Dog Collar Tips & Advice

Most of us put a collar on our dogs without putting much thought into buying it other than its color or style. After its on the Dog we don’t even think twice about it. There are many factors that need to go into your collar buying decision other than looks or color, these two things should be the last items on the list. Follow these tips and thoughts next time you are going to buy a collar for your dog. Also follow some of this advice now for the collar that is currently on your Dog. Don’t think your Dog needs a collar? How are you going to attach his ID, license, medical and contact information in case he gets away?

So its time for a new collar, what kind to get? A nylon, leather, head collar, chain or a choke collar. It depends on your needs and what you are going to use it for. If its just for walking or wearing then a standard nylon or leather one is the best way to go.

A normal collar is needed for everyday walking and wearing, so what size to get? The normal rule of thumb says you should be able to get two fingers underneath the collar. It should not be so tight to choke your dog or too loose where they can slip out of it.

Measuring length: Measure around your Dog’s neck using a cloth measuring tape positioned where the collar sits on the neck. The width of the collar can be smaller and more proportional to your dog’s size. 1″ for larger dogs, 3/4″ for medium dogs and 1/2″ or smaller for small or toy dogs.

A flat collar or a Martingale Collar? A flat collar is the standard collar for Dogs. It has a buckle or a plastic, quick release closure with a metal ring for attaching your leash, ID tags, etc. They are usually made of nylon or leather. Most breeds can wear a flat collar. A Martingale collar is designed for dogs with narrow heads such as Greyhounds. Its designed so a narrow head dog cannot slip and back out of his collar. If you don’t have a narrow head breed and he is slipping out of his collar its probably because the collar is not the right size or fitted properly.

Do you want a head, choke or chain (pinching) collar because your Dog pulls a lot and you want to control them? Its OK to buy these but only for training purposes, they should not be used for normal everyday walking and wearing. These types of collars, in addition to the Electronic Training Collars, should be used for training purposes only and not walking. They put too much of a strain on your Dog for everyday or all day use and are not designed for that purpose.

Electronic Training Collars are for training purposes only. They should not be worn for everyday walking or all day use.
Flea and tick collars are worn in addition to a regular collar, do not attempt to hook a leash around one of these. They contain chemicals to help protect your dog against fleas and ticks.

Flea and Tick collars are usually effective for a short time and need to be replaced regularly.

Follow these Dog Collar tips and advice to make sure that your Dog is fitted and wearing the appropriate collar. Doing this is not only a comfort situation for your Dog but also a safety one. Lets keep our Dog a Smiley one.

Cat Courageous – Adopting A Cat

Summary: Being cat courageous is recognizing the beauty of a cat and then courageously giving them a second chance by adoption. There are many pros and cons to owning a cat. These responsibilities, as with any animal, requires realistic decision-making, then choosing a kitten or an adult feline. No matter which one is chosen, there isn’t a high enough praise for being cat courageous.

Cats have a beauty that defines sleekness, stealth and grace. Cats have the ability of a ninja, playfulness of a baby and an independence only they can show. Accepting these qualities which makes up the feline is a joy all cat owners can attest to. Having multiple felines in the house only adds to the joy and fascination of these qualities and personalities. There is an added satisfaction when the owner has the courage to adopt an older cat.

Cats, with all their attitude and personalities, have basic needs that need to be met. Examples of these needs include brushing, claw trimming, feeding and litter box changing. When giving a feline a second chance from an adoption agency, bring a feline brush with you. Brushing a cat can be relaxing for them. You will be able to spend one on one time with your choice of cat and relax them as well. By brushing a cat daily you will help maintain a healthy coat of fur and cut down on hairballs. The second thing to evaluate is whether or not they like their paws being touched. Although this not the act of claw trimming, the touching of paws is half the battle. Another item to evaluate in the basic needs category is whether or not the cat uses a litter box. This can be evaluated by either direct observation or asking the caretakers. The last item in basic needs being met is the diet. This must be asked, as older cats may or may not have special dietary needs because of allergies, or other medical conditions. Of course all these basic needs leads to monetary responsibility.

