The Different Types of Saltwater Aquariums

petSaltwater aquariums should generally contain fewer fish than fresh water tanks, because the species tend to grow bigger in size. Marine species may be bred in a captive environment, or caught in the wild. Captive bred species are easier to care for and usually hardier than caught species. It generates a great amount of stress for a fish to be captured in the wild and then introduced into an aquarium environment. It is often difficult for them to figure out how to eat. Whenever possible, purchase your fish from a retailer that deals only with breeders or from the breeders themselves. There are five different types of saltwater aquariums.

The first type of saltwater aquarium is the fish only aquarium. This is probably the easiest to care for of the five types, simply because you are only dealing with one type of species. Amongst the saltwater fish there are both tropical and coldwater types. They can’t be kept together for obvious reasons. The water temperatures vary greatly. Tropical fish are usually brighter in color, and therefore more appealing to aquarium

Breed Basics For Pekingese Dogs

16The Pekingese Dog is from the Toy Group and is more of a companion dog. An alert and feisty dog, this faithful companion packs an attitude that is stubborn, dignified and courageous. But don’t be swayed by his pretty looks, to be a true master to a Pekingese, you will have to earn its respect and ensure that the dog knows you are the Alpha.

Originated in China, this small dog is between 6 to 9 inches high and can weigh up to 14 pounds. They shed a lot of hair, being a little bundle of fur and joy, and if you are looking for a dog that doesn’t leave behind a trail of hair on your couches, the Pekingese dog is not for you. A good natured, lively and immensely affectionate dog, the Pekingese is an ideal pet for a small family or even an elderly person who loves the companionship of a dog but don’t want to deal with a larger breed for they demand too much exercise.

The Pekingese dogs

Dogs And Colors

15I think that one of the most often asked questions and dilemmas of dogs are can they discern colors. Of course I also inquired about it, wanting to know can my Pekingese dog sees me and the world around in color or not. I have long believed that she saw no color at all, because I heard or read somewhere that cats can discern colors but dogs don’t. If she cannot see the color, she does not see the world as I see it. The thought of it I was a bit sad. I knew that my female Pekingese dog as all the other dogs rely on other senses that are more sensitive than ours, and thus compensate lack of ability to see colors.

Much later I heard that there are some researches on this topic however, that dogs see color but not as much as we see them. The structure of the dog eye is different in structure namely; dog eye has a smaller number of cells that are able to perceive colors than man,

What Is A Sugar Glider And Why Such A Popular Pet?

22In recent years, Sugar Gliders or as they are also known, Sugar Bears and Honey Gliders have become a very popular pet worldwide but what are they? Why are they such a popular pet? Are they easy to care for? These are a few questions I do get to my Sugar Glider Blog and questions I will gladly answer with an Article.

What Is A Sugar Glider?

Sugar Gliders are very cute and very small Marsupials (non-placental mammals) and they are native to Australia, New Guinea, The Bismark Archipelago and Tasmania. They get the name Sugar Glider due to their love of sweet things and just like Flying Squirrels can glide in the air from around 50-160 meters which is quite amazing and majestic.

They are nocturnal (which you will certainly find out if you buy one as a pet) and sleep in their nests through the day sharing the nest with up to 6 to 7 other adults and any new born babies. They are commonly found in the forests especially near Eucalyptus Trees where

Approaching Pet Dumping Season Do The Right Thing!

21Shocking isn’t it I was appalled when I saw this image recently, but thanks to the hard work of rescue centres and their devotion the story ended happily! We’re approaching pet dumping season and this is the time of year when irresponsible people dumps animals because they can’t cope, go on holidays with no thought for their animals and various other reason that keep rescue organisations busy.

Unfortunately people take animals on without doing their homework first, and then when reality sets in and they find that the cute puppy they bought home costs money to feed, time to train, and vet bills for vaccinations and check ups they dump them. Owning a dog in particular is a responsibility that should be thoroughly investigated, that cute puppy is going to grow up and you need to be aware of a variety of factors when taking ownership of a dog. Some questions to ask before you take the plunge are:

  • Is my lifestyle suitable to accommodate a dog e.g. if your renting be aware that a

4 Common Traits Of Schnoodles

20Traits of schnoodles are consistent and distinct. If you own more than one schnoodle either at one time or in succession, you will notice these same behaviors and characteristics from dog to dog. True, every dog is unique, but like humans have similarities between races, so does the breed of schnoodle. Being aware of these traits will help raise and care for your schnoodle all that much more.

