A 60 Pound Pet Fish!! (Photo)

Caring for Injured Pets

One of the most distressing events a pet owner can encounter is witnessing his pet being injured in a road traffic accident. If your pet does becomes injured, here are some tips from HomeoPet to increase your pet’s chance of a speedy recovery, and remember even the most friendly pet may bite when in pain.

1. Call a veterinarian. Add your veterinarian’s telephone number to your cell phone speed dial in case of an emergency, or if you are traveling, the number of a local veterinarian. Do not administer fluids or food to the animal in case an anesthetic is needed, unless instructed by the veterinarian as in the case of a diabetic with low blood sugar.

2. Stop any bleeding. To stop heavy bleeding, apply firm pressure with a clean towel or cloth. This is usually better than a tourniquet, which can lead to tissue death from lack of oxygen.

3. Clean wounds can be washed with tepid water. Infected wounds can be safely cleaned with tepid salt water. Use as much salt as will dissolve in water.

4. If an injured animal feels icy cold due to shock, wrap a plastic bottle filled with warmed water in a towel to avoid burning or overheating the animal. Never put a hot water bottle directly against the animal. The animal can also be wrapped in insulating material such as a rug, a thermal blanket or even bubble wrap. If an animal is in shock, a quiet, dimly lit space can be helpful.

5 Simple Pet Photography Tips
For Better Portraits
By Scot Voelker - ezinearticles.com

Whether you want to add Pet Photography to your business or just capture a treasured photo of your own family pet, there are a few things you need to know before you just show up with your camera expecting award winning portraits. Here are a five tips that will help you get the photos you're looking for.

Tip #1 - Patience

First and foremost we must realize that stunning photos of pets involve a lot of patience. Waiting for that right pose or expression that represents the character of the pet may take a little time. Sometimes we get lucky and it happens very quickly, then there are the other times when it feels like we will never get THE shot! It can be frustrating but extremely rewarding.

Tip # 2 - Shoot Often

Shooting continuously can accomplish a couple of things. First it gets the pet used to the sound of the camera, second it allows you to capture candid shots in between formal poses. You might be surprised at some of the images you captured when you review them.

Tip #3 - Use Different Angles

The eyes are the most important part of the photograph. The character and soul of the pet can be more dramatically captured by getting down to their eye level. Shooting down from above by standing on a chair or something solid can also product effective and unique photos. Be adventurous! Experimenting with different angles may also generate exceptional portraits. Remember, the eyes must be in perfect focus.

Tip # 4 - Toys & Treats

There tends to be some controversy on the use of pet toys and treats to stimulate the pet in order to make a more appealing shot. On the one hand, the toys and treats can help you get more intense and striking images but on the other hand, some animals will become over-stimulated and become difficult to work with. Talking with the owner and observing the animal under both circumstances before the shoot can help you decide whether or not to use the props.

Tip # 5 - Composition

We can get so busy trying to get that perfect expression or interesting shot that we forget what is around us and in the background. Make a visual check through the viewfinder to see if you are using the rules of good composition. Are you using your thirds? Is the background uncluttered? Does the background complement the subject?

For example; it may not be wise to shoot a black dog with a dark background. If you find your location is not working, move around to the other side or change locations completely. It can make the difference between an ordinary shot and a stunning portrait.

There are a lot of things to remember in a very short space of time when you are working with animals. Taking pet portraits is challenging to say the least, but is extremely rewarding. Capturing for the owner the essence and character of their much loved family pet turns that stunning portrait into a priceless memory for them.

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Teaching Your Dog to Sit

One of the most useful commands your dog can learn is the sit command. I like to teach this two different ways simultaneously.

The first way is to teach it while you are teaching your dog to heel on a leash. Use the method mentioned in the previous blog, “Teaching Your Dog to Heel”. Each time you stop, the dog should ideally sit beside you with his shoulder blades lined up with the seam of your pants.

The way to accomplish this is not difficult, you just need to be diligent until your dog is conditioned to the command. As you are heeling with the dog on your left, prepare to stop by having the leash across your body in your right hand. Stop, give the dog the command, “Sit” and reach down with your left hand on the dog’s hips and pull up with the leash in the right hand. The dog should sit. When this happens verbally praise, “Good sit, ‘Dog’s Name’, good boy”! Immediately reward with your small, soft treat. Do not dwell on this, but move forward heeling and repeat it again and again.