Even though cats are independent creatures they are by no means a cheap animal to care for. The phrase “cheaper by the dozen” does not apply to cats. Is a kitten or an older cat less expensive? My answer, they are about the same. Either, the kitten or the older cat, have the same basic needs that need to be met. Along with these needs comes the vet bills for the shots that are needed. Should you adopt a cat, not from an agency, the feline will need to be neutered or spayed, ask your vet on how to get a voucher to help off set this cost. Many years of great health can be enjoyed when preventative checkups are given.

Cats can give many years of love, laughter and heartaches. Cats are also a popular animal in people’s households. This means there are a lot of articles out there about cats. Think about a question you may have, an there is bound to be an article out in the Internet world or book displays that can give you an answer.

Be cat courageous and look at adopting an older cat as you will be rewarded with personality that only a cat can bring into any household.

Our senior cat, Biskers was adopted when she was 3 years old. Being once an outside cat, she now lives a spoiled lifestyle of being “master” of the house. She doesn’t show the slightest hint of wanting to go outside. She owns the couch and demands her brushing daily. She has her “spot” when its dinner time and her after dinner lounging tunnel. Biskers adds royalty to the household by her mannerism and demands.

Tired Of Your Dog Ruling The Roost? Check Out These Simple Tips To Train Your Pet!

One of the most important things to remember when training your dog is that it is a lifelong process. Many owners think that once their pet has the basics down, the training process is over. Dogs, much like people, learn throughout their lives, and consistent training will help them to be well-behaved and friendly.

Reward your dog for obeying you, but only occasionally. Rewards like treats and excessive praise can be useful tools when training your dog. Just be careful that you do not condition them to expect this every time they do as they are are told. Reward them for following instruction, but do so randomly.

Be sure that your canine is consuming a healthy diet. If your dog isn’t getting what he needs from his diet, he will have a hard time concentrating during training. It is damaging to their health as well as making them more prone to bad behaviors. With the right healthy diet, your dog will be more energetic and eager to please during training sessions.

To train a dog to stop barking you must first train him to bark on command. When the dog barks on command instead of when he chooses to bark, it is easier to teach him to stop barking during the training session. Once he learns the command for “stop barking” he will follow it outside of training.

If you want to help your dog succeed in his training program, take a moment to try and think like he does. Understanding how your pet views the world can help you make better training decisions for him. The better suited your program is to your dog’s personality, the more success you will have while training.

To achieve the best results when housebreaking a pet, be aware of the food and water he consumes. Make sure that you feed your dog at least three times per day with good food. This ensures your dog won’t have accidents as you’ll know when to expect a trip outside.

Stay with the training, so that he doesn’t forget the lessons that he learned. Keep him in practice. Do not assume that your dog will remember his training all his life. You can encourage your dog to adopt good habits. That is why it is vital to ensure your dog maintains a strict rule system.

Learn to read how your dog is feeling. By studying your pet’s body language, you’ll be able to guess whether it is feeling nervous, agitated, aggressive, or calm. If you can predict when a dog is about to behave badly, you can remove it from a bad situation before a problem develops.

If your dog barks and growls at strangers in your home, do this: leash your dog, make him sit, wait until his attention is on you, and hand the leash, in full view of the dog, to your guest. Then wait until the dog is calm again, with the guest giving commands as needed. This teaches the dog that your guest ranks above him in “the pack” and he must accept them. When the dog starts to react again, repeat the exercise.

Every owner owes it to their dog to know the basics of dog training. And the good news is that, even if you know little about canine behavior, there are simple and very easy steps you can take to develop a more positive and healthy relationship with your dog.

Why Declawing Your Cat is a Bad Idea

Owners of cats will often consider having their pet declawed when scratching becomes a problem. It’s true that cats can cause considerable damage to furniture or door frames by using these as scratching posts. A favorite scratching spot can be completely ripped up and shredded by a cat exercising his or her claws. Declawing is generally done only on the front paws because the back paws rarely present a problem.

The front claws of cats are retractable, and are always growing, just like our fingernails. In order to remove the outer sheath of the claw to expose the new, sharper claw, the cat must scratch. Wild cats satisfy their scratching need on trees or logs, but domestic cats will use whatever is convenient and at hand. Besides scratching furniture, cats will also scratch defensively, or in some cases, aggressively. People who own cats, and who also have medical conditions, worry that a cat scratch could cause problems.

