There are many things that you should keep in mind while buying food for your animal friend. Here are some of the points that you should keep into mind: Don't Just Focus On the Nutritional Value If it consists of the kind that makes your puppy waggle its tail or parakeet thumping its legs joyously ...continue reading "Important Tips to Remember When Buying Pet Food"

There are many things that you should keep in mind while buying food for your animal friend. Here are some of the points that you should keep into mind:

Don't Just Focus On the Nutritional Value

If it consists of the kind that makes your puppy waggle its tail or parakeet thumping its legs joyously and making some pleasant sound, then there are chances that you might overlook the most important aspect: nutrition. If you will pay too much attention on the taste rather than the nutrition, it will prove to be harmful to your animal friend in the long run. So it is always better to buy it only after a through consultation with your Vet. Providing them too much of sweet or other flavored items with preservatives is just like feeding your baby too much of chocolate just because he likes it. In the long run it can prove to be dangerous to the health.

Don't Change It Just Because the Other Brand Is More Nutritious

Another thing to keep into mind is that while in some packages may present too much nutrition to be ignored, they might not be suitable for the digestive system of your pet. Many people, while

Fleas are annoying blood sucking creatures that no pet owners want to see them on their pets. If you're thinking they are just annoying, pause and ponder a bit more. They are not just irritating, but are of greater health risk to your dog, cat and other animals not excluding humans too. These pesky creatures thrive in a warm environment while feeding on mammals and the flea bites lead to numerous health issues including flea allergy dermatitis.

In spite of waiting for the fleas to infest and then treating your pet, the best option is the preventive measure. Several prescriptions as well as on-the-counter medications are available that helps in controlling these pests and diseases caused by them. However, at times when already your pet was heavily infested with fleas, you need to look around for the result-oriented solution that just works best in eliminating these dark colored creatures. Among the many, Capstar is one such treatment that is highly effective in destroying those adult fleas.

Capstar is one such flea medication on the market that most pet parents may be well aware of. Due to its quick action and high effectiveness in controlling fleas, it is quite popular. But, still

Pet owners often wonder - what they should do to keep their pets healthy; is there a decorum they should follow? Pets are like family members that need to be fostered with care. It's a very responsible task as a pet owner to keep the pet in check. There are various important things that need to be taken care of if you want to be a proud owner of a pet.

Periodical Veterinary Appointments

In a case of pets, the most significant reminder is - don't wait for them to get sick, bring them for a periodical check up. If it's not feasible for a half-yearly one, then at least once a year wellness checkup is a must for the pets.

Similar to human beings, pets need periodical check up to ensure the wellness and resolving the health issues if they are infected. Consequently, pets are needed to visit for regular vaccination and other screening tests to avoid sudden superfluous concerns.

Parasite Protection

The most common causes of disease in pets are Parasites. Some parasites can be internal, such as worms and protozoa and some are external like ticks and fleas. These parasites can be deadly and can cause diseases like Heartworm and Lyme

There are a lot of things and situations that scare Gremlin. Most of the time he responds with aggression, but with some, particularly loud noises, he runs and hides. Noise phobias are very common in dogs and rare in cats. Between thunderstorms and firecrackers, summer time can be a scary season for our pets. With the Fourth of July on the horizon, firecrackers are already popping in my neighborhood, so I thought now would be a good time to talk about how you can help manage your pet's noise phobias.

Verbal and emotional support

It is very important not to punish your animal for being afraid. That isn't helping anything. It is equally important not to give them too much attention when they're afraid. I know that all you want to do is tell them that everything will be okay and that if you aren't afraid then they shouldn't be either. As much as we'd like them to, they don't understand and will only take this attention and affection as a sign that it's a good thing to be afraid of certain stimuli.

A peaceful hiding place

When Gremlin hides he likes to hide somewhere small, closed off and dark, it's sort of

Thinking about saying yes to getting your tween or teen a pet? Older children can care for all kinds of pets with unique features and needs. Whichever pet they set their heart on, there are many important questions to consider before choosing one. Do you want:

  • A pet for companionship or practical reasons?
  • Indoor or outdoor pet?
  • To cuddle it?
  • A pet that stays in its habitat or roams around?

Do you live in a house or an apartment? Do you own or rent? How big is your yard, and is it fenced? Does your child travel overnight much? Does anyone living in the home have fears about or allergies to any animal? How much can you afford to spend monthly on pet supplies and pet care? Here are tips about seven pets you may want to consider.

1-2. Dogs, Cats

Animal shelters have plenty for adoption. Both make great companions but there are risks of injury from dog bites and cat scratches. Both need periodic immunizations, regular worming and ongoing flea prevention. Cats get exercise walking around the house, but dogs need to walk, run and play every day. There will be poop to scoop daily for either, but cuddling and companionship are worth it.


I name things, be they people, animals, or objects. I acquired this habit from my father. Dad named each of his cars, not right away, but after the car did something (or he thought it did) that was peculiar. I have named my cars too, but I took the habit several steps further. I named my girlfriends, including my wife.

The pet name for my wife is a two-part name, with the second part being "bear." After we married, that second part stuck to every member of our family (including me), and to the second family pet. Both of our pets were low maintenance (guinea pigs). The second pet was requested by my youngest child, although this mostly tan short-hair whistle pig quickly won us all over. Officially, her name was Ginger, but I called her Pig Bear.

Although the word personality applies to people, pet owners learn that their pets have an identity, emotions, habits, and mood changes. Pig Bear was fearless, up to when she got scared. On the very first day, we put her cage on the floor of our house, opened the hinge door, and left it open, to see what she would do. This little animal

One of the things that excited us about growing our own food was the fact that we were going to have food from our own garden and meat from our pigs and chickens without the added hormones and chemicals. While it is true that we didn't have to add chemicals, there were a lot of chemicals we didn't think about that come into play on a regular day. For example, the horses have flies that bother them, the donkey constantly has a scratch from something, the garden has bugs that have to be attended to, and then there is the de-worming of all the animals. So in the hopes of trying to have a chemical free home and toxic free family, we started looking into other options for our little farm.

When we first started the farm 7 years, we started with chickens. We actually hatched our first chicken in an incubator in our kitchen (it was a 1st grade science project). It was so neat watching the baby hatch and then raising more chicks one by one. One thing that I did not know about the chickens was that they are so fragile. One time we bought a couple

When you are assembling disaster preparedness kits for your family be sure to include one for each of your pets. Keep the pets first-aid kit in your home and be sure to grab it in case of disaster or also when traveling with your pet. Here are some basic items to include in your pets' emergency preparedness kit:

· Have a folder with your pets' vaccination records and any important medical records, also include a picture of your dog (in case pet gets lost).

· Phone numbers for your veterinarian and also the nearest emergency veterinary clinic. Also include the number for a poison control center such as the ASPCA.

· A Pet first-aid book

· Keep these items in a waterproof container or gallon zip lock bag.

Other more pet specific items would include a nylon dog leash or pet carrier to control your animal as it may be frightened. A muzzle or strips of cloth to prevent biting, if your pet is injured they may bite in fear. Also include Basic first-aid supplies:

· Absorbent gauze pads

· Adhesive tape

· Antiseptic wipes or spray

· Cotton balls or swabs

· Gauze rolls for packing or covering injuries.

· Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting, only if instructed by