Jaime Hanna

Kritter Talk columnist Jaime Hanna answers Yukoners pet questions

Out Come the Claws

With winter in full swing, cats are now confining themselves to the indoors. But along with them come their habits and needs, not to mention their claws. Cats use their claws for a variety of purposes. Aside from hunting and climbing, they also need them for stretching out their spines, which usually goes hand in …

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Pet Photos with Santa

It is that time of year again, decorations are out and Christmas is getting closer every day. This also means that it is once again time for the Yukon Humane Society’s annual Christmas fund raiser: Pet pictures with Santa Claus. This event will once again be held at The Feed Store on Quartz Road on …

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Dog House of Straw

Once again, we are at the beginning of another long Yukon winter. For new dog owners, it may also mean that it’s time to get a doghouse ready for the colder weather. There are several options when a canine shelter is needed. Buying a doghouse is the easiest way to go and there are several …

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Winter Riding Without The Snow

Usually about this time of year, horse people who live in the Yukon are getting in the last couple rides before hanging up their saddles for the winter. Although there are those intrepid few who continue to ride in the cold winter months, albeit with many more layers of clothing, the majority of us tend …

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When Porcupine Attack

Dogs do so love to frolic in the woods. Treeing squirrels, digging holes, eating nameless morsels of who knows what … and sometimes playing with porcupine. Now as most people know, touching one of those quilled creatures is not the best idea. But for some reason dogs just don’t seem to get the warning signals …

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To Breed or Not to Breed

I have been asked a couple times lately for my opinion on the breeding suitability of certain mares. I’m no expert, but I thought I would offer up some thoughts on the subject. Now I know how easy it is to simply say, “I love my mare. And having a baby around will be so …

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Mixing Dogs with Oil

I had a request to put together some information on which oils can be used to supplement a dog’s diet to improve their coat and skin quality. For those of you who have never heard of giving your dog oil and are wondering why the heck anyone would go to such trouble, it’s because our …

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The Chicks Will Love You

Spring means chick season. It’s the time of year for ordering and receiving baby chicks here in the Yukon. In fact, I will have already received my first batch by the time this paper is released. In our sometimes unpredictable spring weather, it is very important to be properly prepared for the arrival of these …

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More about Budgies

Last issue I started talking about the living requirements of these beautiful little birds, Budgies. But since I’m long winded, I wasn’t able to fit everything into one article. So today we will wrap up this topic. Feeding Budgies is relatively easy, they will survive on seed alone. But I have to warn you that …

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Bouncing Baby Bunnies

Rabbits are cute, entertaining, fairly easy to train and make wonderful pets. But are they right for you? Not all rabbits are as easy to handle as the ones in the Cadbury commercial. Ideally young rabbits should be handled as soon as they come out of the nest. Not before, as mother rabbits do not …

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Horse Lovers Lay Down the Law

There are exciting developments in the Yukon horse community. At the last meeting of the Yukon Horse and Rider Association, I learned of an exciting event happening this month. Well at least I think it is exciting, you will have to decide for yourself. It was announced that the current YHRA executive has decided to …

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