Are Peanuts a Safe Snack for Your Bird?

It’s important to provide your bird with a varied diet. Fortunately, this is pretty easy. Parrots can eat all kinds of seeds, nuts, fruit, and vegetables! Feeding your feathered friend is made even easier because mixes can be found at your local pet store.

However, just because there is a lot of food that your bird can eat doesn’t mean he can eat all of it. Peanuts are one food that a professional veterinarian often gets a lot of questions about. Are they safe for your pet?

The danger of aflatoxin

Peanuts aren’t as safe as some pet parents think. That’s because they can contain aflatoxin. This toxic contaminant can also be found in cereals and grains.

However, not all peanuts contain this toxin. It only develops as a result of the fungi Aspergillus. This fungus is only allowed to grow in certain environments. Peanuts that are stored in warm, damp, dark places will likely develop this toxin. Nuts that are stored in cool, dry, well-ventilated areas won’t.

If allowed to grow, and the contaminated peanuts are ingested by your bird, he could develop liver problems or even cancer.

Fortunately, your feathered friend is highly unlikely to suffer from the effects of aflatoxin because the USDA monitors U.S. grains for aflatoxin-producing molds. The danger is how it is stored in your home. With proper storage, peanuts are safe for your parrot to eat. Just make sure you choose peanuts that are made for humans. Peanuts that are made for birds don’t have the same stringent requirements from the USDA.

Peanuts are high in fat

Although aflatoxin is the most pressing concern when it comes to peanuts, you also have to consider their fat content.

It’s true that peanuts have healthy fats in them. They have the kind of fats that are good for birds! However, too much of anything is never good, and the same is true of peanuts.

Because peanuts are high in fat, they can cause your bird to gain a little weight. In addition, fats challenge the liver. They can put too much stress on this important organ if your feathered friend is fed too much, resulting in more visits to your local animal clinic.

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Exercising Your Pet – Warm-Up And Cool Down Routines After Exercise

Just like humans, warm-up and cool down routines are necessary before and after engaging in strenuous physical activity. A warm-up routine prepares the muscles for activity to prevent sprains or cramps. It can also prevent pulling of a muscle. Warm-up activities may include a light jog or a brisk walk before your dog engages in strenuous activity.

On the other hand, cooling down is important for the dog’s heart rate to get back to normal.

Warm up and cool down routines are also important in decreasing lactic acid from the dog’s system. This can help eliminate the occurrence of post-exercise soreness. A 5-10 minute warm-up and cool down regimen is generally enough for the dog’s body to adjust.

There are several factors that can help determine the exercise needs of pets. These include age, pre-existing physical or health conditions, and the animal’s activity level. It’s also a good idea to consult your vet before starting your pet on a new exercise program.

Precautionary Measures To Remember When At The Dog Park

Dogs of all breeds, ages, state of health, and temperament all abound in the dog park. Though the place encourages interaction and developing social manners, canine visitors to the dog park can be exposed to certain risks such as parasites, infectious diseases, or getting involved in a dog fight.

Any of these unfortunate situations can possibly get your pet very ill. Thus, when visiting the dog park, pet owners should observe certain precautionary measures to avoid bad experiences.

One way to protect your dog is to ask your veterinarian if your dog’s flea and heartworm medications, as well as vaccines are current. This is very important before visiting the dog park with your pet. Your dog will be in very close proximity with other dogs in the park and this can significantly increase your pet’s exposure to many health issues.

It is also a good idea to ask your veterinarian for additional vaccinations that can protect your pet from diseases like Lyme disease, kennel cough, etc.

Tips to Help Your Blind Pet

A dog or cat that is completely blind may display certain behaviors in their ability to cope up with their disability. With their owners’ help and support, it may take about a month for a completely blind pet to adjust to his loss of vision. During this time, avoid changing the layout of the dog’s immediate surroundings as he tries his best to memorize how things are arranged so he won’t keep bumping into them. This will also include his bed, crate, food, and water bowls, as well as litter box for cats.

Tips to improve a blind pet’s quality of life

  • Confine your visually-impaired pet to a small area as he gets his bearings. As he becomes more confident in moving around without bumping into things, gradually expand the area. Take note that it’s easier for a blind pet to memorize the layout of his immediate surroundings if he is allowed to get familiar with one area at a time, gradually adding to his mental map.
  • As much as possible, avoid even small changes in the general home layout. It’s also a good idea to pad the sharp edges of tables and furniture while your pet is still adjusting so he won’t get hurt when he bumps into them.

Consult your pets’ health care for additional details.

Why English Lop Is A Popular Breed of Rabbits

Why English Lop Is A Popular Breed of RabbitsEnglish Lops can easily be recognized by their large floppy ears. Their wonderful personalities also make them well-loved pets. English lops are highly energetic and are always curious about their surroundings. They make ideal pets for families with kids, whether they are first time owners of pet rabbits or long-time pet owners. They are socially inclined and will love spending time and be interacting with their favorite human. They can tolerate being petted, picked up, or handled even by strangers.

These gentle rabbits also make ideal pets and company for seniors who lack the energy to meet the needs of a puppy.

They don’t gnaw much but they will need some rabbit-safe chew toys and hay to keep their teeth well-trimmed. They may not need as much attention from their owners but they will require enough space and opportunities to engage in physical activity and exercise outside their enclosure. Learn more details visit here-

Fur Biting In Chinchillas

Fur Biting In Chinchillas.jpgChinchillas with anti-social behaviors often engage in fur biting; however fur biting is not considered an anti-social behavior in itself.

The lack of physical and mental stimulation can also be important predisposing factors of fur biting. Ongoing conflicts between cage mates can also trigger the behavior. Some chins that are exposed to stressors can engage in fur biting as a sort of coping mechanism.

For some chins, fur biting is a chronic problem, causing them to have hair coat that appears unkempt and choppy.

In addition to specific stressors in the immediate environment of chinchillas, fur biting may also be triggered by certain health issues.

Take note that fur biting is a behavior that won’t resolve on its own. There is the need for proper intervention which should start with identifying what’s causing the problem so it can be completely eliminated from the animal’s environment. If removal is not possible, then the chin’s exposure to the trigger factor should be reduced as much as possible. For more details about your pet, Contact your local pet clinic.

Tips For Choosing Dog and Cat Food

Tips For Choosing Dog and Cat Food

The seemingly countless choices of pet food products in the market can be overwhelming for pet owners who don’t do their assignments before buying food for their pets. They can have a difficult time figuring out which pet food will meet their pet’s needs for essential nutrients every single day.

Here are some important tips to remember when choosing pet food:

  • Choose products from reputable pet food manufacturer/s
  • There are a lot of cheap pet food products out there, but always remember never to compromise the quality of pet food with the quantity.
  • Choose a premium quality pet food that is appropriate for the life stage that your pet is in.
  • Premium quality pet food has outstanding palatability and digestibility.
  • If you are particular about the use of natural or organic ingredients in pet food, there are many products you can choose from, but make sure you do your research first to avoid being misled.
  • If your pet has been diagnosed with a certain illness that needs a special diet, your veterinarian may prescribe a specific pet food product that will meet your pet’s nutritional needs.