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Why You Should Pay More Attention to Your Pet

Best pet care practices

Is your pet acting out? Are they constantly destroying your home with their claws or their jaws? Do they chew up your furniture, shoes, get into the trash can, or even use your home for their own personal bathroom? Chances are, you have shaken your head yes to at least one of these scenarios. Every pet owner goes through this at some point, and the behavior must be eradicated for it to become less of an issue—otherwise your pet will continue to act out and be destructive.

Most pet owners are aware that if a pet is exhibiting weird behavior, or even just acting out, sometimes this is a medical issue. Your first step should be to take your pet to the vet to rule out any medical conditions that are causing their irregular behavior. Once you rule out any medical conditions, you can now rule the issue as a behavior problem.

You can spend money on a pet trainer, pet day care, a sitter, and so on. Those of us who have done so, know this becomes costly and just not reasonably feasible. However, how many of us tried paying more attention to our pets as a way to eradicate their irregular behavior?

Drop the screen and pick up the leash

In today’s day and age, we have become focused on technology; spending hours a day on our phones, in front of the computer, or in front of the T.V. Meanwhile, our pets sleep, eat, and go out (or use the litter box). Nothing more or nothing less. During this time, your pet will become bored. They, like humans, love entertainment as well. When your pet becomes bored, they are more likely to become destructive and act out. This is why you should pay more attention to your pet.

One reason you should pay more attention to your pet is because it provides healthy entertainment for both of you. You are no longer staring at a screen and sitting. Instead, you will be up and moving, waving a cat wand, throwing a tennis ball, walking your pet, and so on. Pet’s love to do things with their humans, and playing is one of them. Not only does this benefit your pet, but it benefits you as well. You are now moving around, instead of sitting still—something that is good for your overall health.

Another reason you should pay more attention to your pet is that paying attention to them establishes a strong bond. That strong bond will eventually eradicate their abnormal behavior. Pets have a companionship type of relationship with their humans. In other words, if you have their back, they have yours. This phenomenon is experience with pets who have a solid relationship with their humans. By paying more attention to your pets, you will experience a solid relationship and less misbehavior.

Pets are, in a way, kind of like children. They will do what you let them get away with, and will continue until that behavior is stopped. Our pets want nothing more than our companionship and our attention. By paying more attention to your pet, you can restore your home to its former glory, build a strong relationship with a creature that will forever be loyal to you, and you will experience a heightened sense of happiness as well.

Do Not Make These Mistakes When Feeding Raw Food to Your Pets

Raw food diets are beneficial to human beings. Recently, pet owners are also feeding their felines and canines with raw food. More often than not, they switch their pets to raw food diets because their pets have health problems. Some of them mixed canned and raw foods for their beloved pets. But, be aware that you may be committing mistakes when you switch your pets to raw foods.

Misunderstanding Nutrition Basics

Like humans, pets need balanced and complete nutrition. Failure to recognize this may lead to health problems for the pets later on. Raw diets include uncooked meat with additives such as organ meat, bone, vegetables, and supplements. Also, it can include some cooked vegetables or grains. Some pet owners combine raw meats with freeze-dried products.

Raw food diets have no established vitamins and minerals standards. The 2006 National Research Council based its standards on a dry food diet. Supplementing raw meat diets just to meet these standards may offer excessive, if not dangerous, nutrients build-up in the pet’s body.

Thus, pet owners must confer with professionals before deciding to feed raw meat to their pets. Some pets may lose weight on raw meat. A nutritionist can decide to add fat or cooked grains to solve the problem of underweight pets.

Believing that Raw Diet is Raw Meat

The raw diet contains raw meat, but it has other ingredients like cooked oysters or mussels, vegetables, eggs, bones, organs, and muscle meat. Variety can solve the problem of lack of vitamins and minerals in the pet’s diet.

Commercially-available raw diets have other additions aside from raw meat. They may include salt, cod liver oil, minced or raw vegetables, liver, kelp, cheese, and raw eggs. Some pet owners include cooked vegetables in their pet’s raw diet. But, pets find it difficult to digest vegetables. As such, pet owners must cook, juice, or mince them before giving them to their pets.

Ignoring Fruits

Fruits provide variety, fiber, flavor, and vitamins. Berries have antioxidant content. Watermelon or apples can be chew treats. Fruits can be stewed, diced, or pureed before giving them to your pets. Also, you can just remove the pits and give your pets the whole fruit. But, raisins and grapes can damage their kidneys. Also, do not give canned fruits with sugar to your pets. Fruits must comprise 30% of your pet’s diet.

Forgetting the Need for Supplements

Some pets need supplements. A raw diet may not be able to provide enough calcium. Pet owners who buy commercially-available raw food do not need to worry because such food already has balanced and complete nutrition. Those who prepare raw food at home must include ground oyster shell or eggshell for the calcium requirement.

