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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.

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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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.

Tips To Help Avoid Dog Bites

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There’s really no guarantee that a dog won’t bite someone, but there are precautionary measures that can be observed to reduce the risk.

  • Spaying or neutering – Spayed or neutered dogs tend to be less aggressive and are much less likely to bite. A dog’s reproductive organs (ovaries in females and testes in males) produce sex hormones that are responsible for dominant behaviors and the desire to roam and look for mates.
  • Socialization – A dog that receives adequate socialization early in life tends to be less aggressive toward people because they have been exposed to various situations where they meet and interact with different types of people. A dog’s experiences during the period of socialization will prepare them to deal with various circumstances they may find themselves in when they’re older.

Obedience training – Dogs that undergo obedience training tend to have good manners and are well-disciplined. For more details about your pet visit your pet clinic.

Tips That Support Your Efforts to Litter Train Your Rabbit

If you own a rabbit, you’ve probably heard that they can be litter trained. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If your furry friend isn’t going potty where he should, you may be ready to throw in the towel.

Don’t give up yet! You just have to give a few of these tips a try.

Put some hay next to or inside the box

This is likely going to sound strange, but rabbits like to eat while they go to the bathroom. According to a professional pet clinic, they really like to have something to munch on all the time!

If the hay is too far from your rabbit’s box, he may not be interested in visiting it. To solve this problem, place a pile of hay right next to the box, or place the hay on top of the litter in the box. It may be just enough to tempt him to go potty where he should.

Follow your bunny’s lead

You may have the perfect place picked out for your bunny’s box, but it may not be the perfect place according to your rabbit. If he doesn’t like the placement of his litter box, he isn’t going to use it.

If you notice that your pet uses the same corner to go potty, try moving the box to that corner. You may find that he’s easier to litter train if you follow his lead.

Spay or neuter your rabbit

Having a hard time figuring out exactly where your rabbit likes to go potty because it seems like he’ll go potty anywhere? He’s probably marking his territory, much like a cat might spray couches and chairs.

If you’re struggling with litter training your bunny, consider having your pet spayed or neutered. It can greatly reduce your critter’s drive to mark his territory.

Understand that accidents happen

Cats can be trained to use the litter box 100 percent of the time. This isn’t usually the case with rabbits. Your bunny may accidentally go potty just outside the box, or he may decide that the box is too far away when he comes out to play.

To reduce accidents, place a mat underneath your rabbit’s box, and provide him with more than one so he always an easy place to go potty.

Your pet clinic can provide you with more tips.