Greek Tortoises and Nigerian Dwarf Goats

To the Rescue:
Three Tips For Thunder Terror

While I'm blessed with a pooch who doesn't even flinch at thunder, everyone is not so lucky. Just yesterday my pal FitSugar shared how scared her pooch gets during the recent storms we've had in CA. While there are many products available for purchase (such as calming tonics and collars), if a storm sneaks up, there's no time for shopping. Since I can't stand to think of a scaredy dog, check out tips to limit the stress.

•Distraction If you're home, this is the best place to begin. Special treats and toys (like a stuffed Kong) will help distract him before the storm really starts. As noise builds, his attention may waver, but playing games to keep him occupied will likely delay the reaction.

•Seclusion - Never ever let (or force) a dog scared of thunder to stay outside. Bring the pup indoors and as far away from the noise as possible. Some pups seek shelter from the sounds under a desk or table so make sure they have easy access to that spot they consider safe but don't restrict them there!

•Desensitization - Similar to my fireworks strategy, you can buy or download sounds of thunder to play at increasing volumes for a pup. During this time, offer a lot of praise and reward him constantly. Play a game, give him a treat, and help him not associate the sound with being scared.

Remember, your reaction is key. If you act agitated, your pet can sense it — and thus increase his distress — so stay calm for both your sakes!

Thought for the Day
Thanks to Ron in BHC, AZ

Some days all you can do is smile and wait for some kind soul to come and pull your ass out of a bind you've gotten yourself into.

Wally Dog Wear Tips
to Help Your Pet Stay Healthy
By smapes27 -

Wally Dog is bummed. He nearly got some gum that was thrown and dropped this morning. He’d sure have liked to have that piece of new blue gum. Too bad the girls yelled and then snatched it up before he could get his teeth on it.

Which made Ethel think about dog tips for things dogs should not eat. So here is a new list of Wally Dog Wear custom dog clothing tips.

Dangerous Foods for Dogs:

--Xylitol (artificial sweetener) This is a big no-no for Wally as he has a huge sweet tooth. The xylitol can produce liver failure.

--Yeast dough-this can cause digestive distress as the yeast expands with gases. Painful and can cause rupture of the intestines.

--Jalapenos-another big no-no for dogs as we found out when Wally Dog stole our jalapeno poppers on a road trip. Pee-yuu! Wally was in obvious pain as were our noses. Thank God it was warm enough to roll the windows down.

--Chicken bones or bones that will splinter-can puncture the stomach or intestines. Dogs should only be given big hard bones such as knuckle bones from the butcher.

--Chocolate-contains caffeine which can cause heart problems. You should also watch out for anything that contains caffeine such as tea or coffee.

--Human vitamins-can damage the lining of the stomach and intestine. If your dog needs vitamins, check with your veterinarian.

Be nice to others because . . time will make a difference!

One day you will no longer be the big dog...

Just the old dog.

Thanks to Al in BHC, AZ

Gary Bogue: Pets:
Our Dogs and Cats Worry
a Lot About Minor Changes
By Gary Bogue - Contra Costa Times

Dear Gary:

Piper, my 2-year-old "pound" puppy, has finally developed a "watchdog bark," an "I want in now!" bark and a "Hey, Ma, check this out" bark.

Saturday morning, I heard the "check this out" bark and was amused to see Piper was barking at the horseshoe I had hung on the fence the night before.

After I took it down so she could sniff it, she was satisfied and stopped barking.

Mavis Ferreira,

Dear Mavis:

Our pets are amazingly sensitive to even the most minute changes around the house and yard.

Who can forget the Irish wolfhound that kept returning to the same spot in the yard and barking frantically until its owners finally realized it had spotted a line of ants marching across the ground?

Or the cat that refused to use the cat door because of the new curtains on the kitchen window?

Or the courageous cocker that bit its mistress on the leg when she came in from gardening with a gauze pollen filter covering her face?

