Professional Dog Massage Techniques

Professional Dog Massaging Techniques

A massage for your pet dog will help relieve your dog’s sore muscles, a stiff shoulder or back and will ensure that he remain active with an increase in his mobility levels.  Massage can be carried out with your own bare hands at home or it may also be done by a professional.  Professional help is especially required if your dog is recuperating from a surgery or an injury.  Below are a few dog massage techniques that can be followed by a pet dog owner at home but make sure it is done the right way with only slight pressure applied.

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Before any massage technique calm and relax your pet with gentle petting strokes.  Give your dog’s eyes a massage with his eyes closed.  Massage his eyelids using your thumb and forefinger in a semicircular motion applying gentle but firm pressure.  Clean any impurities or tears that might ooze out after a massage with a sterile cotton ball and wash your hands immediately.  Be very careful while performing massages around your dog’s eyes but when the right method is followed you will help your pet retain his healthy vision.

Caress your pet with several gentle strokes starting from his head all the way to his tail.  This will relax and calm him down.  Cradle his face on your lap and remove any debris or waxy substances from within your dog’s ears with a clean cotton swab.  Get him to a sitting position in front of you and holding his head by the snout gently rub his head with your free hand.  Release his jaw and hold both his ears with your thumb positioned inside his ears and rest of your fingers on the outside.  Begin a gentle circular motion between your thumb and fingertips starting from the base of his ears progressing slowly to the tip.  Once at the tip gently tug at his ears and hold pressure for approximately 5 seconds then repeat the whole process for a couple more times.  This will help your dog in getting rid of any anxiousness he may be experiencing.

With your dog sitting down, position yourself by his side.  Then with your thumb feel the area between his shoulders.  Gently slide your thumb down applying slight pressure going all the way down to his hip region.  Repeat this couple of times.  Now begin gentle tapping motions with your hand clenched in a loose fist starting again from his shoulders to a point just above his hip avoiding the area where his kidneys are situated.  Repeat this twice or thrice.  Follow this up with large circular motions using your fingertips covering the entire sides of your dog around his ribs.  Apply light pressure while doing this gradually increasing the pressure with smaller circular motions.  Your dog will enjoy this; you will notice him settling down in a more relaxed position through the entire process.

Get your dog to lie down and position your body in front of his legs.  With your palms stretched out flat begin stroking him from shoulder to paw of his foreleg.  Once your dog appears relaxed gently knead his shoulder muscles with your fingertips and knuckles to help loosen his muscles.  Gently work your way down to his legs.  Once at his elbow pinch his skin and muscles between your thumb and fingertips all the way down to his paws.  Then wrap your palm around his leg and slowly pull down the length of his leg to his paws.  Repeat this for some time and then follow the same technique for his hind leg.  Once complete roll him over to massage the other front and hind legs in a similar fashion.  This massage is essential and beneficial for dogs that are active with constant jumping and running around.

You can use some essential oils while giving your dog a massage and always dilute it before applying.  If giving your dog a massage is a new experience for you, seek help from a professional guide to get the techniques right.  When a massage is done incorrectly you will only end up harming your pet rather than de-stressing him.

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Natural Raw Diet For Dogs

Natural Raw Diet For Dogs

Dog owners should be responsible about what they feed their pets for what goes into their dog’s stomach will only influence the overall health of their pet.  With the various brands of commercial dog foods available at pet stores choosing the best for your pet should not pose a problem, but is this what your pet dog actually require?  Is this in reality the best option?  Is this in totality healthy for your dog?  Most well informed veterinarian doctors recommend an all natural raw diet for dog species.

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Raw feeding refers to feeding your dog food items that are not cooked and not processed, but is nearly in the natural state – nearly because cleaning and cutting into desirable portion sizes will be obviously carried out by the dog’s caregiver.  Raw food in reality is what a dog will get when left out in the wild to fend for himself or herself.  Moreover, tearing food into smaller pieces and involving longer time for chewing helps in developing their jaw, neck and shoulder muscles giving them a more well-toned appearance.