One of the traits of schnoodles that stands out is the need to establish dominance. It is usually more noticeable in male dogs. Pretty much what happens is another new dog will approach the schnoodle. The schnoodle will growl and bark and maybe even jump on the other dog (sometimes 3 times its size) just trying to establish that he/she is the top dog around here. This only lasts a couple minutes. After that, the other dog and the schnoodle usually break apart and start doing their own thing.

Intelligence is also one of the traits of schnoodles. They have been known to remember names of toys,

A Schnoodle Puppy 4 Reasons To Get One

19A schnoodle puppy can bring you such joy and love. You will want to take him /her everywhere with you, as you should try to. Schnoodles just want to be part of a family. That family anything can be anything from two parents plus 4 kids to one parent taking care of just them. However their new home pans out, a schnoodle puppy the best pick for man’s best friend for these reasons.

This dog gets bursts of energy from time to time. A schnoodle puppy is capable of high energy given that they are part schnauzer, part poodle, both high energy breeds. This doesn’t mean you have to run miles or take hour long walks to tire him/her out. A good stint of fetch should do the trick. They also like to be chase, but luckily tire easily. Probably as fast as you do. A nice stroll each night after dinner is the perfect thing for your pup (and you too).

If you have kids, you are in luck. A schnoodle puppy will love chasing after

Planning On Camping With A Dog?

Travel, tourism - Girl with dog ready for the travel for summerSo, you are planning on camping with a dog? If you already usually do bring your dog along with you and your family on your camping trips, you probably know it can be a lot of fun, but then there are the times when things just do not go very well.

My family and I usually go camping every year in the Summer with our dogs, all five of them! Well, it used to be five until just last year when our beloved beagle mix, Attila, had to be put down due to cancer. We still miss him, and I know it will seem odd when he is not there this year when we do go!

Well, anyways, I am getting sidetracked! What was I supposed to be writing about again? Oh, yes, planning on going camping with your dog!

Plan Ahead

If you are going camping somewhere that you have not been to before, I recommend that you check

3 Schnoodle Heath Issues And Their Treatments

17With being a hybrid combination of a schnauzer and poodle, schnoodle health issues can come from one or the other type of dog or even both. After owning 2 different schnoodles over the last 25 years, I can tell you from firsthand experience 3 health problems that both my dogs had and how those problems were treated. All the treatments came from our veterinarian (no homegrown guessing when it comes to our dogs’ well being).

One schnoodle health issue both our dogs had was with their digestive track. One dog ate an entire steak bone and became extremely constipated. We had to keep it with the vet for 5 days in order for daily enemas to be administered. Our other dog ate one of those giant dog treats in the matter of 20 minutes. He proceeded to throw up 20 times in about an hour. We got him to the emergency vet clinic. He was rehydrated and blood tests were run. It turns out when schnoodles have a hard time digesting anything if they eat it

Dog Food And Your Dogs Health

A patient puppy waits in front of a dish full of kibbles.Dogs have survived for thousands of years on meat and the discarded food of humans. Although they appear to be natural carnivores (meat eaters decended from the wolf), there is an ongoing debate that dogs may actually be omnivores (plant and meat eaters).

The dog became a domesticated animal approximately 12,000 to 15,000 years ago. Today in the United States alone 67 million households now have a companion dog and that represents a lot of customers for todays dog food industry !

A Short History

The dog food industry began during the mid 1860’s in England by an electrican from Ohio named James Spratt. One day he witnessed a pack of dogs waiting to be fed scraps of biscuits in a shipyard. After watching these dogs he formulated an idea to create a dog meal which consisted of wheat meals, vegetables and meat. That idea has developed into the pet food business of today and with over 400 million dogs in

How To Bond With Your Cat

15We hear about dogs bonding with their owner all the time, going for walks, playing fetch, riding about on their owners’ laps in cars but no one associates such activities with cats. Most people think cats are aloof and that no one bonds with their cat.

This is far from the truth.Many owners are now going for walks with their cats. When starting from young, owners have found their cats get used to being on a leash and the more adventurous ones are keen to explore themselves. Who’s leading who now. All the time is grooming time for cats so a great way to bond with your cat is to help it with its grooming. I’ve met people who brush their cats down, and I’ve even heard of people whose cats love to have a lint remover rolled over them or even vacuumed.