(I hope you mounted the horseshoe with the open end up so all that good luck won't spill out. You don't want that to happen.)

Dear Gary:

I have an opossum who has been eating cat food and sleeping in my garage.

I think I can keep it outside by locking the door, but I do not want to keep it out if it has young ones. Do they have babies this time of year?

I can live with or without it, but would rather it found a new home.

Will it kill my adult cat if they were locked up together in the same garage overnight?

Al Carstensen,


Dear Al:

It's OK to lock the door.

Opossum "season" has passed, not that it would be much of a problem either way, because they carry their babies with them in a pouch.

Opossums are quite unaggressive and certainly no threat to cats.

Dear Gary:

How about a klepto-dog?

Years ago our neighbor owned a St. Bernard named Tim who had a thing for dog food dishes. I remember one family who bought heavy weighted steel dog dishes, but even those were no problem for Tim.

When a dog dish disappeared, they could always find it on Tim's lawn.

One day I spotted him dragging a 40-pound bag of dog food home, stopping every few feet to eat a little. He had taken it from a garage a block from his home.

This dog was well fed, so it wasn't the food that was the main attraction.

Tim also served as a sleeping place for the family cat.

Jean Vallero, Concord

Dear Jean:

It could have been worse, you know. Try to imagine what might have happened if good old Tim had developed a liking for stray cats?

Dear Gary:

Re: Cinnamon the spider web-eating cat. Our fat Sam does it, too.

He is scared of spiders, so we know it's the webs he likes. He will lick them off the corners and eat them with relish.

The white fluffy ones are his favorites.

Katy Arias, Concord

Dear Katie:

As I recall, the white fluffy webs taste like pineapple.

I think Tut likes the red and green ones.

Personally, I like webs, especially the big round ones with the sugar-flavored dewdrops, but I hate it when they stick to my teeth.

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Cat News Continues to
Dominate the Internet

Perhaps you remember when we wrote about cats that like to take the bus to work. We know we'll never forget because those cats were awesome. Turns out those hard-livin' ways finally caught up with one of the kitties, who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run.

For four years Casper stood in line with the rest of the commuters and would ride the bus around town. Upon his passing, a notice was posted at his bus stop and a brief obituary was published in the town paper.

Fortunately, the media can't turn all cat news into tragedy. A Chicago-area cat saved both of her owners, one of whom is seven months pregnant with twins, from a house fire by jumping on them and waking them up. It was unusual behavior for Baby, a 13-year-old tabby whose primary hobbies include hiding under the bed or hanging out in the bathtub.

We're glad that, even with all of the tragedy in the news lately, there are still reporters dedicated to the kitty beat.

Helping Your Pets
Adapt to a New Baby
By: Deidre Wengen -

Sometimes bring a new baby into your home can be a really stressful time for pets. And if the issue is not addressed, it can cause a lot of problems down the road.

We asked Carrie Maria, owner and manager of The Monster Minders for some advice on how to handle this adjustment. Here is what she had to say:

While some dogs sail right through the addition of a new baby without breaking stride, others find the experience a bit more difficult. Bringing a baby home is a complete change in household dynamics for your four-legged kid. Thankfully following a few simple steps before you introduce the bundle of joy to your home will make all the difference later.

It’s never too soon to start working on verbal commands with your dog. If your dog doesn’t obey verbal commands without a baby in the house, you can’t expect him to do so after the baby comes home. Simple commands such as “sit,” “stay,” and “come” are extremely handy in everyday situations, especially when a baby enters the scene. Also if you need to juggle stroller-walking and dog-walking, be sure to teach your dog to “heel” long before the baby arrives. Go on practice walks with the stroller so you can gauge how much you need to work on leash manners now, before there is a baby in the stroller.

While you may overlook playful mouthing and nipping now, it can quickly elevate to unacceptable behavior when a baby is involved. Do not wait to get nipping under control and do not hesitate to hire a qualified trainer if your dog is still mouthing. Beware of do-it-yourself training. Often, people inadvertently make behaviors worse by misreading their dogs, or reinforcing the wrong behavior. A wonderful trainer can be invaluable investment for soon-to-be parents.