Raw feeds will include raw meaty bones, carcass either whole or parts of either chicken, lamb, pork, fish, beef, rabbit whichever your pet dog prefers the most.  Maintaining variety however is recommended, for even we humans will only reject food when same vegetables or meat are cooked and served to us on a daily basis.

A dog’s digestive system is not designed to eat vegetables, fruits, or grains and these are just not appropriate for a dog is what most best educated vets think.  While some vets feel raw bones can give rise to severe abdominal complications, some feel strongly that feeding cooked bones can be problematic.  The best option would be to feed uncooked but soft meaty bones that have no splinters to rule out any health issues.  Give your pet large portion sizes that will only force them to chew and not choke on their food.  Younger dogs will need to be thought how to eat raw food.  Initially it is recommended to hand feed the dog ensuring they do not swallow their food until thoroughly masticated.  It is essential to monitor them closely during the initial days of raw feeding to avoid any mishaps like choking or inhaling large pieces of meat while eating.  Manage the portion size carefully by looking out for various signs that your pet may be giving out.  If they appear fat after staring them on this diet then reduce their feed amounts or if they appear far too thin, then feed an extra quarter piece of meat.  Also increase and decrease according to the amount of energy spent by them on a given day.

Puppies too can be given the same raw food, obviously in lesser quantities, unlike commercial dog foods that come in various ranges for different age groups.  Dogs basically require a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates.  The advantages of feeding dogs a raw diet are that it does not give out strong body odor from dogs, it helps in maintaining their teeth naturally, and produces less poop that gets easily degraded after a couple of days.

One important criteria to be taken care of while feeding raw food is to control bacteria.  Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling raw meat, clean the kitchen counter and utensils used to mix raw meat, and wash your pet’s feeding and drinking bowls after every feed episode.  Small amounts of bacteria can be managed by the dog’s immunity system without any problems.

So with plethora of information available it is time for pet owners to put on their thinking caps and ponder about what is best for their pets.  One can do their own little bit of research or with some help from a professional guide, dog owners can work out a raw diet plan that is most appropriate for the type of dog they keep.

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Natural Food Diet for Dogs

Natural Food Diet for Dogs

Natural food literally means any food item that does not contain artificial ingredients, coloring agents, or preservatives.  In case of meat it will mean any unprocessed variety not treated with artificial hormones.  Food in its pure form being in accordance with nature is the best diet any dog caregiver can provide for his or her pet.  Unnatural processed foods only generate toxins when ingested which slowly poison your pet dog’s body from within.

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Natural raw food will provide your pet dog fresh wholesome nutrition.  It contains numerous natural enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that normally get destroyed when exposed to high temperatures.  Moreover raw food can be ingested easily by dogs without exerting too much pressure on his digestive system.

Feed your dog raw meaty bones if the thought of giving him whole carcass of a chicken, rabbit, or fish complete with feathers, fur, or fins and scales petrifies you.  Just make sure it is fresh and untreated.  Giving your dog only meat minus the bones can be disastrous.  Meat has no calcium content but lot of phosphorus; the calcium in present in abundance in animal bones.  Hence only meat without bones will not balance out your dog’s meal.  Try feeding your pet large pieces forcing him to chew his food and not swallow in one go.  Chewing will exercise his jaw and neck muscles and help in keeping his teeth clean and healthy naturally.  Do not ever feed your pet cooked bones as they splinter easily and can cause internal injuries.  Also avoid feeding him ground meat and bones for your dog will only gulp it down in a hurry increasing his chances of choking on his food.

Eggs contain lot of phosphorus and egg shells have high calcium content.  Raw eggs complete with shells can be fed to dogs once or twice a week but not daily.  However cooking eggs does not lessen its nutritional properties so an occasional egg scramble or boiled egg will not pose a problem.

Milk contains both phosphorus and calcium but most dog breeds are lactose intolerant.  Besides milk and other dairy products contain lactose which is a form of sugar.  It is recommended best to avoid giving sugar to canines as it increases their chances of developing cancer at some point in their life.

Dogs are also known to feed on raw fish but your domesticated pet will take his own time to get used to it.  Thus start off with feeding him in small quantities once a week.  Canned fish is a poor substitute to fresh fish so avoid any canned fish products as far as possible.

