Category: Pets and Animals

Animals Deserve Respect As Much As People

In this beautiful world, animals deserve respect as much as people. They have as much right to live as us, human beings. It is our world, but it is their world too. So, this planet belongs to all creatures living on it. Yet, many are against this notion, since they believe that animals do not have feelings or a soul.

Are we to have all the rights, just because we are at the top of the food chain? Does that give humans the right to remove animal privileges? Didn’t we learn our lesson through countless wars?

It seems not! A lot of people still do not get it, like a child who never learns. Animals have rights. And they surely deserve respect, so they can live their lives free from suffering, abuse, and mistreatment. A life is a life, and it should be valued. Animals cannot speak for themselves and for that reason we have to be their voice and care for them.

So, protecting them is something you and I should be proud of. As individuals, it is our responsibility. All creatures have the right to be free of persecution, cruelty, captivity, exploitation, and abuse by people. When we respect the well-being of animals, we restore balance in natural preservation.

Animals Deserve Respect

“Each and every animal on earth has as much right to be here and have respect, and love, as you and me.” – Unknown

Yet, too many think that animals are on this planet for us to exploit, dominate, use and rule over them. A lot of us believe that we are above it all, but we have so much to learn. However, there are also those who do think that animals deserve respect as much as people.

So, I am one of those people who firmly believe animals should have a better place in our world. They are sentient beings. We should protect them the same way we look after a disabled child. Both of them do not have the same conscious principles that we do. But they still need to be loved, cared for, protected and respected.

Blind to the Truth

Just because animals cannot tell us how they feel, it does not mean that they have no rights. One day our sun will expand, and that will be the end of us. Yet, we cannot get away from a fact. It is we people who are defining which criteria to put on worth. But who gave us such a privilege?

In my opinion, I believe that animals hold a special place in our world and some of them, especially our pets, become family members. They do not have a voice to speak up for themselves, so they deserve respect and to be saved. And I believe that we, as people should do that for them.

Of course, I do not believe that animals need to rule human society. But does it give us the right to be cruel, kill, abuse, starve, torture or slaughter other living creatures? It is illegal to kill another person, but somehow, it is okay to hurt, mistreat or kill animals. How is that any less bad? Most of us are blind to the truth.

Animals and the Arrogant Species

“Animals are the real victims on this earth. They do not declare war, they do not have weapons, and they do not want to destroy humans, or impose religion. Yet, for some people, their only crime is that they exist.” – The Author SVB

In truth, we are an arrogant species, entitling ourselves to be superior to all other species and lowering any other classes. Most people claim that animals do not have feelings or have a soul. They believe them to be worthless, and only here to provide food and needs for us, human beings.

Since I am a child, I always rebelled and wondered why man believes he is at the top of the food chain. We are not faster, stronger or even brighter than a lot of animals. Of course, we can reason and have a great deal of intelligence at our disposal. But then again we are also the only arrogant species who have so little respect and is bent on killing the very planet that sustains our lives. So, to me, this kind of intelligence looks more like stupidity.

Animals Do Have Feelings

Despite all the things that happen in our world, our lack of consideration and awareness in this matter shows that we are not as evolved as we should be. It begins by giving equal attention towards animals as well as towards our fellow men. Some people are now strating to wake up to these facts, but we still have a long way to go.

So, all animals deserve respect because they can suffer and sense pain in the same way and to the same degree that you and I do. They can feel happiness, pain, fear, pleasure, care, sadness, loneliness, and motherly love. They understand more than what we give them credit for.

Animals are also living creatures. Why do people feel they are better is beyond me. Humanity would be nowhere if animals did not exist in this world. The truth is it is just as bad killing an animal as it is to kill a human, it is murder. Killing one insect by accident is OK, but a herd of cows or a pride of lions is not right. Often, I believe people are equal, if not lower, than other animals.

The Most Disrespectful of All Animals

We have the power to think, visualize and invent things, and it is what caused humans to flourish in the first place. It is such an incredible ability. And yes, we human beings have imaginations, but we also possess self-awareness. So, we have the skill to reflect on our existence. Yet we should have more integrity and compassion.

Indeed, we are the most sophisticated of all animals in this world, yet the most disrespectful. We can speak different languages, cook food, create things, drive a car or fly a plane, and even debate over all kinds of situations. Yet, I am asking you: “If we are more intelligent and have a greater capacity for thought, why are we acting with such disrespect towards this planet and the animals living on it?”