In the months leading up to baby-time, start to act like a baby or toddler. Yes, you read that right. Act like a kid. Make loud, sudden noises. Make quick movements. Squeal and cry! Jump up and down. Run around the house. All the while praise your dog while you’re doing these out-of-character things so he learns to accept the randomness that is going to come with having a baby in the house.

Also, now is a good time to make sure he doesn’t resource guard his food or toys. Place your hands in your dog’s food while he’s eating. Try to take toys away from him. Make sure he’s gentle when taking treats from hands. See how he reacts to these situations. During these sessions work on the “leave it” or “drop” command that will become VERY useful when your dog decides that your baby’s toy or food looks like a nice thing to chomp on. Make sure to supply him with his favorite toys and praise him for playing with them.

Once you have the nursery set up, allow your dog to spend a lot of time in the room. But, let him know what type of behavior is acceptable and not acceptable in that room. If you don’t want him tearing through the room at 40 miles per hour when the baby comes home, don’t let him do it before. Set the standard for what type of behavior you want to see in that room now.

Now is also the time to start to think about how your new schedule is going to impact your dog's routine. One of the main reasons dogs start to act out after a baby comes home is that they are left behind. It's only natural that your dog will get less attention because there are only so many hours in a day (and your baby will consume many of them.) But fear not, hiring a professional dog walker has helped many local moms deal with the time crunch. A dog walker can offer that much needed physical exercise and mental stimulation that will keep your dog sane and calm. (An antsy dog can lead to bad things!) Most dog owners notice a significant change for the better in their dog's behavior after hiring a walker, with or without a baby in the house. Make sure that your walker comes with references, is bonded and insured, and meets your philosophy when it comes to pet care.

Once the baby is born, if possible, bring home a blanket the baby has been wrapped in and present it to the dog with treats. This will trigger a simple thing in your dog’s head: Baby = Good. Do NOT allow your dog to chew on or play with the blanket. You may even want to have him “sit” or “down” before presenting the blanket + treat combo so he learns that being calm around the baby is rewarded.

With these simple steps before your baby comes home, you can prepare him for the big shock - the actual baby. Training your dog is best done now. Juggling a new baby and correcting inappropriate behavior after the birth is not only daunting, it can be dangerous depending on the behavior. The old saying is true, “A little bit of training now, will pay off later.”

Millions of kids “grow up” with dogs, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Why? Dogs are amazing siblings for children and can teach them everything from daily responsibilities (feeding, walking, exercising) to lessons of love, friendship, and loyalty. For many families, dogs are a furry part of the family.

Their Races Run, Greyhounds Find
a New Friend in Middleboro Woman

READY FOR NEW START: Kathy Morrill cares for retired greyhounds at her South Middleboro home until she can find adoptive families for them. PHOTOS BY T.J. DONEGAN/The Gazette

MIDDLEBORO — When the flood lights fell dark at Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park on Christmas Eve, 184 greyhounds suddenly found themselves with no more races to run.

While the park is still open, through the work of volunteers and a network of greyhound adoption groups every single dog not sold or sent to race in another state — many still being cared for at the park — has now at least been spoken for.

Middleboro resident Kathy Morrill of Smith Street, runs one such adoption group out of her home and has been helping with the influx of dogs that now find themselves retired from racing.

Helping to find homes for former racing greyhounds for 26 years, Ms. Morrill says she fell in love with the breed while at the track during its boom years.

"I saw a small group of people at the race track with some dogs and you never got to see (the dogs) up close - especially way back then - and they were looking for homes," Morrill said in an interview at her South Middleboro home. "It was just something about the dogs. You just look them in the eye and they've got you; you're hooked."

Ms. Morrill, who says she was already doing some other fundraising work, saw that the volunteers needed help and immediately got involved with the group. They were affiliated with Retired Greyhounds As Pets, a national organization that reformed in 1987 with the Massachusetts REGAP chapter as Greyhound Pets of America.