Any food item in its natural form will help your dog’s body system flush out all kinds of toxins.  The transition from your dog’s commercial pet food to a raw diet should be gradual though most dogs will accept raw meat readily for it makes a tasty treat for these species.  Initially mix 1 part with 4 parts of his existing feed slowly increasing the raw food amount until he begins to take in a full meal of raw food without any digestion problems.  Monitor him closely though and note for any change in his behavior and stool formation.  Once he begins to form firm stools consistently it means the transition is favorable.

When food is not digested in totality it conveys that your pet is not receiving essential nutrients from his given meal which will be the case with most processed dog food.  Yeast in any form will give rise to allergies in dogs thus shun giving your pet dog any bakery products.  Similarly avoid feeding dogs candied chocolates for it contains an ingredient that is toxic to dogs in adequate quantities.

Dogs get their energy from fats and proteins present in raw meat.  You will begin to notice a more healthier-looking pet with an enormous energy level in your otherwise lethargic dog once he is started on a natural raw food diet.  So go ahead and being making your own organic and all natural dog food and see your pet dog grow vigorously.

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How to Make Money With Racing Pigeons

Racing Pigeons to Make Money

Pigeon racing is a sport enjoyed by most pigeon fanciers from all walks of life.  Racing pigeons are fed, exercised, and trained to return home from a distance within a limited time frame.  This sport is growing in popularity with various competitions held inclusive of huge financial rewards, though it continues to remain as just as a hobby among many pigeon fanciers.

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If you wish to own your own flock of racing pigeons, to begin with purchase young pigeons from breeders and ensure that either of its parents or grandparents have been race winners.  The best flier will have a good bloodline.  Select young birds that have never flown before for race training.

Select a breed which are known for its racing capabilities and are easy to care for and breed.  There are three different levels in all pigeon racing competitions, namely short, middle, and long distances.  Choose the one you wish to specialize in.  Not all pigeon breeds can win in all distances, so do a little research and determine the breed suitable for the distance you wish to perform in.

Next decide exactly where to lay out your pigeon loft considering this will be the home for your pigeons and the place marking an end of a pigeon race.  The loft should be big enough providing your pigeons enough room to practice and improve their flying skills.  Leave the loft doors open throughout the day giving them freedom to fly and come back at their own pace.  Your pigeons will fly around the loft for some days.  This will also get them used to their surroundings and help in noting down landmarks to guide them on their return trip.

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Your prize winning flock should be healthy and well fed.  A strict diet should be adhered to containing a healthy mix of eight different quality seeds, grit, and plenty of water.  Proper nutrition and a well-balanced diet are essential to maintain their energy levels while racing.  Your racers should also need to be conditioned.  Begin tossing your pigeons a little higher into air with a single toss close to your loft.  This will be more of a free flying exercise to strengthen their flying abilities.

Once your pigeons begin long distance journeys and return back on their own it is time to commence their training sessions.  Take them on road trips initially on a 5-km drive and release.  Note down the time taken by each pigeon to come back home.  Follow this by a 15-km drive progressing to 30-km drive gradually increasing the distance up to finally the starting point of a given race.  Enter them into competitions held by other local small time loft keepers initially.

Training should be done one month before the actual racing competition.  Put your time in training your pigeon racers.  You will need to be disciplined and consistent while training for a more casual attitude will only yield poor results.  Maintain individual pigeon records noting down the start point and time taken to cover the distance to your loft for every race.  Analyze the results.  Only the best of your racing lot should gain entry into racing competitions to increase your chances of winning rewards.

Once their racing capabilities have improved join bigger clubs where competitions are more widespread with even bigger financial rewards.  The other option would be to sell them to other pigeon fanciers.  The price of a ‘winner’ bird is based on its lineage, its acquired skills, and accomplishments.  A young racing pigeon without any special bloodline or racing experience are worth anywhere between $50 to $100.  The best competitor can cost thousands of dollars.

If you are sincere in your efforts and training time is put in diligently, you will definitely have more rewarding consequences – as the saying goes ‘you reap what you sow’.

