Check this amazing shoot of deer illuminated by sun. Animal pictures were never so beautiful like now!
Christmas is just few moments away and the holiday fewer is ON. If you didn’t purchased gifts for your loved ones, you need to be fast when you still have chance. Do not forget to get present for your dogs because they can be sad if you forgot them. If you don’t believe us just check out today’s picture.
During the summer days all wild animals prepare themselves for cold and cruel winter. Low temperatures are bad for warm blood animals, so they all need to find shelter and get out only when they need to hunt for food. We collected top 15 most beautiful fox pictures from the time spent on snow. You will see not all of them are happy, yet, they are more than cute in all pictures.
Tiger temple is world famous place in Thailand where the Buddhists live together with tigers. In the following post you will be able to see the friendship between Buddhist and the Indochinese tiger. No, photo is not Photoshopped and yes, photo is extremely cute.
Everybody today talking about getting cats and dogs as a pets. However, did you ever think to have bunny as a pet? There are so many rabbit breeds and each of them are really cute. The rabbits does not require as much attention and care dogs and cats do so this makes them the perfect pet selection. If this is not enough to make your mind, just look at this baby rabbit and you you will know what do we talk about…
Cute baby squirrel just want to say hi… The Fall is here and baby squirrel is waiting for her mother to get back with food. Enjoy in cuteness…
In the wildness, a lot of pets gets our attention with their appearance, cuteness and their charm. However, try not to be fooled since there are a lot of animals that are way to cute but extremely deadly at the same time. Listed bellow are top 10 adorable but deadly animals you should take care of…
Among the wildlife cutest and most innocent looking animals, Otters are both adorable and deadly. Their nickname is “river wolves. Yeah, sound scary? Otters live in rivers and they feed by hunting catfish, piranhas, but when hunting in groups they can easily take alligator cousins caimans.
2. Olive Baboons
Baboons are known as primary vegetarians, but from time to time they feel urge to treat thyself with gazelles. They often attack flamingos by protecting their territory.
3. Long-Tailed Weasels
Don’t be fooled by weasels furry body and adorable faces. Most of the people will thing that they are dangerous only for mices, however, weasels are ferocious killers. Similar to snakes, long-tailed weasels wrap their bodies around their victim and crush their sculls by biting it. Even they are small animals, they can easily hunt bunnies with their famous “war dance”.
4. Leopard Seals
No. We didn’t made a mistake. Seals belong to this list as well. Even Seals are extremely cute and sweetest things ever, but once you get a look on their teeth you will see what i am talking about. They are known as top predators of Antartica, they hunt warm-blodded animals, but from time to time they attack their own species. At the end, the biggest Leopard’s Seal pray are penguins.
Biggest animal in kingdom is one gorgeous creature. They are kind, loving and peaceful animals. Even they don’t attack other animals, there are numerous cases documented of the elephants killing their human trainers. They are not too good in captivity and their strongest weapon is pure strength.
The adorable and gorgeous giant from Africa, Hippos are definition of “Disney” cute. However, in the real world, hippos attack people. They are way to protective for their own teritory and this puts them on the list of animals that kills most people in Africa.
Wow, no way! What dolphins do on this list? This must be a mistake! Dolphins are known as one of the most intelligent animal that saves a lot of people on the open sea. Well, in the recent years, marine biologists discovered that dolphins kill their babies and play with their corpses just for fun. They hunt down porpoises, beat them and then trow away their dead bodies for no big reason.
8. Polar Bears
You know them from television ads, they were stars on the Coca Colla ads and they are pure definition of cute animal. Gentle, furry and soft white fur makes them to look adorably cute. However, this 1500 pounds devil can stand up on his leg up to 10 feet. It is noted that around 90 people are attacked by polar bears each and every year.
9. Slow Loris
The Slow Loris is absolutely cutest and sweetest mammal on the globe. With his adorable eyes they are animals you wish you can take home and cuddle him like a teddy bear. However, Slow Loris is extremely venomous and poisonous. He produce toxin inside his own elbows thru gland that is eaten and can give you extreme stomach pain. Slow loris inject his poison by bitting the enemy which can be dead in just few hours if not threaten properly.
The mammal that is almost identical to human. chimpanzee have similar brain function and facial expression like humans. One more similarity they have with humans is trait to violence. They often have bloody fights over the territory that they protect. There are numerous cases documented with the severe injuries , shredded faces, broken bones and similar stuff on the other chimpanzees.
You maybe remember from few days ago when we talked about The Worlds Most Beautiful White Animals. The White seal was on that list as one of cutest animals from the group. Today, we just wanted to confirm this statement with one more white baby seal that posing adorably for camera. We hope you’ll enjoy this in this daily aww dosage…
Sometimes nature play with us and create magnificent structures and creatures. Some of the animals bellow are nature “mistake” and some of them are nature masterpiece. You can find some of well known animals in albino or white variation. Anyhow, in front of you is 12 beautiful white animals and we hope you’ll take few moments and enjoy in photographs.
Today, the Sweet Rabbit is a popular pet particularly with young children due to the rabbits calm and quiet nature. Rabbits are natures lawnmowers and can eat grass all day long. It is vital that pet rabbits eat enough grass as the grass is not only good for them, but also helps to keep the teeth of the rabbit healthy. Rabbit teeth grow constantly and if the rabbit is not able to gnaw on things to keep them down, then their teeth can grow extremely long which causes pain and often death to the rabbit. See and enjoy the photos of Sweet Rabbit.
More recently, the dog took off about a report on television – such an interesting use of the car, turned into a kennel for the dog, but today, a happy chills, office workers have raised panic by writing a statement to the police:
“… It has been since the spring of 2010 kept the animal in a non-conforming veterinary rules, which leads to a deterioration of her health. In the car it is always, regardless of the weather. In the summer she was there at + 40 degrees. Owner of a dog, please bring to justice. ” See photos dog who has lived Six Months in a Locked Car.
73 year old chimpanzee named Little Mama, living in a national park Lion Country Safari in Loksahatchi, is the oldest representative of this species living in captivity. Although the documents in the national park is not kept, but it is believed that Little Mother appeared there in 1967, and before that served as part of a circus troupe Ice Capades. Recently visited a chimpanzee veterinarians – animal removed the loose and damaged teeth, and sewed up a few wounds on the back. The wounds, apparently, she has received from the aggressive male-counterparts. The situation is complicated is that the female chimps – the best of intentions – thrust into the wound tufts of grass, wanting to help Little Mama. But the vet was clean and sew up the wound the animal. See amazing photos of brave veterinarians … whether veterinarians will be able to help Little Mama?
Floating elephants, such as sixty Rajan, were once common phenomenon in the Andaman Islands, south of India, but today this giant elephant weighing five tons – the last of its kind. Now he was replaced by boats – and Rajan no longer need to swim for miles, separating the island from one another. Rajan is still committed to swim for 10 minutes twice a day under the supervision of his pursuer, whom they call mahout. He overcomes a distance of 500 yards during that time, and then returned to shore. The Brazilian photographer Daniel Botelho thirty, went to the Andaman Islands, located in the Indian Ocean, having heard stories about what the locals make a swim with elephants. Local residents use the elephants for about the same as we use horses, says Daniel. When you need something to build on another island, for example, he forced the elephants to swim from island to island. Elephants are constantly trained mahout. But now, the last decade, this craft is gradually fading, because no one considers it cost-effective, says the photographer.
We have collection of all animals photos in this site, now you don’t have to go to the zoo! You can check out all of your favorite Fun-Pets friends on this site. Here we have some of new and most recent Cute Mouse photos. Hope you would like to see.
Caique parrots are very intelligent and enjoy learning and showing off their tricks. They are, however, very strong-willed and will need a firm hand in training and in any interaction. Caiques need lots of attention. They love to show-off, clown around, and examine new things. Unlike other parrot species, he will not cling to just one person in the household but will love anyone who shows him love, kindness, and respect.
It’s really cute to see others being in love, but it’s more than amazing to see these animals loving and caring each other so much. They are really sincere in their feelings, and they seem happy about it, just look at their expressions in these pictures, they may be funny but there’s some chemistry floating between them right there. And you know as they say: “A picture is worth a thousand words”!
Warm pictures of Animals That Will Warm Your Soul in the cold winter evenings. Forced against their half as gentle as these animals in the photo.
Cats love to have a meal with each merudiya or put another way: to stick their nose and other body parts where they fall! In the case of holes in the billiard tables, which are also perfect their secret refuge.
Amazing Orangutan Boxing Show was a big attraction at Safari World outside of Bangkok. It was forbidden in 2006. According to Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, orangutans were illegally smuggled from the Malaysian woods. They stayed in dark cages and were trained for the show. Some people say these animals were abused. It’s important to understand that orangutans are endangered. Wild species can be found only in Malaysia and Indonesia rainforests.
Not sure about you but this Amazing Kitty got up on the right paw today, for sure. Did it eat something so tasty and now it’s desperately trying to be the new Garfield , or it’s just an everyday happy, cheerful and playful kitten, it’s your choice. In any case it loves to dance and sing and those facial expressions are just priceless, a real Amazing Kitty.
Dogs playing with sprinklers. Looks like they are having a blast. Irrigation sprinklers are sprinklers used on farms, golf courses, and yards, to provide water to vegetation and plants in the event of drought. They may also be used for recreation, as a cooling system, or to keep down the amount of airborne dust. Watch and enjoy the beautiful images of man’s best friend.
This is a naked mole rat. As you can see, it is completely hairless and looks more like a rat that has some kind of disease. But despite it being ugly, I somehow find it cute…Look at the pictures and decide – ugly or cute ?
Most of people like cats especially when cats colored with some good colors. Today when I was looking for some cats so found some Beautiful Colored Cats and thought of posting it. Here you can some of most recent and new photos of Beautiful Colored Cat.
The race La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc -960 kilometre. This distance must be overcome in 11 days, crossing the French Alpy. Siberian Huskies pull sleds. Siberian Huskies are strong, compact, working sled dogs. The large snow shoe feet have hair between the toes to help keep them warm and for gripping on ice. Dewclaws are sometimes removed. The medium length, double coat is thick and can withstand temperatures as low as -58 degrees to -76 degrees F. Watch and enjoy the amazing pictures of this beautiful dog.
We have collection of all cute and funny animals, here we have some of Beautiful White Puppies new and most recent photos given below. There’s something irresistible about a pure white puppy. Like most white animals, dogs with all white coats typically originate from cold countries with lots of snow.
Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition 4 and 5 june on the coast of California brought together the best dog-surfers in California. Each dog had ten minutes to catch two of the big waves. Estimated confidence contestants, the time that they were able to survive and the overall look. We suggest you look at the competitors and a very interested audience and the fans who came to support them.
Headed turtle Rodeo and Zico went back into the ocean after spending four months in the center of the protection of the marine fauna of Loggerhead Marinelife Center,where they removed swallowed fishing hooks.Both turtles brought to the center jutting out of the mouths of scraps of fishing line. After doctors removed the animals swallowed fishing hooks,turtles received supportive therapy,they were given antibiotics to prevent inflammation,pain and course of vitamins.Turtles,and Zico and Rodeo,too young,so that experts could not determine their sex.They set up beacons to keep track of their whereabouts.At Zico and Rodeo more likely to survive than had Andre,tortoises,which released the August and who died three weeks later.Andre came to the center in June 2010 with severe injuries,after breaking the shell and inflammation.