Ms. Morrill's work now includes housing and caring for as many as 30 dogs at a time in addition to screening potential adopters and raising funds.

While caring for so many dogs can be a daunting task, Ms. Morrill also credits the work of others who care about the dogs as much as she does for finding homes in the wake of the Massachusetts referendum that went into effect at the beginning of this year.

Specifically, she credits the work of "facilitator" Linda Jensen, president of Racing Owners Assisting Racers, a volunteer position in which she helps coordinate the retirement of racing greyhounds all across the East Coast.

"I count on groups like Kathy and we have for years. That's how we've managed to turn the industry around," Ms. Jensen says of her work. "People in the industry don't have the time (to screen adopting families) and we've developed a whole network of people like Kathy. I work with about 55 different agencies and they go all the way from Newfoundland to Ontario, down into Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

"We now have a retirement plan for our greyhounds...Healthy dogs don't get put down," Ms. Jensen added, saying that adoption groups are more than just distribution centers but provide "a lifelong safety net" should a family be unable to continue caring for their new pet.

For Kathy Morrill, it's that relationship that makes the effort worthwhile, crediting the ability to hear how the dogs have positively impacted their new families as the most rewarding aspect of her work.

But she says it's no simple process, as each dog has its own personality that has to be carefully matched up with a potential owner.

"Each greyhound has a different personality, just like people," Ms. Morrill said. "They kind of have a 'love the one you're with' mentality and that really makes them great pets because they've bounced maybe from track to track and had to deal with different people everywhere they went."

But beyond it all is the core tenant of the work of people like Ms. Morrill and Ms. Jensen, summed up by the simple slate sign hung beside Morrill's side door: "Home is where the hound is."

To learn more about Greyhound Pets of America visit the web site

To contact Kathy Morrill, call 508-947-3654. Named Top Pet Website
in Annual Austin Poll has been named the city's top pet-related website by readers of the Austin Pets Directory.

Austin, TX,--( has been named "Most Awesome-ist" Pet-Related Website by the readers of the Austin Pets Directory. The monthly magazine for pet lovers conducts the reader poll every December, revealing the favorites of the Austin pet community with the first issue of the new year.

"Being selected as the 'Most Awesome-ist' Pet-Related Website by our fellow pet lovers in this region is truly an honor," notes Paris Permenter, co-publisher of, a site featuring tips for dog lovers by dog lovers. "We are so proud and grateful to our readers who took the time to vote for us. Austin is an incredibly pet-friendly city and home to an amazing community that highly values their dogs, cats, and other pets as special members of the family." features daily tips covering all aspects of life with your dog, from selecting a dog to raising and training your canine. Published by professional writers (and husband-wife team) Paris Permenter and John Bigley, the site also offers a Celebrity Canines blog featuring red carpet canines, Dog News, product news and reviews, Dog of the Day, dog-friendly festival news, and more.

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All About Pets
The New Nation

Taking care of pets is an essential activity for the individuals who just love to keep pets at home. There are many, who have special interest for keeping pets. It is really nice to keep a domestic pet, which happens to be a lovable creature for the entire household. The animals which are generally kept as pet are cats, dogs, birds, fishes and several others.

Some of the people are also enthusiasts enough to keep bigger and unique animals as pets and it range from horses, chimpanzees and even tigers and others. Although this happens to be rarity but still for keeping pets, the most important part happens to be taking adequate care for pets. The pet care itinerary includes taking essential care of the animal according to its nature and preference, protecting them from all necessary hazards, preventing the diseases and ailments they tend to suffer from.

Here are some effective pet care tips to help you in providing well being to your dear pet. These tips on care for pets will also be beneficial to maintain a hygienic environment at home. Though the different pet care techniques vary according to the type of the pet but still effort has been put to have a generalized overview of the care for pet. Follow these simple essentials and make you pet feel happy to the core.

