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Tip of the Week: Petting your Guinea Pig

Guinea pig’s also known as Cavies are one of the gentlest, loving, clean and adorable pets you can care for. They love to be stroked and handled, making them perfect for children and grown ups looking for a rewarding, affectionate pet.

Here’s how you can take proper care of your guinea pig in a safe, enjoyable way:

Hold Them Safely

A great thing about guinea pigs is that they are much happier to be petted than other small animals such as hamsters. Having said that, sometimes they will try to jump out of your arms, and this can resulted to you accidentally dropping them. And yes, this could potentially be harmful to your guinea pig’s delicate body.

In order to reduce this danger of dropping them, you should hold your guinea pig close to a soft surface, for example your lap, soft bedding, or a table or surface with a towel on it. That way if they do fall, they won’t get injure.

Help Young Children Handle Them Safely

petting guinea pigGuinea Pig make fantastic pets for children because they are are not too difficult to look after, and they really enjoy being petted and stroked. On the other hand, because of their size, young children can have trouble handling them.

It is often best if you hold the pet for them, and allow them to stroke it. In this way, you can allow the kids to spend quality time with the guinea pig until they are old enough to hold them on their own.

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Tip of the Week: Vitamin C for Guinea Pig – How much is enough?

guinea pig food A balance diet of water, grass hay and pellets, as well as vegetables and fruits are needed to provide a good source of nutrients, vitamins and to keep your guinea pig in pink of health. But how do we know that the vitamin C provided is adequate?

Generally, Guinea pigs need 10 to 30 mg/kg or more of Vitamin C daily, usually obtainable from their diet.

Guinea pig are pretty active and they can move around a lot. If you notice any change in your guinea pig, such as barely moving when you go to pick it up or not doing anything but lying down all day then be sure to increase Vitamin C intake for a week to see if condition improves as this can be a sign of scurvy.

Some symptoms of signs of deficiency

  • Not eating, loss of weight
  • Weakness, unwillingness to move
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore or stiff limb joints, which resulted in hopping instead of walking
  • Rough coat, bleeding bums
  • Poor bone development

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Simple Tips On Cleaning A Pet Cage

Cleaning your pet’s cage is one of the keys to keeping your pet healthy at all times. It will make your pet’s living space free from germs and foul odor, making it a comfortable environment to live in. It can also minimize the chance of bacterial and fungal infections to your pet.

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Cleaning a cage can be hassle free too!

Cleaning cages is not a fun chore, but doing it as organized as possible will make the task less of a chore. Here are some simple tips when cleaning an animal cage:

Being systematic is really the solution to a much hassle-free cleaning process. Whenever you need to clean your pet’s cage, better transfer your pet to a safe place where he or she can feel comfortable during the cleaning time. You can put your pet in another cage while you are doing the cleaning. Bringing him or her in the yard or any confined space would be a good idea to avoid getting distracted.

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Pet-Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips

Lunar New Year is coming! The Chinese believes that before the New Year celebration they should give their home a thorough cleaning and the cleaning sweeps away the bad luck of the preceding year and makes their homes ready for good luck. Do you have trouble removing tough pet stains? Or trying to get rid of those awful urine smells? Read on!

We are aware that some cleaning products contain harsh chemicals, which may be toxic to our beloved pets and put everyone at risk. Even if not poisoned, some animals can develop allergies to these chemicals. Many owners look for pet-friendly cleaning tips and products to keep their homes clean and eliminate germs. You will be amazed that there are quite a number of common household agents that is suitable for pet-friendly cleaning.

 

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A diluted vinegar-and-water solution will make the bathroom fixtures shine. Wipe up the floor with diluted vinegar. If your dog licks it, it will not hurt him. It has been reputed to have strong antibacterial properties. For removing pet stains from carpet, you can mix white vinegar and water and put it in a spray bottle.

The bonus of using vinegar is that most pets often don’t like the scent of vinegar, so it can keep them away from that area of your house. Spray the area and blot it dry with a cloth.

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Having Kids and Pets at the same time

For one reason or the other, kids and pets don’t mesh well together. And that’s because like kids, pets can be a big responsibility. If you don’t have much time in your hands, don’t attempt to take care of them at the same time. But then again, doing that is very possible. You can certainly mind your kid and keep a faithful dog or cat along. It all boils down to the right choice for pet, setting rules, and good administration.

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Having Kids and Pets at the same time

The first step to it all is to make sure that your pet and child are ready for each other. It is your job to keep harmony around your house. That’s not going to be easy at times, but it can certainly be achieved. The general idea is to kid-proof your pets. Here are good suggestions on how to go about it:

1. Train your pet

Kids cannot be taught what to do or not to do, especially if they are two years old or younger. However, if your dog is old enough, it should be able to understand a few commands and heed some rules with obedience. It is important that you send your dog for proper training. Teaching the dog how to behave around kids is essential even before the child is born.

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How to Care For Your Pet Guinea Pig – Ways to Optimize Their Life Span

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How to care for your pet guinea pig – Ways to Optimize Their Life Span

Guinea pigs are often requested by kids to have in the home. They are kid-friendly as they tend not to be biters or to claw you. They may make a squealing noise though that can be a bit jolting!

Some potential problems to be aware of include:

  • Vitamin C deficiency in you guinea pig pet can occur. Some symptoms of Vitamin C deficiency include sore joints, bleeding bums and poor bone development.

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Small Pets for Almost Every Household

Focus is always on dogs and cats in the pet world, but what about those of us who can’t own a larger animal? Don’t overlook the benefits of small pets. They can be good pets just like any other animal, and are often easier to take care of.

There is a large variety to choose from so it’s hard to pick just one, that’s why we broke it down for you so you can decide which pet is right for you!

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Rabbits: These furry animals are social and friendly, and adapt very well to human companionship. They actually have longer life spans compared to other pets-in fact, some rabbits live to be 7-10 years old! Rabbits are kid friendly-but a downfall is that you need lots of room indoors for them. They also need to be socialized just like a dog, so if you’re very busy and don’t have time for that, rabbits probably aren’t right for you.

 

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Tip of the Week: Storage of Pet Food (Wet) – Part II

This week “Tip of the Week” will be on storage of wet pet food.

Here’s how you should store for wet or canned food.

  • Store unopened canned food in a cool, dry environment.
  • Always check the expiry date before feeding your pet.
  • Look out for damaged, dented, or bulging cans. This may be a sign of contaminated food.
  • Store opened canned dog food in the refrigerator for a maximum of 3 days.

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