Info About Pets

March 30, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

If you’re setting up an aquarium, make sure that all your fish are compatible both in temperament and environment. It’s common sense that you can’t keep saltwater fish and freshwater fish together, but some other kinds of fish, such as cold water (fish like goldfish who cannot have a heater in the tank) and ¬†tropical fish (many types of fish at the pet store). If you are using a heater with tropical fish, never put a goldfish in the tank or it will probably die from the heat. Goldfish should never be kept with very small fish, as goldfish have large, gaping mouths and will eat the little fish. Bettas and Angel fish or other bettas should not be kept together, because the bettas will attack the other fish. Research your fish choices before buying them to make sure they are compatible in temperature, personality, size, and water Ph.

March 29, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

While pet store puppies may be cute, most of them come from puppy mills. Puppy mills are not concerned about raising good puppies, but rather making money. The puppies are raised in filthy conditions and often end up with diseases or health problems.

If you are wanting a dog, an animal shelter, someone who’s dog had babies, a friend, or a quality breeder is the best bet.

March 25, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

If you want to give your dog something fun to do, try filling a Kong Toy
with peanut butter and giving it to your dog. Your dog will have a lot of ¬†fun getting the peanut butter out of the toy. Don’t do this if your dog is allergic to peanuts.

Buy a Kong Toy

March 24, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

If your dog has fleas, try making home made flea repellant instead of using the commercial flea sprays and powders. Once, I bought flea powder for my dogs at the pet store. Before applying it to them, I read the back of the container to see how much to put on them. What I read was shocking–it said that if you get this stuff on your skin, you need to wash your hands for 15 minutes! Now, there are several factors to consider here. 1–it said you needed to sprinkle this stuff on your carpet. If it’s on your carpet, how are you going to avoid getting it on you? 2–If you’re like most people, petting your dog or cat is relaxing and enjoyable. If you applied this powder to your pet, you would never be able to pet it. 3–If you shouldn’t get it on your skin because it’s toxic, what about your pet? Not only is it going to sit on your pet’s skin for an extended length of time, but your pet is going to ingest it while grooming! Natural flea killers and repellants won’t harm your pet and are perfectly safe for treating your yard and your home.

One recipe I’ve used for flea killer is take a lemon and quarter it. Boil it in a pint of water and let it sit for a few hours. Put this mixture in a spray bottle and spritz your pet and your carpeting. Of course, avoid getting this in your pet’s eyes.

Another good way to keep fleas off your dog is to feed them a little bit of brewer’s yeast or brewer’s yeast tablets. Some dog vitamins and supplements include brewer’s yeast. Products designed for dogs are the best to give your dog. Follow the directions on the package and you should see a dramatic decrease in your dog’s flea population.

Another great way to help keep up with fleas is to vacuum several times a week minimum and to brush your pet with a Flea Comb daily.

March 23, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Some great treats for pet birds include nuts, cooked beans, popcorn, grains, bread (preferably whole grain–it’s more nutritious for both your birds and you!), popcorn, hot peppers, sprouts, fruit, and vegetables. These foods add nutrients to your pet’s diet and are fun to share with your bird!

March 20, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

The average life span of a cat is 12-15 years and up. The longest recorded lifespan in a cat is 37 years old!

Feeding your cat a healthy, natural diet may help your cat live longer. Many of the chemicals in commercial pet food significantly shorten the life span of our feline friends.

March 19, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

If you are getting a rabbit, never get one younger than 8 weeks or so. If a rabbit is younger than that when it goes to its new home, it is much more likely to get ill or die. Before buying a rabbit, make sure you ask how old it is.

March 18, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

If you have a dog or a puppy who chews on the furniture, valuables, or even you, there are products out there that can help. Grannicks Bitter Apple Spray is one product I highly recommend. The Bitter Apple Spray tastes so bad to your dog that he or she won’t want to chew on whatever your spray it on. The spray is non-toxic to you and your dog, so it can basically be used on any surface that you don’t want your dog to use as a chew toy (aka your antique wooden furniture and your fingers).

March 16, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

If your dog goes walking or lives in a wooded area, you may find ticks to be a common problem. Ticks are small, crab shaped parasites that suck your dog’s blood. They latch on with their mouth parts and drop off when they are full. Ticks can also carry diseases, most notably Lyme Disease. If you find a flea on your dog, here’s what you do.

March 14, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

If you have a pet guinea pig, it’s essential that you give it plenty of Vitamin C. Like humans, guinea pigs cannot manufacture their own Vitamin C. Without Vitamin C, guinea pigs can get scurvy, which can be fatal. Many pet stores sell Vitamin C drops that can be added to your guinea pig’s water. In addition to the drops, be sure to give your guinea pig a small piece of kiwi, pepper, orange, or other vegetable or fruit that contains a lot of Vitamin C. When introducing a new food into your guinea pig’s diet, do so gradually over the course of a few days so it will be used to the food. If your guinea pig never had a particular food, suddenly giving it a large amount could give it diarrhea.

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