Whale shark close to sitting in a boat fisherman,who feeds her from the hands of saltwater shrimp in shallow waters off the coast of Oslob, Philippines.Local fishermen are willing to show the audience admired the amazing process of feeding the giant fish length exceeding 7.5 metra.Mestnye fishermen consider whale shark as a kind of a good deity patronizing them and bringing a good catch.That did not stop enterprising locals demand from Shawn and a half dollars for every shot they made,which was recorded feeding process akul.Sharks filter the water for feeding,so the man is,in principle,are safe.Local residents in the past engaged in fishing whale sharks due to the fact that the high demand in the markets enjoyed their meat and fins,but these fish are now in the Philippines under the protection and there is a ban on their fishing.
This luxury hotel for pets “Barkley” is located across the street from the hotel “Four Seasons” in Los Angeles. While the guests of the hotel “Four Seasons” ordered breakfast in bed, swim in the pool or enjoy a massage, and their pets in the hotel “Barkley” can get it all much beyond that. The level of service is truly unmatched. In guest “rooms” – the climate system and individual lighting, soothing music and air fresheners. Cat’s apartments are smaller, but they provide huge TV screens, broadcasting images of birds and tropical fish in an aquarium for those who belong to the diet of your pet as tenderly, as our own, the hotel employees will order a steak in a restaurant kitchen, “The Four Seasons “. For cats who are not satisfied with the usual dry food or canned tuna sushi included. And for special mods provided leopard coloring, coloring in stripes, which will turn your pet into a zebra, or even – for a special patriotic! Coloring to color the American flag.
Traditional dog parade in honor of Halloween took place in New York City area on Tompkins Square.Check out some interesting photos from the parade.
As a life long owner of longhaired dogs I have spent thousands, maybe even millions of hours working with dog hair. Washing, brushing, conditioning, detangling, de-matting, trimming, vacuuming and sweeping it, but I can’t even imagine how much extra time must devoted to creating and maintaining these fancy, outlandish, and sometimes just plain odd hairstyles! Some of the Dogdo’s are unusual yet natural to the breed of dog, while others are just so wild you have to see it to believe it. I laughed myself silly when I first saw these pictures so get ready to be entertained!
In holiday lore, animals have a special place in the celebration of Christmas and many Christmas plays and outdoor nativity scenes showcase pets such as donkeys, camels, sheep, oxen and goats. There are also many legends surrounding pets at Christmas. Pets frequently adorn Christmas cards and they can also be used in Christmas clip art or Christmas crafts. The most popular holiday of the year will soon arrive. Let’s see this selection of pets dressed or prepared for Christmas.
Delighted by the unexpected entertainment,chimpanzees gladly meet Santa Claus during the 27th annual campaign “Christmas with the chimpanzee” at the zoo Lion Country Safari.Special delight in our little laid by for brought them a good Santa Claus gifts.The assortment of Christmas goodies included soft toys,sweets,clothes.All the gifts have been prepared and packaged by volunteers participating in the program ChimpanZoo.This program,fostered by well-known expert on primates, Jane Goodall,is aimed at learning,support,training and equipping the chimpanzee,are in captivity. Visit Santa Claus in the safari park was the only full-year opportunity for visitors to get out of car tour and talk with the chimpanzee “live”.
World Day of elephants is one of the international festivals devoted to the elephants, which is celebrated annually on November 30.This date is remarkable that the states and the Russian Federation.The holiday was established on the initiative of environmentalists concerned about the downsizing of the largest land mammals on the planet.
Wildlife photographer Lee made a series of photographs Uiettem, the migration of wildebeest in October, when a herd of more than five thousand animals gathered near the border of Kenya to cross the river Maar. Animal life threatening hungry lions and crocodiles, whose length can reach more than six feet. The annual migration of wildebeest, antelope – is, in fact, a race for survival – because the animals have to overcome the river and avoid the teeth of crocodiles and lions. Antelope, Wildebeest Serengeti National Park migrate each year to reach at the other bank of the river pasture.
Spitting cobras, emus, and a Gila monster were but a few of my living companions in the seventies. Ironically, I am so not an animal lover, it is more that I tolerate animals. If you had told me that one day I would live amongst exotic animals within the confines of my own home, I would have run the other way. For four years, I endured co-habitation with a strange husband and his strange home business. I met my ex-husband in Tennessee. We dated for a short time and during a moment of insanity, I agreed to leave my family and friends and run off to Florida with him. All of our belongings were packed in my Datsun pickup truck and off we went. Our destination was unknown. For one week our home was in a tent in the Okefenokee Swamp. Our neighbors were raccoons that ravaged through our meager food supply on a nightly basis. Mosquitoes as big as hummingbirds buzzed us relentlessly. Of course, there were alligators galore lurking in the water’s edge. Once, we rented a sixteen foot flat bottom boat and trolled a few good miles through the murky waters of the Okefenokee Swamp. In some spots it was like going through a jungle with the occasional alligator eyes peering above the surface of the water at us. All seemed well and almost relaxing until we ran out of gas and were upstream from the base camp. The sun was setting and no other boats were in sight. All we could do was paddle. I with the oar in the rear paddling on one side, then the other. My ex was in the front sculling to steer. My job of paddling was the more strenuous of the two, but there was no way that I was putting my arm in the water as gator bait. Fortunately, after about one hour, a loan boater was puttering his way back to camp and seeing our dilemma threw us a line and towed us back to shore.
Without remorse on my part, we left the swamp in search of a more stable home environment. Next stop was a small town called Lake City, Florida and a job offer for my spouse as an alligator wrestler at a place appropriately called Alligator Town. It was a paycheck which afforded us our first roof over our head, a travel trailer in a nearby trailer park. The trailer was so small that if anyone came to visit, we all had to sit outside. The belongings we had packed in my truck stayed in the truck. The bathroom in the trailer was not much more than a spicket in a small closet. One week was all I could stand. After that, we moved on up the road to a bigger trailer…whoopee. At least this place had a toilet and a tub in the same room. The spare bedroom was used to house our ferret, named Freddie. The living room was rather spacious, therefore, my hubby set up a large aquarium for his python (or maybe it was a boa constrictor), I forget. Whatever big snake it was, it escaped during the night. Can you imagine having to tell your neighbors that if they find a rather large nine foot snake, please return it to us? It brought us notoriety. The local newspaper got wind of it and ran an article. Fortunately, the snake was found and returned to its aquarium with extra cinder blocks on the top to keep it inside. My neighbors didn’t visit me.
To supplement our meager income, I got a job and we were able to locate a house in the country in which to move ourselves and our growing menagerie. The house was crummy, but beggars cannot be choosers. It was at the house that my husband decided to become an entrepreneur. He formed the Suwanee Zoological Society and the spare bedroom became home to caged rattlesnakes, pythons, cobras, copperheads, lizards, and anything else he could get his hands on. If I try really hard, I can conjure up memories in that house that nightmares are made of. One in particular was when I was sleeping and heard a noise out of the ordinary. I got out of bed and went into the hallway to the door of the spare bedroom housing all the critters. Like hundreds of other times, I opened the door and reached in and turned on the light switch. The first thing that caught my eye was the overturned cages on the bedroom floor. My next move made my heart stop and all the blood drained out of my head. I looked up from the floor and turned my head slightly and came face to face (within probably two inches) with a boa constrictor. Apparently, he had escaped from his cage and in so doing, knocked over anything it slithered over. Slowly backing away and closing the door shut, I went back to bed and slowly pulled the covers off my husband and then with a heavy handed slap in the middle of the back, woke him up. For the next few days, I was finding baby snakes all over the house, some were harmless, some were poisonous.
My best friend was not phased by our strange habitat and she visited frequently. On a whim, we decided to cook dinner for the gang. Bustling around the kitchen, we gathered our ingredients and cooking utensils to make the dinner. She was unable to locate a particular size pot in a bottom cabinet. I told her I would find it and reached into the cabinet and again experienced another heart-stopping moment when I realized my arm was hovering above the head of a coiled rattlesnake. Knowing well enough not to make a sudden move, I slowly backed out and when I knew I was out of range began yelling for my husband. Hearing the panic in my voice, he made haste to the kitchen and focused his attention to where I was pointing my finger. With a sigh of relief, he said, “So that’s where it has been hiding.”
The house we lived in was in need of much work. The kitchen was probably the worst room as it needed new linoleum, new wallpaper as what was in it was busy and hideous, and the ceiling had a hole in it leading to the attic. The hole was covered with a heavy piece of butcher paper. It was from this point that a six inch baby cobra dangled and it was I who noticed this anomaly. Again, summoning immediate help, my husband walked into the room and carefully pulled the little poisonous snake from the ceiling. Looking at me with the utmost sincerity said, “I was going to tell you about losing this snake.”
Snake hunting expeditions took my husband and his buddies away for days at a time. For the most part, I was only at the house for a few hours each night because I was working two jobs. All I wanted was a shower and a few hours sleep before the next shift started. The times when I was at the house alone usually did not bother me, except for one. A recently acquired addition to the animal inventory was a Gila monster, which is a very dangerous reptile. I instructed to feed the animal…carefully. Honestly, I did try, but it lunged and scared me to death. The Gila monster did not get its supper that night and it apparently was upset with me. Although it was in a cage in a closed off bedroom, it was making a terrible racket by banging up against the cage and making threatening guttural noises. I couldn’t afford to go to a motel and I had nowhere else to go, but I was determined not to stay in the same house with this creature; so I got my blanket and my pillow and slept in the car for the next two nights.
One day a package arrived at the house from a fellow reptile lover. Tokay geckos were supposed to be in the box, but we were not sure how many. The tape was carefully cut and the outside packing was peeled away. The lid was lifted off of the box and in a split second, hundreds of Tokay geckos escaped and ran at lighting speed in every direction. They are speedy little lizards. For the duration of our stay in that house, we were finding Tokay geckos everywhere. Our neighbors, who were not especially fond of our being there, reported geckos in their homes, too. It wasn’t totally a bad thing because they loved to eat roaches and palmetto bugs (which were in abundance) and spiders, which I despise. It was unnerving, however, to be lying in bed and feeling the scurrying lizard run across the covers or be awakened out of a deep sleep with their croaking. The reason they are called Tokay geckos is because that is what they actually say, ‘Toe-Kay’, over and over again.
My most memorable moment of self-awareness in that I was living in a mad house was on one of those days my husband was out on a reptile hunting expedition. I was home alone and it was pouring down rain, a real gully washer. A pickup truck drove up and a man with a large plastic garbage can stood on my doorstep. I answered the door and he asked if this is where someone bought snakes. I said, “yes, but you will have to come back later.” He said he couldn’t, he had a big rattlesnake and if we did not want it, he would go elsewhere. Well, I had witnessed my husband toting a sack containing snakes hundreds of times. I didn’t see the harm of giving the guy money and me putting the snake, still in the bag, in the “snake room” until my husband got home. Well, this particular snake was not in a bag. The man was wanting me to put the snake in a bag. When he took the top off the trash can, all I saw was a humongous body of the largest rattlesnake I had ever seen. “No way, man,” I said. He was actually angry that I wouldn’t take the snake off his hands and pay him money. He said a few choice words and left with his snake. When my husband returned, I recounted the event to him. His response was, “Are you crazy?…Do you know how much money that snake would bring?” Did I feel foolish because my priorities were not straight? No. This was the beginning of the end of our four year marriage.
