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Caring for Disabled Dogs

DogDog disabilities could be a result of illness, physical injury or accidents. Just because your dog is disabled, it should not stop you from enjoying its company. As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to help the dog live a normal life and cope with the situation. Below are a few tips to keep your dog happy and healthy even with their disability.

 

Assist their movements

Dogs who suffer from mobility problems, such as hip dysplasia, arthritis, spinal disorders, or other medical problems that affects their hind legs will need plenty of help moving around. To make things easier for you and the dog, you can buy a special leash that supports their torso and back legs. There are also other tools that assist in mobility problems, such as dog wheelchairs that can be strapped to their backs. If you are going to take the dog out to the vet, you will need to carry it into the car since it might have a hard time getting in. You can also use a small and improvised ramp that will help them walk into the car.

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Understand The Basics Of Fish

It will be wise to learn something about fishes and their requirements if you plan on setting up an aquarium.

Breathing

Aquarium fish tankFish take in water through the mouth; they do not drink it, however, but pass it out backwards through the gill-openings at the sides of the head, under the bony gill-covers. As it goes through it bathes the gills, which are so constructed that they can take oxygen out of the water and get rid of carbon dioxide in exchange. The gills, then, are their breathing organs; they have no lungs. But the process of breathing is otherwise much like ours, and if there is not a proper supply of oxygen in the water, they will sicken and die.

The oxygen is dissolved in the water, and the carbon dioxide given off, through contact with the air at the surface. Thus it will be understood that if the surface area is too small the water will become charged with carbon dioxide, and there will not be room for replacement of the oxygen when it is used by the fish.

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Tip of the Week: Health & Grooming for Rabbit

It is very important that you handle your rabbit / bunny often. In this way you will form a bond with them and know when something is wrong. Grooming your rabbit gives you an opportunity to do this.

bunny rabbit grooming

Grooming for Rabbit

Rabbits are very clean animals and spend a lot of time grooming themselves. Unless you have a long haired breed like an Angora or Lionhead which must be groomed twice weekly, your rabbit will require little grooming.

Here’s a few daily care

  • Brush the coat to remove any matting or loose dirt.
  • Check length of nails and clip if necessary.
  • Check ears for mites, fleas and any redness which could be a sign of infection
  • Check eyes for any discharges by lifting their eyelids and assess if their lids are pink in color. Bring them to the vet once you notice any swelling, redness and discoloration in their eyes.
  • Check for nasal discharge.
    - Rabbits should not have discharge from their noses. Consult the vet if yours does as they may have respiratory infection.
  • Check the teeth regularly.
    - Rabbit needs healthy teeth to chew properly. With healthy teeth the upper incisors should just reach over the lower incisors.

 
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Guidelines for Flea and Tick Treatment

A topical flea & tick treatment for dogs is a spot-on product that is applied on your pet, usually once a month, to eliminate and control fleas and ticks. Topical products are easy to administer and the most effective medicines available in the market for flea and tick control. Topical spot-on products efficiently kill adult fleas and inhibit the growth and development of new fleas. Some of the popular products in this category are Frontline Combo, Advantix for dogs, Advantage for dogs and Advocate for dogs. This article will help you understand the methods, benefits and precautions related to Topical Treatment for Dogs.

Frontline plus for dogs fleas ticks

One of the popular Flea and Tick Treatment

Frontline Combo for dogs is widely considered to be one of the most effective spot-on treatments for the prevention of flea infestation and control of brown dog ticks, paralysis ticks and biting lice on dogs and puppies. It’s easy to use, offers quick and effective treatment for fleas and ticks, and delivers continuous protection for up to a month. As it is waterproof, moisture does not affect the medicine. This allows the pet to continue to swim and bathe, even after the application of medicine.

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Photographing Birds

The following is a several basic tips we have learn along the way, we hope that they may assist you with your photography.

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Photo Credit: Mr Chan Hok Chee

General

Bad or lackluster photos are caused from laziness. Unfortunately, too many photographers, amateurs and professionals, will approach a photo assignment with a pre-conceived notion of attack – mostly from “history of style” and wanting to play it safe.

Rarely, will the photographer step back, put down the camera and size up the assignment before proceeding. Instead, many of us will execute the photo from the angle we initially approached the subject, never thinking to study the subject and its environment first.

Hold It Steady

A problem with many photographs is that they’re blurry. Avoid ‘camera shake’ by holding the camera steady.

Use both hands, resting your elbows on your chest, or use a wall for support. Relax, don’t tense up. You’re a marksman/woman holding a gun and it must be steady to shoot.

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Hamster Care – Caring For The Eyes And Ears

Caring for the Ears:
You do not need to help most hamster to keep their ears clean. In fact, hamsters seem to take great pride in giving themselves a daily cleaning. The truth is, hamsters will spend up to 20 percent of the day cleaning themselves.

dwaft hamster

If your hamster’s ears seem red, inflamed, or infected you should take a closer look. You may also want to check the ears if your hamster is scratching excessively. Ear mites are another potential problem for your hamster. You can usually tell if you hamster has ear mites because you will see the small black parasites. If left untreated, they can result in serious issues for the hamster.

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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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Dog Panting: What Can Cause A Dog To Pant

Every breed of dog pants sometimes, either when they are exhausted after vigorous exercise, being stressed or in pain. When we care for dogs we have to be aware that a dog does not sweat over his entire body like we do. Because of his body being covered with either a thick or thin furry coat; instead he sweats mainly through the pads of his feet. There is an additional way an overheated dog cools his body down and that is by panting and breathing rapidly with his mouth wide open and his tongue pushed forward.

Dog panting

Dogs cool down after playing

As a dog heats up he exposes more of his tongue and opens his mouth wider to increase the moist surface area for quicker cooling by using the process of evaporation. A Dog will also pant when he or she is nervous, much the same as we might sweat when we are worried or anxious. Continue reading