Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Caring For Pet Rats....

Caring For Pet Rats

When owners know some fundamentals rats are not especially difficult to keep mental and physically healthy.

House rats in an aquarium (at least 10 gallon) with a mesh lid.
Alternately keep them in a wire mesh cage with half-inch by half-inch spacing.
Rats can break their legs on wider spaced barks.

Never use cedar or pine shavings as bedding as they are toxic to rats.
Use hardwood shavings paper products, pelleted bedding or sanitary bedding and change it energy three to five days.
Feed a diet of laboratory pellets (lab block).
Occasional treats of wheat bread, fruit,vegetables and pasta are acceptable.
Go light on oil seeds, nuts and grains.
Do not keep individual rats in solitary cages.
Provide toys and activities in the cage.
Watch pet rats closely for respiratory disease.
Persistent sneezing is a symptom of respiratory illness.
Trigger a visit to the vet as soon as possible.
Rats are social animals.
Experts recommend owners keep more than one at a time.
Most rats should be able to live together without a problem, although adult males sometimes display aggressive behavior to unfamiliar adult male rats.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Pet Safe Salt Is Better For Everyone

If you live in a colder climate when winter involves wind, ice and snow, you probably use salt on your driveway and sidewalks. There are probably also a few pet owners who walk their dogs past your property.
But did you know that the salt that you are using to de-ice driveways can do harmful damage to the pets that walk on it?
If you read the warnings on traditional salt ice melter's, you will see that straight out that they are dangerous for pets and children.
So why would you want to put something so harmful out on the sidewalks where children and pets walk.
There are a number of pet safe salt products.
Most popular Safe Paw. Which we carry.
It makes better sense for the environment and it is much safer for both your pets and children.

Dog Booties...

Dog Booties are rubber, fabric or plastic coverings for dog's paws, used to protect the animal from cold weather or injury.
They are analogues to human shoes and are most common in sled dog races. The Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race for example requires mushers to carry no fewer than eight booties per dog.
Many dogs are resistant to wearing booties and the velcro straps typically used to secure booties often are inadequate on active dogs.
Changing booties is necessary when they become wet or fly off a dog's paws.
Like shoes booties wear out with use.
Over an extended period of time they need to be replace.