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Pet Care for Those Warmer Months

While summer was delayed this time around, it looks like we are in for warmer weather for a little while to come yet, so it’s important to ensure you know the things you should be doing to care for your pet during this time. Being stuck outside can be unpleasant at times, and it’s important to remember that animals can get a little uncomfortable as well. Here are some things you can do to make their summer a little easier.

Pets need sun care too

Ever forgotten to slip, slop, slap and ended up with a nasty burn? The feeling is not pleasant and can cause serious health problems if you’re not too careful such as skin cancer. The same can be said for pets. Animals with fair skin are just as susceptible to sunburn and need some extra care to ensure protection against UV rays. As well as ensuring your pet has shady areas to relax in throughout the day, take a look at sunscreens and sunscreen wipes available specifically for pets.

Protect the paws

While we have shoes to protect us from the hot ground, our pets don’t. Before forcing them to spend time outside, place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you have to remove it within 10 seconds, it’s probably much too hot for your pet to handle. Paw Balms for pets are great for healing injured paws.

Don’t forget hydration

We try to remember the eight glasses of water a day for ourselves, but are you ensuring your pet is getting enough? The amount of water your pet will consume will greatly increase as the weather warms up as they try to keep cool. Make sure your pet always has access to clean drinking water. If you know you will be out of the house for a while, always fill more than one bowl or container in case one of them is accidentally tipped over, and ensure they are placed in the shade. For really hots days, you could also put some ice in it to keep it cool. Having the water circulating will ensure help to encourage your pets to drink more, look for the range of pet drinking fountains with built in circulating water pump.

Dangers from other pests and animals

The warmer weather encourages other pests and animals to be more lively. Ticks and fleas love the heat and can latch onto your dog causing itchiness and discomfort. Depending on where you live, you should also be on the lookout for snakes, whether on your property or while taking your dog for a walk. It’s also a good idea to familiarise the signs to look for to determine if your dog has been bitten. Pet Balms are also ideal for those nasty bug bites such as sandflies, mosquitos and midgy flies.

3 REASONS WHY HAVING A PET IS A BLESSING

We’ve seen it in the news; the heroic dog that saves the day when it pulled its owner from the burning house; or the cat that sensed there was a snake in the kitchen and hissed incessantly to alert the owner. For countless years pets have held significant meaning in our lives. Regardless of the size and shape of the animal, each and every pet is unique in its own way. But why is having them around so important? Well, there are many factors; but here are 3 main reasons why they make our lives all the more exciting.

Loyalty and Responsibility

Imagine if you didn’t feed Fluffy for the past one week; or didn’t bother to take him to the vet. What would happen to him? You guessed right; he would starve and probably turn rabid. Moreover, more intelligent animals such as dogs and cats have known to be psychologically affected with adversities around them. For instance, no one can forget the touching story of Hachiko the Japanese dog. It loved its master so much that it used to take him to the train station and back to and from work. In fact, even after the owner died, the dog continued waiting for him at the train station for the next 10 years! A pet is more than just an animal; it can be your best friend, a family member, or a partner in life.

Pets are fun

Have you ever played ‘catch’ with your dog? Just throw a Frisbee and see how fun it will be. Pets bring enjoyable moments in our lives. They are playful, hilarious, and a little annoying at times –especially when they make a mess in the house. But all in all, you’ve got to love them. And what’s great about having your own animal friend is that they never judge you; shout at you; or throw tantrums at you. They respect you and acknowledge the importance of your existence in their lives as their source of food, affection and comfort.

Pets are family

When you’re emotionally attached to your pet, you feel that it’s part of the family. They can provide the same type of comfort that a relative could in times of stress and discomfort. For instance, dogs can instinctively tell when you’re unwell and will even cuddle, sniff or bark at you when something is not right. Moreover, animals that feel they belong to part of a family exhibit a greater sense of loyalty towards their owners.

So whenever you get a pet, make sure you raise it with a lot of love and affection. This way, it will exhibit the same affection for you and just might be the sort of comfort you needed all along.

Designing a Small Animal House

 Thinking of vamping up your little pet’s housing situation? Thankfully, it’s not as difficult as it may sound. A small housing facility can suffice, if the right one is chosen. The most basic elements you should put into consideration include the intended use, the available resources, and the local environmental conditions.

With such factors in mind, designing the facility is easier than it has ever been. However, it is important is to observe the basic requirements that apply to virtually all forms of housing with an agreeable physical environment and heightened care for animals.

Basic requirements

An agreeable physical environment simply means an area with a combination of harmonious factors ideal for healthy living. The house is warm, dry, odour-free, ventilated, sufficiently lit, and clean. It is equally important to adjust the necessary factors depending on the time of the day. For example, while lighting is intense during the day, the house should be adequately dark at night to ensure your animal is entitled to a great sleep.

Is it comfortable?