Therefore, the world would be so much better off without our silly ways of thinking we are the best thing on the planet. And yet we act like idiots and treat animals as if they were things! No matter what you may say, people are animals on the inside. We hunt, fight, multiply, group, live, just like any other animal and sometimes even, in a worse way.

Animals Are Not Things

However, through our experiences, we know animals undergo pain and suffering. Scientifically, we realize more and more that many of them exhibit intelligent behaviors. It is unacceptable to think of another person as being less because of the color of their skin or gender. So it is unfair to treat animals disrespectfully. Instead, they deserve respect as much as you and I, if not more.

On this beautiful planet, we are the leading species. Therefore, we have a moral responsibility to protect the interests of all other life on this earth. And it starts with accepting them as equals. Animals are not ours to exploit; they are not toys or things. They are living creatures, just like you and I. For me, it is not if animals can think or speak, but more about “Many are suffering.”

“I hope that one day the time will come when men will look upon the murder and harm of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.” – A wish of Leonardo da Vinci.

A Final Word on Animals

Did you have watch how factory farms or slaughterhouses did their deeds? What if it had glass walls? Could you still be able to look in their eyes and say you cannot see the pain they are enduring? I can’t.

I worked as an assistant for a veterinarian. And at times, I had to look in their eyes before putting them down. They have feelings. So I chose to quit and find a better path to help them!

As a result, I just think animals deserve a chance to live a healthy and happy life. People are not better because they use tools or are bright. And it is just intolerable to exploit innocent creatures, sometimes in very cruel ways. They can feel and sometime think just like us. So, animals deserve respect as much as we do. Let’s start now.


Animals Are Way Smarter Than We Think

Since childhood, I firmly believe that animals are way smarter than we think. And that we human beings, as a species, are just being too arrogant. Scientific evidence proves that our planet is not the epicenter of the solar system, but today it also shows that we are not the only center of intelligence.

But what are considered levels of intelligence? How and who defines them? Do you think that some animals are way smarter than some people?

Throughout my experiences, I do believe so. Just because animals cannot speak or read, for instance, does not automatically indicate that they cannot think or feel. When comparing one species of animals to another, or even to humans, we can see different degrees of intelligence.

So, we are deceiving ourselves into thinking that, for thousands of years we are more intelligent than the rest of the animal kingdom. And that, despite growing evidence these days to the opposite. Of course, I do not deny that we, human animals, are smart when it comes to doing what needs to be done to survive. But other species may be way smarter than we are, believe or think.

Intelligence is Relative
Numerous animals have exceptional brains, but most people purely misunderstand many of their abilities. There are now facts that crows, dogs, octopuses or koalas, just to name a few, reveal superior intelligence. It is widespread truth in the animal kingdom. In some cases, animals possess greater reasoning faculties than any human being. So, some of them are probably way smarter.

And some of their actions or behaviors cannot merely be considered instinct. When we look at various animals, we often cannot do what they do. Sometimes, the way they act or the things they do are very complicated, like a bat flying in the dark. These creatures can capture flying insects in midair directly with echolocation.

So, it does not only takes instinct but a lot of brainpower to realize such feat. Yet we do not pay attention to these kinds of things because we think it is irrelevant. Most people do not evaluate the skills of animals, but rather compare them to ours in term of intelligence. As long as they cannot reason, speak, or read, then they must not be as bright as we are.

Outlining Who is Way Smarter
Through the ages, the ruling classes, from religion to scholars, do repeat that same belief: “We, humans are incomparable because we are the cleverest being in the animal kingdom.” They also pretend that animals have no soul or feelings. However, science and life show us that animals do have feelings, a soul, and reasoning faculties which makes them way smarter than we think.

So, this belief of thinking that we are superior in intelligence goes back some ten thousand years ago. It started when man created agriculture, farms, and domestication of animals. It then gained momentum with the beliefs of religion, which regarded humans as the principal species in creation.

But does it mean that our intelligence is at a higher level? Of course not; they are just of different types. When a foreigner tries to talk to you using an imperfect, flawed or broken version of your language, your first impression is that they are not very smart. But the truth is entirely different.

The Unconditional Love of Animals
When it comes to animals, they are way smarter than what we tend to give them credit for. They are just smart on their own terms, which often look nothing like yours or mine. I believe we can learn a lot of things from them such as love, empathy, and compassion. So when they care, you can witness that they genuinely do; it is not just a fake disguise like human beings do.

