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Pets

It is in my opinion as other naturopaths that allopathic medicine is based on fear. Fear of disease, fear of death. Fear based medicine has the been the approach to get pet owners to conform to synthetic medicines; that weaken the immune system and weighs your pet down with toxins and pathogens.

Holistic pet care is an innate way of caring for your animals. Choosing an alternative lifestyle for your pets brings better overall health and vitality to your pet. Diet, nutrition and lifestyle adjustments are crucial to allowing your pet to live in health and harmony for many years to come.

Have you recently made any healthy lifestyle changes?

Maybe you’ve switched your diet, or have decided to take longer walks and enjoy the ocean breeze or the fresh mountain air.

Might these same practices keep your pet in better health, too?

A holistic pet care practitioner looks at a pet’s overall health, and uses traditional alternative therapies. We rely on lab tests and natural remedies for prevention and help to keep pets healthy and vibrant. We encourage changes in pets’ diets and lifestyles to help ward off illnesses like skin issues, obesity, arthritis, diabetes, and sometimes even cancer.

For example…

One of my clients, Toby, the big red dog! (Irish setter) Was riddled with oozing hot spots, hair loss and scratching uncontrollably. In addition, Toby was extremely overweight. After learning of Toby’s daily diet intake and lifestyle routine, I created a health promotion plan for Toby to follow which would not only assist in the demise of the hot spots but promote weight loss. Three weeks later, Toby’s oozing hot spots dried up, his hair had grown so long, a grooming appointment was the next stop and Toby was 7 pounds lighter. This change was only just in a few short weeks. Imagine the progress and vitality of Toby in years to come?

A permanent lifestyle adjustment needs to be implemented so your pet can forever thrive.

Here are some differences between conventional pet foods and holistic pet foods.

Conventional foods contain: over-processed, dried up dough that is cooked under extreme pressure and high temperatures. This process creates continuous chemical and physical alterations to the ingredient mixture.

Typical changes include:

Starch gelatinization
Inactivation of nutritionally active factors
Protein denaturation
Vitamin loss

Holistic food contains:

Raw meat! That means the flesh, the tissue, the muscle, the fat, the organs of an animal. Ideally, the diet should be fresh but as a viable alternative fresh, dehydrated, animal meat can serve as a compensation. Fruits and vegetables are not ideal for your carnivores to ingest.

Raw meat is how nature designed the food chain to operate for carnivores. Our dogs and cats are instinctually carnivores.

*Please note: if your pet is currently eating kibble or any other processed store bought food, certain guidelines need to be followed in order to transition your pet into the raw, food, thriving lifestyle!

Customized Health Plans should be recommended by a professional.

 

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Keeping Rabbits as Pets is Fun Thing To Do

Rabbits will be your perfect family pets because they are very adorable and loveable. Keeping rabbits as pets needs a couple of factors that will help you to take care of them. You have to prepare the space that you can use for exercise. And then it is the time for you to find comfort accommodation for your rabbits. Bedding and food are also important to make them happy living outside or indoors. Meanwhile, keeping rabbits as pets will take a lot of your time every day in order to take care of them. Unlike other smaller pets, you have to give more attention to rabbits because they sometimes can bite and scratch. For those of you who have children, these pets are not suitable for them. But rabbits will become nice friends for older children with the help from their parents to supervise their kids.

How to Take Care of Indoor Rabbits

Rabbits are perfect family pets because they love gathering. You have to prepare a couple of important things such as a comfort space for sleep, and box and tray on keeping rabbits as pets. You will have to make sure that your rabbit can play in your garden because they have to achieve vitamin D from the natural sunlight. Rabbits can hang out well with a couple of other pets but you have to be careful with that and supervision is needed on keeping rabbits as pets.

How to Take Care Outdoor Rabbits

The first thing that you have to do in order to feed outdoor rabbits is to build a comfort place for your Rabbit. And it is important for you to apply clean straw. For those of you who have two rabbits with medium- sized you have to build a hutch with the measurements of 60cm x 60cm x 150 cm. But if you have a smaller hutch, you have to consider using a separate run in your garden or you have to do some exercise for your rabbits outside from their cage. You have to build the hutch that will allow shelter when winds come and shade during the summer time. You can build a grass run for the hutch or you can place it in your garden according to your needs. But once again, you have to make the nest area which is protected from the sunlight. You can empty the litter tray day by day and you can clean the hutch easier.