Most cats love being stroked and petted. Sometimes an older cat may develop sensitive areas and not appreciate it as much as before, but cats love a tickle under the

Bichon Frise Boots Protect Their Feet From Ice And Snow

14Are boots for dogs silly or a smart idea?

There was a time in my life not too long ago, when I would have thought the idea of putting boots on a dog was a silly concept. In fact, I would have suspected the person speaking about this thought I was gullible enough to believe dog boots were a real and useful item. I mean come on, dog boots?!

Yes, dog boots. Fast forward three years, and I am the proud and protective owner of a Bichon Frise. I want to do everything I can to keep my dog safe, comfortable and happy. I worry about his diet, his coat, his behavior, and yes, even his feet.

Why would you want dog boots?

I live in Michigan, and our winters are typically cold, icy and include quite a bit of snow on the ground. Because sidewalks and roadways are dangerous for drivers and pedestrians when they become icy, salt is often spread to melt the ice and snow to make safer travel possible.

Why You Should Have a Pet Companion in Your Golden Years

fotolia_482130_XSBy some measures, owning a pet may be as American as baseball and apple pie. Nearly 80 million U.S. households own a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association. Of those, 37 percent are baby boomers.

Janet Lovegrove of Kentwood, Michigan, was 50 when she adopted her cat, Ailish, from a local rescue. “I decided to adopt her when my [youngest] child went to the National Guard,” she says. “I didn’t want to be alone.”

Lovegrove worked at the time and knew a dog wouldn’t be the right fit for her. In the years that followed, Ailish was a constant source of support for Lovegrove, especially during a short stint of homelessness and period coping with a disability.

“If it wasn’t for [Ailish], I don’t know where I’d be,” says Lovegrove, now 58. “She was part of what helped me hold it together.”

It’s a story Andrea Stickland, veterinarian and owner of the Animal Medical Center of Chandler in Arizona, understands all too

4 Incredible Times When Dogs Saved Their Owners and Became Heroes

80801cd18a8673e096de0787c16aee5eThese days, you’d be hard-pressed to find a scientist who doesn’t acknowledge that most animals have the ability to feel emotion in some way. In the past decade, a tremendous amount of research has focused on how animals think and feel and the possibility that they possess reason and morals. We may never know what motivates animals when they go out of their way to save people, as they do in these stories, but in these moments, it’s hard not to see striking evidence of empathy, love, and perhaps a basic understanding of life.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, computer sales manager Michael Hingson, who is blind, went early to his office on the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center to prepare for a meeting. As Michael worked, his guide dog, a Labrador retriever named Roselle, dozed by his feet.

At 8:46 a.m., a tremendous boom rocked the building, eliciting screams throughout the floor. Michael grabbed Roselle’s harness, trusting that the dog would lead him out of danger, and they navigated their way to a stairwell.

“Forward,”

How Pet Therapy Has Changed Assisted Living

pets visiting seniors - 2It doesn’t take a scientist to know that pets make humans feel good; anyone who’s ever stroked a dog’s fur or felt a cat’s thrumming purr knows this. Science can, however, tell us how and why pets can be therapeutic. Just 15 minutes bonding with an animal sets off a chemical chain reaction in the brain, lowering levels of the fight-or-flight hormone cortisol and increasing production of the feel-good hormone serotonin. The result: heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels immediately drop. Over the long term, pet and human interactions can lower cholesterol levels, fight depression and may even help protect against heart disease and stroke. This is why pets for the elderly can be so beneficial.

Pet Care & Senior Living

One of the biggest concerns of allowing seniors to bring their beloved pets to assisted living communities is that the program needs to ensure the pets’ well-being. Duvall, Washington veterinarian, Dr. Kevin Sievers, comments on the importance of the pets’ needs: “Humans benefit greatly from the companionship of a pet. An

When And Where Did Dogs First Become Our Pets ?

64861.adapt.768.1When it comes to evolutionary debates, this one is a major dogfight.

Since the time of Charles Darwin, scientists have argued over the origin of domesticated dogs, speculating wildly about how, when and where a toothy, flesh-eating beast was first transformed into man’s best friend.

Some experts believe humans were naturally drawn to small, furry wolf pups, and seized them as novelties. Others suggest they were raised for slaughter by early agrarian societies.

Yet another theory holds that early proto-dogs were enlisted as helpers by roving bands of hunters, long before humankind ever experimented with agricultural livestock.

“The experts get quite exercised about who’s right and who’s wrong,” said James Serpell, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. “Whether that’s just scientific hubris, I don’t know.”