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Feeding Your Dog Raw Food

Feeding Your Dog Raw Food

Dogs are flesh-eating mammals and not omnivorous though they are very adaptable creatures.  The transition from a wild dog to a domesticated pet was entirely arranged by us humans for companionship thereby bringing about a change in their dietary requirements.  Though the domesticated version may appear smaller than their wilder counterparts, they still possess the dental consonant and digestive system of a carnivore.

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This is supported by the fact that they have huge as well as tiny needle sharp teeth designed to grab, rip, shred and chew raw meat.  Their molars are sharp and pointed unlike omnivores who own flat molars which assist in grinding plant substances.  Moreover they have powerful jaw and neck muscles allowing them to pull and hold down their prey when in a struggle and eat large meat portions at one go when in a hurry.  Their stomach has more of a springy quality to it enabling them to hold more food matter.  They have a shorter gut which means food passes through quickly unlike omnivores where the plant matter require to ‘stay put’ for more fermentation time and thus are in possession of longer and larger intestines.

Feeding domesticated dogs constantly on a commercial food diet may have reduced production of enzymes essential for breakdown of raw meat, but when taken off of commercial pet feeds and given a raw food diet, these enzymes are known to return to their proper functioning levels for satisfactory digestion of raw food.

The type of raw foods that you can feed your pet dog with is either a BARF variety in which some fresh uncooked raw meat along with bone, some raw organ meat, and few veggies will form the major portion of their diet; or a whole prey assortment that may include the carcass of a chicken, mice, rabbit, fish, etc.  However, feeding whole prey to dogs is the most recommended method to follow for dogs are not designed to eat plant matter.

Thus find a suitable source to meet your daily raw meat requirements; this can either be sourced from your local butcher shop or you may raise food for your pet dog in your very own backyard.  Whatever the choice is stick to fresh unprocessed meat.  Some dog owners have an aversion to cutting and handling fresh raw meat.  In such circumstances feeding their pet dog with a pre-packed raw diet is recommended.  These products are available at most well established pet stores or can be directly purchased from distributors.

While carrying out a change in your pet dog’s diet, go slow initially with only gradual introduction of raw food into their diet.  This will prevent any indigestion issues.  Once your dog’s digestive system accepts a full meal of raw food begin to incorporate carcasses of different animals.  Feed your pet at least once a day with may be a few table scraps after your meals in between.  Take care however, to not stick to one particular fish variety constantly and avoid feeding liver more than once a week.

Adjust the portion size and amount fed depending on the energy spent by your pet dog on a daily basis.  Overfeeding or undernourishment invariably will only complicate matters often progressing to health issues.  Fast your pet one day each week to help their body get rid of accumulated fat, toxic buildup thereby enabling to clean their digestive system naturally.

You may notice your pet dog drinking less amounts of water when on a raw diet – this is because moisture necessary for digestion is available at appropriate amounts in raw food.  But give them access to fresh clean water always.  Avoid feeding milk though for most adult dogs are lactose intolerant.  If your dog does not show an aversion to milk, natural unsweetened yogurt or cheese will be a better option for milk substances get deposited on their gums and teeth causing bad breath.

Dogs generally have robust stomachs and can digest raw food without any problems.  Simply put, fresh raw food will help boost your dog’s immune system providing them with all the essential ‘live’ digestive bacteria for maximum performance thereby reducing disease occurrences; and what better way to ensure that your pet dog is healthy and at his best?

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Dog Skin Problems Natural Treatment

Natural Treatment for Dog Skin Problems

Skin problems in dog are a common occurrence.  The external tissue layer is the first to be exposed to extreme weather conditions and microscopic organisms which brings forth various skin ailing conditions.

Extremely cold dry winds in winter months will exhaust the otherwise normal supply of natural oil from a dog’s skin (or for that matter even human skin) causing his skin to dry out.  A dry integument of an animal gradually progresses to dandruff formation making the dog scratch frequently due to an itchy feeling generally experienced with dryness.  Take a handful of vitamin E oil and massage it gently into your dog’s skin to give him immediate relief from any skin irritations.  Another option would be to dilute pure aloe vera gel taken directly from the plant in some water and spray your dog’s entire coat with this for aloe vera has natural moisturizing and healing properties.  If his dry coat begins to show signs of dandruff formation soak him in an oatmeal bath.  Combine rolled oats 1 cup and ¼ cup each of dried lavender and chamomile buds in a blender and powder finely.  To this add ½ cup corn starch, place in a small cloth bag, tie it up and toss it into your dog’s lukewarm bath water.  Medicated shampoos and dips should be resorted to only when the condition is severe warranting medical help.

