Better Pet Advice to Keep Your Pet Happy and Healthy

Taking care of your pet properly is not a cheap proposition. People think sometimes that all you have to do is feed and water them and they will pretty much take care of themselves. That is not the case. Every animal needs care above and beyond just daily care. This needs to be taken into consideration if you are going to be a first-time pet owner or if you are thinking about getting an exotic pet.

Pet insurance is fast becoming a standard way to ensure that you will be able to take care of veterinary bills for your pet. Pet dog insurance addresses the needs of dogs and works similarly to health insurance for people. This also applies to cat health insurance.

Exotic pet insurance is another matter. Each exotic from potbelly pigs to giant Macaws are addressed differently depending on what you want out of the policy. A higher deductible may mean lower premiums. Reptile pet supplies come in a variety of products such as lights, aquariums, and filters. Some of these products can also be used for other animals and projects such as heat lamps. Check with your local pet stores for specifics.

Liquid vitamins and minerals for pets help to make sure that your pet is getting the proper nutrition not always available in their diet. Make sure to always consult a veterinarian to make sure that other medicines your pet may be taking won’t cause an adverse reaction.

Pet health help is worth searching for online especially if your pet is starting to have a problem. A wealth of information is available on pet health help on many types of pets. This will make you more knowledgeable and be able to assist in your pets well being.

Dog food allergies are a common type of allergy in canines. Fortunately, it is an easy fix. The hard part is figuring out what exactly your dog is having an allergic reaction. Patience and perseverance are the keys.

Dog supplies online help to curb the cost of taking care of your pet. Everything from pet grooming products to … Read the rest

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5 Reasons Why Adopting Pets Is Better

My wife and I got our first dog, Riley, in August of 2018 coming from a breeder. She is a full-blooded golden retriever and it is the very best dog on the globe. Now, this was before we knew the struggles of overpopulation in dog shelters around the country. After having Riley for a while, my wife and I became fans of Animal Planet and, after watching various shows about dogs, we thought we would adopt our second dog, Olive, a combination breed of lab and cocker spaniel. After seeing the love that Olive gives our way of life, we have decided to adopt from now on for many reasons.

1.Over population

I bet if you were to go to your local pet shelter, you would see that almost all of their kennels are stuffed with animals prepared to be adopted. You might even observe that some dogs have been there for months or even years.

2.Save lives

There are way too many dogs that might be put down because they have been in the shelter too long or the shelter won’t have the bedroom or resources.

3.Save money

By adopting, you will lay aside plenty of money. It is so less costly to consider than buy a pet. All the dogs will be spayed or neutered and vaccinated and there’s just a small adoption fee, usually between $50-100.

4.You get a healthy dog

There is the misconception that all dogs who are at shelters or humane societies are sick or are already abused for some reason. That is not the situation whatsoever. Most shelters care for each of the vaccinations and then any hospital treatment before they’re up for adoption. They often perform temperament tests to ascertain if your pet is acceptable before putting up for adoption.

5.You get exactly the same love

I do not care in case you have your dog that is certainly from a champion line or possibly a mixed breed through the shelter. All dogs will offer the same wish to their owners, assuming the property owner manages them. No dog on the market … Read the rest

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Things Prospective Pet Owners Need To Consider

Owning a pet is not something that all people are prepared for. Even though pets are sometimes used as a way of getting children to understand responsibility, it should be noted that there are numerous adults that need a lesson in responsibility as well. The number of abandoned pets is constantly increasing, as people who realise they do not have what it takes to be a pet owner either dump them on the streets, or try to sell them to different pet stores. There are numerous reasons for this. Sometimes the cost of pet accessories, dog supplies and food is just too high for the new owner. Other times, excessive breeding can be an issue, especially in the case of rabbits being held together in the same rabbit hutch.

Regardless of the reason though, the outcome is the same. The pet is left abandoned on the street or in a pet store. If the pet is young, most pet stores will accept it, but if the pet is over 6 months old, most stores will reject it and the owner will usually either dump it on the street, or take it to a local shelter. Shelters deal with abandoned dogs and cats daily, and taking a pet that is no longer wanted, to a shelter, is much better than simply dumping it on the street, hoping it survives.

There are other pets however that are not even taken to a shelter. Dogs may be left to fend for themselves in the streets, gold fish may be flushed directly down the toilet, and rabbits may simply be thrown outside. It all depends on the owner and how much he or she still cares for the pet.

Those who have only had their pet for a couple of days before realising they are not suitable for the role tend to dispose of their pet at the first chance they get. This either means the local dogs home, or leaving the pet somewhere on the side of the road. Sometimes the pet is lucky enough to be spotted by a pet … Read the rest

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Teaching Your Child How to Handle Pets

Once you have chosen a pet for your kids you will need to teach them how to handle the animal correctly. Often kids are so excited to have their pet that they can accidentally frighten the poor animal. Most pets can be touched safely but we need to teach our kids how to hold and carry their new pet. This advice is focused on animals that can be touched, like cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, rabbits, and the like.

When you first bring home your pet walk slowly around them always trying to keep your voices low and gentle. Animals can react aggressively to abrupt loud movements. If you kids run suddenly towards a pet, they might defend themselves. If your kids run away from them, they might attack them. Let your new pet get used to you and your home.

Teach your kids to leave a pet that is eating or chewing something alone. Animals can be very protective of food and may get aggressive if your kids try to remove them from it. You must teach your kids to be gentle with their pets. Show your kids how to play with their pets without hurting them. Make sure your kids know not to grab an animal by its tail or legs as these places are very sensitive and this will hurt your pet. Teach your kids how to stroke their pet and rub scratch them in the places your pet likes, For instance our dog loves to be scratched just under his ears

If you have another pet at home introduce the new pet slowly and carefully. If they suddenly fight, don’t separate them with your bare hands. Instead, try throwing water on them or distracting them with some objects, like a pole or chair. Don’t let your kids get involved with this and send them out of the room at this point.

Teach your kids how to pick up their pet without hurting them. Pets will need to be groomed on a regular basis. Your kids may be able to do this after you have shown … Read the rest

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Depression is a serious problem for the elderly. The inability to do the normal day to day activities because of their health, the death of a spouse or loved one, and isolation from friends and family can all take their toll on an elderly person’s well being. Although training for therapists includes specific care for their elderly patients, it may be a better course of action to help the elderly avoid the need for psychotherapy. One way to do this is for them to have a pet or be exposed to pet therapy.

Having a pet can be a very positive force in an elderly person’s life. If they live alone the benefits of having a pet are even more profound. Pets give their lives structure and companionship. Pets alleviate loneliness, reduce depression and anxiety, and help an elderly person cope with the loss of a loved one. Researchers at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario have proven that people who have pets are more active and have a more positive outlook on life. These finding have been backed up by a paper published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

A study by the Mayo Clinic uncovered some interesting facts about elderly pet ownership:

1) Pet ownership reduces doctor’s visits by 21%.

2) Alzheimer’s patients stay in the present more if they own a pet.

3) Seniors who do not have pets see a significant decrease over time in their physical and mental well being.

4) Nursing home patients that engage in pet therapy have an increase in social and verbal interaction.

These statistics support the benefits of pets and pet therapy. Even seniors who are physically disabled show less signs of depression than those who did not have pets or were not exposed to pet therapy.

Many therapists and counselors are recognizing the positive effect that pet therapy can have on their patients. Nursing homes are using pet therapy and some even have live-in pets for residents to interact with. Volunteers also bring their pets in for elderly patients to spend time with several … Read the rest

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