The dog will probably try to sit crooked. If you do not allow this from the beginning, you will solve the problem up front.

It is very important to prevent injury that you do not push down on the back or lower back. The push down should be low on hips.

Secondly, I do this in the house throughout the day, before feeding, to feed a vitamin or cookie or to start a game or any interaction. For this sit, I face the dog and step forward toward the dog. Most will sit at this action. If he does not, step forward, lift up under the dog’s chin and push down on the rump. Reward at success, verbally and with the treat.

I like this because it causes the dog to keep an eye on your activity and to learn that they must earn everything they receive. This also means that you must be patient and do not give your dog anything without the command coming to fruition. You may have to repeat and repeat or walk away and try again in a minute. If you reward without the command, you will be sending mixed signals and putting the conditioned behavior on hold

Ancient Cat Goddess Temple Uncovered
by Ron Hogan - popfi.com

Turns out those crazy cat ladies might have been right after all. In the heart of Alexandria, Egypt, archaeologists have uncovered a 2000-year-old temple dedicated to the cat goddess Bastet. The temple is believed to be due to the patronage of Queen Berenice, wife of Ptolemy III, who ruled Egypt circa 3 BC. Experts believe it is the first temple to Bastet built in Alexandria, and hope the discovery offers a clue to the location of the ancient city’s royal quarter.

That’s the reason why this discovery is so important. As the city grew and older buildings crumbled, they just built on top of the old ones. All of ancient Alexandria is buried somewhere beneath the current city, but no one knows where. This royal temple provides at least some indication of how the city was laid out, thus helping archaeologists search for the city’s valuable royal palaces, archives, and the other ancient landmarks that contain so much of Egypt’s history.

A Vet's 5 Tips For 2010
to Avoid Cancer In Your Pet
Shawn Messonnier, DVM--BasilandSpice.com

Cancer is one of the most feared conditions in dogs and cats. While we’ve made many great strides in treating cancer over the last decades, preventing (or at least reducing) cancer in pets should be every owner’s goal. Here are five simple things you can do to greatly reduce your pet’s chance of developing this dreaded and often fatal condition.

1. Reduce unnecessary vaccinations

Missy was an eight-year-old Persian cat who received vaccinations every year of her short life. One month following her recent (and unnecessary) vaccinations, she developed a lump at the site of one of her shots. A biopsy showed this lump was an aggressive cancer called a vaccine-associated sarcoma (VAS.) Despite her owner’s best efforts, Missy died less than a year following this diagnosis.

Missy’s death was both unnecessary and avoidable. The current recommendation is that pets should receive vaccinations no more than every three years or even less than that based upon blood antibody titer testing. Vaccine-associated sarcomas can be greatly reduced in pets by simply not having your dog or cat immunized every year.

2. Feed your pet a healthy diet

Many well-known brands of pet foods contain animal and plant byproducts and chemical preservatives and additives. These ingredients are unnecessary and may prove harmful to pets by increasing inflammation and oxidation in the body, the two leading causes of cancers in most pets. By feeding your pet a natural food devoid of these potentially harmful ingredients, you can greatly reduce your pet’s risk of cancer.

3. Give your pet nutritional supplements

Many nutritional supplements such as fish oil, antioxidants, quercetin, curcumin, and probiotics can boost your pet’s immune system and minimize many diseases including cancer. Supplements made specifically for pets are usually available in palatable forms, making it easy to administer these life-saving products to your dog or cat.

4. Schedule regular checkups for your pet

Pets under 5 years of age should be examined at least once per year by your veterinarian, and pets 5 years of age and older should be examined at least twice yearly. These visits should include a full physical examination, as well as laboratory testing (blood testing, urine testing, and a microscopic fecal analysis.) Early diagnosis is your pet’s best chance for surviving cancer. Many cancers that are diagnosed before they become clinically apparent can actually be cured with proper therapy.

5. Don’t ignore lumps and bumps

All lumps and bumps should be checked by your veterinarian when they first appear. The good news is that most lumps and bumps are not cancerous tumors. The bad news is that cancerous tumors look just like these benign lumps and bumps. No one can tell if a lump or bump is cancerous without some sort of testing. Most skin masses can be easily diagnosed in the doctor’s office with a simple and inexpensive procedure called an aspiration biopsy. Other masses might require surgical removal for a full biopsy. Regardless, don’t wait and watch cancer grow. All lumps are considered cancerous until proven otherwise, and simply having the doctor look and feel your pet’s lump is not adequate.