Metro Animal Services currently has a high need for donations. You can drop off cat litter, dry kitten or puppy food and cardboard cat carriers at their location during business hours. Volunteer help and donations are greatly appreciated!
Metro has a new phone system and their phone number has changed. Metro can now be reached at (253) 299-PETS.
MINDY – Six-year-old Mindy was found as a stray on March 22nd. This petite dilute calico cat is a beautiful addition to any home but would be best suited for a home with adults or grown children. Her independent ways and quiet nature make her a prime example of what a true cat is. Although she likes her space, she is also extremely affectionate. She would make a great lap cat for the right family. Mindy is not a good fit for dog-owners, though will get along well with other cats as long as they are mellow and passive.
If you are interested in adopting Mindy or any of the other amazing pets at the animal shelter, please visit the shelter. Metro Animal Services is located in Puyallup’s South Hill area and open 6 days a week, Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturdays from 10am-4pm. Adoption fee is $99 and includes: micro chipping, spay or neuter, first vaccines and a one year pet license for incorporated areas.
Metro is always in need of cat litter and you can make your donation by stopping into the shelter during regular business hours.
Additionally, help is always welcome! If you are interested in volunteering your time or making donations to the animal shelter, you can find more information at www.metroanimalservices.org or by calling the shelter at (253) 299-PETS (7387).
Living near woods, I thought I would raise the two of them to be outdoor cats and allow them to hunt for their own food. We lived in an area where there were mice, squirrels, rabbits and other animals for them to catch. Fresh water was always available to them from the streams and lakes nearby.
The cats and I were always together, both outdoors and indoors. We wandered in the woods together and they would drink from the nearby streams and lakes. Indoors, they would keep me company as I was at the sink and they would help themselves to the running tap water.
I started to investigate Cat Water Fountains when I had to be away from home for more than a day. My main concern was how the “boys” would get fresh water in the winter when the water froze. I could not leave the tap running all of the time.
I thought that the Cat Water Fountain would be the next best thing to a running stream. I wanted them to get used to the fountain and let it run whilst I was still at home. They were not interested in the fountain as I was still there to turn on the tap. They had me trained to turn it on whether I was at the sink or not. I decided not to turn the tap on and see if they would go to the fountain instead. It took some time but eventually, they started using the Cat Water Fountain. I now could leave home without the worry of where they would get fresh water.
I was convinced that the Cat Water Fountain was the best option for the cats in my absence. I used to watch them at the streams and observed how keen they were to drink from running water. A constant flow of water is exactly what the fountain provided. The water would not be stagnant and non-stagnant water is certainly a healthier choice.
I was extremely pleased with my decision to purchase a Cat Water Fountain. I was able to travel for a few days at a time and not have to worry if the cats were getting enough fresh water. It was a perfect solution.
Matt Rylie is a cat lover who wanted to share his experiences of purchasing a Cat Water Fountain for his cats with others. You can check out his website at Cat Water Fountains, where he provides the reasons he believed Cat Water Fountains were the best solution for his cats and for your cats Cats Like Fresh Water.
Rumors of pure White Lions have existed in the African oral tradition for centuries, but have often been dismissed as superstition.It has been part of African folklore and according to legend they were children of the Sun God, sent to earth as gifts. And the only place on earth where they have actually materialized is the Timbavati region.
According to scientists these lions are not albinos. Their white color is due to a recessive gene known as the chutiya or color inhibitor gene, different from the albinism gene. The chinchilla mutation, a recessive gene, gives white lions their unusual colors. They first came to public attention in the 1970s when Chris McBride published his book “The White Lions of Timbavati”. Described in the book are three lions Temba, Tombi and Vela which later were given to the National Zoo in Pretoria, South Africa.
According to the Global White Lion Protection Trust website: “There are only an estimated 500 white lions worldwide – in captivity. Regarded by African tribal elders as the most sacred animal on the African continent, this rarest of rarities have been hunted to extinction in the wild by trophy hunters and poachers who pay astronomical sums to shoot them for pleasure. They have also been hunted in captivity in a notorious malpractice known as ‘canned lion hunting.’ No law protects them from being wiped off the face of the earth.”
GWLPT states that these animals are not yet appropriately classified as “endangered species”. “Presently, they are listed as Panthera leo, under CITES Appendix II, and, therefore, fall under the classification of a “Vulnerable Species”, i.e. species that are not necessarily now threatened with extinction but, that may become so unless trade is closely controlled. Appendix II means that White Lions or their derivatives (e.g. animal parts) can be sold, hunted and traded. In reality, every permit issued to hunt a lion (Panthera leo) can be used to hunt them. Since they are currently not in the wild in their endemic range, they are critically endangered.”
The last white lion was seen in the wild in 1994, but now they are back to their native land and cubs have been born in the wild again.
A National Geographic documentary titled “Return of the White Lions” tells the story of their return to native Timbavati region thanks to Linda Tucker (CEO and founder of GWLPT) and their efforts to reintroduce these animals back to the wild.
The Malayan Painted Frog can make an interesting pet, and is the most common of the microhylids that are sold in pet stores across the United States. Microhylids are popular because, as their name suggests, they are mostly made up of small frogs, with some measuring around half an inch in length. The Malayan Painted Frog can grow to two and a half inches, but that is still pretty small by frog standards.
The scientific name for this frog is Kaloula pulchra, and it is also sometimes called the ‘chubby frog’ because of its somewhat portly nature. Like all frogs it does not have a frog tail, but it does have a tail when it is a tadpole. If it were not to lose its tail in adulthood then it would not be able to entertain you by leaping around the vivarium.
Although it is called the painted frog, its colorings are actually quite unremarkable, especially when compared to its fellow microhylid, the Tomato Frog. It is the color of mud, and a light fawn color on its dorsolateral band. Its colorings get even darker below the dorsolateral band.
If you decide to be adventurous and attempt breeding your Malayan Painted Frog, then you will find it is actually not that difficult. They have floating eggs that stick to just about anything, and then when the tadpoles emerge they have an extremely rapid metamorphosis into frogs. In can take just two weeks from tadpole to adult, and then you will need to get a bigger terrarium!
Although letting your pet turtles breed and hatch baby turtles may seem like a good idea, there are some things that you have to consider before deciding to bring baby turtles into the world. This is especially important if you want to hatch baby turtles to teach your kids about the circle of life, as it is just as important that they learn how to be responsible pet owners.
It is illegal to sell any turtle that is smaller than 4 inches (10cm) in diameter, unless it’s being sold for educational or exhibition purposes. Depending on your turtles, you may get quite a number of hatchlings that you will be responsible for caring for until they are 4 inches (10 cm), which will take several years in most cases. If you are not prepared to care for a number of turtles for a long period of time, you should seriously reconsider hatching baby turtles.
Turtles are well-known for carrying salmonella, and great care must be taken when working with adult turtles to avoid contamination. Hatchling turtles carry even more salmonella, which means there’s an even greater chance of getting infected if you are not careful when handling your baby turtles. If you have very young children in the house, this is especially important as children are more prone to putting things in their mouth and do not wash their hands as often or as well as adults do.
Although your turtles will be doing all the work of laying the eggs, it will become your responsibility to feed the hatchlings once they do arrive. Adult turtles aren’t very picky with what they eat, and will usually eat anything they can get their mouth around, but baby turtles can be very picky, and they will only eat meat at the beginning. It can be tricky to feed the hatchlings, getting them to eat the mealworms or other live insects that you have to start with. And if you have a lot, you have to carefully monitor to see that all of them are getting proper nutrition.
These are all things that you have to consider before even allowing your turtles to breed. Hatching turtles can be a wonderful experience for a family or an individual to experience, but won’t end well if you are not prepared. Baby turtles are a big responsibility, so you have to make sure that you are completely prepared before you bring them into your home.
Alan is a lover of animals and nature, especially turtles. One of the misleading turtle facts that Alan relates is that there are many turtle species, but there are no such things as mini turtles. It’s a myth. The term baby turtles is simply a young turtle.
There are many unique and unusual animals that are enjoying an increase in popularity among pet owners. One such animal is the scorpion. There are many different types of scorpions that are gaining popularity as a household pet, but the emperor scorpion is the one most commonly found in homes. Although this pet certainly is not one that you will let rest in your lap while you watch television, they are very clean animals that are easy to care for. In order to help your emperor scorpion live to its full life expectancy of six to eight years, however, it is important to know how to properly care for this exotic pet.
Housing an Emperor Scorpion
Housing an emperor scorpion is not particularly difficult, but putting together the proper housing is the most important step in keeping your pet healthy. Since this particular type of scorpion is native to Africa, it requires a habitat that is both warm and humid.
If you are only planning to have one emperor scorpion, a 10-gallon glass tank should be sufficient. If you are keeping more than one scorpion, you shouldn’t go any larger than a 30-gallon tank. If you do, your pet may have a difficult time catching its prey at feeding time. Regardless of the size of the tank, make certain your tank has a tight lid so your pet can’t escape.
The temperature inside your tank should range from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Since scorpions are cold-blooded, you should keep one side of the tank cooler than the other. This way, your pet can move from one side of the tank to the other in order to regulate its body temperature. In order to achieve varying temperatures within the tank, place a heating mat on the underside of one side of the tank. You will also need to mist the tank on a daily basis in order to maintain the proper humidity levels. The substrate, which may be vermiculite, soil or peat, should be kept damp at all times, but it should never be completely wet.
You should also keep in mind that scorpions are nocturnal and that they like to hide and burrow. Therefore, your substrate should be 3 to 6 inches deep so your pet can dig as often as it likes. In addition, you should include plenty of hiding places in the tank for your scorpion to use as it pleases.
Feeding Your Emperor Scorpion
Emperor scorpions eat insects, arthropods and small lizards in the wild. Although they eat a variety of different creatures, your pet can live a happy and healthy life with a diet consisting primarily of crickets. It is a good idea, however, to occasionally supplement its diet with moths, mealworms and other insects.
Feeding is quite easy with emperor scorpions, as they only need to eat one cricket every other day or so. The most important part is to be certain the crickets are eating a nutritious diet. This way, they will be full of nutrients for your scorpion to absorb. To further increase the nutritional value of the crickets, it is a good idea to dust them with a mineral supplement before feeding. Although scorpions don’t drink a significant amount of water, you should also provide it with a shallow dish of water as well. Make certain to keep the dish shallow so your pet doesn’t accidentally drown in the water.
This pet friendly hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Their downtown hotel is just three miles from San Jose International Airport. The San Jose Marriott is directly connected to the McEnery Convention Center and offers 21,000 square feet of superbly designed event space and 506 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites. This downtown hotel’s meeting space offers Marriott-quality service, the latest in meeting and presentation technology, wireless Internet, and a conference staff rated second to none, providing the ultimate facility for world-class conventions.
This world-class pet friendly hotels’ long list of amenities also includes easy access to all three of the Bay Area’s major airports, San Jose’s famous climate, an abundance of area attractions, and their celebrity chef’s signature restaurant, Arcadia. This downtown hotel in San Jose, California is a meeting planner’s top choice for conventions held in Northern California.
There is so much to see and do in this beautiful city. A stay at the San Jose Marriott will make it easy to embark on many urban adventures with your pet. Downtown parks add leisure and beauty to the busy metropolis as well as a great place to take a run with your pet. The Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park is the original plaza of the first Spanish pueblo and is now the site of outdoor music festivals and numerous other cultural and community events. Spacious Guadalupe River Park and Gardens is an attractive area giving breathing space in a bustling city and a great space to spend the day with your four legged friend.