Of the animal kingdom, some of these beings love humans unconditionally. However, a lot of people still abuse and mistreat such affection. When something happens to us, animals do not put us down, push us aside or suddenly decide not to love us anymore. That attitude only shows that they are way smarter than we are.

No matter the circumstances, they are there at our side until the end, and too often, we take this for granted. Yet, some people have no problem getting rid of an animal when it does not fit their life or agenda anymore. And we are supposed to be the most intelligent species on this planet; think again!

The Intelligence of Animals
Every day, our pets communicate with us through their demands and make us do things they desire. The animal world is much more complicated than we seem to believe or think. My father is a racehorse trainer, so I grew around horses and lived for many years in an apartment over a racehorse stable. Cats and dogs were also an integral part of my life like with any standard equine barn.

In the 60’s, there were no smartphones or sophisticated cameras to make videos in seconds. But all of my life, I witnessed behaviors, intelligence and memory tricks from animals. The following story is a perfect example of it.

One day, my father bought a racehorse named “Murdoch” from another city, twenty miles away. After a few days, he took the horse to the track to train him. While galloping, a tractor made an enormous noise which scared the animal, and its rider fell off. The horse, then alone, dashed across the track and jumped over the barrier disappearing into the woods.

A Story of Being Way Smarter
It was time to get in the car. I rode along, at my father’s side, to look for the horse. We searched everywhere but to no avail. A few hours later, on our return to the barn, the former owner called. In amazement, she told my dad that the animal was at her ranch.

So, it meant that the horse galloped over roads and through woods to get back to his previous barn without a single scratch. Somehow, he figured how to do twenty miles of unknown territory and return where he came from. Not only the horse did this, but because of cameras around the ranch, we were able to see how he did enter the horse farm.

When arriving at the front entrance, the animal saw that it was closed. So it went around the back, pushed the small gate and climbed the steps standing in its way. Then found an open stall, entered it and waited there, knowing that it was the only home he knew.

Animals Are Way Smarter
Animals are amazing and deserve as much respect as people for their memory, intelligence, tenacity and unconditional love.

  • Horses, dogs, and cats, among many species that spend time around people, can recognize body language signs that you or I do not pay attention to.
  • Primates such as chimpanzees can easily beat people at remembering a series of numbers that they saw for a fraction of a second.
  • Octopuses learn to open childproof caps on medication bottles, which many of us cannot unlock.
  • Bats do map out space with echolocation and sonar.
  • Birds figure out and understand the complex mechanics of flying and landing.
  • Crows, pictured in horror movies for stupid reasons, are not just among the most intelligent birds, but they are way smarter than most creatures. They can accomplish tasks that three and four-year-old children have trouble doing.

Animals Have Feelings
While they have different brain structures, experts estimate that animals such as crows and apes handle and use a combination of mental tools. It even includes imagination and the expectation of potential future events so that they can solve problems.

Again, I witnessed some crows learning how to use cars for cracking nuts. They wait patiently at intersections while keeping watch on the traffic lights. So, when the traffic stops they retrieve a nut that vehicles crushed, which they have put earlier on the road.

Furthermore, it is now evident that elephants grieve. Most mammals feel joy, love, and sadness or suffering. Once, in Ukraine, my mother in law took home a stray cat that was living on a hospital ground. It was not a small kitten but a full grown cat. The cat was now living with her countryside house fifteen miles away from the hospital, and he looked unhappy.

Give Animals Credit
One day, she opened the door, and the cat flew by her, running away into the fields. Ten days later, thinking that she lost the animal forever, it showed up on the hospital ground. The animal had lost a lot of weight and seemed to suffer a minor injury, but he was alive. He had found his way home through fields and against unbelievable obstacles.

So, human beings have to stop this obsession of comparing animals to human aptitude. We pick things that we are good at, like technology or language. And we then associate it with intelligence to other species of our world. But animals are way smarter than we think. So, let’s think twice before making any assumption and give them the credit they deserve.


Animals Love Better Than Humans Do

Even after all years of evolution, one thing remains true: animals love better than humans do. We think ourselves at the top of the food chain. However, the animal kingdom still surpasses us in many ways. These wonderful creatures which many of us do not appreciate enough can teach us so much.

Can an animal really love better than a person does? What about the way your dog, cat or other pet acts? Do animals have the ability to feel, care for us and have emotions?

Not only animals love us but they have the capacity to have feelings and also express their affection for one another. Although they may convey it in different ways, the aspect of love is pretty obvious when you take a look at them. The bond they create shows evidence that they can experience many of the same emotions humans do.