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When your dog licks, bites, or chews one particular area persistently it can inflame his skin around that chosen spot and give it a more reddish hue.  His irritation may either be due to presence of tiny mites, fleas or an insect bite.  To get rid of microscopic mites from his skin combine equal quantities of calamine lotion, aloe vera gel, and soluble sulfur in a large pan.  Mix well, add 16 cups of distilled water and bring to a boil.  Lower flame and simmer for 30 min. with the pan covered.  Cool and coat your dog’s entire body including his feet and tail with this solution.  Wait until dry and then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water.  Follow this with a liberal application of petroleum jelly on his skin to lock in moisture and prevent skin dryness.  Repeat this ever week for a period of one month to prevent your dog from developing mange skin disease.

Nasty wingless, bloodsucking tiny insects called fleas may also be the cause for your dog’s itch.  Take 2 cups of fresh rosemary leaves and steep in 4 cups boiling water for 30 mins.  Strain, add to 1 gallon of warm water and pour over your dog’s body until he is thoroughly soaked in it.  Allow this to dry naturally and this will save him from fleas.

For an insect bite mix equal drops of extra virgin coconut oil and olive oil and apply on his tender, swollen areas for immediate relief.  Preferably keep him indoors after sunset and screen your doors and windows with good mosquito screens sealing off entry for any insects completely.

To keep your dog tick free, boil 2 cups of water and add 1 cup of dried rosemary and eucalyptus leaves.  Lower flame and simmer for half an hour.  Cool, strain into a spritz bottle and add 2 drops each of lavender, basil, and eucalyptus essential oils.  Tighten the lid and shake well.  Now add 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, spray and rub it into your dog’s skin.  This will control your dog’s tick population.  Tick removal is essential as these can cause parasitic dermatitis in your pet.

Skin diseases become rampant when your dog’s immune system is weak.  Feed him a well balanced diet that is free of chemicals and preservatives.  Home cooked food or a raw diet with vitamin, minerals, and fish oil supplements will help your dog develop resistance to skin infections.

Brush his coat every day.  This will stimulate the oil glands present on his skin and remove any dead skin cells and hair effectively.  Keep his sleeping area, bedding, feeding area and feeding bowls clean.  As far as possible use natural disinfectants and cleansers rather than harsh chemicals and detergents while cleaning his enclosure.  Spray your dog’s crate or kennel with white vinegar, let it sit for a couple of minutes, then wash off thoroughly with a lukewarm mild soapy solution.  Follow this with a peroxide cleansing and finally spray with water to which a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil is added.  Keep your pet dog clean and healthy at all times.

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How to Diagnose, Treat and Cure Dog Skin Problems

Dogs are lovely companions to have around your home.  They are fun to play with and very affectionate creatures when handled with proper care.  Dogs like humans can also be peeved by various skin distresses.  Basic skin problems dogs suffer from fall into allergies either nutritional or environmental, infections either contagious or non-contagious, and neurogenic which is a more serious skin problem among dogs.

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Skin allergies can occur in dogs of all ages but are most common in young pups usually in the age group of one to three years old.  Most common areas to show the first signs of an allergy are the dog’s paws, ears and stomach.  These regions turn red with an itchy sensation causing your pet dog to lick constantly for relief.  Allergens may either be substances found in their food, environmental, indoor dust mites, or detergents and house cleaning products.  A proper diagnosis through various tests and examinations should be done to find the exact source and eliminate it.  A proper diet, regular baths with medicated shampoos and a course of antihistamines will help treat and improve your dog’s allergic skin condition.