Tips on care for pets

- The vessels in which the pets are fed in should always be kept clean and hygienic.

- Flea control should be an essential element in effective pet care.

- The pets should be trained not to scratch the furniture and the parts of the furniture which can cause harm to the animals should be covered with sticking plasters or things of such kind.

- The pets must be properly vaccinated at regular intervals. These will be an effective step for both the pet itself and the individuals they live with.

- If the pet is an infant, then a stern eye should be kept over it and it should be given utmost care in the same way as a human baby is cared for.

- The excretory elements of the pets should be taken special care of; they can cause infection to the pet and to the other in mates of the house. If there are multiple pets in the household then they should be taken extra care of.

- Always take care that the pets should be given proper food containing essential nutrients. It is not good to change the food habit of the animal, as that can be harmful for its health.

- The Pets should also be given essential medications and the different vitamin and other nutrient supplements.

- The pets must always be kept clean. Their nails, hair should be trimmed at regular intervals. They must also be given a bath at some point of time according to the type of the animal.

Pets as companions

Pets are great as companions. They are like your best friends with whom you have fun, share many secrets without having to worry that they will tell someone else. Pets are like always beside you supporting you and are a great a company for you when you are lonely. They are great companions for senior persons as well as for children. You can get to walk and play and care for it. They offer a sense of security and unconditional love and faith towards the owners. They also fill up the loneliness and gap or void created in ones life due to a personal loss.

Pets at home

When you have pets at home you have loads of fun as well as responsibilities because you have to take care of them. They are like a constant companion who is like throughout with you with

* You can get allergies, asthma, from their fur or feathers.

* You can get injured when handling the pets.

* You can get stressed by the behavior of the pets.

* Some diseases might spread from the animals/birds presence which should immediately consulted with the doctor.

Hence you should be very careful with pet. Take yours to the doctor and get it checked up and consult the doctor for further check ups. You should consult whether they pose any potential danger to you and your family members.

Problems in Pets

Some health Problems in your Pet are seen which can be difficult for you and you're pet to bear or handle are quite a few. Your pet can react to skin problems by scratching. There are different types of skin infections that your dog or cat can have. There are antibiotics which can be given for any problems with your pet. Your dog or cat can have ear infections too with which you may have to deal with. Other problems include fever, upset tummy and urine problems. As soon as you see any problems take your pet immediately to the doctor so that the situation does not get worse.

Pet Grooming Tips
You Can Use at Home
Damian Cross -

Everyone knows that pet grooming can be performed by either a professional groomer who has received some training at this task or by yourself at home. If you are the kind of person who likes to take matters into their own hands, there are important tips that can prove to be useful when grooming your pet. Most animals have a tendency to get nervous during the grooming process, hence, it is very important to make every effort to keep him calm and at ease. Any accident during grooming which causes unnecessary pain and stress, may damage the relationship you have with your pet permanently. Let's discuss a few safety tips that may help prevent pet owners from falling prey to silly accidents.

Pets in general are rather uncomfortable with the excess hair growing out of their ears being clipped, but it is a task that must be completed. The hairs build up in the ears traps moisture along with bacteria, which are responsible for ear infections and mites. These infections are itchy and uncomfortable for the animal and result in severe scratching of the ears. Ear mites can cause really aggressive scratching, to the extent the animal may be tempted to stick his nails down the ear canal and hurt himself. Larder breeds of dog with large ears are already prone to ear disease and may hurt themselves just by shaking their head and breaking blood vessels. Pet groomers in the trade may have special ear trimmers for the job, a nose clipper may be used for those wishing to do the job at home. Keep in mind that the noise from the nose trimmer may frighten your pet, offer some soothing words to appease the animal.

A common mistake made by beginners is removing all the hair from your pet's coat. Although professional groomers will do this at your request, it is not recommended. At least some hair in the pet's coat will protect him from the weather and prolonged sun exposure. Either of these can result in several forms of skin diseases and unnecessary veterinarian bills. There are also essential oils in the animal skin that help keep the skin naturally healthy. Trim your pet's hair to the point where you are able to use a brush again, leaving enough hair on the coat for his natural protection.