Declawing is a serious surgical procedure that will be performed on your cat under complete anesthesia. Declawing is not the same as trimming the cat’s nails. In order to declaw your cat, it is necessary for the last joint of the cat’s toes to be removed – the nail bed grows right out of the bone so in order for the declawing to be successful, the bone itself must be removed. Some vets use laser surgery to do the procedure, but the same result will occur.

After surgery, the paws must be bandaged. Because this is painful surgery, your veterinarian will usually prescribe pain relievers and often antibiotics to deal with incipient infections. The time that will be needed for complete healing can be up to several weeks, although some cats will be healed within 3 or 4 days.

As with most elective surgeries on pets, there is a great deal of discussion about whether declawing is cruel and unnecessary, except in certain medical situations (tumors, chronic infections). Studies have been done which exhibit contradictory results. However, several problems seem to arise after a cat has been declawed.

Because the cat’s primary means of defense, its claws, are gone, the cat may be more prone to biting. Cat bites can easily become infected, and are considered to be more dangerous in this respect than dog bites. Many cat owners report that their cats have more of a tendency to urinate or defecate inappropriately after being declawed. It has been shown that with the removal of the front claws, cats may object to the feel of the litter in the box. The cat can never be allowed outside again, once it has been declawed, the cat must be kept in the house at all times. Without claws, not only will the cat be unable to defend itself, it will also be unable to climb a tree to escape an attack by other animals.

Opposing these negative outcomes, there is also the fact that persistent scratching up of furniture or aggressive scratching of people or other pets can lead to the cat being surrendered to a shelter. It has been found that approximately one quarter of the cats in the United States have been declawed, and that most owners are satisfied with the outcome of the surgery but there are ways to solve the scratching problem without declawing.

Those cat owners who object to declawing can work around the problem to one extent or another. Kittens start getting the urge to scratch when they are about 2 months old. This is the perfect opportunity to train the kitten to use a scratching post. One that has a rough texture will appeal to the scratching instinct especially. Posts covered with sisal, or even a section of log will be attractive to the kitten. Even adult cats can be trained to use a post if you are willing to spend the time to work with the animal. Vinyl caps that fit over the front claws can keep the cat from damaging furniture or harming others. These caps are glued onto the claws and have to be replaced about once a month. Some owners have found that trimming the cat’s nails themselves can help to reduce the need for scratching. However, your cat may not be cooperative during this procedure, and this is also something that should be started while the cat is still a kitten.

Tendonectomy is a surgical alternative to declawing, and may actually be the worst choice of all. During this surgery, the tendons that control the flexing of the claws are severed. Owners must then trim the claws regularly to prevent them growing into the toe pads. This is not a recommended procedure for our beloved cats.

Declawing is not a procedure that any cat owner should take lightly, and in most cases, it’s best to avoid it. There are other options to this painful procedure and if you take the time to train your cat, you can enjoy each other for many years to come.

Caring For Your Dog-Helpful Tips

Follow these tips and advice to help keep your dog happy and healthy.

Have your dog vaccinated against rabies.

Don’t let your dog roam around without a leash. This endangers your dog and increases the chances of getting hit by a car or hurt by another animal. On your property make sure your dog is secured and cannot escape or roam around the neighborhood.

Have your dog wear a collar and attach ID tags with your contact information on it in case your dog does get loose or lost. Consider installing a microchip.

Make sure your dog is getting the proper nutrition and water. Don’t under or over feed. Your dogs eating habits and nutritional needs will change as they age so make sure you make the proper adjustments. Puppies need more feedings throughout the day than a one year old dog. A one year old and older only require one meal a day. Larger dogs sometimes bloat so break up their meals into two smaller ones if that is the case.

Take your dog to a Vet for checkups and the proper advice on feeding, grooming, rabies, flea & tick treatments, etc.

Give your Pet enough exercise, they need it also. It will burn calories, stimulate their minds, avoid boredom and helps to prevent destructive behavior. Walks and play time with toys is a great way to bond with your dog and keep the both of you healthy.

Keep your dog clean and brush to help prevent shedding. Use grooming time to check for abnormalities on their skin or body.