But so many people are still cruel and insensitive towards animals and greedily destroy their lives or habitat. Yet, most wildlife will usually leave us alone. I am not a people hater, but needless to say, I often prefer the company of animals. And to me, it is a pity that humans do not act more like them.

“There are more dangerous humans on earth than dangerous animals.” – Anthony Douglas Williams

Animals Love Better
Animals love you unconditionally no matter what; surely when it comes down to our pets! No matter how you may feel at the moment, your animal is always there for you. Regardless of your physical appearance or mood, they are and will always love you.

So, animals often care more than humans. They have more personality, integrity, empathy, and loyalty than most people I know. And that is what family is really all about, isn’t it? Our pets have no greed, no malice, just love to give. And then we call them the animals.

And yes, for me, it is simply more comfortable to be around animals than to be around people. Let me ask you this: “How many persons in your life caused you to feel disappointment and betrayal? I can recall so many, but I rarely felt that way with an animal. Thus, animals love you in a truer manner.

“If having a soul means being able to feel love, loyalty, and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” – James H.

Learn Life from Animals
One of the things I like most about animals is how much I learn about life from them every day. You can never know absolutely everything about any single creature on earth. Animals have infinite and immeasurable qualities. They are an endless yet enjoyable miracle of nature. On the other hand, sadly enough, you can know more about some people who you want to, just under a few minutes.

Since early childhood, I love and respect animals. They are never deceitful, insincere, cunning, manipulative, or mischievous unless they are strictly provoked or in the wild. Animals love and too frequently forgive humans for unspeakable treatment. Besides, they would never take up hunting people simply for fun, yet many individuals believe it to be a sport. It is sickening!

And animals have an incredible intuition. They can sense everything about you, from illness to your emotional state and when you are not paying attention. Dogs even know when you lie to them. So, it is no wonder that these incredible creatures are considered our best friends for the past ten thousand years.

The Bond of Eternal Love
The bond you create with animals is unbreakable, which is often not the case with humans. The more time you spend with an animal, the more of a connection is formed and that link keeps growing with time. And this bond you share becomes so rewarding and shows you that animals love better than humans do.

The unconditional affection you experience becomes worthwhile as you understand the animal’s personality, feelings, actions, desire, and motivation. You can even sense whether they are sad, happy, angry or annoyed. If you have a pet, you know that the bonds you create with them are the most unforgettable.

My trust in animals and love for them frequently helps me in my interactions with humans. It is my duty as an animal lover to honor their indestructible affection and express my gratitude to them. They are an important part of the world and they are not made for our pleasure only.

Animals and Humans
Animals deserve our respect and admiration. They are a peaceful company, do not talk incessantly, nor offer unwelcome advice or even worse, tell us what to do. Besides, they do not suddenly have to text someone or get a call while you are out together.

And these wonderful creatures bring us comfort during unhappy times in our lives. It does not matter if you are going through rough periods or are experiencing stressful moments. You know they always bring you joy or a smile. Just knowing animals love you and are always there to welcome you when you come home, making life much easier and happier.

Besides, I am not the only person in rating animals over humans, especially when it comes to showing compassion and rescuing them. A study shows people feel more empathy towards a hurt animal or abandoned puppy than for a grown-up human. Most of us are hard-wired to care more about animals and infants, and wanting to step in.

Animals Love More than You Deserve

“I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.” – Abraham Lincoln

One of the best feelings you know, if you have an animal, is when you come home. It does not matter if you left for fifteen minutes; your pet is just thrilled to see you home. Your animals are always waiting for you. There is no doubt that their world revolves around you but your world would not be the same without their love.

And so, it has been scientifically proven that animals love and make humans happier and healthier. Knowing that they are always there for you through the good and bad times means so much, doesn’t it?

There is no doubt in my mind that animals love better than humans do. You and I can learn so much from them. Yet, their unconditional love is something we can only try to rival with and emulate. So, be always kind to animals because they love you more than you deserve and more than humans will ever do.


Behind Every Animal’s Eyes Is a Life

Like it or not, behind every animal’s eyes is a life that matters. There is a living being with a mind, a beating heart, and feelings. They are all unique, want to live and feel pain just as you and I. Yet, most people do not see animals as individuals and do not even treat them with the respect they deserve.

So, where is our humanity? Why do so many people not want to wake up to the truth? What pushes us to destroy ourselves? How can we remedy the problem before it is too late?

