Pet Hammocks

People seem to be easier to train then dogs about learning to find a suitable place to lie down. Of course, we all have family members who choose to use the floor in front of the television set than the couch. But, when we go outdoors we usually choose a hammock hung between two trees or a glider to sit rather than on the wet grass.

The same situation occurs with our pets.

Most of the time, pets lounge indoors wherever they choose unless they have been trained to use a doggies bed. But, for the most part pets are allowed to rest on couches and floors. But, when our best friends go outdoors. do we really want them lying on grass or cement? Our pets are like us. Lying on cold grass can make us sick, give us grass stains or make our arthritis impossible to bear. Our pets can also get sick from lying on grass, get grass mites in their fur and make their joints ache. A reasonable solution is a pet hammock. A pet hammock is different from a people hammock in that the size of the hammock has to be suitable to our pets size.

The hammock has to be easily reached by our pet and has to be of a fabric that our pets will like to lie on. Pet hammocks can be found in pet stores or you can make one for your own pets by using two heavy outdoor pots. Just tie rope to one pot and to the other making sure that it is taut and a little above ground. You can use a favorite doggies or kittie stuffed cushion or a light weight canvas and tie it to the rope. Your hammock will be your pets outdoor seat and a safe one.

Source by Ray B Spencer

7 Essential Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Teeth Twinkling and Flourishing

Veterinarians across the globe suggest dog owners to clean the teeth of the dogs on a daily basis. But the problem is that normally dog owners do not follow this advice. The basic problem is that brushing the teeth of the doggy can be inconvenient and difficult for first time dog owners. But it is a must because otherwise build-up of bacteria in the dog’s mouth can result in plaque, infections and gum irritation. To keep the gum diseases away from your furry pal it is important to have an alternate plan that can aid in keeping your dog’s teeth twinkling and flourishing.

Purchase good dog food

The very first thing that you can do to keep your pet’s teeth twinkling and flourishing is by giving him good dog food. There are various benefits of feeding quality food to your tyke including keeping his teeth healthy. There are certain dog foods that consist of whole foods that aid in nourishing his body and keeping his teeth stronger and healthier. But do not ever give him food that has any cereal grains or by-products in it. The reason for that is such food can stick to the dog’s teeth. Instead, opt for a food that has been made from vegetables, fruits and meats.

Serve fruits & vegetables for snacks

Dogs love snacks and dog owners love giving them. But there are certain snacks which are not good for the dental health of the dog. This includes food that consists of fats, sugar and cereal grains. Instead of this, you can serve carrots or carrot slices, a chunk of squash or pumpkin that pooches love. The other advantage of these snacks is that they do not stick in the mouth of the pet. These snacks aid in scraping food off the teeth of the dog. Always feed these snacks according to the size of your tyke. The overall quantity of the snacks should not be more than 10% of overall daily calorie intake.

Dried meat treats can be used as a good chew treats

There are several dried meat treats that can act as an excellent chewing option that aid in cleaning the teeth of the dog. You can rest assured that dried tendons, oesophagus, dried beef ears or snouts and even similar pieces are loved by those pets that are picky eaters.

Get chew toys

Getting nylon chew toys or hard rubber can be an excellent option for scraping and cleaning teeth. Give this toy after each meal and encourage your furry pal to chew on it for a while.

Raw bones can scrape teeth clean

Just like good toys, even bones can aid in cleaning the teeth. Get uncooked bones that are large because a small bone can break or splinter, or can get stuck in the mouth of the furry companion or the doggy will try to swallow it whole. Whenever you are giving a bone to chew to your doggy ensure that he does not break it off into pieces. There are certain veterinarians that are against the bone-chewing idea so, do get a second opinion before giving it to your pet.

Never give chew bones made of starches

There are certain chew bones that are made from starches, including rice flours, potato or corn. They tend to be stickier than vegetables or dried meat chews. When your furry pal’s teeth scrape up against this sort of stuff. Normally it has an opposite effect as chewing on a cow bone.

Develop a routine for your dog

Even if you find it difficult to brush your dog’s teeth after every meal or even every day, inculcate some type of teeth cleaning routine.