They really know how to welcome your pet. This pet friendly hotel has doggie beds, food and water dishes and treats for your pet ready in your room when you arrive. They also have a dog walking service available upon request. At check-in your pet will be properly welcomed with a dog bone!
They have a $75 non-refundable fee for your pet. They allow one pet per room and they have a weight limit for your pet of fifty pounds.
While San Francisco may get the press as the region’s cultural and entertainment hub, San Jose is increasingly becoming a destination spot for high culture, as well as slick dance clubs, unique museums, outdoor pursuits, and all kinds of diversions for the younger set. And the place to stay while you are enjoying all of this high culture is the San Jose Marriott!
Kim Salerno is the President & Founder of TripsWithPets.com. She founded the pet travel site in 2003 and is an expert in the field of pet travel. Her popular web site features pet friendly hotels & accommodations across the US and Canada, along with other helpful pet travel resources. Her mission is to ensure that pets are welcome, happy, and safe in their travels.
So you have decided to lead an eco-friendly and green lifestyle. You know to conserve energy, recycle, compost, use natural household products, bring your own bag, and the like. But what about Fido and Fifi? How do they live green as well? Here are some tips for helping your pet “go green”:
-Are you in the market for a pet? Look at local shelters, the Humane Society, or classified ads first. Give a pet a new home, and avoid “puppy mills.”
-Spay or neuter your pet. Unwanted puppies and kittens often end up crowding shelters and/or increasing the population of feral animals.
-Look for all-natural or organic pet foods online or in your local pet store. Most pet food is made of animal by-products (by-products not even fit for human consumption). Look for FDA certification of food-grade meat on the package.
-Buy treats and food in bulk. You will save yourself trips to the store and probably save money as well.
-If you own a cat, switch to eco-friendly cat litter. Conventional cat litter is usually made of clay that is strip-mined, and contains harsh chemicals your pet shouldn’t even be standing in. Try litter made of recycled newspaper pellets.
-Buy eco-friendly toys for your pets. Avoid toys made of plastic, as these may eventually be chewed and swallowed.
-Use natural shampoos and soaps for your pet. Their shampoos often have the same chemicals as the human shampoos we “greenies” are supposed to avoid.
-Once in a while, an accident may happen. Don’t reach for the toxic carpet or floor cleaner. Use all natural products for pet stains and odors, or make a batch of your own from common household ingredients such as vinegar and water.
-Keep your cats indoors. Feral and outdoor pet cats are responsible for many wild songbird deaths. Plus, who really wants a dead robin as a gift on the door step?
-Use biodegradable dog poop bags. Since these droppings will either end up in a landfill or incinerated, it is better to have a biodegradable, plant-based bag instead of plastic.
-Avoid using pesticides or herbicides on your lawn. Your dog will collect the pellets or residue in his paws, and either drag them into the house or lick them–or both.
-Donate old pet beds, supplies, and good-condition toys to local animal shelters or veterinary clinics.
-Look for pet pest control products (tick, flea, worm treatments) with natural ingredients. Most control products contain harmful chemicals.
Hopefully these tips are attainable for those who want a green living household. Your pets are family members. Treat them to healthy, natural, safe products, food, and surroundings.
Britney Fuller is a writer who enjoys writing on a number of different verticals. For more on pets and green living, Ways to Go Green offers readers information on eco-friendly pet care.
Weatherbeeta has been manufacturing horse wear for over thirty years. The Weatherbeeta rug range includes turnout and stable rugs, pony rugs and exercise rugs, as well as rugs for your other four legged friend – dog coats!
Perhaps their most famous of the Weatherbeeta rugs is their superb range of turnout rugs. Combining style, protection and affordability, there are lightweight, medium-weight and heavyweight turnout rugs available in standard, full neck or detach-a-neck options. This means that you will be able to offer your horse the required protection, whatever the weather.
Perhaps the most popular Weatherbeeta turnout rugs are the Landas, available in an original design, or an updated freestyle option in a variety of weights from light- to medium-weight. The freestyle version features forward positioned shoulder gussets and a larger tail wrap for increased freedom of movement, protection and therefore comfort.
Alongside the Landas, the heavyweight turnout rugs; Taka, Orican and the new Apex rug, are also very popular. The Apex really is the essential rug for this winter, offering your horse all the best features, combined with 400g of warm polyfil, a super tough 1260 Denier outer fabric and a detachable neck cover for ultimate convenience.
Weatherbeeta stable rugs are renowned throughout the industry for their quality, protection and warmth. They are available in a multitude of styles and weights, including ‘combo’ (full neck) or standard neck options and either in lightweight, medium-weight or heavyweight. The range of sizes on offer will ensure that there is a rug to suit your horse, pony or foal.
Their cooler rugs will help to cool your horse down in style and comfort. Innovative designs such as a half-mesh, half-fleece options are combined with stylish colours for a refined appearance; there’s sure to be something to suit whatever your style.
Use the Weatherbeeta exercise sheets to keep your horse warm and dry when hacking out, schooling or warming up. Choose from options including warm fleece, protective waterproof or the safety conscious reflective option. You will benefit from features including great style and quality fixtures such as touch tape wither closures, fillet strings and girth loops, to keep the rug in place and your horse looking great.
Weatherbeeta fly sheets are, as the name suggests, designed to protect your horse from those pesky creatures and are essential wear for the summer months. They offer top class protection with a full neck design, belly wrap and tail flap.
Perhaps one of the most loved Weatherbeeta rug ranges of recent years is the range that they commissioned in conjunction with Joules; a true countrywear brand. These rugs offer ultimate Joules style with the wonderful Weatherbeeta protection – and each season’s rugs will match your dog’s coat and your Joules clothing!
So you’ve gone out and gotten yourself a furry friend that you are excited about teaching and feeding but it suddenly occurred to you that you are unsure about how to feed the ferret and you’re wondering what do ferrets eat. That is a superb question because like every living thing on earth, the diet plays a huge factor in the health as well as the quality of life that it will have. What do ferrets eat when they are young? What do ferrets eat when they are older? What do ferrets eat when they are babies? If these are among your questions, keep reading and we’ll touch on those subjects.
What Do Ferrets Eat as Babies?
What do ferrets eat as babies is a great question because likely if you’ve owned a traditional pet like a cat or a dog you likely had to feed them puppy food or get supplemental milk from the pet store and ferrets are just not that hard to feed in that respect. Baby ferrets feed off the mother and are weaned off by the breeder or pet store before you ever get one however, with that said, once you have the baby ferret he is already used to a diet made up of pellets.
What Do Ferrets Eat as Adults?
What do ferrets eat asadults is another wonderful question however it is not complicated with a ferret like some other species of animals. The only thing ferrets don’t fair well with in the way of pet foods are foods that contain fish meal and ferrets really don’t like this at all. Try to steer clear from any fish based food when purchasing your ferret food pellets and as a matter of fact, ferrets like shaped food better than pellets that look a little like rabbit food.
An excellent quality cat food that is extremely high in protein can be fed also to a ferret but they really need a high percentage of protein and typically you should look for food that contains at least 25-30% protein content. Always be sure to stay away from foods that are easily attainable at a grocery store or grocery outlet as they are generally very cheaply made and don’t provide the proper nutrition for a ferret.
What Do Ferrets Eat as Treats?
Ferrets do well on a treat based system when teaching them things but there are a few things to know before feeding your ferret any treats. Acceptable treats would be things such as fruits and vegetables but not too many! What do ferrets eat that are bad for them? Always stay away from chocolate, dog food, any type of raw meat and dairy products.
Dog and cat shots seem unusually plentiful or misused in the world of today. In past years whenever a pet got sick we did our best in the home to correct the illness and for the most part we were successful. However, if the condition worsened we did go to the vet.
Through the years veterinary science research has advanced and we are indoctrinated to run to the vet whenever we adopt or purchase a new pet or our pet becomes ill. Then it seems your puppy or kitten needs every immunization or vaccine medication to be given on a regular schedule throughout the life of the pet for preventative health maintenance.
I am not putting down the use of dog and cat shots as they have been wonderful to prevent or cure certain diseases. Some of us are questioning how many medicated shots are absolutely essential to maintaining good health.
An example in human health is the administration of antibiotics to where if too much is taken these medicines will not be of benefit when a person is critically ill.
Are you questioning the misuse of so many vaccines?
There can be adverse effects such as:
Autoimmune suppression or disorders
Health issues which would normally not have occurred
Failure of these medicines to immunize
Other side effects
At this point question the veterinarian of your choice as to his philosophies and knowledge, and you make the decision as to what you feel is an essential medication for your pet.
Take responsibility for the health of your pet:
Ask your vet many questions and have an understanding of side effects, risks, etc.
Ask your vet what vaccines are recommended, why, and how often it is really necessary
What medications and vaccinations are truly essential for your puppy or kitten?
Inform your vet if your pet is ill or suffers from allergies to help prevent the wrong vaccine being used
How often are rabies shots necessary?
Read and investigate what medications and vaccines are truly essential
A decision is made on your investigative results
With years of pet ownership and an aging dog I have truly questioned my veterinarian as to the number of booster and vaccinations shots which are absolutely necessary. It seems when you have a lack of funds and request only the minimum necessary vaccinations be done, less is needed either because the pet is getting older, the lifestyle of the pet has changed, or the shots are totally unnecessary.
There are veterinarians who are concerned of too many medications and vaccinations being given. With long-term studies and changes in pet science research, the frequency or type of vaccinations are changing.
Advocates of natural pet products and natural pet care are making strong requests against the misuse of dog and cat shots.
Knowledge for natural methods to keep your dog and cat healthy with alternative options are becoming increasingly available. You as the consumer now have choices of natural or scientific care for your pet care.
Animals are always a comforting presence to have around. This is why many people choose to have pets. These animals act as a solace and help them overcome difficult times and ease the stress on their minds. However, like all living creatures, animals too require care and medical attention in order to live a long happy life. This is why many important veterinary services like the Allen vet have acquired prominence in recent times. These medical services help in identifying and treating the problems affecting pets and all animals and help them live a more comfortable life. Over the years, the advancement of science and technology has introduced a number of facilities to allow for better care for the best care of their animals. Hospitals like the Plano animal hospital has made it easier for people to have better health facilities for their animals.
Pets are a very important part of many people’s lives. Their care and selfless love makes even a difficult day look very easy. It has been observed that the presence of a pet can release the stress accumulated over the day. This is the reason why many people look to their pets for emotional support in times of crisis. However, it is important to note that animals should be treated and taken care of well to help them live a longer and happier life. There are services like the Mckinney vet services and Firstco vet services which have come up in recent times. These provide the animals with a number of quality facilities for taking care of the health and medical needs of these animals.
A veterinary practitioner needs to be qualified as well as understand the needs of the animal well. They need to maintain a good relation with the animal and help diagnose the problem. Another important factor is the experience of the veterinarian. Experienced services like the Plano vets can help in easing the pets during their sicknesses. When choosing facilities like these, it is important that owners check for the availability of medical facilities at the veterinary clinic. Facilities like transport and immediate care are crucial for the health of the animals. Clinics like the Firstco vet are known for their quality medical equipment and technology. This will help in making the pet’s life far more comfortable.