You and I, as human beings, have the responsibility to protect Earth and all its inhabitants. All animals deserve freedom, respect, dignity, love, empathy, care and life. Believe it or not, the way you eat has a profound effect on your health, the environment and the animals that live on this planet.

The tsunami of diseases which abound is mostly caused by our lifestyle. And the fascinating thing is that the major driving force that creates illnesses is the human dependency on animal nutrition. Yet, behind every animal’s eyes is a life you could not end yourself. Am I right?

“Eating death only makes us tired, age faster and get sick. It is bad karma.” – K.VD.

The Excessive Animal Consumption
In previous centuries, meat was considered a luxury and average citizens never got it. Then, as time passed, people included it in a meal once a week, often on Sundays. But today, most people can afford it which in a way does not help. Despite all the warnings, they are eating more and more meat.

And in today’s life, it is a normal part of most people’s diet because it became a tradition. Yet, it links to heart diseases. And I won’t talk about dairy products. The excessive consumption of animal-based proteins or processed food damages your body and diminishes your blood supply.

As a fact, years of scientific studies and conclusive evidence prove it. On the other hand, plant-based diets cannot only prevent the progression of heart disease or cancer but can also reverse its effects. No matter your age, you can use plant foods as cure or medicine to avoid many problems later on in life.

Behind Every Animal’s Eyes
Obviously, behind every animal’s eyes, there is a heart. Yet, when a person murders an animal, it is often called a sport. But when an animal wants to kill a person, it is called ferocity. Yet, when it really comes down to it, humans are the cruelest species. So, aren’t we contradicting ourselves?

If you want to live a long and healthy life and contribute something to this world, then you have to act. You only pass through this world but once. And if you can do any good thing or show any kindness to any living creature, do it. Do not neglect it because you will not pass that way again.

So, look deep into any animal’s eyes, and then for a moment, trade places. Suddenly, you see their life becomes as precious as yours and you become as vulnerable as them. Now, realize that all animals deserve your respect and your protection, for in a way, they are you, and you are them.

“Animals are my friends and I don’t eat my friends.” – George Bernard Shaw

The Life in an Animal’s Eyes
If you are an animal lover, you probably already know that many animals are extremely intelligent and have emotions. Like humans, countless living creatures develop strong bonds with their young, love them and have friends.

And they even have special calls for the ones they care about, the same way you give your friends and family nicknames.

Yet, most humans only consider animals as food, trophy or objects. Too often, countless people treat them like commodities rather than individuals. So, most of them never get to experience these remarkable bonds. Instead, a lot of human beings expose to a life filled with fear, stress, pain, sadness, and death.

“To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. The more helpless the creature the more that it is entitled to protection by man from the cruelty of man.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Animals Are Innocent Souls
An animal’s eyes have the power to speak an amazing language when you take the time to look into them. Remember also that compassion for other innocent living beings is the true judge of character. Animals have as much right as us to be here on this planet since they were created along with us.

And whoever said that they were ours to do whatever we please with? You may be a meat-eater; yet, I am not judging you but only trying to show you facts. So, do not mock vegan people as they are just individuals who have the crazy idea that no animal should suffer.

However, humanity can no longer stand by and watch our beautiful animals be used and abused in so many ways. Look in an animal’s eyes and make a stand, big or small, personal or public. Do it before it is too late. Remember, it takes nothing away to be kind to these gentle souls.


Tips For Breeding Rabbits

The breeding stock should be selected when they reach 4 to 5 months of age. The breeder should be selected from the largest litter. In males, it is very essential to see the presence of two testicles in the scrotum as testicles descend down from the body cavity at 12 weeks of age.

1. Extensive type of reproduction:-

Weaning here practiced is 5 to 6 weeks and re-breeding soon after weaning. Does are therefore mated once every 2.5 months. This is the best suited for tropical countries like India.

2. Semi intensive reproduction

Weaning is practised at 4-5 weeks of age. Breeding is practised after 10-20 days after kindling.

3. Intensive reproduction

Weaning is at 4 weeks of age. Mating is done immediately after kindling. Usually this practise is followed in western countries.

Always females should be put to the pen of male to avoid fighting. Mating should be done during coolest part of the day like early morning or late evening. After successful mating the male usually produces a typical cry sound and falls down on one side of the female. Soon after the mating the male one should be removed from the cage. The male should not be more than 3 to 4 days in a week and not more than 2 to 3 times in a day. The ratio of male to female is 1:10. Both the sexes should reach 70% of their adult body weight.