Skin infections can be categorized into contagious and non-contagious.  Common contagious dog skin disorders are sarcoptic mange and ringworm.  Mange is caused by a small parasitic mite characterized by itching, redness of skin, and hair loss.  In more severe cases the skin can become scabbed with cracks and oozing.  You dog should be thoroughly examined by a vet with skin scrapings or biopsy done to identify the type of mite causing this condition and rule out any other underlying illness.  A course of antibiotics accompanied by applications of skin lotions, medicated dips, and shampoos should help control this skin problem in dogs.  A more natural treatment will involve the use of garlic, neem, lemongrass, or niaouli as all are popular for their antiseptic, skin healing properties, and also work as strong immune stimulants.  Demodex mange on the other hand is not contagious and a course of immune stimulants, vitamin supplements and anti-oxidants is sufficient to keep this form of skin problem under control.

Ringworm is another skin infection affecting dogs that is fungal and contagious in nature.  Ringworm is not caused by a worm but by a group of microscopic fungal organisms which invade the dead outer layers of skin, fur, and claws.  This infection your dog may acquire from either an infected pet dog or from exposure to rodents or infected soil.  The common symptom is circular patches of hair loss with or without redness and itching.  Culturing a sample of hair and skin from infected areas along with microscopic examinations will help in proper diagnosis of this skin disorder.  Clipping your pet dog’s coat may be done to improve the effectiveness of treatments carried out by a vet.  Lime sulfur dips along with anti-fungal drugs in the common mode of treatment for this skin problem in dogs.  Fresh dandelion, rosemary or marigold herbal preparations may help in fighting your dog’s ringworm condition.

Neurogenic dermatitis is most often caused by the dog himself.  Your dog will develop an urge to lick a specific spot maybe due to a small nick or cut present there.  This persistent licking and chewing will lead to permanent skin and coat damage with scarring.  Most common signs are hair missing from his sides, limbs, or around his neck from constant biting and licking.  A lot of laboratory work, blood tests, and skin sampling will need to be carried out to reach a final diagnosis.  However, this is more often a psychological problem caused either due to sheer boredom or separation anxiety.  Finding a solution for these will often help in curing this skin condition in pet dogs.

One most common skin problem known to exist in dogs is dandruff.  Doggie dandruff is very similar in appearance to human dandruff and caused by dead skin cells formed at a rapid rate.  The solution to this problem is frequent baths with lukewarm water and medicated shampoos and dips.  Oatmeal pet soaps may help relieve flaking by moisturizing their skin.  A regular oil rinse spray will help lock in moisture and lubricate your dog’s skin in dry weather conditions.

It is recommended to feed dogs a healthy nutritious diet to boost their immune system.  This will help their body build a resistance to skin infections.  This along with proper grooming and hygiene maintenance would be an ideal way to preserve your dog’s optimal health than resorting to prescription drugs which most often paves way for various side effects.

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How to Care Cichlids at Home

Caring Cichlids at Home

Cichlid is a significantly active spiny finned tropical fish that can be housed in aquariums.  When these species are schooled together you will notice them traveling through every inch of your aquarium continually providing your tank with constant movement within.  Every fish species have their own little personalities.  Cichlids are very territorial and aggressive species.

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You will need a 50 gallon tank with a covered hood to keep cichlids at home as these species can grow pretty big.  For the substrate choose large pebbles for this makes maintaining your fish tank much easier.  Get a good strong heater for your aquarium and maintain the temperatures between 75-80 degrees.  The pH level should ideally be leveled in the range of 6.5 to 7.5.  Add any branded tank water conditioner to remove chlorine content.  Install a canister filter to filter out water impurities.  Leave the aquarium lights on for approximately 8 hours a day to encourage algae growth within the tank.  Add some aquarium salt into the tank water which will keep diseases at bay.  Recycle 15% tank water on a bi-weekly basis with complete water change once a month.  You can add some fake plants made either of silk or plastic, and fake rocks again made either of plastic or ceramic – the choice is yours.  This can be done to enhance the appeal of your fish tank as well as to shelter your pets when they develop the urge to hide.

If you are setting up an aquarium for the first time to house any fish species, it is vital to get your aquarium cycled to prevent ‘new tank syndrome’ in your pets.  The best way to achieve this will be to keep some tiny local fish varieties (you can catch these from water bodies closer to your home) in your tank that will provide nutrients essential for bacterial growth in your aquarium.  Keep them for a month or so and then transfer them back to their natural habitat.  Now you can add your whole bunch of pets at once.