When carrying dogs never pick them up by the back of their neck, tail or legs. Always place your hands under the chest and rump, support from underneath.

Most of these things are common sense but we need to be reminded to do these things. All of these tips are important and should not be put off or forgotten. Our dogs are animals but when it comes to their health and well being we need to treat them as if they were our child.

Animals Turn to Nature for Self-Medication

Scientists still aren’t sure if this theory, known as zoopharmacognosy, is correct, but believers in the practice are convinced that humans can learn a thing or two from these animals – specifically, in terms of finding new medications.

“Much of folk medicine, particularly in the undeveloped world, likely came from medicine men watching animals self-medicate,” lead author Joel Shurkin wrote in the journal PNAS.

Mother Nature’s Pharmacy

Many animal species, from birds, bees and lizards to elephants and chimpanzees, have turned to nature as their own personal kind of pharmacy. They self-medicate using the environment’s own ingredients to prevent disease, kill parasites, bacteria and viruses, or to simply aid in digestion.

For instance, seeing a dog munch on grass is nothing you haven’t seen before, and an owner’s first instinct may be to snatch away these greens to prevent their dog from getting sick. But according to Shurkin, that’s exactly the point. Supposedly domestic dogs, and even cats, seek out the plant in order to relieve a stomach ache and expel whatever it is that’s bothering them.

“Dogs do not have the means to digest grass, as they lack the enzymes needed to break down the fibers,” Vancouver-based vet Dr. Michael Goldberg explained in the magazine Modern Dog. “Thus, there is little nutritional value in it for them. One reason for eating grass may be due to a feeling of nausea.”

Elsewhere, chimpanzees have been observed swallowing leaves whole, using their rough sandpaper-like texture to remove parasites. More than 200 species of birds have also been seen rubbing themselves with ants to kill feather lice, a behavior known as anting. Ants that spray formic acid can kill off feather lice and protect the birds from infection.

Animals Turn to Nature for Self-Medication

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By Jenna Iacurci Dec 11, 2014 02:48 PM EST dog It seems that animals, such as dogs, elephants and chimps, are turning to Mother Nature for means of self-medication by seeking out drugs to treat their own ailments, new research suggests. (Photo : Flickr: smerikal)

It’s not uncommon for humans who just visited the doctor to want to seek out a second opinion, some of them turning to self-medication for the answer. But now new research shows that this may apply to animals like dogs, elephants and chimps as well, who seek out drugs on their own to relieve certain ailments.

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Scientists still aren’t sure if this theory, known as zoopharmacognosy, is correct, but believers in the practice are convinced that humans can learn a thing or two from these animals – specifically, in terms of finding new medications.

“Much of folk medicine, particularly in the undeveloped world, likely came from medicine men watching animals self-medicate,” lead author Joel Shurkin wrote in the journal PNAS.

Many animal species, from birds, bees and lizards to elephants and chimpanzees, have turned to nature as their own personal kind of pharmacy. They self-medicate using the environment’s own ingredients to prevent disease, kill parasites, bacteria and viruses, or to simply aid in digestion.

For instance, seeing a dog munch on grass is nothing you haven’t seen before, and an owner’s first instinct may be to snatch away these greens to prevent their dog from getting sick. But according to Shurkin, that’s exactly the point. Supposedly domestic dogs, and even cats, seek out the plant in order to relieve a stomach ache and expel whatever it is that’s bothering them.

“Dogs do not have the means to digest grass, as they lack the enzymes needed to break down the fibers,” Vancouver-based vet Dr. Michael Goldberg explained in the magazine Modern Dog. “Thus, there is little nutritional value in it for them. One reason for eating grass may be due to a feeling of nausea.”

Elsewhere, chimpanzees have been observed swallowing leaves whole, using their rough sandpaper-like texture to remove parasites. More than 200 species of birds have also been seen rubbing themselves with ants to kill feather lice, a behavior known as anting. Ants that spray formic acid can kill off feather lice and protect the birds from infection.

[chimpanzee] (Photo : Flickr: sarahemcc)

Additionally, female capuchins have been known to rub sugary syrups on wounds, while North American brown bears treat insect bites using a paste of Osha roots and saliva.