The breeding season is almost throughout year. But in India, autumn stress is encountered during hot weather.

Signs of heat in females

1. Restlessness, Rubbing the chin on the sides of the cage.

2. Lying in mating posture

3. They are spontaneous ovulators. Ovulation begins 10 hours after mating.

4. In heat, the female rabbit accepts male, otherwise it rejects.

5. In heat, the female assumes a typical pose called “lordosis” where the back is arched downward and hind quarter is raised.

6. The female one in di-estrous phage crouch at the corner of the cage.

7. After kindling (parturition), the re breeding happens after one week in intensive management. But normally re-mating is shown one week before weaning.

8. When temperature rises above 36 degree centigrade, temporary sterility happens.

The Digestible energy (MJ/Kg), Fat%, Crude protein%, Crude fiber% for the breeding stock is 9.2, 3, 15-16 and 13 respectively. The females should be examined for any respiratory diseases prior to mating.


Top Reasons Why You Should Buy A Pet Online

Benefits of Purchasing a Pet

Deciding to get a Pet triggers the beginning of a beautiful partnership. Your residence comes alive with the cheerful bark of a cute young puppy, or the peaceful strut of a hairy cat, the constant chatter of a pair of budgies or perhaps the view of your Fish sliding peacefully around your container.

To several, having an animal around brings with it a feeling of friendship. It’s uncommon to feel alone with 2 or 3 felines hanging around you at all times. The comradeship that a canine or a pair of parrots is seldom replaceable by anything else.

For others, a family pet supplies a healing sort of presence. The therapeutic effects that Pets could have, on human beings who are battling illnesses such as epilepsy or even cancer, are rather tremendous. Mild animals have commonly been used to engage with people are handicapped, to boost their esteem substantially.

Obviously, you might have pets for a great deal of various other objectives also. You could obtain a dog, with the aim of protecting your home and the safety and security of your family.A cockatoo also makes a high pitched home alarm.

Many Parents choose to get healthy family pets for their household because kids are given tasks to taking responsibility and care of the pet.In this form, it is nurturing the child as well as learning to respect for the companionship many pets can bring to the child. Having the responsibility and the accountability of caring for a pet can have considerable benefits in the overall development of the child as they grow and become adults.

Among the very best ways to buy a pet is to do so online. The internet has a range of websites that are aimed at allowing you find out about the various selections of animals available.

Advantages Of Buying A Pet Online

A Much Wider Choice: By acquiring a pet online, your provided a much more comprehensive selection of animals than you would at a local animal shop. For instance, the pet shop in your area could have simply budgies or parrots.Upon Deciding to acquire online, you can pick between various varieties of Birds like cockatoos, quails, macaws, cuckoos, canaries and so many different other unique kinds, unlike in a pet shop.

More Economical:

Understanding that the overhead cost associated with local businesses, online retailers are often cheaper because they do not have to offset the additional cost of salaries, insurance etc. for employees.

A Much More Informed Decision:

By using the internet, you can get a wealth of information concerning your future pet, then just what you’d receive from your neighborhood pet-keeper. Animal websites give a large selection of info on feeding, brushing, veterinarians, training, pet products, pet dog shops, or even have online discussion forums that you could utilize to discuss your pet dog.One such website is in the resource area of this article.


Important Things To Consider When Choosing A Pet Bed

Weigh Then Measure Your Pet While Sleeping

First pay attention to how your pet sleeps. If your pet sleeps stretched out, measure them from nose to tail. Add about 8 to 12 inches to determine the size of pet bed you will need. This is to accommodate your full-grown pet, if your pet is still a baby then you will need to add extra space to allow for growing. Also, you can add additional blankets, sheets, or pillows to a larger bed while your pet is still a baby.

If you have a larger, heavier pet the thicker the cushion will need to be. This will help prevent cushion squash, which could be just like your pet sleeping on the bare floor.

Special Needs and Important Features

If your pet is older they may need to have an orthopedic bed to help ease their pain. Orthopedic beds are made of high density memory foam to help conform to your pet’s shape and help offer comfort from sore joints or arthritis.

You many want to choose a heated bed for pets that are prone to being chilly or are short haired or you live in a cold climate.

If your pet likes to feel more secure, then choose a more cave-like bed where they will feel safe. This will be a good idea if your pet likes to hide to go to sleep, or goes under furniture to sleep. There are many shapes and sizes of these special beds.

