Thursday, March 31, 2016

Pets and carpet #pets  #animals

(NewsUSA) - Adding new carpet is an easy way to rejuvenate the look and feel of any room in your home. But when you own pets, finding a quality carpet that is easy to maintain can be a tiring task.
"If you're a pet owner, it's important to find carpeting that can withstand the toll pets can dish out on flooring," says carpet expert David Duncan of Mohawk Flooring, a carpeting brand that has produced SmartStrand -- a soil- and stain-resistant carpeting that has successfully taken on zoo animals, messy kids and a cross-country tour of squirts and spills.
Here are some tips:

Function: What is the room used for? For high-traffic areas, such as a family room, den or hallway, consider carpeting with built-in triexta fibers -- exclusive to Mohawk Flooring -- that are stain- and soil-resistant. A dining room carpet should be stain-resistant and easy to clean as well. Carpets with chemically applied stain protection treatments can lose their stain and soil resistance over time. Also consider the environment by choosing carpeting made in part with plant-based materials
Design and Color. Want to make a room seem larger? Look for a light-colored carpet. Want cozy? Opt for dark. Want relaxing? Blues and greens can create a feeling of calm. In addition, different carpet textures add interest to any room. But regardless of color or style, if your room gets a lot of traffic, or if you have pets with preferred sleeping spots, choose a carpet with fibers designed to spring back into place, rather than the flagpole-shaped design of the fibers in some carpets. Carpets with kinked, spring-shaped fibers are designed to resist matting, and bounce back when walked or sat on.

Style and Softness. Comfort is a key factor when choosing a carpet for your home, especially if you have children or pets that spend a lot of time sitting or lying on the floor. Carpets with built-in stain protection have been shown to retain their softness over time, in part because there are no added chemical stain-protection treatments that might leave a rough or sticky residue.
Maintenance. High-maintenance carpets should be avoided in areas where there are children or pets. No one wants to spend a lot of time cleaning up the inevitable messes, and some high-maintenance carpet cleaning products can be hazardous to your home environment. Choose a carpet made of triexta fibers, which are designed to be dirt-resistant and can be cleaned easily with water and a mild detergent. In addition, take advantage of warranties offered by some carpet manufacturers on stains caused by pets.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dogs home alone

Dogs are fundamentally social animals. If you leave these animals alone, they turn out to be tendency saddened and are inclined to bark and howl excessively or destroy things inside the home.

Nonetheless, proper instruction with Dog Containment can overcome this difficulty. For some dogs, this can be an act of playing and enjoying all of the points within the property. They are normal for them.

Dogs chew on objects, dig holes, or tug at almost everything due to the fact they are plain actions determined by animal instinct. However, these good-natured dog behaviours can hastily turn into destructive manners when the dog becomes bored or lonely. In place of playing with you or sleeping if you go out, it is going to commence entertaining itself by destroying anything it sees.

This can happen if you leave your dog without firm and fail to intermingle with them frequently. It could also come about when you usually do not give them toys and chew items which keep them occupied. A different cause for monotony is burrowing holes so what they will need is always to be busy about some thing. It truly is a matter of a variety of well-managed activities.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

3 ways to save cost on pet care

(NewsUSA) - Owning a pet comes with a lot of benefits -- but caring for a pet can also have an unwelcome impact on your budget.

 According to the ASPCA, owning a dog or cat can cost up to $1,000 in the first year, and many people end up spending much more. 

The good news is, you can cut your pet care expenses without compromising your pet's health and wellbeing. Here are a few tips to save money on pet care:

 1. Don't skip the vet. If you're trying to save money, it can be tempting to cut back on veterinary visits. But, according to Julie Ciarmella of the American Veterinary Medicine Association, "an investment in preventive healthcare can reduce your long-term pet healthcare costs." Why? Because regular check-ups can prevent expensive complications down the road.

 2. Get by with a little help from your friends. Dog-walking, pet-sitting and kennel services can be one of the most expensive aspects of owning a pet. You can save money by taking the "you scratch my dog's back, I'll scratch your cat's chin" approach and tapping into a network of other pet owners in your area. Neighborhood dog parks are great places to meet like-minded pet lovers; or you could try good old fashioned advertising.

