Duck

How to Take Care of a Pet Duck

Pets like dogs or cats can be pretty picky about their food and water sources especially when it comes to cleanliness. But ducks are even less likely to stick with one source of feed or drink.

 

“They have an extremely sensitive sense of smell,” says Dr. Jennifer Korth, associate professor in poultry science at Texas A&M University. “If there is something wrong with their diet, they will eat anything.”

 

That means you need to make sure your pet duck gets its daily dose of vitamins and minerals while keeping bacteria and parasites away from its food and water. And that’s easier said than done.

 

“It’s not just about feeding them enough food,” she explains. “You have to understand what makes ducks sick so you know if you’ve given them enough nutrients or if you’ve exposed them to disease-causing organisms.” So what exactly do these birds look like? How many different kinds are out there? What diseases affect them? Keep reading to find out.

 

How Do Ducks Fit In Your Household?

 

Pet ducks aren’t usually kept inside. They can live with you outdoors or in a coop. If you choose the latter option, though, you’ll need to learn more about how to maintain a healthy environment.

 

For instance, ducks tend to congregate around ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshes where they can easily defecate into the water supply. That’s why most people don’t want them living indoors where they could poop on everything from carpets and furniture to curtains and blinds.

 

To avoid this problem, experts recommend installing mesh covers over windows and adding a layer of gravel outside. You should also consider having a separate area set up for the ducks’ droppings, which can contain harmful bacteria and feces. This may require digging a …

Pet Diseases

Pet Diseases: Healthy Pets Make Healthy People

Pets are prone to many illnesses. Hence, they should be taken care of very well and also monitored regularly for any symptom of ill health to keep their well being. A pet can be a happy companion to human being only if it is healthy. Some of the symptoms of pet diseases causing ill health are discussed in this article in detail.

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Pets are prone to many illnesses. Hence, they should be taken care of very well and also monitored regularly for any symptom of ill health to keep their well being. A pet can be a happy companion to human being only if it is healthy.

Some of the symptoms of pet diseases causing ill health:

Loss of appetite, excessive gain or loss of weight, excess water consumption, abnormal discharges of the nose, eyes etc., abnormal, difficult, uncontrolled waste elimination, lethargy, abnormal behavior, sudden viciousness, limping, abnormal lumps, finding difficult to get up or lie down, dandruff, open sores, dull coat or ragged coat, excessive head shaking, scratching, biting or licking any particular part of the body, tartar on the teeth, foul breath etc.

Common pet diseases:

Lyme disease: This is an infectious disease spread by a tick, which is not larger than the head of the pin in size. It is caused by a bacterium called spirochete transmitted to the pets and humans by the tick bite. If not treated properly it may lead to heart diseases or neurological complications or joint damages and kidney related problems in the pets.

Infestation due to internal parasites: Internal parasites like the hookworms, tapeworms, heartworms and roundworms rob the pets of important nutrients, causing fatigue, loss of appetite, …

Turtles

A Guide on What Kind Of Turtles Make The Best Pets

 

Not all turtles are good pets. There are some types of turtles that are too aggressive to handle and will either kill your other pets or even harm you. Some turtles that make great pets for beginners include box turtles and red-eared sliders. Box turtles have a wide array of colors and shapes, ranging from speckled green to chocolate brown and black, with various patterns including spots, striped sides, bars, or rings on their shells.

Red-eared sliders are easy to care for because they live in a temperate climate, so they can be set up outdoors as well as indoors. They also have a much calmer personality than other turtle species making them easier to handle. This guide will help you decide which type of turtle is right for you!

 

What Is A Good Turtle Pet?

There are many different types of turtles, but the ones that make good pets for beginners include box turtles and red-eared sliders. Red-eared sliders have a much calmer personality than other types of turtles making them easier to handle. Box turtles can have a wide variety of colors and shapes, ranging from speckled green to black with a variety of patterns including spots, stripes, or bars on their shells.

 

A great pet turtle is one that is easy to care for and doesn’t need too much space because they live in temperate climates. They also require less maintenance than other types of turtles.

 

How should I care for my turtle?

One of the most important things to consider before getting a turtle as a pet is how much time you would be willing to spend caring for it. This will determine what type of turtle you need. If you are more interested in spending more time with your pet, then …

Ferrets

How Long Do Pet Ferrets Live

Ferrets are adorable little rodents, with their short tails and large ears. They’re also notoriously hardy they can go without water for up to two weeks at a time, eat trash, sleep in tight spaces, run around outside all day, climb on people, use tools on themselves (yes, really), and even help clean litter boxes. And as far as pets go, they don’t cost much money.