Once you follow these suggestions, it will aid in cleaning your dog’s teeth at least on a weekly basis. Remember, it is better than nothing.

Source by Taya Burnett

The New Diablo Blanco Red Leopard Gecko

There is a new breed of leopards known as the Diablo Blanco which is genetically a pattern-less gecko with a complete red-eye. This new red-eye leopard gecko or the Diablo Blanco may or may not be all completely red, some possess only with one or more eyes being 50% of the solid red and the other one acquires the solid red color in both eyes.

Actually this new morph called the Diablo Blanco has three eye variations and only two body variants. As of now there are only two categories of this kind: the Blanco’s and the Diablo Blanco.

The Blanco is also a genetically pattern-less gecko, only they have the normal colored eyes of an albino. The head, body, and tail color is white. Although some Blanco’s may possess a yellowish color in their body, it may be totally wiped out through selective breeding of the next generation.

The other category is called the Diablo Blanco, this variety possess the complete or partial red-eyed color leopard gecko. Just like the raptor morph, there can also be a snake-eyed Diablo Blanco. That would mean that there could be one or more eyes that will have only half of the solid red color and there could also be a gecko with the two eyes being solid red. The best quality of this morph may possess a complete white skin from head to tail with two vividly solid red eyes.

How did these breed came about?

This is the result of cross breeding of the snowy white Tremper Albino “Blazing Blizzard” females with the best raptor male available as well as breeding those het offspring together. It is definitely not the cross breeding of two Blazing Blizzard’s with a pure Blizzard and miraculously came up with a new variety of a red-eye morph. Never yet in the history has that, two Blazing Blizzard geckos produced an all red-eyed leopards.

The Diablo Blanco variety, act as a recessive trait just like the other albino morph. When mixed together, they will produce the same characteristics, traits, and appearance of that of the parents.

The New Diablo Blanco red-eye leopard gecko is a new variety from trial breeding of hobbyist. With patience and painstaking observation of their pets they have finally produced a beautiful flawless white with the possibility of having two solid red eyes lizards. Producing your own new gecko variety greatly depends on your creativity. Study about these reptiles and try to cross-bred it yourself and be able to produce a unique and beautiful variety that can be called your own.

Find out more about this red-eyed leopard geckos; how to care for them and what to feed them. Are they the same with other leopard geckos?

Source by Lilly Green

Rhodesian Ridgeback – How To Prevent Your Dog From Biting

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are known not only for the distinct fan-like ridge along their backs. This breed originally known as the African Lion Hound also makes excellent companions and guard dogs. Part of Rhodesian Ridgeback training is correcting unwanted behavior such as biting. Biting may be a typical guard dog’s natural instinct, but with guidance you can prevent yourself from having big problems (and destroyed furniture) in the long run.

Anyone with a dog in their home will understand how canines like to nip, chew and bite — ridgebacks are no exception. While the ridgeback is not necessarily a dangerous dog, they can be a bit aloof towards strangers and can also be a bit stubborn without the proper dog training.

When should I teach my dog? Training a Rhodesian Ridgeback when they are young is most ideal. Ridgeback pups are still eager to learn and enjoy socializing with others. Younger dogs have a greater tendency to “bite” when they’re teething. It goes away when they age, but you would also still have to be patient when your older dog starts to bite or show improper behavior. What can you do to prevent them from biting?

1. Use toys. You may find yourself picking up destroyed objects from your house with their chewing. To keep this from happening, make sure you give them enough chew toys to play with. This keeps them happy and entertained, thus lessens the need to be destructive.

2. Socialize them. Rhodesian Ridgebacks also have a strong pack instinct, so regular play with family members and other pets is recommended. Socializing your ridgeback goes beyond getting them familiarized with traffic or noises. Letting them play with other dogs allows them to understand that it is not acceptable to bite at will.

3. Do not punish. Excessive punishment, kicking or slapping a Rhodesian Ridgeback will not do you any good. There is rarely any difficulty with training this breed since they are very intelligent and loyal to their master. Ignoring them if they did something wrong would already be a good indicator of punishment. Unlike other sporting dogs, the Ridgeback may not put up with aggression by the owner — it responds more to positive reinforcement and rewards.