Look At Washing or Maintenance Instructions First

It is most important to be sure to check if the bed for your pet will be easy to clean. Let’s face it, our pets are not always tidy creatures, so it is much easier and less expensive to purchase a bed that you can just toss into the washer and/or dryer. Beds do need to be cleaned every week or two, to help with odors and dirt. Cleaning can also help with fleas. I found washing pet beds in baking soda and vinegar is the best for removing odors in the wash.

What Style or Color Should You Choose

Look at what best fits your decor in your home. Pet beds have come a long way, and there are as many different styles of pet beds as people furniture. Once you have conquered choosing the right size, then the options are unlimited, you can choose to match your decor for color and style, or go a completely a different route. Make it a fun choice, all of my pets have specific colors and all their bedding is in that color family.

How Much To Spend

An estimated 17.8 Billion (yes, BILLION) dollars will be spent in the year 2018 on various products for pets. We as owners want our pets to have the absolute best of everything, but it is easy to go overboard (as I often do) with purchasing a pet bed. Try to have a budget in mind before looking at pet beds and stick to it. Remember that this will likely not be a one time purchase, since beds will need to be replaced for wear and tear.


Pet Allergy – Diagnosis and Medications

Just as a human can develop allergies, domesticated animals can display adverse health symptoms from exposure to fleas, environmental and dietary allergens. Allergens can be inhaled, ingested or come in contact with a pet’s skin, resulting in a variety of digestive, respiratory or dermic symptoms. Thankfully, there are reliable testing methods available to accurately diagnose and treat allergies in pets. Potential solutions include pet medications and hypoallergenic diets.

Diagnosing Pet Allergies
Allergens and the reactions they cause may differ from animal to animal. Reactions to dietary allergens are uncommon, affecting less than 10% of dogs or cats. Environmental allergens include those that are found indoors, like dust mites and mold spores, and outdoors, like pollen spores and grass. Animals may also be exceptionally sensitive to bites from fleas. Even a small amount of flea saliva can cause widespread irritations on the animal.

Pets can display a number of symptoms that may be indicative of an allergic reaction, including:

• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Sneezing, coughing or wheezing
• Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
• Swollen paws or paw chewing
• Itchy ears or ear infections
• Itchy back or base of the tail

Some of these symptoms, though common allergic reactions, can also be indicative of other health issues. Before a pet is tested for allergies, they should be evaluated by a licensed veterinarian. After the vet has determined that the animal is suffering from allergen exposure, they can administer a sufficient allergy test.

Allergy Medications for Pets
Human medications, such as over-the-counter antihistamines, should never be given to a pet unless specifically prescribed by a licensed veterinarian. These drugs could cause adverse effect animals if they are taken alone or mixed with another medication. Extreme drowsiness, seizures or other symptoms may occur.

Pet medications will be prescribed based on individual symptoms, symptom severity and any preexisting conditions the animal may have. Regarding food allergies, the animal may be placed on a special diet that either limits or removes the reactive ingredient. Medications, like antihistamines, corticosteroids or allergy shots, may be prescribed to manage other allergies. For dermic reactions, topical medications such as shampoos or creams may also be prescribed.

Unfortunately, as of now, there is no cure for pet allergies. However, treatment methods, including pet medications, are available that can successfully manage symptoms and allow the animal to enjoy a better quality of life. A licensed veterinarian can accurately diagnose and appropriately treat pet allergies.


8 Tips to Cheer Up Depressed Pets

What if lately, you’ve been noticing your pet sleeps abnormally (more than usual), eats less, seems sad, and spends most of its time moping round the house. All these behaviors are totally opposite to his or her normal behavior. Without a doubt, you may start to worry! Depression is what your furry friend may be experiencing. This condition isn’t dissimilar to that of humans.

You’re used to seeing your pet happy because he or she is always there for you whenever you’re down. The mere thought of seeing your furry friend crestfallen makes you sick. Now it’s your turn to be there for him or her. How do you cheer up your best friend? What are some of the methods you can use?

If your pet is depressed, here are 8 strategies to use to cheer him/her up:

1. Spend ample time with your pet

One of the most effective ways to cheer up pets is by spending more time with them, especially when they’re depressed. Now, more than ever, he or she needs you – your undivided attention. Spending quality time together shows your pet how much you love and cherish him or her. To transit from the pits to his/her joyful, happy self, simply give your pet your support, care, and love.