There are many factors that need to be checked before customers choose the right veterinary clinic for the needs of their animals. Experience plays a huge role in the treatment and diagnosis process. Any veterinarian with more experience in the field would be able to diagnose and provide medical solutions faster and more effectively. This is why it is always recommended that owners choose experienced services like the Mckinney vet in order to avail of the best facilities. Moreover, these services are easily accessible over the internet making them a popular choice for people who have less time in their schedules. It is easier to look for services like the Firstco vet online and find the right affordable and quality services for pets on the internet.
Making sure that your dog gets rest is crucial in helping it maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. For most of doting dog owners, having them sleep in our beds or furniture is nothing new. However, what we must realize is that dogs, just like us humans, appreciate having their own space as well. Setting up a special space for them in our homes can give them a sense of comfort and security–something important especially to dogs that are extremely attached to their owners At times when we can’t be with them at home, we’d like to know that they ‘d be comfortable in their own “little refuge.” Somehow having their own space eases the separation anxiety that most dogs experience. This is why it is essential for each dog to have his or her very own pet bed.
At TrainPetDog.com, we offer a wide selection of pet beds to suit every need. All TrainPetDog.com dog beds are specially handpicked for your beloved furry companion. They come in all sizes and styles. In addition to this, you can rest assured that all our dog beds are top grade. Overall, TrainPetDog.com dog beds masterfully combine durability, comfort, and elegance.
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Having an animal in your life can be a remarkably rewarding experience. When you take a dog or a cat into your home you are giving them a chance at a bright and loving future. But of course, you will get a lot out of this relationship as well.
There is nothing like walking in your front door and being greeted by a happy, slobbering puppy. Few things are more comforting than sitting on the couch and having your cat quietly crawl up into your lap.
But caring for an animal is a lot of hard work as well. Not only do you have to make sure that they are eating right, exercising and getting a lot of love and affection, but you have to do everything in your power to heal them when they are sick.
Animals get sick just like people do, but the problem is they can’t tell you their symptoms. That is why it is important to take your dog or cat straight to the vet whenever anything seems out of the ordinary. Here are a few pet medications that you might encounter the next time your special friend is feeling under the weather.
Novox (carpofen) Caplets
There are several different occasions when your veterinarian might prescribe your dog Novox caplets. For one, they might help to reduce pain after your dog has had orthopedic or soft tissue surgery. More commonly, however, your vet will recommend Novox for dogs that suffer from osteoarthritis.
Arthritis in dogs is becoming almost as common as it is in humans. Part of this is due to over-breeding, but the main reason is that because of advances in veterinary technology, dogs are simply living to an older age these days. This medication will help to reduce inflammation in the joints and can also help to reduce pain.
In many instances, your vet will recommend a glucosamine product in addition to anti-inflammatory medicine. The Novox will help to reduce pain at the moment, but the glucosamine will help prevent it from getting worse.
Cosequin Soft Chews
Human beings will often use a glucosamine and chondroitin supplement to help maintain full functionality in their joints. Veterinarians have now developed similar supplements designed specifically for dogs.
Cosequin is administered to provide cartilage support to pets who suffer from arthritis. Even if your dog doesn’t have arthritis, you can talk to your vet and see if a glucosamine and chondroitin supplement like Cosequin can help to prevent it from developing in the future.
Cosequin is convenient because you can administer the chewable tablet with food. The best way to get your pet to swallow it is to wrap it up in a piece of cheese and pretend you are giving them a special treat. Just make sure they swallow the medicine and don’t just eat the good stuff and spit out the pill.
It can be frightening when your cat starts exhibiting erratic behavior. Grooming is normal, but sometimes cats do it so excessively that they can hurt themselves. Other times you might catch them spraying urine around the house. And sometimes you can just tell that they are going through separation anxiety every time you walk out the door.
Cats go through mental problems just like human beings do. Amitriptyline is a drug that can treat many of these behavioral problems in your cat. Not only can it help to curb behavior issues, but your vet may also prescribe it to reduce chronic pain from a nerve injury or to treat inflammation from a urinary tract infection. As with any medication regiment, be sure to talk to your veterinarian first to see if these tablets are right for your cat.
Gabapentin Capsules and Tablets
The first time you see your pet go through a seizure can be a frightening experience. Living with an epileptic pet can also make you nervous all the time. What if you are at the dog park and your pup suffers a seizure? Will it freak out the other dogs and lead them to attack your pet?
Gabapentin is a medication that is designed to help control seizures in cats or dogs. Sometimes your vet may also prescribe this drug to reduce chronic pain from a recent surgery or due to arthritis. For seizure control, your vet will normally recommend that you administer the drug three times every day. However, if you are only using it for a pain reducer, then you might only have to give it to your dog or cat once or twice a day.
The responsibilities that come with having a pet are well worth the rewards. When you do everything in your power to keep your dog or cat happy and healthy, they will be sure to repay you with unconditional love for years to come.
What are they? Wikipedia describes them in this way: “A puppy mill, sometimes known as a puppy farm, is a commercial dog breeding facility that is operated with an emphasis upon profits above animal welfare and is often in substandard conditions regarding the well-being of dogs in their care.”
Although accurate, it is an incredibly diplomatic way to describe the horrific conditions in which these dogs live. Correction, they don’t live, they barely exist.
There are varying ideas of what exactly constitutes a “puppy mill”. However, everyone will agree that the following is an accurate description and although extreme, an all too common a practice of puppy mills. Where to begin; there is so very much wrong with these places.
Puppy mills are run by people who breed dogs for profit. Now, there’s nothing wrong with making money or even making a profit. The problem with these people is that they are beyond irresponsible and are actually cruel and negligent to these animals. Their greed is so intense that they will have anywhere from several dozen to hundreds of dogs and the health and welfare of the dogs is not just compromised, it’s completely disregarded. From the first time a dog is able to get pregnant (as early as 6 months of age) she is bred to have puppies. Depending on the breed each female dog could have 2-4 litters every year. It’s not healthy for them to do so, but these irresponsible millers will make every effort to capitalize on every breeding opportunity. They are interbred and bred with dogs that have health issues that will be passed on to the puppies. These female dogs will spend their entire lives pregnant. When they can no longer breed they are put to death; usually with a hammer to the head because euthanasia through a Veterinarian costs money.
Having so many dogs barking and yapping constantly is not in the millers’ best interest. It could alert outsiders to the puppy mill site and is quite likely annoying to the millers who keep these poor animals in a tortured state. Many puppy mills “debark” some of the dogs. This requires that some of the vocal cords are clipped resulting in the bark becoming more of a whisper. That, in itself, is a controversial topic as scar tissue can develop in the dog’s throat making it difficult for the dog to breathe. Personally I don’t agree with this procedure at all. However, if this must be done, it is possible for a Veterinarian to do this through surgery using anaesthetics. A puppy mill, however, will not spend the money for this procedure. They perform it themselves by shoving a large, metal pipe down the dog’s throat. Assuming they haven’t killed the dog by missing, they will have ruptured the vocal cords. This is done with NO anaesthetics and I don’t believe for a moment that it is pain free. There is no protection; and no medical attention afterward.
They are only fed barely enough food to keep them alive. The quality of the food is substandard; the cheapest the millers can get away with. Often the food consists of what was swept up from the floor of dog food manufacturers. There is so little nutritional value in this food that the dogs’ teeth rot at very early ages. The dog dishes are never cleaned and maggots are often present in the food. The water bowls never have clean water and often contain urine and feces from the crates stacked above. There is no protection; and no medical attention afterward.
The dogs are kept in small cages, often too small for the dogs to move around. Often there are several dogs in on cage. If a fight takes place, there’s nowhere to hide or get away from the attacker. There’s no protection; and no medical attention afterwards. So open wounds are left open to get infected, and body parts that are bitten off or broken are left unattended.
Typically these are wire cages which are never cleaned, so the dogs have no choice but to sit in their own excrement causing their open wounds to be infected and often causing diseases. It’s common for their paws to get stuck in the holes of the cages and their legs get badly cut or broken by the wire while they are on their own to free themselves. There is no protection; and no medical attention afterward.
The dogs are never removed from the cages, never free to roam about, never walk on the ground or the grass. They’re never loved, or hugged, or petted, or brushed. Their coats are so badly matted they often need to be shaved right down to the skin. Severe matting causes very serious health issues; bacterial and fungal infections. Untreated mats become bigger and tighter. This pulls on the dogs’ skin and is very painful. No air can get under the mat and any moisture can’t dry. Shedding hair gets caught in the matting and ultimately rots. The dogs’ skin becomes irritated and ulcerated. Fleas, ticks, and other parasites nest and breed in the dogs coat causing further skin infections. Severe matting is grounds for charges of animal cruelty. In a puppy mill there is no protection; and no medical attention.
The dogs and their cages may or may not be sheltered in a garage or broken down barn, but they are not protected from extreme temperatures. Many dogs suffer from exposure as there is no heat to keep them warm so they have to endure freezing temperatures in the winter time. The heat is so intense in the summer that many of the already weakened dogs suffer from heat stroke, and some of the delicate puppies literally fry to their death on the hot wire cages. In a puppy mill there is no protection; and no medical attention.
Because of the horrific conditions these dogs are forced to live in, the dogs end up with countless diseases which are passed on to their new litters. Some of the common conditions are hip dysplasia, kidney disease, respiratory disorders, eye problems (including retinal atrophy, glaucoma, and many others), deafness, heart disease, and many other serious health problems. It’s common for puppy mill puppies to arrive in your home with fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites, distemper, upper respiratory infections, mange, pneumonia, heartworm, and these just name a few. In a puppy mill there is no protection; and no medical attention.
When you buy a puppy, you may not be aware that it’s from a puppy mill. You bring this adorable puppy home and you love him/her, and you play with him, and he/she very quickly owns your heart. A few months later your puppy get sick and you take him to the vet. Over the next few months you’ve spent thousands of dollars in an attempt to restore the health of your beloved new pet. Within too few months your beautiful new puppy has died because of a disease or genetic defect caused by the over breeding, inbreeding, and the unsanitary conditions at the puppy mill; and a part of your heart goes with him. Now you, too, have become a victim of the horrible, cruel conditions of the puppy mill.
How did that happen? How did you get a puppy mill puppy? You bought him from a reputable pet store. Or maybe you answered an ad in the paper, or bought him on kijiji or e-Bay. Or perhaps you were well aware, but you wanted to “rescue” this one puppy and believed you were doing the right thing. Unfortunately, by rescuing that one puppy you’ve supported and encouraged the entire puppy mill industry and confirmed to them that there is a market for them to continue torturing these animals. There is only one way to stop the greed of the puppy mill breeder. No customers. No customers equals no profits, and that’s the only reason puppy mills exist. Most pet stores sell puppy mill dogs. Some know exactly where these puppies come from and lie about it, and others buy from a third party or broker and are lied to about it. Often the lineage papers are falsified to give the illusion of a pure bred dog. It is an educated guess that there are approximately 10,000 puppy mills in the United States alone. Because puppy mills try to stay in hiding, no one knows for certain. But it is estimated that 60 million puppies are born in puppy mills each year. This is much more than “just a problem”. This is a catastrophe of pandemic proportions.
It would be fabulous to have enforceable government legislation to prevent puppy mills. That would help, but it will not eliminate them. There’s only one thing that will truly put an end to them completely… an educated public. Only YOU have the power to truly stop them. Millions of dogs are put to sleep each year because of overcrowding. There is really no need to support puppy mills. There is an endless supply of good healthy dogs to adopt; many of them purebreds. Contact your local animal shelter or humane society. If you have your heart set on a puppy or a particular breed of pet, go to a legitimate, licensed breeder. You may have to wait a bit for the proper timing of the next litter, but it will absolutely be worth it. Legitimate breeders breed for the love of these animals; they are committed to improving the breed. Their dogs are well cared for, and the parents are screened for genetic diseases. To find a good breeder you can start by asking your local Veterinarian for a referral.
