Sunday, August 7, 2011

How To Handle The Dog Boarding Problems

In generally older animals often have health problems. Most older pets are deafness, arthritis and blindness. As dog age, they are commonly get kidney disease, heart and liver. They can experience arthritis or other degenerative of health condition. Note that if pet of yours is not accustomed to be boarded, or never boarded properly before, their health problems may get worse. So if you plan to put your pets at boarding kennel, beware the dog boarding problems will show up soon.

If you have plan to board the dogs, please pass the dog boarding kennel chosen in advance. Talk to your kennel operator for animal care geriatric kennels. The kennel owner usually has a special area is to remain in the older animals, or maybe they offer some their best services for the care of older dogs. Every health problems of your dog is sure to further discussion with the staff before the kennel. The kennel operator will be better able to find problems with some particular conditions, and they know what they have to do. Be sure to make some observe of the following conditions.

A lot of older pets have conditions or undiagnosed illnesses that are not easily discernible. Stress plays an important role in relation to the health of your pet. Stress can be caused by a variety of factors: being so far from their families at home and a new environment, other dogs and cats, new noises, smells around and people associated with a kennel, a change in food or water, etc. Whatever conditions that triggers the stress reaction will also triggers physical changes in your pet. You can see physical signs of anorexia, vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, increased respiration. Stress helps animals (and humans) handle the situation. However, if stress is not relieved or reduced sufficiently, their body has no chance to rest. This is why your pet is ill when they stay far away from home, even if he seemed normal when you left them.

Reserve in advance to choose the kennel. You  will be get disappointed, if you book it at the last couple minute. The best kennels will fill up quickly and are booked up months before. You should also know what kind of payment do you accept, what kind of equipment that your dog and what kind of food you should bring for your dog.
Prepare your dog boarding properly before. Dogs, like humans, enjoy a break. they like in a new environment. They will get familiar with the new place, they maybe have an exciting and wonderful moments. With some few short overnight stays for pets that have never been boarded before, will help them to get adaptation to the boarding condition. It will reduce the stress of your pets.

You must check-in at office hours. Make sure to take all necessary measures for the kennel, like paperwork etc. The dog kennel must include some important information about your name, phone number, address, your veterinarian's name and phone number and where they can reach you when it needed. So in an emergency, it is easy for the kennel operator to handle the problems. If your dog has specific problems that are not covered in your check in the forms, direct them out to the operator of the kennel. This will help the kennel operator to give better care of your dog.
Most boarding kennels offer some special services. Sometimes a special diet for your dog or offer a special boarding school away from the animal population in general. Kennel operator also provide pleasant rest and exercise your pets, they can even play some soft music to reduce the dog's stress. In advance, you also need to discuss about your pet's needs and some health conditions with the kennel operator, and what have to do if something happen. Remember, the kennels owner in this business boarding because they loves animals. 
Now you should be enjoy your trip and stay relax after all of your dog boarding properly preparation. Because that your pet is in good hands. Your pets are probably get more care and attention then they get at home.

Be sure to check these conditions and know what causes the dog's stress before and after boarding your dog. These are some important points if you really have plan to board your dog.
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Suitable Food and Environment For Turtle Health Care

Turtle Tank
Turtle have become very popular as pets in several latest years. Turtle can be long-term pets, exotic pets, interesting and unique. There are four popular species of turtles as pets in this country, Mud Turtles, Red Eared Sliders, Painted Turtles and Box Turtles. These kinds of turtles are much smaller than other turtle species as Alligator Snapper or Red  Eared Snapper, and are much easier to feed and maintain. But a number of things that you know and understand about the turtles so they can properly handle and keep them healthy and happy. Keep in mind, the need for care and feeding vary slightly depending on the each different types of turtles.

The turtle will need a big box enough to live on generally, usually at least one tank with a capacity of twenty gallons. If you want to keep a turtle or the maintenance of one of the largest species of turtles, you need a tank large enough. In any case, the aquarium must have a combination of dry and wet habitats to maintain turtle health care. The turtle should have an area in which he or she can completely immerse themselves in and swim. The turtle must also have a dry and sandy area with sun to dig in.

The turtle also need isolated area to hide in the aquarium. Overall, the aquarium must have a water puddle, a sandy beach, a rock crawling for the turtle, but the plants area to hide are not required. The fact many owners of turtles put many plants in aquarium. By placing a plant in the aquarium, make sure that you studied and learned what plants that can be poisonous to the specific type of turtle you have. The main goal with the aquarium, to make as close as possible to a natural environment for the turtle.
The turtle are omnivores as a wildlife, they eat what they can catch. Although they will eat almost anything, the turtle should not be fed with randomly food scraps. They also needs a balanced diet. Some pets turtle owners feed a combination of vegetables and live fish. This works, but can become very expensive. Most pet stores that sell the turtles, they also offer turtle foods that feed specifically to fulfil the turtle's nutrition. These specific turtle food provide a balanced diet, but always a good idea to feed them with some live fish, for providing the exercise of hunting.