2. Indulge your pet in outdoor activities

Whether you own a cat or a dog, taking him for a fun afternoon out in the park is an effective way of cheering him up. At first, the pet won’t seem enthusiastic. However, as you two enjoy each other’s company, you’ll be surprised by how jovial he’ll turn out to be. Some physical exercise, a change in surroundings, and some quality time with you, will go miles to bring back enthusiasm in your pet.

3. Show your pet you’re happy

Did you know pets and dogs are very intelligent when it comes to telling if you’re happy, just by looking at your face? Consequently, when he’s depressed, avoid frowning or showing him or her that you’re sad. An effective way to cheer up your dog is by staying happy yourself.

4. Socialize your pet

Is your dog or cat depressed because he or she lost a companion or family member? If yes, then you need to take your pet to the park, or to a daycare center, where he or she can socialize with others. According to studies, animals enjoy same-species companionship. Therefore, you shouldn’t hesitate to try out this strategy.

5. Reward your pet for positive behavior

This strategy is more of a positive reinforcement. When he or she shows any sign of getting over depression, you should give your pet a treat or pat on the head. It’s important to note that you shouldn’t be overly sympathetic as this will encourage others to remain depressed in order to enjoy the same attention. You need to show him or her how pleased you are anytime he or she eats meals properly, or plays with you in the park.

6. Comfort your pet with favorite toys

Does your cat or dog have a favorite toy? A great way to cheer up your cat is by giving him or her toys to play with. Most pets have a tendency to find comfort in familiarity. They’ll be more cheery if they are around their favorite toys.

7. Play him or her some music

In the same way music calms and soothes human beings, most pet owners admit that music is also magical to pets. Surprisingly, you’ll be able to lift up the mood of your pet by playing him or her some soothing music. Just ensure that the volume isn’t too high. The last thing you want is to make things worse.

8. Take your pet out for a ride

This strategy works wonders especially if your pet enjoys going for rides. If possible, bring your entire family with you when stepping out for a ride. In addition to enjoying the family’s company, he or she will also enjoy the fresh air.

Chances are very high that the depression affecting your pet will also affect you. Consequently, before the two of you sink into depression, you should act fast. You must find ways to cheer him or her up as soon as you can. The above are some simple ways you can cheer up your pet.


6 Advantages To Choosing Mobile Vet Services

If you love your pet, chances are that you try your level best to make sure your pet is always happy. Aside from the happiness, the health of your pet is equally important. So, we suggest that you take your pet for annual checkups with a good pet. This is important for the long-term good health of your animal.

At times, it can be a real struggle to look for the right vet. After all, you need to choose the right one, schedule an appointment and wait for your turn in the stale office. If you don’t have the time to schedule an appointment and wait for your turn, you can hire the services of a mobile vet. Let’s know about some major advantages of hiring a mobile vet service.

Convenience

First off, you don’t need to put your pet in your car to drive to the vet. With a mobile service, you can sit in your comfy room and wait for the vet to arrive. This can save you a lot of hassle and time. So, convenience is the one of the major advantages that you can enjoy if you hire a mobile vet service.

Detailed discussions

Typically, there is a lot of people waiting for their turn at the office of a veterinarian. You won’t get a lot of time to have a detailed discussion with the specialist. So, you won’t be able to ask a lot of questions.

On the other hand, a mobile vet will come to your place. So, you will have a good deal of time to discuss the condition of your pet and find the right solution.

Ease For Your Pet

If your pet doesn’t love a car ride, taking it on a long drive may not be a good option. It may cause a lot of discomfort to your animal. The bright lights and loud noises in a vet clinic may scare your animal.

On the other side, if you opt for a mobile veterinarian, you won’t have to deal with these problems.

Flexibility

Working with a mobile vet will give you a lot of options to choose from. You can get the service from the comfort of your home. You will have the peace of mind that you are getting the best professional care.

Customized Service

Unlike a typical vet, a mobile vet will come to your place to check your pet. So, you will enjoy customized service. It will make a great difference.

Annual Check-ups

It’s not easy to arrange annual check-ups for your lovely pet. A good mobile vet can get you everything you need to do the check-ups. For instance, the professional may need to run wellness checks, blood tests and give vaccines. As a matter of fact, you will be amazed at the service you will get right inside your house. With the help of annual check-ups, you can make sure that your pet stays hale and healthy.

Long story short, these are a few advantages that you can enjoy if you choose to hire a good mobile vet service. Make sure you take your time to hire the best service provider.