet, you never have to touch it!

How To: Handle a king cobra

Have an urge to handle a highly toxic snake? In this clip from the Discovery Channel series, "Hazard Pay," host Curt Doussett tries to handle a thirteen foot King Cobra snake named Elvis, and what happens next? He drops him. Maybe we should leave the snake handling to the professionals? Handle a king cobra.

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: 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: 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: Train Your Cat to Do Her Business Outside

Tired of cleaning up after your cat after she goes to the litter box? Why not take that litter box outside? In this video, you'll be shown how to train your cat to go outside. The only thing you have to do is slowly move the location of her litter box until it's outside!

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.

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