But perhaps most astonishing are reports from back in October 2013, the Daily Mail notes, of mountain goats scaling a brick wall in the Gran Paradiso National Park in Northern Italy. It is thought that the animals were partaking in mineral licks, which is the licking of stones for their nutritious salts and minerals when food supply is low.

Medicine vs. Food

But how do you tell the difference between self-medication and just plain bizarre behavior?

For example, researcher Holly Dublin while observing a group of elephants in Kenya spotted a pregnant female eating the plant boraginaceae, which was not part of her regular diet. The expectant mother ate the entire plant and then returned to her normal feeding routine, suggesting that she perhaps just had a momentary lapse in judgment.

3 Reasons Why You Would Want a K9 Unit

K9 units or dog units are glorified in movies. If you have watched any action movie or series recently where a dangerous and vicious criminal is the on the run from the police, you may have spotted a K9 unit on the chase. As spectacular and intriguing as those chases are, that is not all there is to dog units. You don’t really have to be in the middle of a chase between the police and a fugitive to see dog units in action. In fact, you can have a dog unit at your service if you are struggling to protect the perimeters of your home or workplace.

A lot of people will come up to you and tell you that using dogs to secure your boundaries is too elaborate and old fashioned. This is because people are gradually turning their attention away from man’s best friend and placing their trust in technology. There is no denying the fact that technology has a huge role to play in the private security industry today and in the future. However, you cannot possibly forget how useful guard dogs and their handlers are. The presence of a dog unit can make a world of a difference when it comes to safeguarding your life and assets from criminal attacks.

It is okay for you to doubt the effectiveness and legitimacy of a dog unit. A lot of people are not familiar with the concept of using dogs to ward off criminal threats. Then again, there are those who are concerned about safety issues associated with a dog unit. “What if the handler loses control and the dog breaks free?” is one of the many questions that make people overlook perks of hiring a dog unit. If you are in the same boat, then here are pieces of information about dog units that will change your mind.

1) Dog Units are Exceptionally Well Trained

“Safety comes first” is the motto of every exemplary dog unit. Unlike a lot of so called modern security systems, K9 units will not compromise your security under any circumstances. The people who are appointed as dog handlers are not ordinary men and women who simply have an affinity for dogs. Believe it or not, dog handlers are actually recruited from law enforcement agencies and from the military. State of the art private security companies look to hire former police or army officers who have had years of training and experience handling guard dogs. This is not a job that can be left to the hands of an amateur. Handling guard dogs is an extremely difficult task that requires a great degree of skill.

It is not only the dog handlers who are trained. The guard dog themselves undergo rigorous training regimes as well. While the dog handlers are trained to exercise unwavering control over the guard dogs, the canines are trained to be obedient and faithful to their handlers at all times. This incredibly high level of training allows the man and the animal to develop the chemistry required to form a formidable security team. If you do not believe it, then simply talk to a dog handler (provided that you are not scared of the dog he or she is toting around). They will tell you all about the unbelievable amount of work that they and their dogs have put in to deter crime.

2) Dog Units Prevent Crimes from a Mile Away

You may have heard security personnel talk about how they can scare away criminals from a mile away. In the case of a dog unit, this is literally true. Statistics suggest that criminals, even the most violent released inmates, are fearful of guard dogs. In other words, if you were a burglar or a robber who was trying to break in to a store, house or an office, then you would most probably change your mind upon seeing a dog unit from a mile away.

The dogs in K9 units are specifically trained to be very hostile to criminals. Since they are completely obedient to their dog handlers, they will not pose any threat to you or people around you. These dogs have a particular taste for criminals. With the assistance of their dog handlers, these guard dogs are able to spot criminals and track them down even before the crime is committed.

There is no better crime deterrent than a dog unit. If you buy a security system, it can only make you aware of the presence of a criminal. It cannot literally chase away a criminal now, can’t it? But a guard dog is born to strike fear in the hearts of criminals, so that they do not even think about robbing or vandalizing your house.

3) Dog Units Are Cost Effective

If you want static guards to offer you the same level of protection that a dog unit does, then you would need to hire at least five to six different static guards. Hiring that many static guards would drain a lot of money out of your pockets, something that you surely do not want to see happen under the current economic circumstances. Even if you hire six guards, they would not be able to frighten away criminals and deter crime like a dog unit would.