4. Show them who’s boss. Although the Ridgeback may be a great family dog, part of their temperament would be it having less of a servitude nature compared to other dogs. Rhodesian Ridgebacks have a greater tendency of treating you as their equal rather than their master if you’re not conscious.

5. Be consistent. Once you start dog training, you must make sure that everyone in the house provides consistent commands. All the members of the family should have the exact same orders as well as hand signals so as not to confuse them.

6. Be preventive. Do not wait for the threat of your ridgeback to bite before you begin dog training them. A lot of dog owners nowadays just go through the motions, and wait for someone to get bitten before they start researching and preparing. Do not let this happen to you. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are loyal, loving and great family dogs, it’s all just a matter of putting their protective instincts into good use and stop them from biting!

Source by Lea Mullins

What Is Cushing Syndrome in Dogs?

Cushing syndrome is one of the most common endocrine diseases that dogs can suffer. The common thing is that it appears in animals older than six years and among small dog breeds (such as Yorkshire, Maltese or Schnauzer bichon). It is a chronic disease that can not be prevented, but with the right treatment, your pet can enjoy a good quality of life. Below we tell you what it consists of and what are its possible treatments.

Origin of Cushing syndrome in dogs

This condition causes alterations in the metabolic system and occurs when the body begins to produce large amounts of the hormone cortisol (which is responsible for responding to stress). Excess of this hormone can cause health problems to your pet, such as damage to your vital organs or reduction of energy and strength.

These are the main causes of Cushing syndrome:

• Pituitary-dependent tumors

These tumors are located in the pituitary gland of the brain. It causes increased production of adrenocortical hormone-trope (ACTH) and over-stimulation. This leads to increased production of cortisol in the adrenal glands.

• Adrenal Tumors

These are tumors located in the adrenal glands. This abnormality affects the cortex of one or both glands (located in the upper extremities of the kidneys).

• Glucocorticoids

They are medicines used to combat or control allergy problems and immunosuppressive diseases. Their overuse can fill the body with cortisol while slowing the activity of the adrenal glands and reducing them in size.

• Racial predisposition

There are several breeds of dogs that tend to have pituitary tumors (poodle, tackle, Boston terrier, bobtail, German shepherd, dwarf poodle… ). On the other hand, the glucocorticoid’s effect especially races like the shepherds of the Pyrenees, the farmers, the boxers and the poodles, making them more susceptible to get this syndrome.

This disease can not be predicted or predicted, and you can not avoid it (except to control the doses of glucocorticoid’s), but detect it in time itself. The following are the most common symptoms for detection. If you detect any of them in your pet, we advise that you go to the veterinarian to diagnose it and, if necessary, start treating it as soon as possible

• Lack of hair on the body, especially on the sides and tail.

• Polyura increased urine.

• Polydipsia increased thirst.

• Increased appetite.

• Fatigue and continuous gasping.

• Abdominal swelling.

• Muscular atrophy.

• Dark pigmentation on the skin.

• Delayed healing.

How to Treat Cushing Syndrome in Dogs

The fundamental thing about this disease is that the endocrine system ceases to exceed the production of the hormone cortisol. But this is quite complicated since you have to find the exact proportion of hormone-regulating drugs. The good thing is that once this ratio is found your dog will be able to have a normal life again.

In addition to pharmacological treatment (which would be for life), there is also the possibility of surgery if the syndrome is caused by adrenal and pituitary-dependent tumors. The operation is to remove the tumor, but it is more risky and complex than the pharmacological treatment.

If you want to make sure that your dog receives the appropriate treatment, it is best that you go to your veterinarian and consult your doubts. He will know what is best for your dog and what is the right solution for him.

Do you but have or have you had Cushing syndrome? Did you detect any of the symptoms mentioned? Did you opt for a treatment or for the operation? Tell us your experience, sure that readers who suffer for their pets will be quieter.

Source by Raja Abdul Rehman

How To Boost Your Rats Immunity

As winter approaches, it’s important to turn our attention to how we can boost our rat’s immunity against infection and give them the best defence possible during what is often a vulnerable time for rats, especially the elderly.

