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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Trim a rabbits teeth

Sometimes a rabbits teeth are mis-aligned. This can happen by pulling on a cage, a fall or from a congenital condition. They overlap, grow too long and can interfere with eating - to the point of death. These teeth need to be trimmed frequently, here's how to do it.

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: Palpate a bovine to check for pregnancy

Suspect that your bovine (bull, cow) is pregnant. Well, there's only one way to be sure. Put on a plastic glove and insert your hand into the rectum, with your fingers together. See how to find out if your cattle is pregnant with help of this video tutorial.

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: 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 a terrarium waterfall at home

If you own any bored reptiles and want to zest up their terrarium environment on a budget, this video will teach you how to make a cool waterfall for their terrarium using basic materials. It should take a couple of hours, and the results are very pretty (depending on your painting skills) and sure to entertain any small-to-medium-sized lizard. Not recommended for dinosaurs.

How To: Clicker train a dog to heel

This video is a very brief introduction to the benefits of clicker training and then a how-to of teaching heeling, using a toy instead of food treats. Also included in this video is a view of a more advanced dog in the same behavior, taught using the same technique.

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: 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: Remove a tick from your pet and prevent lyme disease

In this tutorial, learn how to prevent ticks from getting on your dog or cat. If prevention doesn't work, Dr. Lauren will also teach you how to check your pet for ticks and remove them. Ticks carry a lot of diseases for both people and animals, so it is important to get rid of them right away. Once you remove the tick, make sure you flush it down the toilet so it can't come back again.

How To: Handle and restrain a ferret 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 ferret.

How To: Make a mean cat like you

Got a nasty cat that you're trying to make nice with? Even though cats can be fickle, they can still be won over. This simple trick will help you win over the neighbor's, friend's or even your own pet cat. Watch this video tutorial and find out how to make a mean cat like you.

How To: Feed a baby sparrow

A baby sparrow eats about every 45 minutes, but they eat very little at a time. This video animal care tutorial shows how to administer food to a baby sparrow, in this case a helpless three day old. Watch this instructional video and learn how to feed an orphaned bird chick.

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