Dog units are thus the smarter choice, because they are evidently more cost effective. With a dog unit, you are paying an affordable price for state of the art security.

The combination of a single dog handler with a single guard dog is a strong enough security team to let you reside in your home or work in your office without the fear of being attacked by deadly criminals.

5 Basic Commands to Teach your Dog

In this article I am going to share with you basic commands to teach your dog. Make sure to be patient with the learning process and repeat the commands as often as necessary.

1. Choose a “release command”. This is a special word that tells the dog when he can stop doing something. This command will take the place of a “stay” command. When a command is given, the “stay” is implied- the dog must stay in position until he is “released.”
The standard release commands are “free” or “release”, but you can choose any word you like, other than “OK”, “let’s go”, or “come”. It must be a word that isn’t commonly heard in normal conversation. Some examples include: taco, chaos, zombies, cuckoo, libre, skidoosh, at ease, etc. (People living in multiple dog households will need a different release command for each individual dog).

2. Teach your dog to “sit” at your side. Make sure you ask your dog to sit ONLY ONCE (the command is “sit”, not “sit, sit, sit”) and then give him a moment to comply- patience is important when you are teaching a new behavior, so even if your dog knows.

To get beside your dog, hold some yummy, yummy treat in front of his nose, and then gently touch or tap his rear, where the tail meets the rump. The dog should automatically drop into a sit- mark the instant his rear hits the ground with “YES!”, then deliver the reward. Be sure that you are saying “yes” when the rear hits the ground, and NOT when you feed the treat! The behavior being marked is the “sit,” not the taking of the treat.

3. Shake. Put your dog into a sit position in front of you. Raise their paw up and say “shake” and give them a small treat. Let them put their paw back on the ground before you pick it up again. Do this 20 times in a row, 4 sessions a day. Soon they will start offering you some sort of shake. Praise anything towards the behavior you want. We can tighten the shake up as we go. Praise Praise Praise!!!!!

4. High-five. By now, your dog should have a pretty good grasp of the “shake” command, so you can begin to turn it into a “high-five” command. Your hand held horizontally, palm up, should trigger the dog swipe at it with their paw for “shake”. You will gradually begin to shift your hand out to the side, eventually getting it up to a vertical, high-five position. Once your dog is swiping at your vertical hand, you can start to add the “high-five” command.

5. Wait. “Wait” is a command that simply means, “stop moving forward and await further instruction”. Dogs understand boundaries, so you will practice this command at any clear thresholds (doorways, stairs, etc), as well as getting in and out of the car.
As you approach a threshold, you will stop moving forward, while simultaneously tugging backwards on the leash and saying “wait”. If the dog keeps trying to go forward, you will keep tugging him gently back on the leash behind the threshold. Remember to loosen the leash as soon as he gets back behind that threshold, even if you have to keep tugging him back multiple times- it needs to be his decision to stay behind the threshold, and if the leash is tight, that means you are holding him. As soon as he relaxes for just one second, release him as usual and proceed across the threshold.

How to Select Top Foods for Dogs?

Good quality food is essential for dog to get better health. Unlike human, dogs get all essential nutrients from a single food that is given to them daily. It is essential for owners to ensure that best quality food is given that is filled with special nutrients essential for growth and development. Treats which don’t contain these nutrients aren’t good for health and cause disastrous health condition. It leads to early death of the loved pet which is an irreversible loss for the owners. To avoid this situation, it is essential for the owners to feed good quality foods to deliver better health. It is essential for owners to feed good quality foods to dogs daily. Sadly, there are many commercial foods that are really harmful for the dogs. To avoid feeding good quality food, it is essential to select good quality foods from the pet’s store. Let us look how to select top quality foods beneficial for the dogs now.

Finding the right quality foods for the dogs is very difficult for owners. As a dog lover, no owner would ever compromise on quality and risk health of the pet feeding daily. But, special caution need to be exercised by owners in buying right foods from pet’s store. All brand present to be best in term of quality and nutrients for the dogs in the market. To find out the best quality foods, it is essential for owners to check out ingredient label of treats before buying. Chemical additives, preservatives, filler, by-products, salt, soy, glycerin, and glycol, and other low quality foods need to be avoided. Vitalife is an important brand useful in providing a better food for good health. The brand is offering top quality foods that are really useful for owners to improve health of pets feeding daily. This is because ingredients used in making the foods are collected from organic farm found in Thailand. This is why treats become really healthy and safe for the dogs.