The turtle should be kept in an environment with a relative humidity of about 80% with a temperature between 70F and 85F. Many pets turtle owners use heat of a lamp to regulate the temperature in the aquarium. If the turtle is too cold, they will be burrow in the sand and spend the winter to hibernate. These are just some of the key elements to keep a turtle healthy. Make sure you understand the specific requirements of the breeding of turtles.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Red Eared Slider Turtles : How To Determine The Gender

Baby Red Eared Slider Turtles
Many pet owners enjoy the antics of the red eared slider turtle for months or even years, without having to worry if their pet's gender, it is a male or a female. Finally, however, curiosity takes over and want to know. Maybe they want to add another turtle in the tank, and I think it would be better to have a male and a female. So, determine the gender of the red eared slider turtle is important too.

Actually, many pet owners dream of turtles mating, their own pets have laying eggs, and the thrill of seeing the eggs hatch to be baby turtles. If this happens, of course, is one thing. But if you are a professional of turtles breeder, it is generally not advisable to try to produce of the young without knowing its gender. But how do you know that the difference between the sexes?

In general, female red eared sliders are larger than males. A female can have a fully developed shell measures 11 inches long, but never a male red-eared sliders rarely grow more than 8 inches long. Adult females are also heavier than 4 pounds.

And what if you do not have the mature of red eader sliders turtles, how do you know? The fact is that at least up to 4 inches long, sometimes difficult to tell. Well, any way to tell is by the length of the front claws, a male red eared slider turtle usually have claws against women in relation to their size, of course. However, if your turtle is too young or too late by a growth phase, so it's not necessarily a reliable way to tell, at least not by itself.
Here's another thing to determine the gender : male red eared sliders are also longer and thinner tail than the females, with a small opening (vent or hole) at about half of the tail, midway between the tip and the end of the tail. Female have a short tail, and the their cloaca is closer to the base of the shell, almost under the overlap of the shell. One obvious way to tell is if the turtle lays its eggs, and yes, sometimes the female turtles lay their eggs without a male turtles to be present.

The males also have in-curved bellies while the females have the stomach out-curved or flat. Do not make the turtle upside-down to take a look, because that this is harmful for its health. Look the turtle's underside by lift it high enough.
Some of the above methods to determine the sex of your turtle is definitely less than others, but if the most or all of the phisical signs, pointing to one gender, then it is almost certain that you correctly identify the gender of your turtle. If you still have any doubts, and you really want to know, ask your vet next time your pet turtle in.

Attention: Wash hands with soap and water after each time you treat your turtle. Turtles are often associated with salmonella and bacteria that contaminated the disease spread a disease called salmonellosis causes owners. Each year, only the United States, turtles (and other reptiles) 74 000 known cases of transmission of salmonellosis in humans. So beware!
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Monday, August 1, 2011

How To Buy The Box Turtles As Exotic Pets

A Box Turtle
Choosing  box turtles as exotic pets can be one of some good choices for many people because they are loose and easy to maintain. It is also very nice to see, these creatures grow and live. Are you interested in box turtles as exotic pets? Here are some tips that can help you before purchasing.

First, do not buy box turtles during the winter season, as a box turtles, they hibernate during that cold season. If you buy them anyway, your box turtles can get highly stress because of dehydration and starvation, with the period of winter dormancy.

when you choosing box turtles, check their reflexes by gently pulling on their hind legs and see if it moved their legs forcefully and quickly. A good box turtle, when you pick it up, you would feel it solid and weighty. Their face and limbs should be normal, there are no skin damaged, eyes alert and clear. There should be no discoloration or mold on their shell.

Box turtles live well inside and out. If you want to keep it inside, you have to prepare aquarium in 36 inch by 12 inch is a good idea. And it would be better if you install an aquarium heater to maintain a temperature 77-96 degrees Celsius in the tank, the turtles tend to slow and lose their appetite when the temperature is low. Box turtles prefer living on the soil slightly moist, but rough substrates, their shells can be damaged, it must have enough water for the turtle to swim and go as they want. And remember to keep the aquarium clean.
You have remember to feed your baby box turtles once every morning for youngsters, and every day for adults. The combination of vegetables mixed with dog food is recommended for box turtles, but can also be feed them with chicken liver, worms, snails and small insects. You can also sources of food such as fruits and vegetables, the best for turtles.

One thing you must realize that the possession of exotic pets, require have a great responsibility. You should always check whether you really care about your exotic pets. You also need to plan, you can prepare properly before you decide to have your own exotic animals.
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