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Sprouted Or Germinated Seeds For Pet Birds

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Sprouted or germinated seeds can be an important source of nutrients for pet birds. Birds that are not so keen on eating produce usually accept germinated seeds.

When seeds undergo the process of germination, the nutritional quality and value of the seeds are enhanced. Sprouted seeds contain lower levels of fat because the process of sprouting uses the fat in the seed to jumpstart the growing process. This significantly reduces the fat that is stored in the seeds.

Sprouted seeds can help balance the diet of pet birds because they are high in vegetable proteins, chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Niger, rape seeds, and other so-called oil seeds are rich in protein and carbohydrates when soaked and germinated. “Starch seeds” such as millet and canary seed contain higher amounts of carbohydrates than protein. Sprouted seeds are particularly important for molting birds or those that are kept as breeding stocks. They can also be used important sources of nutrients during weaning and rearing. For more information visit the website. http://topdvm.com/

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Housing Requirements Of Floating Frogs (Occidozyga lima)

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Floating frogs are just some of the many species of exotic pets that many people are now keeping. They are also called by a variety of names including Pointed-tongue Floating frogs, Pearly Skin Puddle frogs, or Green Puddle frogs. They are small and hardy and their housing needs can easily be met even for newbies. When given optimum care and nutrition, these frogs can live for more than 3 years.

Floating frogs thrive in an aquatic ecosystem. All you need is a 2-gallon tank filled halfway with water. Avoid filling up to near the top of the tank to prevent the frogs from jumping out. Put in some floating plants and driftwood for them to take a rest and be comfortable. Yes, your pet can also get tired from swimming even though they are aquatic frog species. Lights and other fixtures can also be installed to make the tank more attractive and eye-catching. For more suggestion contact your local veterinary clinic.

Doing These Things Can Be Annoying To Your Pet Dog

Doing These Things Can Be Annoying To Your Pet DogSome situations can have a profound effect on a dog’s temperament and behavior. These include changes in routine, unintentionally aggressive greetings, and inconsistency.

Routine Changes

Dogs are creatures of habit and their sense of stability and security often depend on routine. Mealtimes, potty visits, walks, playtime, and even the time you arrive home from work are all deeply ingrained into your pet’s brain, and he expects these events to happen day in and day out without distinct changes.

Random changes such as taking him to the potty area later than usual or changing his dinner time can stress your dog and may result in behavioral problems. It is best to stick to the same schedule, the same activities, and the same diet to prevent undesirable effects on your dog.

Being inconsistency

Once you have laid out the line that separates acceptable behaviors and what are not allowed in the household, make sure to be consistent in observing the rules you have established. Inconsistency can only confuse your pet dog. Never tolerate any undesired behavior at all times.

Parasitism in Pocket Pets

Parasitism in Pocket PetsPocket pets do also have their share of external parasites such as fleas, mites, and lice. Fleas from dogs may infest on rabbits and ferrets. With their strong jointed legs, fleas can jump long distances from one potential host to another. You should ask your veterinarian for flea control products that can be safely used for pocket pets.

Rabbits can also be affected by fur mites or ear mites. Fur mite infestation appears like dandruff that is most noticeable around the rabbit’s shoulders. Itching is not normally present. But ear mite infestation causes intense itching causing affected rabbits to scratch at their ears frequently and persistently. There is also increased accumulation of earwax.

Ferrets can also get ear mites from dog, cats, and other ferrets.

Guinea pigs are important hosts of lice and/or mites. They usually acquire these parasites from new bedding or from other guinea pigs that harbor them. Although they are very small, mites can be seen by the naked eye; heavy infestations can cause intense itchiness and formation of scabs.

Ways To Help Boost Your Pet’s Confidence

Ways To Help Boost Your Pet_s ConfidenceDogs with lots of self-confidence tend to be more comfortable interacting with people and other dogs. Those that lack self-confidence can develop undesirable behaviors that can affect the way they interact with people and other pets.

There are many ways to boost your pet’s self-confidence. One way is to show your pet that you are a consistent dominant alpha leader. There should be an established social hierarchy within the household and your pet should know his “rung” in the ladder. This is very important in order to keep the harmony within the pack.

Early socialization is also important in boosting a dog’s self-confidence. When they are exposed to various situations while still very young, they won’t be intimidated by anything new or strange that they may encounter later in life. Pets that feel loved and cared for also have better self-confidence. But those that suffered abuse or experienced neglect often become shy and nervous because they lack self-confidence. For more information visit the website.

Meeting The Housing Needs of Pet Gerbils

Meeting The Housing Needs of  Pet Gerbils.jpgPet gerbils need a spacious enclosure so they can lot of opportunities to engage in natural behaviors like digging, jumping, and chewing.

Fish tanks or aquariums are ideal choices for gerbil housing compared to wire cages and plastic enclosures (modular). The glass walls of a fish tank prevent pet gerbils from escaping and protect them from potential predators. Place a layer of bedding inside the tank to give your gerbils plenty of opportunities to dig and burrow.

Gerbils are diurnal animals, thus they need to go through the day and night cycles. To meet this need, place the tank near a window, but make sure that it’s not directly exposed to the sun.

Another advantage of fish tanks is that the solid walls prevent litter from messing up the surroundings, something which is a common problem in wire cages. For more information click here

Feeding Bearded Dragons

Feeding Bearded DragonsIn captivity, the basic diet of bearded dragons includes crickets, pinky mice, and mealworms. The insects should be gut-loaded several days before they are given to a bearded dragon. As for pinky mice, they must have been recently separated or weaned recently. Sprinkle some calcium powder supplements on the insects before feeding them to a bearded dragon.

Adults are primarily herbivores; their diet is composed of 90% plant-based food sources. On the other hand, juvenile beardies are omnivores; at least 50% of their diet should consist of plant material and the 50% animal matter. Dark green leafy vegetables that can be given daily include romaine, broccoli leaves, spinach, kale, collard greens, etc. But peas, squash, beans, and carrots should be given in moderation. For more information contact your local pet clinic.