Pets can benefit from flax seed oil or fish oil for their omega-3 fatty acids diet requirement. Seaweeds and kelp provide trace minerals. Adding supplements, minerals, and vitamins to your pet’s diet is important in keeping it strong and healthy.  


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Greatest Dog Parks in America

One thing that is most important to a dog’s health is exercise and how much of it they are receiving. You may need a fence company to make your yard suitable for the dogs to exercise. Even just for the happiness and enjoyment of the dog, it is always imperative to give some form of exercise during the day whether it’s running around the backyard or hanging at a dog park. In terms of dog parks, it may sometimes be daunting to some dog owners because of the potential for interactions with other dogs. Of course, this depends on the temperament of their dog, whether they are comfortable with other dogs or are usually defensive or aggressive. Majority of the time, it may as well be an asset to gradually have your dog familiarized with being around others. If an owner decides they want to take their dog to one of these parks, they have many options to choose from. Certain cities may have designated dog parks or beaches, or even neighborhoods will have one or two for their residents. Now, below are a few dog parks from all over the United States that will be impressive to dogs and even their owners.

West Coast Greatest Dog Parks

Starting from the west coast, there are a few to be mentioned in California and Hawaii. In California, a known dog park is the Huntington Dog Beach, where dogs are free to roam the sandy beach and play in the water as well. What’s great about this dog park are the amenities, such as beach clean up, public restrooms and grassy areas to play in as well. The beach clean up is really great cause a whole event is made out of it, with volunteers who sign up for the day to help out. In Hawaii, one of their designated dog parks is the Kai Dog Park, which is surrounded by mountains and large grassy expanses. Though they do not have public restrooms available and all dogs must have a license to get in, it may be one of the safest parks due to Hawaii being free of rabies. They also have smaller designated areas for smaller toy dogs to play in and be comfortable without the bigger dogs intimidating them.

Midwest Greatest Dog Parks

In the midwest part of the United States, there are also a few parks that have great amenities for dogs. One of these is the Washington Dog Park, in Ohio, and is unique in that the turf is made specifically for dogs and the available water consists of a creek made just for dogs as well. There are also rocks over the area for climbing. Another park, Shawnee Mission Off-Leash Dog Area, consists of a huge area for dogs to play in covering 53 acres. It contains swimming pools and wooded areas for dogs to enjoy and run wild, figuratively of course. Farther south, are two in Florida and George that tend to stand out. In Florida, there’s Bonita Beach Dog Park where dogs can roam freely on the white sandy beach and even get to enjoy special dog showers afterward. Georgia has the Newton Dream Dog Park that consists of safe dog turf, hoops and tunnels to explore and water sprinklers to play in. It also features fake fire hydrants and huge dog bone tunnels.

Exotic pets- a little out of the ordinary

Pets are very common across the world, and they are usually domesticated animals. However, not every pet owner owns a typical domesticated animal or pet. Some pet owners own exotic pets—pets that are not typically kept in a human household. There are many different types of exotic pets, some may even include special licenses or qualifications to own that pet. The responsibilities of owning a pet are much known, but the responsibilities for owning an exotic pet bring pet owning to a whole different level.

Special licenses needed

One exotic pet, is the Zebra. The Zebra is a black horse with white stripes (or is it a white horse with black stripes?!), that is native to Africa. These magnificent creatures thrive in certain conditions, and should be taken care of as such. A Zebra is technically a horse, and you can own one as long as you have enough property and an exotic animal license.

Other exotic pets that don’t require such qualifications are sugar gliders, hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, skunks, and even bearded dragons. Just because these exotic pets do not require a certain license or qualification, they still require certain upkeep. Sugar gliders have to maintain a certain diet, and need a cage big enough for them to jump around in. They also need an area where they can be freed from their cage to play and interact with other sugar gliders. Tarantulas and hissing cockroaches require a certain aquarium to thrive effectively. Tarantulas are pretty much harmless to humans so they can be let out to wander around, but use caution if you are going to release your hissing cockroach!

Types of exotic pets

Skunks are particularly exotic as, well, they are skunks! What most people do not know, though, is that you can have an exotic animal vet remove the skunk’s stink-sack so that you no longer have to worry about that awful skunk smell. Skunk owners have concluded that they are great house pets, and are very similar to cats.

The bearded dragon is considered to be exotic, but requires the same upkeep as other reptiles. They need a heat tank, proper food and water, and some sort of interaction. They are pretty mellow when it comes to exotic pets, but they do require a bond with their owner.

Another exotic pet, in the form of an insect, would be the scorpion. The use of a scorpion varies on culture, but there are a variety of uses. Chances are, if you own a scorpion, you are handling them with proper care and are staying away from that stinger. To say this exotic pet is not very popular is an understatement.

Probably the most popular exotic pet (besides a money or exotic birds), would be the hedgehog. These little rodent-like creatures require a similar environment to a rodent, but also require much more bonding with its humans. They are sweet and affectionate when they want to be, but can also be mean. If you plan to get a hedgehog, make sure you do your research first!