Here’s a tip to ensuring you’re dealing with a legitimate agency or breeder. A true, reliable breeder will never sell to a pet store. You will likely be asked to fill out an application and go through an interview process before you are given a dog. If someone just gives you a dog because you want one and have money; that should be a huge “red flag”. Good breeders and shelters are interested in matching our canine friends with appropriate, responsible families that will treat the dog properly and give the dog a good home.
You should always be welcome to visit the home where your potential new dog was born and raised to date. If, for any reason, you are refused this request, you are likely dealing with a puppy mill. Don’t get scammed by a puppy mill. Some ads over the internet or in the newspaper may offer “free to a good home” dog. Then they charge $300-$500 for shipping and possibly bogus medical attention (check-ups or shots for example). Don’t fall for it! For more information about puppy mills visit the ASPCA (the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) http://www.aspca.org or the CFHS (Canadian Federation of Humane Societies) http://www.cfhs.ca.
So choose your pets wisely and remember to hug them today.
If you happen to have a pet rabbit then you’ll understand the necessity of physical exercise for them. If rabbits are left purely in their cages the long term effects are that they will lose their strength, and are much more prone to disease and illness. Some people decide to let their rabbit run around in their house and exercise that way, nonetheless this is not the most practical answer, you do not want your rabbit getting into unsafe places and also, through no fault of their own, rabbits are not always the best when interacting together with your house pets, should you have any. Your solution is predator proof rabbit hutches and runs!
The run component of Rabbit Hutches and Runs is a covered element created particularly for use outside. These are characterised by having only walls and a roof, as it has no floor. The floor is provided by nature itself. The ground is really a natural floor for rabbits to make use of for their physical exercise and general fun. They are well equipped to keep rabbits inside but what about making sure that the predators stay on the outside? This is where predator proof Rabbit Hutches and Runs are essential.
Predator Proof Rabbit Hutches and Runs are built specifically with the intention of keeping out the rabbits numerous predators, and particularly to be able to take on the strength of the ever persistent fox, and most importantly to keep your Rabbit safe from harm. Inside a rabbit run you are able to often have space for more than just one rabbit, which is particularly worth thinking about if you do happen to keep numerous rabbits. It may well appear obvious, but some thing that you do have to be aware of is putting rabbits of each gender inside the exact same run. Rabbits have a bit of a reputation, and it really is not unfounded! You may have a veritable army of rabbits on your hand if you’re not careful! Just make sure gender exclusivity within your runs and you’ll have nothing to worry about. Rabbit Runs can be rather cumbersome, and given their unique design are intended for use outside. Runs are intended for play time use for the rabbits and as such are usually created with the capability of being unassembled for ease of storage. For housing your Rabbits in the long term you are going to require hutches or cages.
Nonetheless, with cages, all sides are open and as such your rabbit might be prone to feeling rather cold a lot of the time. Cages are best when utilized for only a single rabbit.
Hutches are a lot more solid in their construction; only one to two sides are open for ventilation and therefore can be implemented for outdoor use. Many of these Rabbit Hutches also contain an enclosed location for the rabbit to make use of for a sense of retreat where they can get away from light, heat and numerous elements. Rabbit Hutches are the very best choice should you have several rabbits, an especially large rabbit, or even if you just have one standard sized rabbit, but the situation would benefit from him/her living outside.
There was a time when parrot food was only about seeds. This really is so simply because seed products are thought to contain the the majority of vitamins and minerals that are essential for bird development. Seeds are likewise the most typical element in a bird’s diet plan. The commercially created ones usually might have the balance and various types that a normal bird will need. But these times, seeds aren’t the sole ones that are being given to these avian species. As bird breeders grow in knowledge and expertise in coping with their pets, they are now a lot more mindful of the numerous outcomes of diverse foods to their pet parrots. The pellet is yet another choice apart from seeds. Some would probably declare that pellets are actually healthier for a bird’s diet plan than seeds. One of the explanations may be that pellets give ideal nutrients and the entire nugget is digestible. Compared to the seed that leaves the hull behind, the pellet is completely edible and therefore there is absolutely no waste product that comes about along the way.
Another food alternative that bird breeders have is to get organic and natural. Whatever this entails is offering food item that is natural or fresh or home made. This might possibly include fruits, pasta, vegetables and some vitamins and mineral supplements. But bird breeders should always understand that just before offering their bird any of these or picking out this sort of eating plan, an overall consultation with a veterinarian should be done first. A veterinarian can really help pick which combination of a range of food would have the correct quantity and right form of nutrition the pet bird should have.
Some of the concerns for this would be that table food or “human food” that is fed to birds may not be acceptable for them if they possess an excessive amount of sodium or if the size is not suitable for the bird. Small sizes should be taken into account when serving these especially when giving nuts. A justification that this kind of feeding is looked at is for variation. In reality, avian species also get tired of having to eat the same thing again and again. Not to mention that they may not be receiving adequate and assorted nutrients from the same food. Bear this always in mind when giving parrot food. Furthermore, do not ignore the need to consult with a veterinarian first before making a choice which diet program to pick.
It’s well known that we now have food sorts which are good and helpful for your bird’s health and fitness. In contrast, there are also food varieties which should be prevented at all costs. Samples of these would be foods that are too salty or too sweet. Those with alcohol and caffeine should also be prevented. Also included in this list are garlic and onions. Curry powder is a no-no. Mushrooms are not motivated too because some forms may contain fungus that can detrimental to your bird’s health. As well as leaves that are found in tomatoes. Avocados in their entirety are also unhealthy for your bird as they can cause cardiac arrest. Stay away also from plants such as amaryllis, shamrock, azaleas, lantana, and daffodil among a good many others. These types of plants could bring different kinds of health issues that can range between gastrointestinal problems to depression.
Certainly, picking out which parrot food to feed your bird is something that is not done flippantly. Nonetheless just do bear in mind that what is healthy for you may also be healthy for him but consider so when you have got the consent of the veterinarian. You would know that you are doing a fantastic job at taking care of your pet if his feathers are gleaming, his beak is smooth and solid, his stool is well formed and his eyes are clear and glowing.
As anyone who owns a dog will know, if you train a dog early enough it will save you time and money in the long run, not to mention it adding a few years to your life by avoiding unnecessary stress. A dog can be almost as time consuming as having a child. Puppy training is a must for anyone, unless you want to be chasing your dog down the road or changing your carpets on a yearly basis, you won’t think twice about it. You and your dog will benefit from puppy training and the household in general will be a lot better off.
Can’t I just do the puppy training myself?
Many people make the mistake of thinking they can do the puppy training themselves. It is not impossible of course, however most people would benefit from taking the dog to the professionals for the puppy training. It isn’t just the dog that needs training; it is also the dog owner. The professionals know exactly what they are doing and have seen every scenario there is. Like humans, each dog is an individual, and the dog trainers can mould each training session to each dogs needs.
Where is the best place to go for puppy training?
Of course there are lots of excellent places to go for puppy training. It would be advisable that wherever you go, the puppy training firm belongs to the Association of pet Dog Trainers. There is one company that stands out amongst the others as a first class place to go to get your dog trained. The name of the firm I am referring to is www.ck9training.co.uk. They are very professional and will be sure to make any naughty little dog into a well behaved creature.
The snowy days of winter, what does it mean for you? To most folks winter means a time of slippery sidewalks, nasty roads, flu season, and something that can be much worse for others, the Winter Blues. The winter blues does not generally happen to someone who is busy all day with things to do in the winter, because they keep active and energetic, as night time approaches, they relax and go to sleep. Now, since you have enough extra time on your hands in the winter, that it causes you to get the winter blues, lets discover a great little activity that can help fight against it and earn you some money too.
You must live in either a house or an apartment, and if you live in an apartment you can still do the activity I am going to talk about, but you probably won’t have the same options as a homeowner has. Almost everyone sooner or later dreams of starting a home based business to make some extra money, or to be able to work part time doing something they love. There is one business that anyone can start with no upfront money needed, all that is required is patience and kindness, and this is the business of Pet Sitting.
In the cold of winter, folks still need to go to work, or on trips, and at these times, pets need to be left in someone’s care, and this is where they need the services of a ‘ Pet Sitter ‘. There are two ways you can operate your own pet sitting business, if you own your own residence, you can watch pets inside your home, having the pet owners drop off their pets at your residence. This puts you more at ease, and you have more time to devote directly to your home duties as well as the pet sitting business, since you don’t have to spend time traveling to the pet owners residence. If you have an apartment, you may not be allowed to have pets, and in this case you would have to watch the pets at the owners residence. Simply hang some signs on store bulletin boards and place a little ad under the ‘Services’ or ‘Pet’ listings in you local Newspaper classifieds to let folks know that you want a job pet sitting.
Make sure you have some knowledge of the pets you will be sitting, for instance read and learn about them all you can, dogs and cats are pretty easy, birds are harder, but snakes and lizards or turtles may be totally unique and could even pose a danger to you, if your not familiar with them. Pets need sleep and rest time, they need activity or exercise, they need food, water and warmth, some even require medication at certain times of the day, but all pets need patience and love. Make sure you have emergency telephone numbers, so you can call the owners veterinarian or pet clinic in case you have too, and you may also need to get in contact with the pets owner, so don’t forget the telephone number where they can be reached at. Now, when winter comes and you have nothing to do, keep busy with pet sitting and earn some extra money, while you help shake the winter blues.
There is a website that describes numerous activities and other methods to help eliminate the Winter Blues, this website is called: Winter Activities – and it may be found at this url: http://www.winter-activities.com
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Conures come in a variety of breeds, sizes and colours. Their big characters make excellent companion birds and are thus popular as pets. Lets take a look at some of the more popular conures that are kept as pets.
The sun conure must be one of the most beautiful birds on the planet. With its bold predominantly yellow body, accentuated with bright orange highlights on the head and underbelly, green splashes of colour over the back and wings, and deep blue highlights on the tips of the wings and tail, this a truly stunning bird to behold. It is one of the average sized conures, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in personality and voice. However they tend to be rather screechy, sun conures are extremely alert birds, and this characteristic makes them very vigilant “watch dogs” as they will alert you to anyone approaching your property. They are hugely affectionate and playful, and love to snuggle into their owners neck. They can also be quite demanding as they constantly want attention. The sun conure requires lots of affection and companionship, and as it is quite a noisy bird, it is definitely not a good idea for those that have neighbours living close by.
The Jenday Conure is often confused with Sun Conure as they are very similar in both size, colour, and character. However, the colouration of the Jenday Conure, is set out in distinct patches of colour as apposed to splashes of colour covering the entire body. It has a bright yellow head, with bright green on top of the body and wings, while the underside is a deep orange to red, with green and blue feathers on their tail.
Maroon Bellied Conure
The Maroon Bellied Conure is a small conure, with a dark green body, and a yellow-green striped chest. Not surprisingly, its stomach is maroon, while the wing feathers are blue-green in colour, and the tail is green on the upper side and maroon on the underside. It has a patch of light brown on both sides of the head. These little conures are very friendly, and like most conures they are highly intelligent, affectionate, love to play, and will continually seek attention and interaction with other birds and/or their owners. Being socially natured makes them suitable for communal aviaries. The maroon bellied conure is one of the calmer conures, which usually are notoriously noisy birds. Their less vocal nature makes them the ideal friend for apartment dwellers as they tend to natter and chatter away rather than screech for attention.