Grooming your pet at home can be a happy experience, like plating pet games at home. With the necessary precautions and some knowledge, demanding pet owners can have their pet groomed to their expectations while saving a few dollars as well. Remember to praise your pet after grooming is finished, and let him know how happy you are that you spent this time together. Your attitude will be something your pet will be looking forward for next time. However, if you feel that your pet is an extraordinarily difficult case, don't be afraid to consult your veterinarian for options. Some vets keep a grooming station at their clinic for grooming pets under their close supervision.

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Fort Worth Stock Show

Crowds find Nigerian dwarf goats, other babies irresistible

FORT WORTH — One minute Sarah Rinehart was struggling to make Marley stay put just a minute longer. The next she was rounding up the 3-week-old goat and her brother Max as they wandered off the hay.

"Don’t bring food," she told a toddler clutching a bag of popcorn as Marley started to nibble. "They’ll eat anything — hair, shoes, jeans, shirts, whatever they can get their lips around."

For Rinehart, 19, coping with youngsters — human and animal — is all in a day’s work at her spot in the Sheep Barn.

During the Stock Show, she’s pretty much the goats’ nanny, feeding them with a bottle and tucking them under her coat when it’s cold. After a week, she’s already attached to Marley and Max but knows they will be sold as pets after the show.

Her grandfather started the Little Britches Pony Club some 20 years ago, and it has been a mainstay at the Stock Show since.

Rinehart began working at the show at age 11, snapping photos of lambs, bunnies and other babies.

The bunnies didn’t do well because of all the handling that goes on during a show, and the lambs didn’t sit still, she said. Some goats just want to butt heads and jump off everything, Rinehart said. But Marley and Max are different.

This yin-yang duo are opposites in personality and appearance — he’s white, she’s black — but they’re clearly devoted to Rinehart. Wherever she goes, they follow her, wagging their tails all the way.

"Max acts just like a puppy," Rinehart said. "He’s pretty content to just let me hold him while he watches everything."

There is plenty for this Nigerian dwarf goat to see. Just a few feet away are the sheep, which he talks to on occasion, barely heard over all the noise.

Then there are the constant comments from passers-by. Everyone wants to hold the kids or at the very least pet them.

Many, however, don’t want to pay $10 to have their picture taken. Some parents try to sneak their own photos when Rinehart isn’t looking, but she usually catches them with their cameras hidden under their shirts.

Children sometimes try to make off with the kids.

"They’ll try to take them away and hide them," Rinehart said.

Other children refuse to smile for the photos or freak out if one of the goats nibbles a few strands of hair.

Rinehart has snapped photos of people of all ages — from 2-week-old babies who are smaller than the animals to teens and grandparents.

For many, it becomes a family tradition to get a photo every year with the baby animals.

When Morgan Tarbay, 2, was told that she was coming to the Stock Show, she started kissing the photo from last year, her grandmother said.

"She just loves the billy goats," JoAnn Tarbay said.

Samantha Hartsock started getting photos of her daughter Jayden with the animals when the girl was 1. Now Jayden, 4, is joined by her 1-year-old sister, Kyla.

But the girls sat down just as Marley and Max spotted their bottles in the warmer. When the goats finally settled for a moment, Rinehart snapped the picture.

"It’s hard enough to get kids to sit still, much less two kids and two goats," Hartsock said. "Whatever you get is perfect."

Pet of the Week: The Guppy
By Jamie Buckley -

What is this?

The guppy – or Poecilia reticulata – is a hugely popular breed among keepers of exotic fish.

What's the appeal?

Fish make great pets for people who want company but not too much hard work. Anyone can find space for a fishtank, and exotic fish are pretty low-maintenence, once you have set up the aquarium and got into the routine of feeding them and cleaning the tank. Guppies are gorgeous to look at, and there are dozens of different variations representing every colour of the spectrum, from Hot Pink to Turquoise Spotted.