Feeding the Rabbits

Rabbits love fresh vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli, watercress, apples and dandelion leaves. But you have to limit the consumption of the vegetables before it is overfed. There are a couple of foods that are not allowed to eat by your rabbits such as potatoes, grass clippings, and lettuce. Those foods will make your rabbits have a problem with their health. You can also try a diet schedule for your rabbits. 75% hay is good enough with the addition of fresh water. Vitamins and nutrients will be provided by a high quality of pellet.

 

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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 shopping for just buy a product because to promises more nutrition than the previous one. The result is that all of a sudden it has to encounter the ingredients that is alien to its digestive system and biological ambiance. That can be annoying or at times even hazardous for their health. So it is best to choose a brand and type and stick to it. Even if you would like to replace it with something that seems to be more nutritious you should fist consult your vet.

Avoid Artificial Ingredients

Many manufacturers provide highly fashioned ingredients that is appealing to the eyes. This kind uses too many coloring agents. Preservatives and other not so good ingredients to give the it a glossy, appealing texture. However you should make sure to check the ingredients for the names like Yellow 5, Red 40 or Blue 2. Of you find any of such names there is a legitimate reason for putting the pack back on the shelf. There is a simple logic to it. We human beings have been exposed to chemicals preservatives for a very long time but still they affect our health. So these animals and birds are not even used to all these chemicals. These artificial chemicals will do some nasty things to their body system. At times it can also risk their life.

Phase

It is also worth mentioning that as your baby grows to become an old man, you animal friend too grows up. So it is better to consult your vet regarding changing its nutritional requirements to support the biological and mental development. You can check with them beforehand about the different milestones when you should consider changing the it and follow the advice accordingly.

 

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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.

3. Parrots

Parrots are lively, playful, colorful and costly. They bite hard. They mimic easily, can quickly learn to talk, and are noisy. Parrots need lots of space and like coming out of their cages, but will peck and ruin wood furnishings. They eat seeds, fresh produce and nuts, often discarding shells outside the cage.

4-5. Horses, Pygmy Goats

These outdoor animals need plenty of room and shelter from the elements. Some animal shelters may have horses for adoption under $2,000. A horse requires a lot of care every day without exception. If you do not have space for a horse, you can board them at nearby stables or small farms. Pygmy goats are miniature creatures content to graze grass and drink water. You can pet and thank them for keeping the orchard mowed.

6. Seahorses

These fantastic aquatic creatures are fragile, but once you get their marine ecosystem set up, they are about as easy to care for as other fish. Seahorses eat about six to eight frozen Mysis shrimp per day and grow to five to eight inches tall. They need easy-to-grasp hitching structures like kelp or faux coral. Instead of getting seahorses caught in the wild, getting captive-bred seahorses does not contribute to their depletion.

7. Chinchillas

Chinchillas can live 20 years. They eat pellets from the pet store, drink fresh water and need a solid-bottomed, wire cage. These soft, furry, fragile creatures can be gently cuddled, but are probably best for children over ten years old.

Having pets improves overall health and reduces stress. They provide comfort through times of grief and trauma. Caring for them builds character, trust and confidence. In the end, having pets teaches us about the life cycle and treasuring those we love. No matter the age when you decide to get one, considering personal lifestyles and resources are important parts of choosing great pets for older children.

 

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Yet another parent has recently appeared in the media to discuss his reasons for wanting to agree a contract with his children before allowing them to have a pet. No doubt parents up and down the country are ruefully smiling as they say through gritted teeth, ‘good luck with that, we’ve been there, tried it, got the t-shirt!’

A contract, though, can be a great idea in principle. Children will initially agree to anything in order to achieve their desired goal. But an animal, whether it be a pony, dog, cat or guinea pig, needs time, attention and looking after, with some being more demanding than others.

Sitting to discuss the ground rules and outline a contract allows time for becoming clear about what’s entailed in regularly living with a pet. Feeding, grooming, exercising and cleaning cages, water bowls or litter trays all require consistent input, yet it’s the case that the parent becomes the fall back guy, relied upon to take up the slack when fun, friends and other interests become too distracting.