As mentioned earlier cichlid fish are very territorial.  The aquarium should contain many habitants providing your fish very little room to establish its territory.  If a cichlid claims a territory it can attack a fish fiercely to the extent of killing it when trespassed.  They are also very aggressive hence your aquarium should be dedicated to cichlids only.  Once you have decided to house cichlids in your aquarium, choose a school of fish that are all of approximately the same size.  Smaller weaker ones will often be the target of aggression displayed by more active members in the aquarium.  The transit from pet store to your house will stress out your chosen pets and weaken their immune system to a certain extent.  Give your pets some recovery time.

When the aquarium is fully cycled algae formation will begin to occur.  To clear this, an algae eater may need to be introduced into your tank.  Snails are a better option as their hard shells will protect them from these aggressive fish species; or a thick skinned plecostomus that own a sharp spine is a good option.

Feed your pets with a sinking pellet fish feed as cichlids are ground swimmers, you will find your pets swimming around the bottom of your aquarium.  Supplement this with spirulina or frozen fish feeds and most of cichlid’s dietary needs will be covered.  Feed your pets twice in a day with 1 fasting day in a week to regulate their metabolism levels.  A seaweed treat now and then will be enjoyed by your pet fish.

A common disease among these species is Malawi bloat characterized by abdominal bloating.  This can occur when you do not keep up with the tank water changes or end up overfeeding your pet.  Feed your pet with anything that is taken in within a minute or two.  If you notice your pet not eating like a glutton, cease feeding for at least 2 days, then resume feeding every alternate day.  Once it is back to its normal intake, feed it daily.  Along with this maintain cleanliness levels within the aquarium.  Consult a vet who has prior experience in dealing with aquatic species if the condition still persists.

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How to Take Care of German Shepherd at Home

 Taking Care of German Shepherd at Home

Bringing home a pup, be it of any breed, most certainly will pep up your otherwise routine life.  If you are looking for a very active and alert dog, then German shepherds would be an ideal choice.

German shepherds are best satisfied when they have company at all times, your pet will hate being left alone.  If and when a situation arise where you are left with no choice but to leave your dog alone for some amount of time, ensure that he has access to enough toys to keep him occupied like squeakers, balls, chew toys, etc.  This will also keep any separation anxieties at bay.  This breed requires a lot of space for running and playing around so try and not keep him tied down all day but give him free access to both your indoor and outdoor space to channelize his energy.  Of course this can be done only when he is fully potty trained or you will only end up with one big messy, awful smelling house.  When still a pup, however, avoid taking him out while you are jogging, running, or going on a long walk as he is still in his growing stages.  His bones will not be fully developed yet for such vigorous activities.

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Once he develops into a fully grown adult gradually change from puppy food to adult food.  Do not take too long a period for this transition as it will only weaken his stomach.  Home cooked food of any meat varieties minus the bones will be well accepted by them.  This along with supplements of vitamins and minerals will well balance out his nutritional requirements.  Give him a raw meaty bone for his dinner to keep him occupied (while you are so intolerantly snoring away to glory) until he falls asleep.  Like all dog breeds, German shepherds too require fresh clean water for drinking.  Dogs need plenty of drinking water just as humans do.

Bloating often occurs in large dog breeds and German shepherds are more prone to this condition.  To prevent this limit your pet’s activity for 2 hrs before and after eating meals, develop a feeding schedule and follow it diligently.  If dry food is given more frequently choose a brand that swells when wet and soak it before feeds.  This will also limit his water intake after eating for when excess water is taken in immediately after feeds, it is known to encourage bloating in dogs.

German shepherds look forward to strenuous, vigorous actions; they will enjoy a session of fetch, will take pleasure in either going in pursuit of a ball or jump high up to catch a flying disc.  Keep your pet active; take some time off every day to exercise and play with him.

Keep your German shepherd cool during hot climates as he is more susceptible to heat strokes during brutal summer months.  Either wrap his body in wet towels or give him access to an inflatable rubber pool filled with water to soak his entire body in.  Also keep him well hydrated.

