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What You Need to Know About Watering Your Bird

Your bird needs water. You already know that. But, do you know everything there is to know about watering your feathered friend?

There are probably a few things you could learn. Here’s what a professional veterinarian wants you to know about watering your bird.

Your bird always needs access to water

It’s never a good idea to let your bird run out of the water. Your pet needs access to H2O all the time.

Most pet parents know this, but they don’t understand its importance. To drive the point home, consider the fact that your bird is approximately 75 percent water. In order to remain healthy, he needs to drink a lot.

Clean water is more important than the type of water

Some pet parents feel accomplished because they provide their feathered friend with filtered or bottled water. But, they don’t spend the same kind of time and attention on making sure that water is clean.

It’s far more important to change the water often than it is to provide your bird with a fancy drink. That means cleaning out and replacing the water frequently. You might have to change it every time your pet eats or takes a bath, which means changing the water multiple times a day.

Don’t want to change the water that often? You can try teaching your bird to drink out of a water bottle.

If you still want to give your bird bottled or filtered water, that’s fine. Just know that tap water is probably okay for your parrot too. The only exception would be well water. It can be very hard, which can be harmful to your pet’s health.

Don’t forget bath time

Not only does your bird need to have clean water to drink, he needs to have water he can bathe in! Most parrots will bathe themselves in their water bowl, but if you’re using a bottle, you need to make sure he gets a bowl every once in a while so he can splash around.

If you don’t water your bird properly, he can suffer from many different health problems. If you’re having trouble watering your parrot, or you notice he isn’t drinking like he should, you need to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian clinic.

The Best Ways to Keep Your Pet Rat Clean

There are few things worse than living with a stinky animal. Just ask a dog owner that’s dealing with a canine that hasn’t been bathed for a while! Well, it isn’t just our larger four-legged friends that can really stink up the place. Even rats can make your home smell like a barn.

If you want to reduce the nasty odors in your home, a professional animal hospital recommends keeping your pet clean with these tips.

Keep the cage clean

There really is no better way to keep your rat from getting dirty in the first place than keeping his cage clean. However, this is usually overlooked because these rodents are very good groomers.

It doesn’t matter how well your pet grooms himself if he has to live in soiled bedding. By consistently living, sleeping, and running around on his bedding, your rat can soak up nasty waste smells that will make it very unpleasant to handle him. Not to mention, soiled bedding can make your home smell nasty.

Cleaning up after your pet isn’t too terribly hard. Start by cleaning the cage at least once a week. If you have multiple rats living in the same space, consider cleaning the cage more often.

If you’re still noticing problems, spot clean soiled areas in the cage every day or two. You’ll notice a big difference in the cleanliness of your pet, and he’ll notice a difference too.

Spot clean your rat

The obvious answer if your pet smells is to give him a bath. It’s true that this can help, but it can also stress out your rat. Not all rodents enjoy soaking in the water.

That doesn’t mean you can’t give your rat a bath! Instead of submerging him in water, you can spot clean him instead. You can use pet-friendly wipes that can easily be thrown in the garbage, but a plain old damp wash rag can be very helpful too.

Focus on wiping off his feet and his tail, as they’re most likely to come in contact with waste. You can also wipe your pet’s belly.

Still having trouble keeping your pet rat clean? It’s possible that he has a medical problem that’s causing the issues you’re experiencing. To make sure that isn’t the case, schedule an appointment with your animal hospital.

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.

Care Tips For Pet Monkeys

Care Tips For Pet MonkeysMonkeys are not like your average pets. They are extremely intelligent, and their physical and social needs are very complex. People who are planning to have a pet monkey should learn as much as they can about them and see if they can meet their special and complex needs adequately on a daily basis.

Pet monkeys will need lots of physical and mental stimulation. They thrive well when they’re busy and active all throughout the day. They need to engage in the regular physical activity, climbing and swinging around, regular interaction with their humans, and eat a nutritionally balanced diet appropriate for the species.

Indoor and outdoor enclosures

These should be spacious enough to give them plenty of space for vertical and horizontal movement. Perches, climbing structures, swings, and hammocks inside the enclosures can give them plenty of opportunities to engage in natural behaviors. Learn more tips for pet monkeys visit here.

 

Declawing Pets Can Lead To Long-Term Physical Pain

Declawing Pets Can Lead To Long-Term Physical PainDid you know that declawing is an irreversible surgical procedure in which the last bone of each toe is amputated? Some cat parents think that declawing is the best way to deal with their cat’s scratching. But this is definitely not the solution! They will realize soon after the procedure that they have sentenced their pets to a lifetime of pain which can pave the way for the display of undesirable behaviors.

Pet owners should realize that declawing is not like having your fingernails trimmed; if the procedure is performed on humans, each finger will be amputated at the last joint.

Declawed cats can develop undesirable behavior like potty issues and aggressive tendencies. Declawing has no medical benefit to the cat, except when it has to be done to remove a tumor on the nail bed or similar health issues.

Always consult your veterinarian if you have any problems or concerns about your pet cat.

Guinea Pig Reproductive Disease and What You Can Do About It

When you adopt a guinea pig, you probably aren’t thinking about your pet developing a reproductive disease. Unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon, so it’s definitely something you should think about before you schedule your first appointment with your veterinary clinic.

The question is, what is guinea pig reproductive disease? And is there anything you can do about it?

What is guinea pig reproductive disease?

Although there are many problems that are associated with male guinea pigs, it’s primarily the females that develop reproductive problems in the form of ovarian cysts. What exactly is a cyst?

Cysts are encapsulated, fluid-filled sacs that can be found in the organs of the reproductive system. Not all cysts are dangerous. Some are part of the normal reproductive cycle and don’t cause any problems. However, some cysts can lead to bilateral fur loss, reduced appetite, lethargy, and a bloated appearance. They may even increase your pet’s chances of developing uterine cancer.

It’s estimated that up to two-thirds of female guinea pigs have some kind of ovarian cysts, so it’s an important potential health problem to consider.

Is there anything you can do about cysts?

Knowing about a problem is only half the battle. You have to know what to do about it. When it comes to cysts, you have a few options.

You can wait until your guinea pig develops cysts before you tackle the problem. Keep an eye on her behavior, and if it changes, schedule an appointment with your local clinic right away. If it is determined that your pet has cysts, you’ll have a few treatment options. Medical treatments, like Lupron injections, can help shrink the size of cysts. If they’re bad enough, surgical removal of the reproductive tract may be recommended.

A preventative approach can keep your pig from suffering or feeling uncomfortable in the future. You can have your guinea pig spayed. Not only will it prevent cysts, but it can help you get better behavior out of your pet as well.

Spaying a guinea pig can be hard so you may want to consider having just the ovaries removed instead. Your pet will recover from this sort of surgery much faster than a full spay.

For help determining the best course of action for your pet, schedule an appointment with your veterinary clinic. Learn more here.