By following these simple 5 tips, you can do a lot to help prevent cancer in your pet and give your pet the best chance for cure if and when cancer is diagnosed.

Dr. Shawn Messonnier, DVM the host of the weekly award-winning radio show, "Dr. Shawn-The Natural Vet" on Martha Stewart Radio (Sirius 112 Tues 8-10 PM EST and Sat 9-11AM EST) sits on the advisory board of the Journal Veterinary Forum, and is a holistic pet columnist for Animal Wellness, Body + Soul, and Veterinary Forum. In addition to serving clients in his Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, he has written several books on the natural care of pets, including The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats, The Allergy Solution for Dogs, 8 Weeks to a Healthy Dog, Preventing and Treating Cancer In Dogs and most recently Unexpected Miracles (Forge Books/ Aug 2009). He is also the creator of a new line of organic pet products, Dr. Shawn's Pet Organics (www.Dr.Shawnspetorganics.com) You'll find him online at www.petcarenaturally.com

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Man Fired for Bringing Dog to Work
...at PetSmart
Jill Rosen - Baltimore Sun

How messed up is this?

A guy brings his dog to work cause he's stuck with the overnight shift and doesn't want to leave the dog home all night. He works at PetSmart. Everyone brings their dog to PetSmart, no?

Well the guy works his shifts and puts the dog, Gizmo, in the store's doggie day care. Boss finds out and he's canned for "theft of services." Wow.

That said, I wish I could bring Teddy Bean to work more often. He's no trouble....Who's allowed a pet in the office? Who thinks that's the worst idea ever?

Picture of dog at the office courtesy of john nolan's photostream on Flickr. This is not Gizmo, the dog who caused a stir at PetSmart.

About Jill Rosen:
Jill Rosen is a reporter at The Baltimore Sun. During her nearly 20 years in journalism, she has covered news and features — including a surprising number of stories that involved animals. There were the dog Christmas carolers in State College, Pa. There were the hounds who toured with a production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The story of a preschool teacher at Baltimore’s Father Kolbe School who had to replace her class guinea pig, who died over the winter holiday. A harrowing tale of what it was like to make homemade pet food ...

Though her clean freak of a mother refused to allow her to get a dog, she has had a number of pets through the years, including goldfish named Bob and Fingle, a betta fish named Ichabod, a wild rat terrier named Wendel, who she shared with a roommate, and, currently, sweet, sweet kitties named Leo Sesame and Milo Pumpkin and a little rescued pup named Teddy Bean. She, Leo, Pumpkin and Teddy Bean live in Baltimore.

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Thanks to Sharry in BHC, AZ

Jojo, the Missing Dog is Found

Jojo has been found and is now home safe and sound.

Jojo the lost dog is home. His owner Nick Gaffney lost him last Friday when someone untied his leash and abducted him from in front of the Safeway on Market Street. Wednesday Gaffney got a call Wednesday from a vet in San Rafael who said they had identified Jojo by his implanted ID chip.

Before that Gaffney had tried everything, from a "dog tracker,'' to a pet psychic to find the brown and white family pet. But nothing worked as well as the microchip.

"It's a miracle,'' he said. "I'm thinking about getting my son chipped.''

Police: Dog Shot in Ear While Protecting Owner

A dog was shot in the ear while protecting its owner Tuesday night, according to the Frederick Police Department.

The black Labrador retriever heard a noise and went to the sliding glass door of an apartment in the 1200 block of Stillmeadow Place, a police news release stated.

Shortly after the dog barked, a bullet pierced the sliding glass door and struck the dog's left ear at 8:43 p.m., police said.

The round then went through the back of the couch and lodged in a large pillow on the couch, police said.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian for treatment of the wound; it is not considered life-threatening, police said.

The slug was recovered and is being held as evidence, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 301-600-2100. Tips can be reported anonymously at 301-600-8477 or texted to 240-600-8477.

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Beware Pet Hates

I'VE written before about the health benefits of pets.

But a recent story shows they come with hazards too.

Spider-phobics should look away now - because it involves a man and his tarantula.

