Things to Keep in Mind Before You Get a Pet Bird |

Pets always make a great companion for life, they keep you cheered up through out the day if you take good care of them. They can be any one of these dogs, cats, fishes, birds like parrots, finches, budgies, reptiles like turtles, gecko lizards, rodents like rats, mice, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pig etc. Most of this are very cute and at first site anyone would like to adopt these. But think before you get any pet, especially birds because they need more attention than any other pets, as well as they are more sensitive.Here are some of the points to ponder before getting one. First think if you are ready to commit yourself for the next 10-15 years, that is for the entire life time of a bird. Some pets can also live up to 20 years.Are you a frequent traveler? If yes then pets are not for you because they need to be taken care of all the time, they cannot adjust to sudden climate change, so they need to be kept at a same place. Some pets health worsens even if you change their cage location.Are you a person with no patience? If yes then again pets are not for you, because they need long time to get adjusted to you or the place where you keep them. It varies from pet to pet. You might lose interest in them if you have no patience and you might not take good care of them.Are you a very busy person? Then again pets are not for person like you, different pets need different amount of your time, find out if you will be able to give them your time, you should not become a pet killer ultimately.Are you allergic to pet fur? Some people will be allergic to pet fur or hair, if you are one among them then do not get pets, just like humans pets also shed hair which might effect your health. Once you get them you cannot blame them for your allergic nature neither you can kill them for causing allergy to you.Is your job not a permanent one, you keep relocating every now and then? In this case also you are not a person who can keep pet, the reason is same as point number one.Do you have very small kids or infants? If yes then wait till they grow up, infants or kids do not think before swallowing or licking something, pet hair or fur is not considered good for kids and infants. So if you are sure you can clearly isolate your kids from your pets, only then keep one.Do you live in a unsafe house? Unsafe with respect to pets. Is your house exposed to prey animals like fox, snakes, vultures etc? then provide a very strong cage to your pets, if you cannot provide then, they are not for you. You don’t have to feed your loved ones to these animals.So these are some of the points to be kept in mind before getting pets. All the best. Always keep your pets safe and healthy. At least give away your pets to someone who can take care of those if you cannot take care of those.

The Silent Killer of Pets: Poor Dental Hygiene |

Would you go days, weeks or even years without brushing your teeth? The thought of a plaque-filled, bacteria-laden mouth and the stench of bad breath that would result makes most people squirm in disgust at the sheer thought of it. Yet, that is exactly what is happening in your pet’s mouth at this very moment if you’re not cleaning their teeth on a regular basis.The Link Between Poor Oral Hygiene and Heart DiseaseThe long-term impact to a lackadaisical attitude about your pet’s oral hygiene could ultimately compromise their overall health. According to a study by Professor Larry Glickman at Purdue University, there is a link between the severity of gum disease in dogs and their risk for some types of heart disease, including cardiomyopathy and endocarditis. In some cases, the increased incidence of heart disease was 6 times higher in dogs with severe gum disease than in those without it.While Dr. Glickman’s study didn’t address the oral hygiene of cats and its potential link to heart disease, the number of felines with dental disease is cause for concern as well. According to an American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) study reported by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), 70 percent of all cats and nearly 80 percent of all dogs have dental disease by age three. By adopting a routine of brushing your pet’s teeth when they are young, you can help reduce these alarming statistics and ultimately improve your pet’s long-term health.About Dental DiseaseSimilar to periodontal disease in humans, gum disease in dogs and cats is the result of untreated plaque and tartar build-up. The bacteria in the plaque and tartar causes inflammation and infection, which can travel into the bloodstream and lead to more serious health problems. Pet owners often don’t do anything about their pet’s oral hygiene until the tartar build-up gets severe enough that it requires professional cleaning by a veterinarian. This will likely require that the veterinarian anesthetize your pet, which has its own inherent risks not to mention an impact on the pet owner’s wallet.Recommended Dental ProductsWhile the best home remedy for good dental hygiene is brushing your pet’s teeth, you may also want to consider giving your pet specially made treats and foods designed to keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy. There are also new dental care water additives on the market that you can add to your pet’s water bowl to help fight plaque and bad breath. Don’t rely on claims made on the packaging for pet dental care products; these are just marketing tools used to sell more products and often have no scientific basis. Your best bet is to use these VOHC approved products , which have met strict protocols established by the Veterinary Oral Health Council.A Word of Warning About ToothpasteNever use human toothpaste or baking soda to clean your pet’s teeth. Pets can’t spit out toothpaste like humans and according to the AAHA, the foaming agents in human toothpaste can cause stomach upset in pets. Human toothpaste can be toxic to your pet if it contains Xylitol, a human sweetener, which the ASPCA lists as one of the most dangerous poisons for pets. Pet toothpaste is not only designed specifically so pets can safely swallow all the ingredients, but it is flavored in appealing pet-friendly varieties such as beef and chicken.How to Brush Your Dog or Cat’s TeethIf you’re not sure how to brush your pet’s teeth, there are videos that can help. The Cornell Feline Health Center’s website offers a helpful instructional video for cat owners who wish to learn how to properly brush their cat’s teeth. The American Veterinary Medical Association also offers helpful information about how to make dental hygiene fun for you and your pet in this AVMA video, which includes a demonstration on the proper way to brush your pet’s teeth.Resolve to Start Brushing This WeekFebruary is National Pet Dental Health Month and it’s also American Heart Month. It’s the perfect time to resolve to make your pet’s oral hygiene and ultimately their cardiovascular health a priority. Watch the how-to videos provided here and resolve to start brushing your pet’s teeth this week. By adopting this new habit for your pet, you will not only help them enjoy a fresh, clean set of pearly whites, but you’ll also improve your beloved furball’s overall health and happiness.