Bathing sessions should preferably be held once a month or your pet dog may develop eczema when done frequently.  Over bathing will strip off natural oils from his skin and can motivate dermal infections or dandruff problems.  Regular brushings carried out on a daily basis is sufficient enough to keep your German shepherd clean.  Also keep his nails trim.  Nail clipping and bathing can be performed by you when allowed, if not take him to a vet for his regular grooming sessions.  This will also give your vet an opportunity to conduct regular health check-ups and de-worming rituals on your pet.

It is recommended to neuter your pet German shepherd when fully developed both physically and mentally.  When he approaches his first birthday, this would be the most apt time to sterilize your dog.  If not make sure that you find good foster homes for the pups that will arrive in future.  Neutering will however help him maintain his overall health and control his temperament.

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Curing Dog Liver Disease at Home

A regular health care program for your pet dog with religious follow up on vaccinations and de-worming medications combined with a healthy diet and frequent exercises does not mean that your dog will never fall ill.  Diseases can occur even in best cared pets and one such condition is liver disease in canines.

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Liver is an important glandular organ secreting bile, an alkaline medium that aids in the digestion process.  Bile is passed into the stomach to disperse and absorb fat.  It also causes important changes in many of the substances found in blood.  This is also the first organ in the digestive tract to come in contact with toxins or harmful chemicals ingested by your pet dog.

Liver disease in canines can appear in the form of hepatitis, cirrhosis, yellow skin, or end-stage liver disease.  The first giveaway sign is drinking and urinating more often.  As the disease progresses this is accompanied by weight loss, loss of appetite, intermittent vomiting or chronic diarrhea.  With liver functions impaired accumulation of bile in blood and tissues occur.  The white of the eyes, gums and tongue, and inside of the ears will display a yellow hue.  Liver in canines has a monstrous reserve and regenerative capabilities and hence any form of liver disease will be well advanced before symptoms are visible.

Poor diet, over-vaccinations, high dose prescription medications; or environmental toxins may be the reason behind canines developing this disease condition.

When tests performed confirm that your pet dog has a liver condition, the first step recommended by experts is feeding your dog with a diet that helps in healing the liver.  High quality proteins that come from plant source like soy, wheat and dairy products are better tolerated than meat proteins by dogs with a liver condition; but then too much of lactose-high dairy products can result in diarrhea.  So it is recommended to combine minimal animal based proteins along with plant base for canines.  White, low-fat fish has amino acid content that helps in healing liver of canines.  Soy and cottage cheese that is fat-free also contain this specific amino acid, but these dairy products can be given once the liver is restored to its normal state.  Soluble and insoluble dietary fiber in moderate amounts is also recommended.  Insoluble fiber helps in preventing constipation and binds any toxins present in their system.

In addition to this supplements and vitamins should also be given to improve the health of your canine’s liver.  Vitamin A, B, C, water-soluble vitamin E, and vitamin K are necessary to maintain a canine’s liver.  Zinc supplements must also be provided as it acts as an anti-oxidant.  Milk thistle herbal supplement in recommended doses also is known to heal canine liver abnormalities.  Silymarin, a component of milk thistle, helps with toxicity and removal of free radicals from your pet dog’s system.

The following is a recipe meant to cleanse liver in dogs.

You will need 2 cups poached fish – any of the low fat fish variety; 1-1/2 cup each white and sweet potatoes; 1-1/2 cup zucchini; and 1-1/2 cup celery.

Peel the potatoes, wash the zucchini and celery, cut into pieces and steam until tender.  Mix these with poached fish well and divide into portion sizes normally given to your dog.  This blend can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days at a stretch.

The recipe below can be followed to feed your dog with a liver condition.

Combine 220 g of boiled chicken breast with skin, 680 g of cooked rice, boiled carrots 60 g, wheat bran 20 g, and 20 g rapeseed oil.

Feed your dog with this in small amounts several times a day.  Ensure your pet dog has access to plenty of fresh, clean water.  Your goal should be to give your pet maximum nutrition without stressing his weak liver until adequate liver function is restored.  Involve your vet and plan out a management strategy to help your pet dog recover successfully.

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