Web of intrigue ... pet spiders have their own unique hazards

Our eight-legged furry friend released a mist of barbed hairs which stuck in his eyes. Ouch!

Pet spiders aren't the only culprits, of course. We all know about the risks posed by dogs.

Well, at least 200,000 people a year in the UK do. Because they suffer dog bites - cue a trip to casualty for a clean up, anti-biotics and maybe a tetanus shot.

Then there are allergies. Your sneezing, itchy-eyed misery might be an allergy to your moggy or pooch. Which either means dosing yourself up with antihistamines or waving goodbye to your pet.

And these are just the common problems. There are plenty of other examples of how your "best friend" can become your health's worst enemy.


That kitten may look cute but a scratch can cause infection - especially in children.

The result is a red spot at the scratch site, followed by fever, headache and swollen glands.

Symptoms usually clear on their own after a couple of months. Rarely, antibiotics are needed.


It's those pesky kitties again. There's a germ in cat poo - toxoplasma - which can cause a flu-type illness in humans.

It's usually no big deal - but can cause brain and eye damage in unborn babies, so pregnant women should dump the cat-litter cleaning duties on to their fellas.


Just to show I'm not cattist, dogs can cause infections too. For example, their faeces sometimes contains a worm - toxocara - which, in kids, can lead to blindness.

Prevention is the best treatment. That means scooping poop, hand-washing and regular pet worming.


You've probably heard of this. And you probably know it can cause a nasty tummy upset which, occasionally, can be serious. But did you realise that many creepy crawlies are full of the bug?

Ninety per cent of snakes, lizards and terrapins poo out salmonella.

Maybe they should have "now wash your hands" tattooed on their scales.


That fungal infection on your skin is easily treated with cream. But it may come from your dog or cat - so you will get it again if your pet's not treated.


Parrots and budgie owners can pick up a nasty pneumonia - psittacosis - from their feathered friends.

There's also "pigeon fancier's lung" - an allergy to birds causing repeated breathlessness with cough, fever and shivering. Suffer either of these and you'll certainly have something to Twitter about.


Been cleaning your aquarium? Noticed crusty spots on the back of your hand?

You may have fish-tank granuloma - an infection caused by a germ found in aquariums.

It gets into the skin through a small graze, often near the knuckles. The good news is it's not serious and is treated by antibiotics.

60-Pound 'Pet' Fish
Succumbs To Cold Weather

South American Pacu Ate Burgers, Hot Dogs

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. -- A Merritt Island family is grieving the death of a 60-pound fish, who they said had been living in a local pond for decades.

Regina Gaydos said the 62-pound South American pacu, who was affectionately known as Jaws, was a part of their family.

"He was really friendly and we liked him," Gaydos said.

Gaydos said Jaws had human-like teeth and that for the past 30 years, neighbors would feed him burgers and hot dogs from their back deck.


"Feeding him was like a holiday tradition for the family," Gaydos said.

Gaydos's family discovered Jaws this week when they saw something large floating in the pond. Gaydos said she believed the cold weather led to Jaws's death.

Gaydos said that they are keeping Jaws's body in their freezer so that they can have him stuffed and mounted.

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Today's Rescue Story:
A Cat Who 'Showed Pretty Toes'

Pookie went from a shelter to the lap of luxury.

A reader named Marti writes this about a cat they saved from a shelter:

"This is Pookie. She is a beautiful black and white Tuxedo cat who is about 9 years old. Our daughter went to the shelter looking for a companion when she lived alone. When she passed Pookie's cage, the kittyreached out her paw though the bars and "showed pretty toes". That was it. Those toes catapulted her(excuse the pun) into a life of luxury.

" When our daughter moved back in with us for a few months while she was in college, Pookie came too. Pookie fell deeply and madly in love with my husband, Tony. She's in his lap every time he sits down. She stretches out on his chest, rubs her head on his chin and reaches up with her paw and touches his face. No doubt that this cat is in love.

"Needless to say, when our daughter moved out into an apartment, Pookie stayed behind. She has the sweetest disposition of any cat I've ever known. We say she is the Mother Teresa of the cat world. On weekends, we take her with us to our house on the gulf coast (about an hour ride). When we bring the cat carrier in, as soon as she sees it she goes to the litter box and gets ready to go. I used to have to say "go potty Pookie" but now she's ready to roll!