Green Cheeked Conure
The Green Cheeked conure is often confused with the Maroon Bellied Conure as they are very similar in colour and nature. However, while the Green Cheeks also have a mainly green body, they have grey breasts, maroon tails and blue primary flight feathers. The top of the head is a dark grey colour, and as their name suggests, they have green cheeks.
Peach Fronted Conure
The Peach Fronted Conure has a predominantly bright green body, with a grey-green chest, with the underside being a light shade of green. The top of the head is bright orange, with blue going down the sides of the crown and around the eyes. The rest of the head, body and tail is green, with blue tips on the tail and black tips on the wings, and a black beak that separates it from the Orange Fronted and Half Moon conures. The Peach Fronted Conure is a very sweet natured bird. Like all conures, it loves to cuddle and play. They also tend to be reasonably quiet as conures go, so will make a perfect companion for apartment dwellers or those not partial to the diva nature of some of the other conure species.
The Patagonian Conure is the largest of the conures species, and can reach up to 20 inches in size. The body colouration is mainly olive green-brown, with a grey chest, a patch of bright orange-red on the belly, and red “socks” on the legs. It has white around the neck, and blue edged wing feathers. Patagonian conures tend to be extremely vocal, and while their noise may not be enjoyed by everyone, the upside is that they make great talkers. They have the playful, affectionate nature of the smaller conures, mixed with the bigger size and capability to copy and talk, which makes them popular pets.
If you are looking for a wonderful devoted companion bird, the conures come highly recommended. Their smaller size make them easier to keep than others, and while some species tend to be noisy, they have great personalities that tend to overshadow this small irritation. As they are highly intelligent and playful by nature, they need to be provided with plenty of toys for stimulation, and a cage big enough to accommodate them and of course all their “parrotphernalia”.
There are lots of different causes of feather plucking in parrots. In order to help your bird effectively, you must treat the cause and not just the effect. Products such as feather pecking sprays, which have a bad taste, and feather protectors that cover or stop your bird from reaching his feathers, will put off or hinder plucking, but do not resolve the underlying cause of the problem and are therefore a short-term fix rather than a long-term solution to the problem. Anyone that has a feather plucking parrot needs to determine from the start whether it is a result of physical stress related to health, diet or hygiene; or whether the feather plucking is as a result of emotional stress resulting from boredom, separation anxiety, loneliness, or because of some big change in your birds environment.
Treating your parrot with natural homeopathic remedies is a safe way to tackle feather plucking. Moisturising sprays that have aloe extracts contain natural soothing properties that will help to relieve skin irritations, and dry skin. Stress can also be eased with homeopathic solutions, such as Bach Flower remedies which contain extracts of Passion Flower, Kava Kava or St John’s Wort, which are natural sedatives, and have a calming effect on birds. Other natural ingredients that may be helpful for treating feather plucking, which is caused by skin irritations is Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE), which has natural antiseptic, antibiotic, and anti-parasitic ingredients.
Natural dietary supplements, such as Vitapet Feather Conditioner are specially formulated and contain a range of essential vitamins to maintain a healthy feather condition. They are extremely useful for birds that are suffering from a vitamin D deficiency due to being fed a bad diet, and because they will help with feather regrowth, they are beneficial for any bird that has plucked out its feathers.
Other Things to Consider
Depending on what is triggering the feather plucking behaviour, a pet owner can take a number of steps to both prevent and cure feather pulling in their pet parrot without the use of medication and drugs. These include the following: Ensure that your parrot gets a healthy, balanced diet to maintain healthy plumage. Keep your bird in healthy surroundings, keeping in mind that cigarette smoke and aerosol fumes are extremely toxic and can start feather pulling behaviour. Also make sure that your bird is in an area that gets adequate light, that he does not get too hot or too cold, and that the humidity is not too dry. Parrots originate from tropical rainforests, and heaters can dry the air in the room. When you use heaters, it is advisable that a dehumidifier, or a type of water feature, is provided to prevent the air from becoming too dry and thus drying out your birds skin and feather follicles, resulting in irritation and feather plucking behaviour. Your bird will need eight hours of beauty sleep every night. Keep him in a quite corner with a cover over if you plan to party all night. Stimulation is vital, so provide lots of interesting toys and puzzles to keep him busy and stop boredom. Socialising is very important. Preferably let your bird out of his cage on a daily basis to socialise with you. Provide other stimulations, such as music, when you are not at home so that he doesn’t sit alone in a quite house – very dull for a pet parrot. It may be worth thinking about getting another parrot to keep your pet company if you work all day and he has to stay at home alone.
By following all the above points, your bird should be kept happy and content, and should not resort to feather plucking due to health or psychological stress.
Whatever shape, size or breed your pet is, we have everything in our store to satisfy even the most demanding, four legged diva in your household. We understand how important it is to not only have the latest cat toy, or the trendiest dog collar, but also to make sure the boring bits are covered.
That’s why we have a variety of flea, worming and fur treatments.
Converting a house into a cat shelter is a wonderful way to give homeless cats shelter until they are able to be placed with their own family in a home. But while they are all there, an air purifier is a must to keep the air fresh and odor-free for your feline clients, the people that care for them, and for the potential owners who will visit. Here are 4 things your air purifier should be able to do in your cat house.
Remove Urine Odor—One of the most off-putting smells in the whole world is cat urine. And with a number of cats grouped together, who may or may not be used to using the litter box, the stench in the air can easily become overpowering. Eliminating this smell is directly related to the health of the kitties, the quality of your staff, and the quality of customers you will be able to attract who will adopt the kitties.
Carbon-based filters are the top pick for removing gaseous pollutants. But carbon alone will not remove the ammonia that is the predominant offender in urine. An additive to increase is ability to absorb the ammonia is a necessary part of the filter make-up.. Without it, the eye-stinging effects that urine can cause will not go away.
Eliminate Dander—-Dander is dead flakes of skin that are shed by all warm-blooded animals as newer healthier skin replaces it. Shedding is continuous as they move through they daily activities.. There is nothing you can do about this continual process except deal with it.
Clearing it from the air keeps felines and humans healthy. Because it is so small—2 to 5 microns in size–it can easily penetrate the inner tissue of the lungs and with continually inhalation of large amounts, it can cause nodules to form. Most often they are benign, but clearing the air reduces the amount available to be inhaled.
HEPA or high efficiency particle arresting filters are the most effective at removing microscopic particles. By definition this type of filtration will remove 99.97% of particles as small as .3 microns in size with 99.97% efficiency. You know it must be effective if hospitals use it to filter their air..
Trap Cat Litter Dust—Your shelter is probably filled with litter boxes.. Between scratching, cleaning them, and adding to them, it can create quite a dust cloud. Your cleaner also needs to be able to effectively remove these big particles that can trigger coughing, sneezing, and other aggravating symptoms.
Large and medium particle pre-filters should be the first line of defense against big particles like these. These filters take them out of circulation for good while allowing the HEPA to stay clear for micrsopic pollutants such as dander, bacteria, and viruses..
Get the Hair Out Of the Air—The great volume of hair that can become airborne can easily be seen by looking closely at the air when the sun shines in through window. Without constant filtration, all the particles that you see will go into your body and the cats’ bodies and will make extra work for the lungs and liver to try to eliminate them.
The large pre-filters are excellent for removing these particles. And the good news is that dander often sticks to hair, and so by removing the hair you are also decreasing the amount of dander in the air as well.
If you are thinking of starting an aquarium, then a few basic facts are essential. Deciding whether you want to have a saltwater or freshwater aquarium is the first step. Because of the many different types of freshwater aquarium fish, this tends to be the most popular choice as a starting point for this wonderful hobby.
There are two types of freshwater aquarium fish from which to choose, coldwater and tropical. Because the coldwater aquarium needs less in the way of equipment, heaters for example, they are a common starting point.
Some of the more popular types of freshwater aquarium fish for coldwater tanks are goldfish, koi and some of the tetra fish species.
But of the types of freshwater aquarium fish, the most sought after by far are tropical fish. These colorful and beautiful fish need a heated aquarium to survive and therefore cost a little more to maintain, but the sheer beauty of some of them make the expense worthwhile.
If these are the types of freshwater aquarium fish you decide to keep, then the choices you make can make this a cheap and satisfying hobby or a very expensive one indeed!
When you’re first setting up your freshwater aquarium it’s a good idea to buy young and healthy fish to start off with. If you choose to add more mature fish as you become more established, that’s fine as long as your aquarium has had time to stabilize.
Selecting the proper species of fish is essential to the success of your aquarium. The types of freshwater aquarium fish for the tropical tank should be hardy and able to withstand variations and fluctuations of ammonia and nitrite as your aquarium becomes established.
Without proper guidance of an expert to guide you in which types of freshwater aquarium fish to introduce into your tank initially, your beautiful new acquisitions could very soon become ill and die.
Some recommendations for the types of freshwater aquarium fish to start off your tropical tank with include Tetras, Danios, Barbs or Cichlids.
When choosing tetra fish for starting up your aquarium, choose those with round; large bodies over the thin, torpedo shaped ones such as neon tetras as these tend to be hardier.
Danios are an excellent type of freshwater aquarium fish. They include zebra danios, leopard danios and giant danios.
Barbs are a good choice of tropical fish for the beginner although you have to be careful about the fish you put them in with as they can a bit temperamental and nip the slower moving fish.
Cichlids are a very large and diverse group of tropical fish and African cichlids are an excellent choice for starting a new aquarium, but should not be kept with other fish, as they can be aggressive.
As there are countless types of freshwater aquarium fish from which to choose each with their own behavior patterns, it is always a good idea to take the advice of a professional before making your choices.
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is a week away! The malls are packed with shoppers buying presents for their loved ones, including their pets. I have some clients who put up stockings on their fireplace with the names of all their two-legged and four-legged household members, and there are even a few gifts under the Christmas tree that are addressed to Fluffy and Kitty. While I have never personally bought Christmas gifts for my furry babies, with all the cool pet gifts on the market, I may just have to this year.
I have seen pet gifts ranging from Doggles, which are UV safe dog goggles, to backpacks for outdoorsy dogs, to homespa gift sets for pampered pooches, to collars adorned with jewels for the fancy pet. The most beautiful collar I saw was covered with Swarovski crystals and pearls, each one unique and handcrafted especially for the aristoCAT.
If you’re thinking about getting something for the furball in your life and have an unlimited amount of money, you can get the most elaborate gifts that you can ever imagine. However, most of us living in this “ruff” economy, are on a budget and prefer to give more reasonably priced presents to everyone our list. Luckily, pets are not nearly as materialistic or “catty” as we are, so whether or not they have something to open on Christmas morning, they will still love you all the same.
The best gift you can give your pet this Christmas and year-round is love, affection, attention, proper veterinary care and for the many homeless pets nationwide, a forever home. If you are extemely financially strapped but still want to give your pet a present, you can let them play with things that you have around the house. My cat Onyx loves rolling the tops of my Bath and Body Works body sprays in between his paws and my dog Digi is a fanatic for old tennis balls.