But the epic argument over what sparked the Big Bark may finally be drawing to a close. As researchers avail themselves of faster and cheaper DNA sequencing technology, experts are zeroing in on the time and

The Power of Pets

Holistic-health-and-petsThe real estate business traditionally has shown scant love for pets. The conventional wisdom held that sellers should conceal all traces of their dogs or cats—the toys, bowls, beds, even the animals themselves—when prepping a home for sale. But those hardline messages are clearly softening, as pets become a plus in the marketing of homes for sale.

The reason for the shift has a lot to do with the numbers: Pet power is rising. Currently 65 percent of households own a pet, up from 56 percent in 1988. A record-breaking 79 million U.S. households now own a pet, according to a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association. Indeed, 83 percent of pet owners consider their pet to be a member of the family, according to a Packaged Facts research report.

For real estate practitioners, addressing that pet love means helping buyers scout for homes that meet the needs of their pets or working with sellers to leverage their home’s pet appeal.

In fact, pet-friendly agents have found one another—and consumers—on a

Black Dog Syndrome

five_black_dogsJust when you were hoping there were no new ways to be racist, it turns out people may be racist against dogs. Black Dog Syndrome is the name shelter workers have given to the tendency of dark-furred pups to languish in kennels while their lighter-furred brethren get adopted. “The effect is very real,” says Mirah Horowitz, executive director and founder of Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. “We recently had a litter of five very cute, very fluffy puppies, two yellow and three black. And the yellow ones all went immediately, but for the black ones it took weeks.”

Black dogs get euthanized at higher rates. They linger at pounds and adoption agencies for longer than light-colored dogs, and they are less likely to find a home. Marika Bell, director of behavior and rehoming for the Humane Society of Washington, D.C., says the organization has been tracking animals that have stayed at their shelters the longest since March 2013. They found that three characteristics put a pet at risk of becoming one of these so-called

Including Your Pets in Evacuation and Disaster Planning

pet_kit-sm2The best way to protect your family in a disaster is by having a good disaster plan, and that plan should include your pet. Since most public shelters exclude pets, it is essential that, as a pet owner, you plan ahead, so that if you must evacuate, you won’t be forced to leave your animals behind.

After many disasters, thousands of pets are left to fend for themselves and most were lost, injured or killed. To keep this from happing to your pet, consider the following.

Find a Safe Place Ahead of Time

  • Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to check policies on accepting pets.
  • Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians outside your area that might be able to shelter pets in an emergency. Include emergency phone numbers.
  • Ask your local humane society or emergency management agency for information regarding community disaster response plans which might include pets.
  • In the event you are not home when disaster strikes, make advance arrangements to have friend or neighbor pick up your pets and meet you at a specified location.

Make a Disaster Kit for

How pets benefit child development

pets-are-good-for-kidsHaving a pet is usually a rite of childhood. Whether it is a hermit crab or gold fish, a dog, cat or horse, children enjoy the companionship offered by animals. Did you know, however, that not only can pets be a source of warm, fuzzy entertainment, but they can offer several developmental benefits to children as well? A child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development can all be encouraged by interaction with the family pet.

Physical

“Pets provide an impetus for running and practicing motor skills,” says Sheryl Dickstein, Ph.D., Director of Humane Education for the ASPCA. Walking a dog or running in the yard and throwing a ball are great ways to exercise the dog as well as for children to get away from sedentary indoor activities and move around. Small motor skills can be encouraged by allowing children to scoop food and pour water into dishes, and by helping to groom them. Depending on the child’s age, parental supervision is recommended for both the child’s and the pet’s safety.

Social

Pets for Depression and Health

therapyHeroCould a kitten’s purr or a dog’s wagging tail help with your depression? It might.

“Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression,” says Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA.

Studies show that animals can reduce tension and improve mood. Along with treatment, pets can help some people with mild to moderate depression feel better. If you’re depressed, here’s a rundown of how pets could help.

  • Uncomplicated love. Are your relationships with family and loved ones complicated and frayed? A pet can be a great antidote. “With a pet, you can just feel,” says Teri Wright, PhD, a psychologist in private practice in Santa Ana, Calif. “You don’t have to worry about hurting your pet’s feelings or getting advice you don’t want.”
  • Responsibility. You might not think you can take care of a pet right now. Taking care of yourself may seem hard enough. But experts say that adding a little responsibility can help. It