High humidity, coupled with the cold can create the conditions that affect the respiratory system of a vulnerable rat. This is due to the increase in the water element which can aggravate mucus conditions or those susceptible to them. It’s important to be aware that there is a greater need to balance the water element within the bodily system at this time, so that we can increase the body’s ability to cope with damp and coolness.

In Ayurveda (an ancient Indian healing system based on maintaining balanced health), there is more aggravation of the water element during the winter months. There is a tendency for more mucus conditions to flare up. Therefore, it’s important to try and offset this tendency by creating ‘internal’ balance within the body whilst adjusting ‘external’ conditions to lower stress. We can do this by addressing the environmental factors that may aggravate a watery condition e.g. by using a dehumidifier, also avoiding sweet wet food, reducing stress and incorporating various immune building strategies (as suggested below).

Some rats are more affected by an aggravation of the water element than others, especially those who have already been having recurrent respiratory issues. These rats are going to be more susceptible at this time but it’s important that all rats will need some extra help during this season.

Following are some ideas for you to help boost your rats (and yours too) immunity. I always recommend and personally use human grade supplements because I believe that the whole family’s health is where the focus needs to be on. Many of the supplements created in the pet industry are not that great and have a certain ‘novelty/profit’ value. I feel it’s wiser to seek out better quality supplements that we ourselves would be happy using and then just ‘tithe’ some of these to our rats. Our rats need us to be healthy to look after them so I figure it’s better and less wasteful to buy the kind of supplements that we can all benefit from.


Stress is a big factor in the body’s defences becoming rundown. Often rats are under stress because of group incompatibilities or other factors. Something we can do is to make sure we’re not putting rats, especially older rats under any undue stress during the winter season e.g. we can avoid big changes in their routine during this time i.e. avoiding new intros to other rats or changing cages/group dynamics etc. Avoid mating/breeding as females would naturally be conserving their own energy during this time. If you’re thinking that our rats are indoors and therefore not affected by the seasons, it’s simply not true. They are energetic beings and intrinsically linked to the greater whole. They are affected by the bio-rhythms of nature even if they are not ‘in’ nature. That is why people can see the effect the moon has on their rat’s behaviour. And why solstices and equinoxes often create a portal for many animals to take their transition. It’s all in the web and flow of energy, yin and yang.

In nature, animals are hibernating at this time of year or keeping close to home, they are not in ‘breeding’ mode. Nature knows it’s a time to withdraw and harness as much energy as possible for building reserves and keeping up resistance to the cold. It is a natural ‘build and rest’ time, which is why most of us put on a few extra pounds during the winter/holiday season! The energy is needed for keeping warm and the focus of heat is within. The trees shed their leaves in the Autumn so that they can keep the sap for sustaining themselves during winter.

You might notice how your rats sleep more in the wintertime, this is their way of conserving energy and keeping in tune with the ‘slowing down’ of nature. The time will come again in Spring when they emerge from their slumber and return to heightened activity levels again. I’m not saying they don’t play, far from it! I’m just saying that levels can fluctuate according to environmental factors/seasonal shifts. There’s always a lot more activity around a full moon, for example. Therefore, by being aware of environmental stress/seasonal shifts and making adjustments accordingly, we can help further boost immunity for our rats over the winter months.


A whole food diet of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, especially those rich in chlorophyll such as kale will supply vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemcials that will help to protect against cancer and also boost the immune system. Think in terms of availability as in seasonal, organic fruit and vegetables and if you can provide a good ‘rainbow’ plate of these, it will cover most of the nutrients needed for balanced health. Here is a list of some of the essential supplements you might want to consider adding into their diet.

Multi-vitamin/mineral – always a good back up to provide essential vitamins/minerals that might otherwise be lacking in the diet. I wouldn’t use them daily though. Overuse of vitamin supplements is easily done and wasteful. Just add them in when you feel they need a boost. Otherwise, if you’re feeding a diet rich in fresh produce, simply use vitamin/mineral supplementation as you feel necessary. I would think they are more essential for young growing bodies and elderly rats.