Funny name for a fish

The species is named after Robert John Lechmere Guppy who "discovered" the little fellow in the waters of Trinidad back in 1866. Its natural habitat is the Caribbean, but it has been introduced around the world as a pet. Incidentally, the notorious convicted fraudster Darius Guppy is a descendant of Robert, so if nothing else, he has a fish named after him.

How do I get started?

Choosing the right tank is essential, and size matters. You must have enough space for features, not only to keep the fish occupied, but also because the tank should be treated as a piece of interior design. Keeping the tank tidy is essential, and as with all fish, it is important to check the ammonia levels, otherwise the fish will poison itself. This can be done by installing a pump, using chemical compounds, or by introducing friendly bacteria to the water. The tank must also be oxygenated.

What do they eat?

Fish will eat most things in small quantities (meat, worms, potato), but you should feed them with fish pellets occasionally to make sure they have a balanced diet. It is easy to overfeed fish, so if they begin to look bloated it is perfectly all right to miss a day's feed.

Are they sociable?

Yes, you can keep pairs of guppies –in fact, it is difficult to stop them breeding. A healthy pair will happily produce about 20 to 40 fry (young 'uns) every six weeks or so, therefore it is important to keep the sexes separated, unless you are specifically breeding, in which case you will have to "fish" the fry out. It is also recommended that you keep two females to one male, as that way the male's attention is not solely focused on the one female. Males can be over-enthusiastic in their approach to females, so plants and features are essential in the tank for her to hide and wait for the amorous impulses of the male to pass. So popular are guppies that some owners even show theirs at special events.

Where can I get one?

Reputable dealers, such as (01446 701072), are regulated by OATA (, which oversees the well-being of ornamental fish.

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How to Know if Your Dog’s Diet
Contains Enough Fatty Acid

Will your pet’s skin and coat look shiny and healthy, or is your dog’s fur lacking the silky look you favor? May this indicate the need for additional fatty acids in your dog’s diet?

A dog’s diet affects all aspects of his body including the skin and coat. If your dog’s diet contains adequate amounts of fatty acids, his coat and skin should seem healthy. Fatty acids in your dog’s diet will stop bother with dry skin and dandruff, for example. A dull coat may indicate a want for supplements of fatty acids in your dog’s diet.

Studies indicate that essential fatty acids, known as EFAs, contribute to healthy skin and coat, in addition to general health. Omega three and omega six fatty acids, for example, will play a important role in your dog’s overall well being.

Don’t assume that adding fatty acid supplements to your dog’s diet is usually a smart idea. If your dog’s coat is in sensible condition, adding additional EFAs will not automatically improve health. The fatty acid supplements, like omega 3 and vi, are only for dog’s with diagnosed skin problems. Forever consult your veterinarian before adding a supplement to your dog’s diet. Your vet will be happy to debate with you the simplest kind of EFAs and the acceptable dose to add to your dog’s diet.

Fatty acids don’t seem to be produced by your dog’s body. For that reason,
You need to give EFAs to your pet through your dog’s diet. If your vet recommends extra supplements of fatty acids, you’ll need to ask concerning linseed or sunflower oil.

Among as little as four weeks, you must notice an improvement in your dog’s coat and skin. Watch the wonder of fatty acids at work in your dog’s diet. By the point seven weeks have passed, you may notice a dramatic modification in your pet’s health.

High levels of omega 3 fatty acids are thought to chase away some forms of cancer. Cardiovascular health and joint health will improve, as well, with higher levels of omega 3 in your dog’s diet.

Usually, omega half-dozen fatty acids are present in manufactured dog food at adequate levels. Supplementing omega 3 will help to enhance the ratio and create the difference for your pet. Fish and flax seed are wonderful sources of omega 3 fatty acids. Again, take care and ask your vet before supplementing. Some kinds of fish might not be safe as half of your dog’s diet.