" It still melts my heart when she comes up to us and stretches up and spreads her pretty toes. We decided that it's her way of saying hello. Although I am second choice in her world - that's ok. I wouldn't exactly say Tony is her owner. He's more like her person."

Dog Trainer Living Out American Dream
Julia Bauer / Associated Press

Immigrant kennel owner aims to start nonprofit for disabled

Nino Islamcevic trains dogs at K9 Academy International in Lowell, Mich., by using the clicker method. (Katy Batdorff / Associated Press)

Lowell, Mich. -- Even in a tough economy, dog trainer and kennel owner Nino Islamcevic dreams big.

Since immigrating from the war-torn Balkans 12 years ago, the Croatian canine expert rose from kennel cleaner to trainer to business owner with five employees.

His next plan: establish a nonprofit corporation to raise and train dogs for owners in wheelchairs.

"I love to help people by doing what I like to do," Islamcevic said, as he watched six lively dogs in a big indoor play yard at his Kent County doggy day care center, part of the 4,000-square-foot K9 Academy International.

Before he decided to make canines his life work, Islamcevic served a mandatory stint in the Croatian military in his late teens, then took a job in a coat hanger factory for a few months. That's when he realized he needed to find a way to work with dogs.

Islamcevic said he was motivated by advice from a mentor, who told him anything was possible if he would accumulate knowledge and develop his expertise. He was expanding his reputation in European dog-training circles when rumblings of war started.

In 1992, the Balkans erupted in violence.

His home in Zagreb escaped destruction, but he and his wife, Sabina, decided to leave. After a year-long quest, in 1997 they resettled in Grand Rapids with help from Catholic charities, following in the footsteps of his sister- and brother-in-law.

Soon after arriving, Islamcevic saw a want ad for kennel help. For the next three years, he worked at Paws With a Cause, a nonprofit that trains guide dogs.

Then, five years ago, he sought advice from the Small Business Development Corp.

He started his own kennel, first in Kentwood, then in Lowell, and finally, the current kennel and training center here.

He uses "operant conditioning" as a training method, with a clicker and a quick nibble of hot dog to reward good behavior. And at 40, he is still intrigued by all kinds of canines. "It's never boring."

Advice: Try to Distract Overexcited Dog
Steve Dale - PetHacker.com

Q: Missy, our 3-year-old Shih Tzu, loves to play with our 3-1/2-year-old grandson. The problem is, Missy jumps on Joey and treats him like a male dog. I sternly say ‘no’ but it keeps happening. How can I stop this behavior? — D.R.M., Buffalo, NY

A: “It terrific that the dog and baby have become such good friends,” says Marjie Alonso, Boston, MA-based president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. “In fact, the dog is becoming overexcited about playing with your grandson. There’s nothing sexual about this; it’s just too much fun. and the smell of diapers may be contributing. give the dog a break before it gets that far. Just remove her, and give her something else to do, perhaps something to chew on or toys to play with. You’ll break this cycle that’s begun.”

Alonso says if you can’t get in there fast enough to stop the behavior before it occurs, gently remove Missy as she’s ‘expressing her excitement’ and put her in another room with a toy or something to chew on. Of course, never allow a toddler unsupervised with any dog, even if they have become best friends.

Q: Our 15-year-old dog is a tad arthritic and drags on walks — unless we take her out just before mealtime. at these times, she’ll walk at her usual leisurely pace away from the house, then when we head home, this little 15-pound dog becomes a workhorse, dragging us along. she pulls on the leash, won’t heal and seems to forget about her age and her arthritis. How is it she finds the fountain of youth when she knows she’s going to be fed? — R.S., Chicago, IL

A: It’s all about motivation. Say you’re a huge hockey fan and you’re feeling kind of lousy. I bet you won’t miss going to a hockey game. However, if you’re still feeling crummy the next day, you might call in sick. The good news is, your dog is still very much motivated by food, and that’s a good sign of overall health. Of course, dogs do have an internal clock and are well aware of mealtime.

You can solve the problem by simply bringing some of your dog’s kibble with you on walks. Just as you might have used food to teach your dog to heal as a pup, you can once again use food to lure her to walk with you rather than pull. If she’s pulling hard enough, I worry about the stress on her neck and even her heart. If you haven’t already, see your vet about appropriate treatment for the dog’s arthritis.