 3. Choose high-quality pet products that give you more value for your money. Reaching for the cheapest product can feel like a thrifty move, but you may be surprised by the impact "cheap" products can have on your budget. For example, cheaper clay cat litter needs to be changed more often -- so cat owners go through bag after bag. World's Best Cat Litter is an alternative that harnesses the concentrated power of corn for long-lasting performance. You'll use less litter, replace it less often, and save money in the long run. In the end, remember that what your pet needs most is love. Keep things simple and invest in high-value products where it matters, and you'll be on your way to a pet-care budget that works for you.

Monday, March 21, 2016

little owl

OMG, too cute!!!!!

I see a soul #pets #animals #petportraits @

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Pet Birds
By Giva Solana

Today I would like to share some thoughts about birds as pets.

Birds are some of the most amazing, wonderful and lovable pets around the world!!! They are very entertaining, social, comical, playful and beautiful!
Most birds, especially bigger ones, live a very long time. Parrots can live up to 80 years. so they are a lifetime commitment.

Most birds are pretty easy to take care of. (They are a bit messy though...)

 They need a cage big enough, so they can move around freely and spread their wings, food, water, and some clean newspaper on the bottom of the cage.

Talking about food….it is important to keep their buffet balanced and interesting.
 The ideal avian diet is much more than birdseed and pellets. Parrots, finches, canaries and other companion birds do best on a varied, nutritious diet, which includes seeds, fruits, fresh vegetables, and nuts. Such a diet gives them the building blocks for feather production, healthy skin and a happy and playful attitude.

Birds love to be challenged and entertained by you. They love to hear your voice, and to engage in whole "conversations". We all know, that some bigger birds, like parrots for example, even imitate your words and language. They are extremely smart!!
All my cockatiel Luke can say however is: "What are you doing?" LOL.  He says it every time I come into the room or start doing something different. (…and sometimes I find myself explaining to him what I am doing…hahaha)
 Birds are very loyal to their "parent", and they know exactly who you are.

When you are at work or not home, leave them with a couple of entertaining toys or turn the radio on for them.  They like to listen to music and watch TV.

My two cockatiels are very amused by the "baby education channel". Christmas songs and country music are their music choices.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Cats, Dogs And Human Food - How Can Our Food Harm Our Pets?

We're all guilty of it - giving in to those big begging eyes pleading at us for a scrap from the table during dinner. Fido knows just how to get you to concede, and most of us justify that a little won't hurt, or we don't even think of the potential danger at all. But the truth is that human food can be harmful to your pet, and in some cases, can be fatal. It's important to know how certain foods can be unsafe so that you can avoid them for the sake of your animal.
Here is how a few of some of the most common "human foods" become harmful for pets:
Chocolate and other foods containing caffeine
Caffeine is one of the greatest culprits because it contains an alkaloid called theobromine. Theobromine acts as a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic, which in turn can cause a heart attack or other heart and nervous system problems in animals.
Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic are potentially harmful due to the fact that both contain thiosulphate, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia in cats and dogs. Of the two, onions are the most toxic, as consumption of simply one serving by your pet could result in anemia.
Milk can harm your pet due to the fact that many dogs and cats tend to be lactose intolerant. The consumption of milk and milk products by a lactose intolerant pet creates a breeding ground for bacteria, causing vomiting and diarrhea.
Bones, although commonly known as a great treat for your dog, are potentially very dangerous for pets. Once eaten, bones can splinter and get stuck in the intestines, causing damage or fatality. In most splinter cases, the bones must be removed surgically.
Other Foods
Other human foods to avoid when feeding your pet are: macadamia nuts, potato peelings and green-looking potatoes, rhubarb leaves, moldy/spoiled foods, alcohol, yeast dough, tomato leaves and stems, broccoli, and raisins or grapes.
Some human foods potentially cause only mild digestive upsets, while others can be fatal. Regardless of the level of danger, the best choice for your pet is to keep him from any potentially harmful foods in order to ensure his health and safety.
During the holiday season, veterinary clinics have noticed a rising in the number of pets that they treat for food-related illnesses. The increase in pet illness is due to the fact that animals are partaking in human foods during mealtime. Although not well known by the public, the consumption of human food to pets is potentially harmful to animals, and in some instances, can be fatal.
The rise in food-related illnesses by pets is a clear indication that the dangers of human food consumption by animals are not understood by the masses.
So, the next time your pet looks up at you with those pleading eyes, show him you care by doing what is truly best for him and feeding him only products meant for pet consumption. In the end, both you and your pet will be glad that you did.

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