Supplementing your dog’s diet could or may not be necessary. The sole certain way to come to a decision if your dog’s diet wants extra essential fatty acids is to schedule a rendezvous with your vet to speak regarding your pet’s health. Never medicate your dog while not recommendation from a skilled because your dog’s diet should contain the right balance of nutrients. Sources of EFAs embody flaxseed, linseed, and sunflower oil. Higher doses of essential fatty acids will improve skin and coat issues inside several weeks. Your dog’s diet is the primary step in providing your overall health and a cheerful life with your pet for years to come.

Pet Owners Rejoice:
St. Louis Area is Going to the Dogs

An entryway to Citygarden in downtown St. Louis, where pets are welcomed. (Robert Cohen/P-D)

St. Louis tourism leaders have begun marketing the area as a pet-friendly travel destination.

The Convention and Visitors Commission has launched a new channel on its site, pitching the perks of bringing Fido on a St. Louis vacation.

Out-of-towners (and locals) can access several animal-focused websites from the Explore St. Louis portal, including Beneful's WagWorld, which searches for pet-friendly restaurants, hotels and activities here and in other U.S. cities.

The portal has plenty of advice for humans traveling with pets. It points them to designated doggie areas outside Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, where pets can stretch their paws after a flight. It recommends Citygarden, Laumeier Sculpture Park and the American Kennel Club's Museum of the Dog as cultural spots that welcome pets.

The new site also links to several St. Louis-area rescue agencies, such as the Humane Society, Animal Protective Association and Stray Rescue.

"It has never been easier to go to places in St. Louis with your pet, and the launch of this site will assist pet lovers in planning a trip or vacation," Kitty Ratcliffe, president of the Convention and Visitors Commission, said in a statement.

The Greek Tortoise

Greek tortoises are admired by people as a pet because of their fun loving nature. The tortoise color varies form tortoise to tortoise. Mostly Greek tortoises are olive in color with dark spots in middle of each scute to golden which gives an entirely yellow appearance. Greek tortoises are commonly known as spur thigh tortoise. They are from turkey and not Greek as the name suggests. It is mostly found in Southern Spain, North Africa, Eastern Europe and Middle East. Adult Greek tortoise can grow up to 6 – 7 inches whereas hatchlings are of 1 – 2 inches. The life span of Greek tortoise is up to 50 years. Greek tortoise require equal amount of care like other tortoises. Some of the Greek tortoise care tips are mentioned below that will help you in handling them properly.

Greek tortoise care tips:

1. Greek tortoise enclosure: It is important for owner to provide proper enclosure opt his pet Greek tortoise to stay in. The enclosure can be indoor or outdoor or a combination of both. They like to have outdoor enclosure more that indoor one. It is good to provide outdoor enclosure to them as it can provide natural environment for your pet during warm days. Make sure that the outdoor enclosure you provide to your pet is predator proof. Holes can be provided at the bottom of the indoor enclosure for the sinking of food, water and eventually nesting containers flush with the surface for easy access to the tortoise. The enclosure of Greek tortoise should be large and comfortable enough so that they can rest properly whether it’s indoor or outdoor.

2. Temperature for Greek tortoise: The ideal temperature for Greek tortoise enclosure is 75-80 F and basking area is 95 F. At night the temperature of their enclosure can be as low as 75 F

3. Heat and light for Greek tortoise: You should use reflector clip lamp to provide basking spot of 90F. The enclosure of Greek tortoise should have a spectrum fluorescent light to provide UVB for vitamin D3 synthesis.

4. Greek tortoise food: Their food should be very high in fiber and low protein and calcium rich. They like to have leafy greens like dandelions, clover, endive, etc in their diet. Avoid cat food or dog food as by eating it they might suffer from renal failure due to solidification of urates.

The above mentioned Greek tortoise care tips will provide better and long life to your beloved Greek tortoise and a great satisfaction to you. These tips will definitely extend life span of your pet Greek tortoise.

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