By the way, I totally relate to this question since I’m equally motivated by meals!

Q: My two cats are both are quite active at night and can even keep me awake. One cat is especially talkative. he uses a very loud, almost crying meow that makes me think he’s just looking for attention. I must admit I have a busy lifestyle; I’m not at home as much as I’d like to be. these are strictly indoor cats. What can I do to get a good night’s sleep? — J.W., Minneapolis, MN

A: “You’re probably right about the cats acting up for attention, but visit your vet just to make certain the vocalizing cat isn’t complaining because something is medically wrong,” says Dr. Ilona Rodan, a feline veterinarian in Madison, WI.

Don’t give the cats any attention overnight; just roll over with the pillow over your head. Don’t get up to feed the cats. Even hollering, “Quiet!” is a form of attention. you may need earplugs since the cats may escalate their cries for attention for days or weeks before they quiet down.

Give your cats something to do when you’re not around, so they’re not just sleeping all day. Leave toys out. Individual cats prefer different types of toys, Rodan notes. “They can range from motorized toys to a paper sack for a cat to hide in and jump in and out of. What’s important is that you rotate the toys, so they don’t get boring,” she says.

Leave snacks around the house for your cats when you’re not home in food puzzles or food-dispensing toys. Even hide them, so your cats must “hunt” for the treats.

Meanwhile, Rodan says, even with your busy schedule, it’s important to find 15 to 20 minutes daily to play with your cats using an interactive toy, such as a fishing pole-type toy with feathers or fabric before bedtime. After the play session, offer the cats about half their dinner’s worth of food (assuming they’re not overweight). If the cats are overweight, only offer a snack before bedtime.

Veterinarians will be talking more about ways to keep cats engaged, as defined in the new American Animal Hospital Association/American Association of Feline Practitioners Life Stage Guidelines for Cats. Cat owners can download these guidelines at no charge at catvets.com.


American Humane has partnered with a coalition of professional animal welfare groups (Animal Relief for Haiti, led by the World Society for the Protection of Animals, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare). The primary objectives will be to deal with stray pets to prevent disease transmission to people, as well as offering humane care to animals. Learn more at americanhumane.org.


(Steve Dale welcomes questions/comments from readers. although he can’t answer all of them individually, he’ll answer those of general interest in his column. Write to Steve at Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo, NY 14207. Send e-mail to PETWORLD@STEVE DALE.TV. Include your name, city and state. Steve’s website is stevedalepetworld.com; he also hosts the nationally syndicated “Steve Dale’s Pet World” and “The Pet Minute.” He’s also a contributing editor to USA Weekend.

Buying Your First Pet Bird

Making the choice to purchase a pet bird can be rewarding, but it also involves a lot of responsibility. By owning a pet bird, you are in charge of meeting the dietary, health and habitat needs of your bird. There are also many important factors for you to consider when buying your first pet bird. Without careful consideration, it’s very possible that you could make mistakes that could negatively affect your bird’s quality of life. Here is a general guide that is designed to help you when buying your first pet bird.


One of the first things you need to consider when buying a pet bird is expense. Some birds are high-maintenance, and require a lot of costly pet care. On the other hand, some birds are low-maintenance, and won’t be expensive to keep. In addition to this, some pet birds require a large initial investment. For example, a Hyacinth Macaw usually costs around $10,000 USD. Buying such a bird could cause you to need a debt consolidation loan before investing in an expensive bird. If it’s your first debt consolidation loan, be sure to shop around to avoid getting caught in a “predatory lending” situation. It’s important that you have extra money saved for your bird as well, to cover emergency veterinary visits. If you are truly committed to taking care of your pet bird, you need to manage your finances responsibly.


Before purchasing a pet bird, it’s important that you make sure to choose the right type of cage for your bird. If you plan to keep your bird in an aviary, be sure that it will be compatible with any other birds you currently own. If you want to purchase a bird cage, be sure that it is made of a non-toxic material, since some birds may bite at any plastic portions of their cage.

Type of Bird

Deciding which type of bird is best for you is also extremely important. It’s best to plan out your average week, factoring in any extra time you have to devote to socializing and caring for your bird. Depending on how much time you want to spend with your bird, you may choose a type that fits your schedule. For example, a Canary bird is relatively low maintenance, and does not require constant interaction with humans in order to be content.

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