A contract requires both parties to sit down together to discuss and negotiate the areas of responsibility, followed by signatures once it’s been agreed. Doing this can be a valuable way of focusing the child’s mind on what’s expected of him/her, with any penalties that may be incurred. Displaying the contract prominently can then provide an ongoing reminder, a point of reference should standards start to slip.

Having responsibilities, caring for others and showing respect are important for children to learn at an early age. I often hear of teachers who express their disappointment at parents who are too busy or distracted to teach children about consideration, selflessness and commitment. They complain that oftentimes parents leave it to their children’s teachers to do their job for them.

So having children look after a pet on a regular basis, even when it’s raining, is an unpleasant task or is time-consuming is a crucial lesson for life. A contract can provide a clear reminder of what was agreed during the initial enthusiasm and promises made pre-pet.

And a pet can add significantly to a child’s life. There are many accounts of children whose mental and physical development was noticeably enhanced after a pet came into their lives. The benefits can be life changing.

Dogs especially, don’t judge and are often persistent in their demands, wanting stroking and attention, giving unconditional love. They constant presence enables them to become a child’s loyal, inseparable companion, sometimes becoming their one true friend in life. This can be especially important if the child feels lonely, different, shy or awkward.

Some children will tell their pet everything, so that it becomes their trusted confidante. They may feel comfortable about sharing their secrets, their distress at a family divorce or death, open up about their upset over a situation at home, problems at school and find it easy to disclose their inner fears, anxieties and concerns.

It may be that a pet becomes a child’s first experience of death and loss. Going through the death of a much-loved pet and learning to deal with it by asking questions and perhaps having a burial service or ritual can be an important lesson. They learn about grief and its associated emotions..

However, if there’s any doubt about a child’s ability to sustain interest in years of commitment to an animal it’s important to reconsider carefully in advance. Or it may be that a very young child is unable to fully understand how to treat an animal properly, would be rough with it or irritated at having to look after it and would take his/her frustrations out on it. Animals have very few ways of protecting themselves; their options tend to be biting, snarling and scratching which then result in the pet being punished.

Education is important and it might be useful, prior to pursuing the pet route, to volunteer at an animal shelter, borrow someone else’s pet to walk and look after or even sponsor something exotic at the nearest zoo and then visit regularly. There are even virtual pets that demand attention and regularly remind their owner of their presence. A child may soon realise that they’re not that interested in having a pet longterm. One of these options might be a more viable alternative, at least at first.

 

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Are you on a tight budget and still you want a grooming session for your dog? Then shed your worries here as there are a few dog grooming tips to follow to groom your furry kid and save money. Every pet parent must have faced this situation and this is not the worst situation. Since grooming charges are too high, it is better that you learn some basic steps to groom your pet at home, especially if you have a large pug family. With these few simple tips, you can do a great job as well as can pamper your dog giving a spa like treat.

Brush

Every grooming session needs to be started by brushing. With the help of a dog comb gently remove all debris and untangle the hair, also find all hair knots that need to cut off. Through brushing, you will come to know that which part of your dog body requires more attention. Like hair on the belly, rather than hair on their head and legs. Moreover, many dogs have more hair around the ears.

It is also crucial to find a perfect brush according to your pet’s requirement because long hair requires special brushes that detangles easily. Even the thick hair requires the brush that can move through it effortlessly, and helps in easy brushing and detangling hair. Ensure that you are not harsh on your pet. Gently comb through his hair.

Bathe

After brushing your pet, the next in the grooming session comes bathing. Numerous dog shampoos are available in the market. In case, if your pet has fleas, select Fido’s flea shampoo, which is very much helpful in both cleaning the pet and removing the fleas. If your dog is allergic to any chemical, you need to check for the ingredients on that pet shampoo bottle before using it on your pet.

Bathe your furry pal in a lukewarm water. Make sure that the water is not too hot as it may burn your pooch. While bathing take care that the water and shampoo does not go into his eyes, ears and mouth. After shampoo, use pet conditioner on your pooch. This enhances his coat sheen and leaves the hair silky. After washing and conditioning, pat dry your dog with the help of clean towel. Get a proper dog towel for your lovable four-pawed companion.