Omega 3, 6 and 9 (a good oil such as cool oil, flax or hemp oil will provide a rich source of these), as well as hempseed, flax and chia. Flax and chia seeds absorb many times their amount when soaked in water. I don’t recommend giving them dry to rats. You can grind them up first and just add pinches into food or use them in biscuits etc. Or, soak them first and use them in your recipes. If you already use these, please comment below as to how you use them, I am interested and I’m sure it would be useful for other readers to know. J

Selenium (a good source is brazil nuts) stimulates the production of natural T-cells which fight viral and bacterial infections. Selenium helps to make antibodies and in my studies, I have found it to be one of the essential minerals in cancer prevention. I like to grate brazil nuts over the rat’s dinner or pasta like ‘parmesan’

Vitamin C – We all know that vitamin C supplementation is recommended for humans but rats are apparently able to manufacture vitamin C themselves. Although I’ve heard this, I still think any extra vitamin C they are able to get will only be beneficial and indeed, if you are feeding fruit and vegetables, they are already getting a reasonable supply anyway. I feel it’s just good to be aware and if you want to give them rosehip tea or something, then go for it. I just bought rosehip/hibiscus tea for myself and the rats are enjoying it too. I sweeten it with agave and dilute it a little and they are enjoying slurping it during free range. So, just because they can make vitamin C, I wouldn’t hold off giving it to them anyway, you can’t go wrong! And recent studies have shown that very high doses of vitamin C are needed to ward off cancer and other viral infections.

Echinacea – It’s the echinacains in Echinacea that boost the immune system by promoting the activity of white blood cells which destroy bacteria and viruses. There have been many studies done with Echinacea and it seems that it really does help to protect against colds and viruses. I use capsules and just mix a little of the powder into food.

Probiotics – help to regulate the acidity in the gut and promote the proliferation of friendly bacteria thereby preventing the ‘unfriendly’ bacteria from multiplying. They also produce natural anti-biotics, encouraging the immune system to produce anti-bacterial antibodies. A lot of people feed yoghurt because of the probiotics but yoghurt is mucus and acid-forming as well as possibly having various hormones and vaccine variables from the dairy industry. I don’t advise it for rats. You can buy the probiotics themselves and add a capsule to a nut milk and then use that in your food preparations/meals.

Immunity boosting supplements – there are many ‘ready-made’ immune system supplements now available that contain things like medicinal mushrooms, vitamin C, astragalus etc. These blends can be quite useful. You can take them yourself and add small amounts into your rat’s food.

Iodine – this is my ‘must have’ supplement. It tastes foul so I only put a few drops in my own smoothie or milk and then share a little of that with the rats. Other ways of adding iodine into your rat’s diet is by providing a good variety of sea vegetables or by using a little kelp powder in food or the soaking water for pulses/wheatgrass. In rat studies, iodine was shown to prevent tumours developing and has natural immune boosting properties. It is anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Many of the additives in our food deplete iodine from the body and so it is essential to add it back in. I will be writing more about iodine later.

Thyme – my rats like to nibble on fresh thyme so I hang a little sprig in their cage. Thyme has thymol as an active ingredient which is very good for clearing mucus passages and it also has anti-viral properties. You could try making thyme tea as well for any rats with sniffles. I have also put thyme in a little bowl of boiled water and the steam that comes from this can help any poorly rat with respiratory issues.

Pau d’arco – a Peruvian tea that helps builds resistance to infection and boost immunity. I like to have this in good supply for my rats. It helps to address candida and has been recommended for cancer prevention. It has anti-viral properties.


Consider the ‘stress factor’ in your rat’s lifestyle and work out how you can reduce it

Become ‘environmentally’ aware regarding the seasonal changes and prepare ahead

Feed a wholesome diet rich in ‘rainbow’ foods

Incorporate supplements as you feel necessary, especially immune building ones

Think how you can boost immunity and keep doing that (the lifestyle/dietary considerations mentioned above and herbal teas etc)

Source by Anabrese Neuman

Parrot Feeding – Where is the 'Crop' in Your Parrot?

The physical makeup of a parrot regarding its feeding is controlled by an organ called the 'crop'. Feeding a parrot is not just a matter of putting food in the cage and letting the parrot do its own thing, it is a matter of observing the amount it eats each day and how the bird is reacting to food. The health of a parrot can be greatly affected if there is no understanding of the role of the crop in the feeding process.