 

The average price tag for a pet ferret is $200 to $400 depending on whether they were rescued from a shelter or bought from a breeder. But just because they’re cheap doesn’t mean they’ll be easy keepers. Ferrets need lots of love and attention like any other pet does, but unlike dogs and cats, they require more than food, water, and affection.

 

They also need space to play, exercise, snuggle, hunt, hide, burrow, dig, groom themselves, catch bugs, get dirty, and pee on things. If you’re ready for your new best friend to join your family, consider these important questions before bringing home your first ferret.

 

What’s a Ferret?

 

Ferrets are small mammals that belong to the weasel family, along with polecats, stoats, mink, otters, ferrets, wolverines, and skunks. They’re native to Central and South America including Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, and Chile. They’re not related to true rats and mice, which are found throughout North America. In fact, ferrets look so different from most rodents that some people mistake them for squirrels, rabbits, guinea pigs, or kangaroos.

 

Their size ranges between 4 and 11 inches (10.2 and 28 centimeters) tall and anywhere from 6 to 24 pounds (2.7 to 10 kilograms). Male ferrets weigh slightly less than female ones due to differences in fat distribution. As for coloration, males tend to be darker while females are …

Fish Health

Aquarium Fish Health: White Spot Disease Symptoms And Cures

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Fish death is one of the main problems that beginner aquarist and even some expert aquarist face. It’s frustrating to the extent that most quit keeping aquarium fish.

But fish death can be avoided. Most fish deaths are caused as a result of both an internal and external types parasites that compete with the fish in tank.

As a result if you watch your aquarium fish often you should be able to discover when they have been infected by this parasite and be able to treat t…

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Fish death is one of the main problems that beginner aquarist and even some expert aquarist face. It’s frustrating to the extent that most quit keeping aquarium fish.

But fish death can be avoided. Most fish deaths are caused as a result of both an internal and external types parasites that compete with the fish in tank.

As a result if you watch your aquarium fish often you should be able to discover when they have been infected by this parasite and be able to treat them to avoid fish death.

Look out for the following White Spot disease behavioral symptoms in your fish.

– Constant lying on the bottom or hanging at the surface.

– Rubbing of the body against rocks

– Gasping at the water surface

– No response to feeding

– General dullness and lethargy

– Hovering in a corner

– Fish swimming with clamps up

The most common of the visible signs is the development of the pin head-size while spots on the body or fins. This ailment is referred to as White Spot disease and is caused by the parasite – Ichthyophthirius Multifillis.

This parasite has a free-swimming stage, which attaches itself …

Pet Insurance

Pet Insurance – Check Out 10 Key Questions Before You Buy

If your bones and joints are strong and flexible, they move smoothly. And that means life can be fun, and appreciated fully. But for one in seven people, movement is restricted by a musculoskeletal disorder – arthritis, back pain, fracture, osteoporosis, or sports trauma. Faced with such pain and discomfort, you may be pleased to pay £3,500 for orthopaedic surgery or hydrotherapy to get those painful joints flexible again. But would you be so willing to spend the same money on your pet Labrador? Get all your dog toys at DoggieToys.Deals

Veterinary care has developed fast over the last 10 years and as pets get older they are increasingly likely to suffer illness that can be lengthy and expensive to treat. Take diabetes for example. It’s relatively common in dogs over the age of 6 and whilst it can be successfully treated, the treatment is ongoing and expensive – one vet estimated that treatment could cost around £2,500 per year. Eczema is yet another condition which can require a long period of treatment.

But as with humans, pets can require emergency treatment at any time. In fact one in three pets make an unplanned visit to the vet every year (source Mintel). Labradors and Golden Retrievers can have conditions such progressive retinal atrophy, Setters can get canine leucocyte adhesion deficiency (can someone tell me what that is?!), Alsations are prone to hip dysplasia and Boxers and Spaniels are susceptible to dodgy hearts. And then there are always those accidents and scrapes in which our pets are so likely to become involved. Your puss may have nine lives but you might have nine vets’ bills! With a series of x-rays costing £400 and an MRI scan putting you back £1,500 the case for pet insurance becomes compelling.

Against this background, pet …

Parrot

How Difficult or Easy is it to Keep a Parrot as a Pet?

 

The world around us has changed drastically in the last few decades. With technology being so advanced, it can be easy to forget that there are still things like animals that share our homes and make them more manageable. Today’s world is full of people who keep pets like dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, fish, and rabbits as companions. Many people wonder how hard or easy it is to keep a parrot as a pet. Here is what you need to know.

 

What Is A Pet?

A pet is an animal kept for companionship, affection, and pleasure. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), there are over 10 million pet birds in the United States alone. In comparison, there are only around 150,000 dogs in the country. Not all pets are house-bound though; you can also have pets that live outside or in a park.

