Basic Guidance for Snake Care

Snake CareIf you’re looking for an unusual, eye-catching pet, it’s hard to go wrong with a snake. They’re exotic enough to catch people’s interest, yet hardy enough to require minimal care. It is very suitable for people who have busy life and schedule.

Nevertheless, uninformed first-time owners tend to make some basic mistakes, some of which can be quite costly. Here are some simple tips that can help ensure the health of the snake and prevent a lot of aggravation as well.

Take note of how large your snake can grow to be. Most North American varieties only grown to be about four feet long, which is a reasonable size. Don’t let a pet store employee talk you into buying a Burmese python, since these critters can grow to be over thirty feet long, and will require huge cages and tremendous amounts of food. And you need to know that most zoos will not accept these animal as donations.

Don’t scrimp on cage size. A cage that is too small can be very stressful and unhealthy to your pet. Pet store clerks will sometimes try to sell you caging that is inadequate in size, so don’t fall into this trap. For adequate comfort, the combined length and width of the cage should at least match the snake’s length. Snakes can grow fairly quickly, so don’t forget to take that into account as well!

Do find out how docile that particular specimen is. Most non-venomous North American snakes are fairly docile, but if you’re a first-time keeper, you should probably make sure that your prospective pet can be handled easily.

Make sure that you select a pet with a hearty appetite. Ball pythons, for example, make great pets–but they are notoriously finicky eaters. Corn snakes make great starter pets because they are exceedingly docile and aren’t picky about what they eat.

Snakes or any other reptile indeed can potentially spread salmonella. The risk involved is very small, but one should still play safe. This is especially true when young children or people with compromised immune systems are involved. Do read up on reptile hygiene and salmonella before purchasing your pet.

Obviously, these tips only constitute some basic advice. I recommend that all prospective owners should read up on snake care in general, as well as the specific needs of the species that they plan to purchase. A little bit of basic research can prevent a great deal of aggravation in the future.

The Importance of Pet’s Toys

Pet’s ToysToys are fun both for our dogs and us. Lucky for us there are endless choices. But did you know how important toys are for your dogs – puppies especially.

Toys play a great role in the emotional and mental development of puppies or kitties. They also act as solutions for inappropriate chewing, boredom, and separation anxiety. In fact most dog trainers recommend that new puppy owners buy lots of toys for the newest member of the family.

Variety is the spice of life. Most pets experts recommend for pets owners to buy different kinds of toys for your pets so that you can discover which ones they really likes. Many pet trainers and behaviorists will recommend that their clients have three sets of toys for their pets.

Primary toys are your dog’s favorite. Leave these out for your dog when you’re not around. This helps reduce separation anxiety because your dog associates you leaving with his getting his favorite toy.

Secondary toys are the toys to have out when you are home. Be sure to pick up the primary toys.

And finally the third set of toys is used to rotate with the first set. Trainers recommend swapping toys every 3 days or so. This helps keep your dog interested in all his toys.

And always choose toys wisely. Try to buy toys that match your dog’s size. And always make sure there are no dangerous small pieces that your dog can chew loose and swallow or worse yet – choke on.

Keeping Garfish as Pet

Keeping Garfish as PetIf you like fish pet or fishing sport, you probably know about garfish. This fish can be recognized by its long and slim body with distinct snout. Due to the size of its body and predatory behavior, there are only few people who are interested in keeping this fish as aquarium pet.

But, it is also because of those traits, some people are really interested to have them as pet in the aquarium. If you are also interested in make this fish as your pet you must know that not every garfish species can be used as pet since some garfish species can grow up in to a very large fish.

Some known species of garfish:

Spotted gar, this species can be recognized by its long snout and spots. The spots become more frequent to the body posterior.

Florida spotted gar, this species has shorter snout than other species but has more spots on its body. This species is often mistaken for spotted gar.

Short nosed gar, this species can be recognized by its short snout, the upper jaw has less teeth and there is not much of spots on its body.

Long-nosed gar, this species has long and slender snout with slender body.

Alligator gar, this species has two large teeth rows in the upper jaw, its snout is broad and short. Most of its spots are located on the body posterior and less seen on its other body parts.

Tropical gar, this is a very rare species and difficult to be found.

Cuban or Manfari gar, it almost has the same appearance as the alligator gar. What tell them a part is that Cuban gar has a broader snout with less pattern on its body.

Other than those species that had been mentioned above, there are also other gar species that are less common such as the crocodile gar.

Due to their body size, the short-nosed, Florida and Spotted gars are the species that are more suitable to be kept as pet. These species normally do not grow bigger than 2 feet, so it will be suitable for aquarium in house while other can grow in to very big size.

To keep the garfish in the aquarium, you will need more than 200 gallon size of aquarium. If you want to keep other fish with the gar, you must make sure that the other fish has large size, so the garfish would not consider it as food and would not eat it.

For the aquarium maintenance, the owner must keep the water clean and circulated properly. One thing that should be remember is that garfish breathe atmospheric air, so the owner must let some space between the water surface with the top of the aquarium to let the fish breathe.

Treatment Options For Pets Seizures

Treatment Options For Pets SeizuresIf you can identify the cause of your pets seizure, you may be able to eliminate future seizures by eliminating the seizure’s source. For instance, if the seizure is due to chemical toxins, make sure your pet remains as free of toxins as possible.

Provide human grade food and treats that do not contain chemical preservatives, fillers, or byproducts. Clean your house and your pet’s environment with chemical-free products. Also, use more natural flea, tick, & heartworm prevention products as some of these products may lower your pet’s seizure threshold and make seizures more difficult to control. Avoid products containing organophosphate insecticides. For safer heartworm prevention, use products containing interceptor and filaribits.

What can you do if your pet’s seizure condition cannot be cured and you realize you and your pet may have to live with the seizures? In the past, the only treatment options available were strong anticonvulsants that could have serious side effects. These still may be your only option.

But, more natural approaches have been found to help some pets, either prior to stronger medications or in addition to them so that you may be able to lower the dose. There are a variety of treatment options that include a natural diet, acupuncture, nutritional supplements, homeopathy, herbs, and conventional medications.

Minimize stress in your pet’s life. Try to avoid sudden changes in his environment, loud noises, and other stressful situations. You can also try herbs that act as sedatives. These include valerian root, kava, skullcap and oatstraw. Note that when using herbs and supplements, you may need to lower the dosage of other anticonvulsants.

Several supplements appear to help in preventing seizures. Try an antioxidant combination of Vitamin C, E, B-6, and selenium. Your vet can recommend the dosage for your pet. Magnesium and DMG (dimethyl glycine) are other helpful supplements.

Acupuncture is another helpful option which has helped to control seizures in many pets. Sometimes just placing an ear acupuncture tack in a dog’s ear will stop seizures, and this only requires one acupuncture visit.

If the ear tack doesn’t work, gold implants can be placed in different locations under a pet’s head. Or your pet can be treated with traditional Chinese acupuncture.

As you can see, there are many natural approaches to treating seizures in pets. These should help your beloved pet to live a normal and comfortable life.