The facility requires you to establish regular access to both ‘toilet’ areas and water. Regardless of how trivial this may appear, it helps in gratifying the animal. Even better, coupling this with appropriate feeding and companionship sees your animal enjoy the healthy mental stimulation. Generally, a good animal housing promotes the welfare of pets. You simply have to honor the ‘Five Freedoms’, which include:

  • Freedom from thirst and hunger
  • Freedom from injury, pain and disease
  • Freedom from noise, stress and fear
  • Freedom to manifest normal behavior
  • Freedom to comfort

Comfort, Security and Engagement

A big animal house does not necessarily boost the pet’s satisfaction. Contentment and relaxation of an animal are components of comfortable and secure housing. Despite the small size, animals easily adapt to new housing situations, especially when the environment is conducive.

In the first days, make sure the animal masters the different sites, particularly their toilet areas. The two areas should be raised and away from each other. Again, ensure that the house is not liable for accidental injury, whether abrasive surfaces, sharp edges or hazardous substances from cleaning/bleaching agents.

Pay attention to your animal and its mind, engaging it significantly. Do not let boredom and anxiety come in between you and your animal. Whether the small animal housing is purchased or customised, the sole aim is to ensure that it facilitates a conducive internal and external environment. 

Litter Box Training for Your Cat

Bringing a cat into your home means setting up boundries and its allocated areas. This includes the litterbox, and to ensure it successfully understands the purpose of it, it’s important that you tempt your new friend into using it consistently.

Do not be surprised when your cat does not live up to this expectation at first, and most importantly, don’t stress that it will never happen. You can easily introduce or put your cat back on track by training it to use the litter box.

 

Whether in the office or at home attending to your house chores, cat litter box training can be incorporated into your daily routine quite easily, especially when you choose to follow these few simple steps:

  • Firstly, choose the right position for the litter box. The area should be noise-free and easy-to-reach.
  • Secondly, take your cat to the box in a friendly manner and place him or her in it.
  • Thirdly, gently pull the front paws and show her how to scratch at the box. The cat may jump out, but you should gently place it back in again. Repeat the three steps multiple times throughout the day to show that it is his/her space.

It is highly recommended to stage the training at times when the cat is most likely to urinate. It is recommended do it right after playing, meals and naps.

You can also consider doing it as the first thing in the morning. Once the cat is using the box, leave it be so it can enjoy privacy. The same method also applies in the case of adjusting a litter.

Remember to be patient with your cat. Do not punish or yell when it sometimes breaks the pattern or has an accident. Clean the mess with an enzyme cleaner and go back to the drawing board. Frequent the training until it uses it again regularly, and most of all, don’t give up. same box.

Effective Ways of Feeding Aquarium Fish With Good Quality Food

 Appropriate nutrition is important for aquacultures. Unfortunately, it’s extremely common for fish to become ill due to poor nutrition. These problems are not just associated with the quantity of food, but also the quality of it too.

Usually, the problems are associated with improper food choice, wrong quantity of feeding (either overfeeding or underfeeding), and introducing harmful organisms in live foods. There are guidelines for feeding aquarium fish, which often include the different types of foods that are recommended.

Dry foods

With the introduction of granules, pellets, flakes and wafers, feeding aquariums with good quality food has become easier. These popular dried feeds come in a wide variety that observes the different levels of feeding, bottom, mid-level or surface.

The most important thing is mastering the feeding level of your fish before supplying the right amount of foods in the respective layers. Fish species have distinguishing characteristics ideal for feeding within the given levels in the tank. For instance, the mouth of the hatchet fish is up-turned and can easily take food off the surface, whereas a catfish’s mouth is downturned and they feed from the bottom of the aquarium.

Plant or animal-based food

Although most aquarium fish eat both animals and plants, some species only feed on either plants or animals. Feeding an animal-eating fish with plants could result in difficulties within the digestion system.

Unless you have a single species in the aquarium, it is necessary to provide different types of foods. Be sure to consider each and every species in the tank with respect to their nutritional needs. 

Fresh/Frozen/Live Foods

Feeding aquarium fish with good quality food does not mean the constant provision of commercially dried foods. While the foods may help in preventing starvation, they do not guarantee the achievement of the full health benefit.

That is why the incorporation of fresh, frozen or live foods is equally important. Fresh foods and insects cultivate full-blown health and breeding in many species.

The foods are also commercially produced and do not necessarily translate to the collection of own harvested food sources. This is not to say you cannot introduce your own collection.

However, you must adhere to certain safety measures. For example, if it is an insect, you should keep in water for several days or, better yet, rinse their intestinal tracts prior to putting them in the tank.

Whether you choose fresh, frozen or dried foods, plant or animal based, it is important to feed aquarium fish with a variety of other foods to ensure optimum health. Most importantly, strictly ensure that the foods do not hold undermining organism and substances, such as parasites and toxins.