 

The most common types of birds kept as pets are parrots. These include macaws, cockatoos, lovebirds, and African greys. There is no limit to what kind of bird you can keep as a pet; you can even get a tamed owl or hawk as your companion!

 

What Are The Benefits Of Owning A Parrot?

 

The benefits of owning a pet parrot are numerous. They can provide entertainment and companionship, they can teach your children responsibility, and they can bring you joy. The biggest benefit is that they offer many hours of entertainment. Parrots are smart, have a personality, and are fun to watch.

 

When you have a parrot as a companion, you will never run out of things to do with them. You could be feeding them their favorite foods or playing with the bird on an interactive toy. They will also entertain themselves …

Cat

Three Tips to Successfully Moving With Your Cat

In 2004, my wife and I moved from Washington to Arizona. Although the 1,500-mile drive looked to be uneventful, one catch was that we were taking our domestic longhaired cat, My Lenaptalf, along for the ride. Now that the experience is behind us, I’m able to offer these three tips to making your cat move a success.

Sedate – We mentioned our moving plans to a vet, and he recommended sedatives for the cat. Though she wasn’t too keen on taking the pills, I highly recommend them. With just one small pill a day, our cat was able to quietly sleep on the floor of the back seat in the car for the entire day.

Be Steady – Provide a consistent environment for the cat each day and night. We made a small, dark, cave-like environment for the cat in the back seat that seemed to help reduce her normal fear of the car and reduce the sense of being in motion. When we stopped in motels, we gave her the same food and a small litter box with the same litter she was used to.

Speak Softly – Especially at the beginning and end of the day’s car ride, speak softly to the cat and reassure her with your voice that everything is okay. Don’t make sudden movements or startle her. Allow her to explore a new motel room for a few minutes before doing anything else. Bring a familiar blanket that smells like home for her to sleep on.

I’m sure there are other success stories out there as well, so take the tips to heart that apply to your cat and your move, and good luck!…

Pet

The Most Privileged Pets

While most people are content treating their pets to the ocassional plate of “people food” on special ocassions, or perhaps going so far as to give Fido his own Christmas stocking full of doggie treats, some pets are pampered more than many people pamper their children. Celebrities parade through the tabloid headlines, carrying their latest spoiled pet in their arms; upscale pet boutiques sell clothing, designer perfumes and even fancy shoes for dogs and cats; favored pets enjoy private air conditioning systems in their dog houses; tiny teacup dogs sport collars costing more than many new cars!

If there were a contest for the most pampered pets in the world, the competition would be fierce. Paris Hilton’s famously pampered pet dog would surely be in the running, especially now that “mommy” has her own branded line of top-shelf designer pet apparel. But non-celebs can keep their “babies” in the running too, whether their tastes are as lavish as Paris’ or they prefer the classic look of a pet trench coat from Burberry, perhaps paired with an elegant Gucci collar. And what pampered pet ensemble is complete without a proper manicure, offered by many pet grooming salons (complete with your choice of colored polish)?

Of course, the most pampered pets need more in their lavish lives than just fancy apparel. Outdoor pet houses are available with all manner of amenities, from climate control systems and uphoulstered interior furnishings, to exterior styling to rival the loveliest estate homes. Indoor pets can lounge on the finest goose-down feather beds, and enjoy hand-cooked meals on the finest serving silver. Pet entertainment systems are even available, for the feline left to watch the house alone, allowing them to watch video of fish and birds on demand (thanks to their own remote control).

But the most …

Cat Toys

Cheap Cat Playthings You can Find Around Your Home

Buying toys from your local pet shop can be expensive, and after the money you spend on it, your cat either tears the toy to pieces in a couple of hours or turns its nose up completely!

Why not save your money and entertain your cat with the following things you can find around your own home?

String!

I guarantee all cats love string. As it wiggles along the ground, moving fast and slow, it triggers your cat’s hunting mechanism and makes a great plaything.

A great idea is to tie a long piece of string to a stick, so you can drag it along the ground and tease your pet while sitting comfortable in a chair.

Paper!

Other than the sound of pet food, nothing perks my cats ears up like the sound of paper being rolled into a ball. A ball of paper about the size of a ping-pong ball is ideal for your cat to chase around the house. They absolute love it.

Similar thing to use for ball pet toys are rolled up sweet wrappers and small balls of foil.

Rope!

One of the most versatile products you can use to make different cat toys and activities.

It’s great to wrap around a post to make your very own cat scratch post and can be pined to pieces of board to make scratch boards that can be mounted on a wall inside or out.

These are just some of the things you can find inside your home to entertain your pet, without having to spend a lot of money in pet shops on toys and pet accessories.…