Purpose Of The Crop.

Having a crop as part of the digestive track, the parrot can gorge on food when it is available and then sit back and digest the food at a later stage. This works in that the first food being ate goes through to the gizzard and then when that is full the following food goes to the crop, acting like a second 'stomach'.

The crop is a small bag of skin surrounded by muscles and situated approximately half way down the esophagus on the way to the gizzard (stomach). The crop allows the parrot to store extra food that it has found. When the stomach is empty the muscles surrounding the crop move the food up to the opening of the crop and then down into the stomach. This system works well for birds who can not always find food available when they are hungry.

The crop needs to be emptied at least once a day so that food does not remain there and go rancid. If the food is not emptied each day there is the risk of food spoilage and this then causes 'sour crop' which is a very dangerous health risk for a parrot. This is why it is a good idea to feed a parrot with two meals a day and with only a few nibbles in between.

From the outside of the parrot the crop can be felt behind the breast feathers. This is nice to know because if you ever wonder if the parrot has had food you can actually feel the crop and if it is full it will feel like a little bag of food. If the bird has been eating grains it will feel quite gravely, but if it has been eating fruit it may not feel so lumpy. The crop should never be so full that it feels hard, it should always feel a little soft.

Hand-Feeding Baby Parrots.

Hand-feeding of baby parrots needs extra care because their crop will extend so much that it becomes hard and the skin stretches which will cause major problems at a later date as the muscles will have become weakened by this process. The process of hand-feeding a baby parrot is quite complicated and if you plan on doing this by raising baby parrots then take the time to research the proper feeding methods to ensure the safety of the baby parrot.

Bacterial Infection Causing Sour Crop.

Sour crop can also be caused by a bacterial infection which may not have anything to do with the amount of food that the parrot has ateen. It could be that some food it ate was infected or the existing bacteria in the crop, that is always present, has worsened through natural progression. This can be fixed by a visit to a vet who will flush the crop out and put the bird on some medication.

Parrot owners will feel so much more capable when they understand about the digestion of a parrot as it can cause major problems if not managed correctly.

Source by Kaye Dennan

Natural Dog Food, Why My Dog Likes to Eat Porridge? – Have Shiny Black Coat

A bowl of comforting porridge or congee brought me back childhood memories as I remember my dog ​​likes to eat home cook porridge. And I will tell you why.

I used to have this dog which is a cross breed. I had the dog when I was about 13 years old. Our family friend advised us that to make the dog fur looks shinny and thick, we must give him natural black "gula melaka" (a kind of traditional palm sugar in Malaysia) mixed with porridge. It really makes his fur thick and shiny black. Even few of my neighbors asked us what special food weave him that make him look so good and healthy.

Ancient Chinese Food – Porridge

The Chinese porridge (or otherwise known as congee ) is a soupy or liquidized version of boiled rice. Once upon a time, the poor in China made porridge to prolong the household consumption of rice grain; because it uses much smaller amount of rice for each meal. However, due to its soft texture, it is also a traditional Chinese baby food. The fact that it is easy to digest and curative effect on the body, those who are recovering from sickness could use it as a main food intake.

Porridge is good for humans. What about for dogs?

Porridge alone may be easy to digest but may lack certain nutritional values ​​essential for your dog's health maintenance. To make the porridge diet for your dog more balanced, it is important to include a combination of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water in a balanced diet that provides sufficient calories to meet their daily needs for growth, activity, and repair.

My Dog's Special Diet

"Gula Melaka" (Palm sugar) was originally made from the sugary sap of the Palmyra palm or the date palm. Now it is also made from the sap of the sago and coconut palms and may be sold as "coconut sugar." The sugar is a golden brown paste, sold in tubes, blocks or tin cans. It may be light-colored or dark, soft and gooey or hard. As a lightly-processed product of cottage industry, it varies very much from batch to batch. In Indonesia, sugar made from the Borassus (Palmyra palm) is known as Gula Jawa ("Javanese sugar") or gula merah (red sugar). Sago Gula Melaka is a very popular soft dessert in Malaysia. You can see it in almost every traditional function, such as parties, wedding reception, gathering, or school parties .

