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Cold Weather Pet Care

By Michele Elward

As we find ourselves in the middle of winter, it’s important to pay particular attention to our pets when they’re outside. When temperatures get into the twenties and below, with whipping winds, pets can suffer serious health problems. Besides not leaving your dog, cat or other animal outside for too long, there are several other precautionary measures you can take to care for your loving pet.

I generally don’t favor going nuts over buying every trinket imaginable for my pets, but there are a few that make a lot of sense when it’s cold and windy out. For dogs and horses, it’s a good idea to purchase a coat. I have an all weather coat for my dog that’s made of a nylon material on the outside and fleece on the inside. This provides warmth as well as protection from the snow and rain. It attaches via one Velcro strap that goes from one side to the other side of the dog around his or her belly. As for cats, they don’t often take kindly to coats, but do your best to keep them inside during winter storms. They can easily get disoriented under very bad conditions. I’d rather have more litter box duty to handle, than find myself driving around the neighborhood trying to track down a cold, wet cat!

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How To Cope With Pet Loss: Grieving the Death of a Beloved Pet

By Marianne Soucy

When your beloved pet has died, it is perfectly normal to grieve. You might even be surprised by the depth of the grief you experience. Continue reading

Bird Feeders And The Changes They Give To Your Space

By Drew Mackinze

A lot of us appreciate the value of bird feeders. These items are important in every outdoor not only because they add glow to your space but they attract various bird species, give your space its character and provide birds’ food or even water. Many used to add feeders in the garden or backyard. In most countries, they become a staple statement for great outdoors. You might hesitate to buy these food trays since other options sound so expensive. However, think about the changes that you can give to your space with these decorative items. They will easily transform your space into a bird haven and whenever you have unexpected guests, for sure they will be fascinated with what you have. The main purpose of having feeder is to feed visiting winged friends but if you are always refilling the food container with bird seeds, such pets might choose to stay. Continue reading

New Bird Owner? – 7 Must Have Supplies For Your Avian Friend

By Debbie Davis

If you are planning to add a bird to your family, you can easily become overwhelmed with decisions about what is best. Here are 7 supplies that experienced bird owner’s recommend and have purchased for their birds. Continue reading

Basic Facts About Gouldian Finches

By Michael D Stanford

Gouldian finches require more care, compared to other finches like the zebra finches. They would need more attention and there are several strategies you need to learn to ensure that they will be at their best. Continue reading

What Do Birds Drink When Everything Is Frozen?

By Cassidy Frost

There are few things lovelier than a fresh blanket of snow and frozen ponds. Looks like a winter wonderland and very picturesque. Perhaps after you have enjoyed the view for awhile your mind may have turned to the furry critters who have to live outdoors on these cold days. And maybe you have asked the question, what are all the animals going to drink if everything is frozen? Do they eat snow? We know humans can freeze to death if they eat snow, so what about birds? The answer is yes, they can eat snow. But it takes a lot more energy for them to thaw the snow, and for their bodies to bring the freezing temperatures of the snow to their body temperature, than if they were to drink water that is not frozen. Water is just as crucial for animals as it is for humans. Actually starvation (which is always a concern for birds) can be less of a threat than dehydration. Birds often get their water supply from melting icicles, and puddles. When it is severely cold and there is no water to drink, they do eat snow. Continue reading

The Benefits Of Adopting A Cockatoo

By Kristine Harold

It happens too often that an unexpected visit in a pet store will let you drive home with a cockatoo with you. This is a charming, affectionate and smart bird that you can adopt as a pet. It might not be as talented as dogs and kitties but it has its unique qualities in which you can be proud. If you are planning to adopt a pet because you want to experience how to raise a bird at home then choose one among a lot of cockatoos. There are a lot of benefits in adopting one. You can even be more inspired each day knowing that you still have somebody to play and laugh with. You have somebody to carry with you for a trip. Continue reading

Toys for Medium to Large Parrots

By Louise Bally

Toys are an important accessory, necessary for the enrichment of all pet parrots. Different breeds of parrot will have varied toy preferences and the size of parrot toys should be carefully chosen to suit the beak size and destructiveness of each breed. It is important to bear in mind that certain commercially produced bird toys can be dangerous for large parrots, due to their ability to break off pieces and digest them. For this reason toys for large parrots need to be carefully selected and the avoidance of breakable plastic pieces is imperative. Toys made form organic materials such as wood; leather and jute are generally safer for large breeds of parrot. Bear in mind that large parrots are naturally destructive in nature and the fact that they destroy their toys, is a perfectly natural pastime and one which they need for entertainment and enrichment purposes. Parrots are naturally inquisitive and love exploring and investigating new things. Parrots are less likely to be overly destructive if they have a variety of different toys to explore. Continue reading

What Animal Makes For A Great Apartment Pet

By Andrew Reichek

Are you looking for the perfect apartment pet to occupy the space with you? There are many pets that don’t make for good companions in a small space. If you spend a little time researching, you will be able to find the perfect pet for both you and your apartment home. But don’t rush into buying a pet too quickly. There are some more options that you will want to consider. Continue reading

All About the African Grey: Training

By Margaret Scroob

Ask any parent the question, when does your child get up to mischief? They will answer when the child is bored. The same applies to your parrot; therefore keeping him entertained whether through toys or training is only beneficial to both you and your parrot. Continue reading