Activeness, longevity and happiness depends upon health of the dogs. But, it is difficult for owners to find quality foods for pets in market these days. To select the best quality foods, it is essential to take certain things into account. Look at the ingredient label to ensure there is harmful chemicals or fillers that cause disastrous health condition. Vitalife is considered a premium quality brand for dogs to deliver better health feeding daily. The main ingredients used in manufacturing foods are chicken fillet, duck fillet, beefs and sweet potatoes oven treating to maintain all nutrients. It’s really safe and useful in maintaining health of the dogs immediately.

A customized lifestyle is needed by the dogs to maintain health. But, it should be made suited to pet, breed and medical history to maintain health. Regular medical checkup, vaccination, and grooming of the dogs is essential for health of the pet. It is useful in avoiding disease and preventing lethal diseases to crop up in body. Hiking, walking up, mental and physical exercise is important for the dogs to burn excess calories and deliver better health. It is useful in maintain health of the dogs feeding top quality foods. Buy special quality treats and feed daily for best health quickly.

Budgies as Pets

Budgies are beautiful birds that make nice pets. They require relatively less maintenance and therefore are ideal for beginners. These lovely birds are intelligent, extremely social and bond well with humans. With training they can be taught a variety of tricks.

The budgie or budgerigar is a native of Australia. They belong to the parrot family.. The scientific name of the budgie is Melopsittacus undulatus. The natural habitat of the budgie is arid, semi-desert. Budgies, like other members of the parrot family tend to live in large colonies. Their diet consists chiefly of seeds.

Buying your Budgies

Budgies can be bought from almost all pet shops. It is important to check that the shops maintain the birds in good and hygienic conditions. See that the birds are active and healthy. It is good to buy the birds in pairs as they will bond. Most pet shops will put your budgies in a box for the journey home. Ensure that the box has adequate means of ventilation.

Setting up the Bird Cage

A good cage for your budgies should be at least 18 x 18 x 20 inches. Wire cages would be ideal as the birds will be able to climb the sides. Alternatively, if you are using cages with metal bars, ensure that the bars are horizontal to enable climbing. Provide adequate perches for the budgies. Ensure that the cage provides enough space for the budgies to fly from one perch to another so that they can exercise their wings.

Budgies are very inquisitive and active creatures that require a lot of stimulation. Hence, it is good to provide toys such as plastic rings, small balls, etc for the birds to play with. The cages need to be kept away from direct sunlight. The cage must also have a removable litter tray to enable cleaning the cage without opening the cage.

Feeding and Diet

Budgies have a diet that consists mainly of seeds. You can occasionally treat your budgie to a meal of fresh fruits. However, certain foods such as avocado, lemon, and potato, chocolate can be harmful to your budgie. Besides their base diet of seeds and occasional fruits, budgies may require supplements of substances such as calcium to augment their dietary intake. This is particularly true of female budgies who need more calcium to form the egg shells. Cuttlebone, which is available at almost all pet stores is a good source of calcium.

Besides food, a permanent supply of clean drinking water should always be made available. It is recommended to replace the water every day as budgies sometimes tend to dirty the water.

Breeding

Budgies can be bred as soon as they attain sexual maturity at around 8 months. In budgies, it is possible to visually tell apart the sexes by the color of the ceres, located below the nostrils. The males have blue ceres while the females tend to have pink or brown ceres.

For the birds to mate, they must bond with each other. Bonding occurs when the birds start feeding and preening each other. The female budgie lays a clutch of about 4-5 eggs with an interval of a day between each egg. The female then sits on the eggs during the incubation period of around 18 days.

The chicks are born naked and blind. Both male and female birds share the responsibility of raising the chicks. The chicks grow fast and are completely covered by feathers by the end of one month after which they leave the nest.

Budgies are beautiful birds that are easy to care for. They are also highly social and are ideal for beginners. They bond well with people and are easily handled.