Use Special Grooming Scissors

Never try your hand on your furry pal, if you are not handy with scissors because it is quite risky. You may even hurt your pet. Better to take him to a professional groomer to do the job. If you have a little bit of experience, then get a pair of special grooming scissors. Never work out with general scissors. You can buy a pair of grooming scissors from a store or any online pet store. While cutting be careful around the eyes, ears, belly, bottom, toes and other tender regions.

Clean the Mess

If you don’t want that dog hair on your furniture, sticking to your clothes, on the carpet or flying around the house, just clean the mess after you have finished cutting the hair. This may seem quite obvious, but most often pet parents forget about this and walk through the hair taking it all around the house.

Reward

Every dog trainer and experienced groomer know that a small treat after the job done is well appreciated by a furry pal. Giving a treat after a grooming session will encourage them to remain calm and love the bath time. A hug or a kiss, or any of their favorite treat will tell them that they have done a great job.

Definitely grooming at home takes a time to practice, but it is an effective way to save some bucks and help your pet enjoy his grooming session. However, it is always good when you do this by yourself rather than giving away your pet in a stranger’s hand.

 

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You have just gotten your pet rabbit-congratulations!-and have already taken it home to show it off to your family and friends. After setting up the cage and offering it some food and water, the next step is litter training. This is one of the most important and often challenging parts of raising a pet, but once it’s mastered, the experience is all the more rewarding. Here, we provide you a step-by-step manual on how to litter train your rabbit; pretty soon, you’ll be on your way to becoming the ultimate pet owner.

Before you start…

1. Spay/neuter your rabbit. This is especially important if you own a baby rabbit; after four to six months, your pet’s hormones will kick in and soon enough it will begin to mark its territory. To lessen the likelihood of doing so, spaying or neutering your rabbit will help make it easier to be litter-trained.

2. Choose the right type of litter. While there are many types of litter that are marketed out there, many owners tend to make their own for the litter box, which is not only inexpensive, but also safer for their bunnies. Using litter designed for cats or wood shavings can be hazardous to health, as they might cause digestion or respiratory problems. An ideal type of litter is recycled paper products (e.g. newspapers), since they are harmless to the rabbits if ingested. Certain litter brands like Care-fresh or Cellu-Dri arm considered safe for them, too.

3. Clean and dispose frequently. Changing the litter box often will not only keep the cage from smelling, but also encourage your rabbit to use them more. Vinegar is a cheap and convenient tool to use to get rid of odors when cleaning the box and other stains inside the cage.

How to Litter-Train your Pet…

1. Make it comfortable. You want your rabbit to be at ease when being litter-trained while also making sure that it knows that the cage’s litter box is where it needs to go to for doing the deed. By making its cage a calm and safe environment, it will help motivate your pet to go there more often.

2. Give enough space for roaming. If you would like your pet bunny to run around the house (with supervision, of course!), then it is essential to begin litter training right away. Start small by restricting your bunny’s roaming space to a small part of the room, before increasing it to the rest of it. Make sure to always have multiple litter boxes all over the room, just in case your rabbit decides to litter somewhere other than in the cage.

3. Discipline firmly. Rabbits are naturally habitual animals, and so if you are not firm in disciplining when it marks its territory, then it will be very difficult to break the cycle for future littering sessions. Give a gentle, but stern “no” every time it starts to litter in a place other than where its designated to, and move it quickly to a nearby litter box (whether in the cage or the room) to reinforce where it should do its business.

4. Reward your pet. Positive reinforcement is just as important to litter training your rabbit as reprimanding it when it goes wrong. Treat your pet with something small, like a piece of fruit or its favorite play-thing when it correctly disposes in the litter box. Of course, you don’t have to do this every time that it works, especially after more than several times, but during its initial stages it is highly suggested.

5. Be patient. Like with babies and other pets, rabbits take time to be properly litter trained. Slip-ups will happen, and it is a matter of being calm and correcting your pet’s behavior as soon as they occur that will help the process go more smoothly. Having patience is key to being a good pet owner, and it will no doubt build a solid and trusting relationship with your rabbit.