As pet parents, we love our pets like family and want to treat them like family, so if you decide to get your fuzzy kid a gift this Christmas, whether it is jewelry, clothes, toys or a bed, be sure that it will not cause harm by strangulation, choking, poisoning or obstruction. Examine all toys and gifts carefully for potential hazards and supervise play at all times. If you want to buy a new toy for your pet as a gift, give those especially made for pets and not children’s toys because of all the small parts and other possible pet-harming components.
Our pets deserve to enjoy the holiday cheer just like everyone else. By giving them safe presents, you can ensure that their christmas is a purrfect one.
Dog aggression can begin as young as about six weeks of age, a crucial age when a puppy should be socialized to many other dogs and supplied the necessary training that keeps them from biting on other people. This phase of socialization will last till the puppy turns fourteen weeks of age and can increase further beyond that.
This indicates a number of things. First, do not take a pup outside of its litter prior to 8 weeks of age. Never use severe discipline with the new puppy in between 8 and 10 weeks and be sure the puppy is very softly dealt with in that time frame. Hitting, yelling and other hard punitive measures at a young age can easily breed aggressive behavior within dogs as time passes.
Your pet will need to have been properly socialized together with people and also other dogs as soon as your dog got to fourteen weeks to stop any future aggression problems.
Actual aggression can be brought about from several factors. Inheritance along with genes are certainly reasons – some breeds can certainly be far more aggressive than the others – however it’s in no way a hard fast rule. Additionally, dogs which have never been neutered or spayed tend to be at risk from aggressive behaviors.
By far, however, the key factor in creating aggressive tendencies in dogs is environment. A dog that has terrible living conditions, harsh owners, zero socializing, or that’s terrified or assaulted by a different dog is far more likely to be aggressive as it ages.
Aggression can build from the need to create a pack pecking order. Biting, posturing, along with other aggressive tendencies in many cases are the effect of a dog testing to get dominance. You will need to create dominance at a young age and maintain that role throughout the dog’s adolescence to ensure it won’t get a chance to take control over the family unit.
Curtailing and Managing Aggressive Behavior in Pet dogs
When your pet dog exhibits aggressive behavior after 14 months old, when it has hit sexual maturity, particularly after it has been nuetered altered, make sure you address the case right away. First, ensure you established yourself as the pack leader. Don’t reward the dog for aggressive behavior, even if it is fearful (particularly in this case).
Train your pet to respond to your instructions, control feeding and walking time, and make certain the dog has got a strong alpha dog inside your home. When you defer towards dog or allow it to take liberties at home, it is going to present stronger aggression toward others.
In case your pet dog is defensive-aggressive, it’s possibly that they strike out at a person in fear. These dogs might possibly not have been adequately socialized. Keep them faraway from young children (which they may see as direct threats) and attend a dog training program or behaviorist who can gradually adapt your pet to a social atmosphere.
Aggressive behavior in your dog has become a concern that a great many puppy owners have, but it could in fact be managed, even as the dog gets older. If your aggression ever advances to violence, consider employing a skilled professional to intercede before somebody gets harmed and your pet dog will be held accountable.
Fish kept in an aquarium are definitely the easiest pets you can keep. The first thing to do is to learn the basic steps in caring for an aquarium. There are things that should be done daily to care for fish and some things that need only be done weekly or bi-weekly. Fortunately, daily care consists of very simple things to do.
Just spend a few minutes watching them and you can detect any signs of unhappiness if any. Yes, fishes do suffer from stress so keeping a fish happy is the secret to keeping it healthy. The lights and filters are important to maintain the perfect equilibrium of the aquarium so do check them regularly to make sure they perform in peak working conditions. Do not forget to give your fish their food everyday. Give them, enough food that will last for the duration of two to three minutes feeding time. Excess food that is not consumed will sink to the bottom and become debris, adding to the nitrate levels and rising the toxicity of the water. You should check the water ph and temp weekly. If there are changes required, do them promptly. You can know about what conditions will be suitable for your fish from the pet store where you purchase the fish from. Every variety of fish can thrive in particular conditions.
You have to spend time to clean the filter too. Filters collect waste excreted by the fish and left in the tank in the form of excessive fool. If you do not clean these filters, they will get clogged and not be able to perform their task of filtration. In addition to eliminating waste, a filter sometimes acts as an aeration device cycling oxygen through the tank. In case your filters get congested, the movement of gases in them will also slow down. This can reduce the total volume of oxygen in the aquarium. Without rectifying this problem as soon as possible, your fish are surely moving towards an untimely death. Change the filter on the aquarium every two to three weeks depending on need. As soon as your water begins looking dirty and has an offensive odor, you must clean your filter. Some filters need to be replaced, while other simply need to be cleaned with water.
Go slow when you are changing water in your aquarium. Do not let the lights and other fixtures remain when you are cleaning your aquarium. You must replace roughly a third of the water in the tank with fresh water every week or two. Water can be added from the tank provided you treat it for temperature, keeping it near two degrees of the water in the aquarium. The retailer at the pet store will guide you on the proper kind of water to be used. Sometimes, the tap water treatment is done in about an hour, while for others you will need to keep the water overnight.
You can remove the algal growths from the walls of your fish tank by using a scrubber. Be very particular you are not disturbing the fish when you are cleaning the tank. You will have to move about the rocks in your tank too because this loosens the residue collected under them and make them come to the surface from where you can remove them. A siphon or a small bucket may be used to remove this debris which you can do when you are replacing the water. Remove all dead leaves from the water plants. In order to clean the outer portion of the aquarium, simply use a squeegee soaked in water. Do not miss out on cleaning the lid and the cover of the tank. Lastly, plug the aquarium back in, and enjoy the freshly cleaned tank.
* Exotic birds can come in many various colors; the amount of different colors they have can’t be determined by just examining one individual. Every different individual bird can have their own unique pattern and colors relevant to their species.
* Exotic birds are available in all sizes and shapes to ensure that you are able to determine on which kind of bird you should have from the cage you are able to afford. Most of these birds are really big and have big wings whilst other birds could be extremely tiny. A small cage could be spacious enough to let it even fly inside it.
* Even if you are not there to exercise the pet or keep it challenged throughout the day, a few toys would be sufficient to keep the animal occupied throughout the day. Just like children they adore playing by themselves and watching them play can be really the treat.
* Some species of parrots try to discover how to speak by themselves. You can discover your parrot trying to mimic the sounds it is hearing through the course of the day. This would be a good sign which means you could attempt training it to speak much more and much more.
* Most species of exotic birds like parrots and Macaws are very lively animals which are extremely playful and are active all day. You can anticipate hrs of fun playing with them without tiring them out.
* Birds are some of the most lovable pets around the world due to their playful nature and natural beauty. Getting a bird can be so much enjoyable whilst it teaches the owner to become responsible and care for the pet.
* A nicely groomed and loved pet bird can turn out to be very lovable and it can turn out to be extremely loyal to you. It could usually be about you lookout for you, if someone comes too close they might even attack that individual.
* Exotic birds can be groomed to be very clean simply because it is feasible to bath them every day. Some birds will adore bathing every day and even like to play with water. This tends to make certain you have a clean pet that likes water and is simple to bathe.
American bulldogs are loyal and lovable and are very suitable as a family pet. These dogs are very intelligent but they can also be stubborn and light headed. This may lead to a few problems in training. Knowing about their quirks will allow you to train them well to make their obedient. Those who have no experience with the breed earlier may get a little frustrated with training these dogs. Often this may lead to yelling or anger which will definitely not help you. If you are having too many problems training then it is best to get help from a professional trainer who has experience working with the breed.
Obedience schools for American bulldogs are not only for amateur owners. In fact, a large number of dog owners who have stubborn pets tend to take help from professional trainers to retrain even adult dogs for breaking habits. A professional trainer may work with your pet alone or introduce it to other breeds to help them socialize better. They can train your pet to teach it about your position as the master if you are dealing with a stubborn puppy. You may not even be aware that you are being submissive instead of dominating to the pet. These dogs will respond well to environment where there are other dogs learning.
Socializing Your Dog
Another important aspect of training American bulldogs is socializing them. These dogs will need to socialize right from an early age so that they are not aggressive or reserved around strangers. If you are taking help from a professional trainer then the trainer would help socialize the pet. These dogs have a natural strong hunting instinct and for that reason they may be aggressive towards other pets if they are not socialized well. It may not be able to be friendly towards other dogs if it has not been trained well.
Training the breed will require some dedication and patience but you will definitely find it all worth it. A well trained pet will be protective and loyal to your family. These dogs are very intelligent though they may be stubborn. They are very much capable of obeying and learning if you work with them consistently. The breed loves to please the owners so they will definitely do everything they can to please you and follow your commands once it has been trained. Fortunately, there are a lot of resources available today on training this breed and you may even ask for suggestions and guidance from the breeder where you purchase the puppy from. If nothing else works out you can always rely on professional trainers for American bulldogs.
It’s Christmas morning, you and the family have raced down to the tree, and you are ready to tear into your gifts. Everyone is thrilled with their presents and enjoying the morning, while Baxter is left with torn up wrapping paper as his only new toy. Why not get Baxter in on the fun? Get your beloved family dog a few items that will light up his face more than crumpled paper.
While some may find it frivolous to spend on the dog, it doesn’t have to be much. Besides, it’s fun for you as well as Baxter to pick out some things you know he will love to have.
• Treats! What dog doesn’t love treats? Surely you keep the cookie jar stacked with some of Baxter’s favorites year round, but Christmas is a great time to try something special. There are all kinds of boutique dogs businesses offering handmade and organic treats for your buddy. Dogs love them because they are made from real food, but they are more expensive than your supermarket treats. Splurge on Baxter for Christmas and get him the nice dog cookies! Or if you are feeling adventurous, make some yourself. Be sure to look up a recipe that is appropriate for doggy tummies.
• Smart toys. You always suspected Baxter was a genius, right? Don’t get him just any old chew toy for a gift, then. There are plenty of puzzle toys on the market these days. You can get him a rubbery toy that holds treats or food. When he rolls it around and chews on it, the food comes out. He will get hours of enjoyment out of figuring out how to get to the treats. You can even find toys with drawers and cubby holes. You put treats in them and Baxter gets to solve the puzzle to get to the good stuff.
• Clothes. Ok, this one might be more of a present for you. Dogs don’t really wake up and think about what to wear. Baxter might, however, appreciate having a sweater or jacket for those chilly winter walks. The styles, materials, and colors of doggy outwear that you can find are nearly limitless. You can get him a festive red puffer vest, a black hoodie, or a Christmas sweater; whatever suits his (or your) style. Another good idea for winter is a set of booties. If you live in a snowy area, Baxter probably comes in from walks picking little balls of ice out of his feet. Avoid that by putting some footwear on him before you head out.
• Out with the old. Christmas is a great opportunity to get rid of some of Baxter’s stuff that has gotten a bit rank. If you can’t get the stink out of his bed or his favorite blanket, get him some new ones. Has he been working on that nasty old piece of rawhide for a while? Toss it and buy him a packet of new bones.
• Microchip. So, Baxter might not appreciate getting injected with a subcutaneous chip, but in the long run, it is best for him. If you haven’t done it yet, now is the time to show him how much you love him. Take him to the vet and get him this chip. If he gets lost, anyone who finds him can take him to any vet to be scanned and he will be back home before you even miss him.
Baxter is a part of the family, right? Treat him as such by letting him rip open a few presents on Christmas morning. He may not understand what is going on, but he will appreciate his new treats, toys, and apparel.