We never feed our dog a lot of meat. My mother will cook porridge mixed with a bit of "gula Melaka", "ikan bilis" (malay word for a family ( Engraulidae ) of small, common salt-water fish) or small amount of beef. We usually used low grade brown rice (at that time we do not know it is actually organic rice and nobody ever heard of organic food at that time).

Avoid products that use meat by-products like bones, feet, and intestines, chemical preservatives like BHA and BHT and difficult-to-digest grains like corn, wheat, gluten and soy. These grains are sometimes listed as a protein source in place of meat in commercial dog food.

Many health problems, like allergies that cause itchy skin, are simply caused by a poor diet and improper allotments of the wrong kinds of food. It is recommended that you start making a note of the ingredients until you notice an improvement.

My dog ​​was so used to eating porridge that he will refuse to eat if it is rice. The porridge smells good even to people. That is why I believe in homemade natural food that is best for human is guaranteed good for your dog.

Protect Your Dog's Health

The health of your dog is very important and hinges on good nourishment and plenty of exercise. The pet owner who feeds their dogs a good balanced diet consisting of special dog food will save a lot of money and have a happy healthy pet.

If your dog has a healthy skin and coat, is energetic, and gets good marks from the veterinarian on the annual checkup, you can continue to feed the same diet of natural food no matter which they have chosen. If the dog is having problems, it is important to investigate if its food might be a contributing factor and take steps to fix things by adding a supplement, switching to another food, or asking the vet to run some diagnostic tests.

Shocking News

On March 15, 2007, FDA (US Food And Drug Administration) learned that certain pet foods were sickening and killing cats and dogs. FDA found contaminants in vegetable proteins imported into the United States from China and used as ingredients in pet food. The FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations announced that two Chinese nationalities and the businesses they operate, along with a US company and its president and chief executive officer, were indicated by a federal grand jury on Feb. 6, 2008. The indictments are for their roles in a scheme to import into the United States products that they claimed were wheat gluten. The products were contaminated with melamine and used to make pet food. "

How can we protect our animal companions? Make your dog healthy and happy by feeding him healthy, natural dog food now!

Source by Jerry Yapkh

5 Tips For A Harmonious Relationship Between Cats and Dogs In Your Household

Are you familiar with the phrase "fighting like cats and dogs"? Many people believe that cats and dogs are not made to co-exist in a single household. However, cats and dogs who live together does not automatically mean that they are enemies. How they get along is shaped by how they are raised by their owners and their individual personalities. While some develop a good, harmonious relationship, some pairs simply ignore each other. If you want to improve the relationship between your canine and feline, here are some useful tips:

Start them young

If you're planning to buy both of each animals, it's ideal to introduce them to each other while the are a puppy and a kitten wherein they do not have any previous "bad experiences" with the other kind. This makes living together easier as they will form a bond growing up, compared to adult cats and dogs. However, kittens are more fragile than puppies so it is important to always supervise their playtime as youngsters.

Introduce the new pet slowly

Introducing a dog in a household that already has a cat is not that easy as felines are not a fan of change and are territorial. It is important to stick to both pets' own pace and forcing them to be together is not going to help. Spend quality time with each and when in the same room, assure each pet that they are both loved. During the first few meetings, your dog could get excited and aggressive even in play which may scare the cat, so it would be ideal to put him on a leash until both gets used to each other's presence.

Have separate comfort zones

Cats are more "sensitive" than dogs, so it is a must to have an area in the house where your feline can relax and have some time alone. limits to the dog. It will serve as your feline's comfort zone during this unfamiliar experience, whether the cat is the new arrival or the resident pet.

Have separate dining spots

Same with their comfort zones, canines and felines should have their own dining spots where they can eat in peace. Cats are not likely to want a dog's food, but canines are usually attracted to cat food because of their higher fat and protein content. Dining together may cause a fight and a dog eating cat food may harm his health.

Do not force friendship between the two

While it's cute to hope that your cat and dog could be best friends, keep in mind that each kind is different. If they develop an inseparable bond then great! But if they just learn to get along with no animosity, then that's good, too.

You can only provide a good, loving atmosphere for the two but in the end, it depends on the two pets how their relationship will turn out.

Source by Mary L. James