Now you’ve gotten the basics down, it is now time to get started! Overall, taking both the prerequisites and the steps themselves when it comes to litter training your rabbit will give you a clear, solid standard on how to go about it. Pretty soon, you can play and enjoy spending time with you adorable furry friend… without the mess!

 

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Pets have always remained one of the dearest family members. An owner would ensure that his furry friend is not only comfortable, but happy at the same time. A proper sleep, rest plays an important factor for an animal. So, to make this possible, one has to purchase a pet bed. This type of bed is specially designed for a pet that allow him to lead a cosy life. There are varieties of beds which offer different purposes for the animals. It is available in different sizes according to the size of your furry friend. A person can also order it comprising some brilliant colours and designs which will not only attract pets, but will also ornament the room in an amazing way. There are certain important factors which a person should consider while buying a bed for their friend. One of them is the way your cat, dog or any other animal sleeps.

If your goal is to minimise or reduce your pet’s health problem, then in that case you should certainly go with a comfy bed. If he is suffering from any physical limitations like arthritis, then a memory foam pet bed would be a perfect choice. It will surely reduce his problem and help him to get a comfortable sleep.

Washing your friend’s bed would be a tough task. So, it is necessary to get a pet bed cover which will cover the bed in a beautiful way. It will keep any debris away from it and will also act as the perfect decorative element for the room. If you think it is heavy and costly, then don’t worry, this bed is soft, lightweight and can be carried anywhere while travelling.

You can also get different types of pet beds combining some different colours and designs that will look neat in the room. It goes with the overall d├ęcor of the home. Before buying, consider an important aspect that should be noticed while buying a bed. First is the size of the bed. Second is the amount of space available in the room. Third is the weight. Fourth is the number of animals you have. Fifth is the colour and design of the bed. Get a simple bed that will surely help your lovely friend to lead a relaxed life.

 

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There are numerous reasons some of them unexplainable why your pet may be limping. At vet clinics, we see most pets coming with limping or lameness issues. Just a total disaster of leg movement is not just limping. It may be a slight favoring of a paw or a limb, stiffness when getting up or after running around or avoiding total weight of the body on the leg. Limping can happen to any animal whether dog or a cat.

With many reasons lying down for limping, it is crucial to find the right cause. Some of the most common causes may be injuries, accidents, birth deformities or malformation of joints that can result into the change in their walking or running.

If you find your pet is limping, it is crucial to evaluate the reason behind limping and figure out the solution or take your pet to a vet for complete assessment. This will help in reasoning out and finding out the right treatment or help in diagnosing where it is required for your pet.

Some common injuries are:

  • Sprains
  • Wounds
  • Abscesses
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Arthritis
  • Cruciate disease or ruptures
  • Fractures
  • Ligament strains or ruptures
  • Growth deformities
  • Nerve pain or spinal injuries

Things To Do If Your Pet Is Limping

When your pet is limping figure out what is wrong with her. Find if you notice the difference – a prickle, wound, swelling, inflammation or hair matt. In case of prickles or matts, try to remove it if your pet allows. This will instantly relieve your pet from pain and she can walk again normally. If there is nothing that you can find and still your pet is limping, it is better to have a vet visit. Your vet is the best judge to find out what is wrong with your pet and what is the best treatment to follow to help your pet with limping problem. Getting answers from you for few of his/her questions, your vet may further advice for testing such as an x-ray. In some cases, animal experts use anesthesia to find the cause behind the lameness.

Pain Relief Medications or Treatments for Limping

This depends on the pet’s condition. It can be as simple as removing the prickle or hair matt from the affected area or as complicated as undergoing a surgery to correct or remove the pain source. Sometimes, a course medication or an injection helps in resolving the condition. Whereas in some conditions, they need to be admitted into a hospital for more intensive pain management.

Limping is a curable condition, if you once find out the right reason behind it. There may be hidden reasons behind limping which when unveiled can show the way through the treatment helping pet to get normal again.

Having two spaniels and one bulldog, and taking care of them, I am always eager about sharing lots of information about pet care and their health issues. Throwing some light on pet limping issues, I have shared an article here.