Be a Responsible Pet Owner |

Do you own a pet? Are you like me and you have more than one? More people than not own at least one pet. The majority of us love our pets, no matter what that pet may be. (Remember pet rocks?) The health of your pet is not only important for the sake of that pet but it is also important for your health.It is a proven medical fact that:•Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels.•Per owners suffer fewer minor health problems, such as joint pain, hay fever, insomnia, and anxiety.•Pet owners enjoy better physical health because they exercise more with their pets.•Pets decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation.•70% of families surveyed reported an increase in family happiness and fun after adopting a pet.•Pets provide therapeutic touch. Tests show that within minutes of petting a dog or a cat, the human and the pet experience a massive release of such beneficial hormones as prolactin, oxytocin, and phenylethylamine.•Having a pet present reduces a pet owner’s stress more than the company of a close friend or even a spouse.•Pets help people survive heart attacks. One study shows that heart attack sufferers who own a dog or a cat have eight times a better chance of surviving one year after suffering a heart attack.There are even more reasons to have a pet, but you need to understand that having a pet is more than a health benefit, it’s a huge responsibility.I am of the belief that every creature has its purpose on the earth. Not for the purpose of humans but for its own purpose. I believe we are ALL God’s creatures. As a matter of fact, I believe they were placed on this earth before humans were. Which would make it their earth, not ours. But because humans believe we are above all creatures, we believe they are in our control. That’s human arrogance for you. We believe that because we speak a language we are superior. All creatures speak a language. All creatures have a body language just like humans do. We were All created For the earth. The earth itself speaks a language. It, too, has a body language. I’m always amazed to hear people speak about global warming. Global warming, in my opinion, is not the point. The issue is not whether or not the earth is dying, whether or not there is more than enough, whether or not there will be a tomorrow. The true issue is that we abuse it. Yesterday, Today, Everyday! We are in constant abuse of what sustains us. Whether or not there is more than enough, we should still be taking care of it. Not using and abusing it. Humans are so arrogant. That’s why we abuse ourselves, we abuse each other, we abuse all that we are in control of, all that we are in possession of. You don’t have to lift a hand against someone or something to be considered abusive. In some cases, it’s what we don’t do. Neglect is abusive.We are All responsible for All there is.I am by no means perfect. But everyday I do my best by remembering that none of this is mine. It’s ours. IT IS OURS! It ALL belongs to EVERYONE and EVERYTHING!If you have a pet, it is your responsibility to do the best that you can for that pet. It relies solely on your care. You are your pets sole link to survival. It’s not JUST A PET. Are you JUST A PERSON? Some people think that you are expendable, that your life serves no purpose. How does that feel, that your life means nothing to some people? Next time you think ‘it’s just a pet’, remember, someone thinks ‘you’re just a person’.If you’re going to have a pet, take care of it! Be a responsible pet owner! It’s not that difficult!