Yearly Archives: 2015

Types of Fish Food

Posted on December 19, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Feeding your fish is one of the few responsibilities involved in caring for fish, but it is essential that you feed them the correct food. Different types of fish need different types of food, or they can find it difficult to get the nutrients they need to live well.

One of the easiest ways to define the type of food you give your fish is by what species they are. Typically, fish of the same sort of size will be able to eat the same food, so size is a good barometer too, but species is the most important.

Small fish like Neon Tetras will need different food than Goldfish. Clown Fish will need different food than Star Fish. It is essential that when you get fish, you research what food they will need before you assume anything though.

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A Comparison of Salt Water and Fresh Water Aquariums

Posted on November 22, 2015 at 10:35 am

Aquariums can be made into a habitat that is suitable to both salt water and fresh water, but your choice on how an aquarium is used has big consequences.

Salt water fish tend to be larger fish, which for many people is a good thing. If you don’t have the space for a large aquarium though, this could limit your ability to purchase a large number of fish.

With a salt water fish tank, your filtration systems need to be able to contend with the abrasive and corrosive nature of salt. With a fresh water fish tank, the demands of a filtration system are far lower and therefore far cheaper.

Fresh water fish tend to be smaller than their salt water counterparts, which means that you can have as many fish in a smaller fish tank. For many people, because of this and the lower costs associated with caring for them, fresh water aquariums are ideal.

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Microchips To Become a Legal Requirement in the UK

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 4:52 pm

While installing a microchip identifier has been a widely advised course of action for dog owners, it is only relatively recently that news has come out that it is to become mandatory.

By the 6th of April, all dogs are expected to be microchipped with their identification. The only exception is for dogs under 8 weeks old, but after they’ve reached that age, they will need to have a microchip installed immediately.

Action will be taken if your pet is found to be without a microchip after the 6th of April 2016. This is in the form of a letter of notification, which gives you 21 days to fit your dog with a chip, and if you’ve still not done that afterwards you’re risking a £500 fine.

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Microchips – an Essential for Pet Owners

Posted on September 11, 2015 at 12:48 pm

If you’ve got a pet dog or a cat, both of which have a tendency towards getting lost, one of the best things that you can do is buy a microchip. These are unique identifiers which provide authorities clear information on who the owners of the pet are and where they can find them.

Although there are alternatives to a microchip, such as a collar with identification, microchips remain the superior choice. The downside is that they do need to be injected, which means that you will likely need to visit your veterinarian to get it installed.

Microchips are micro-sized (obviously), and are installed quite easily through a small injection; from their, these chips sit underneath the skin and remain their for the rest of the dog or cat’s life. If you lose your dog at the park or if your cat gets injured while it is travelling about, this will help you find them.

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Starting Early With Dog Training

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Dog training is a learning experience like any other, in the sense that the earlier you start the better the outcome. For dog training, there are two separate issues; training your dog, and training you. Both members of the relationship need to learn about eachother’s wants and needs and how to go about creating a better relationship which is enriching for the both of you.

Dog training is a term which can refer to a wide range of issues. With young dog training, or puppy training courses, what it tends to refer to is some of the basics which owners often have trouble with; the puppy’s social abilities, potty training, and basic obedience. All of these seem relatively basic, but they can be quite difficult for some dogs, particularly older ones, to learn. Starting young means that they will be more likely to learn these skills.


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How to Choose Pet Shop Supplies

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 11:22 am

When you get your pet home for the first time, you will definitely want to give it the best care and treat it like your own family. Considering the delicate and varied preferences of animals, it can be quite a daunting task to decide on what your pet really needs, so the first few trips to the pet store that you make will be entirely spent on choosing between diverse products for your pet. Making your fuzzy little pet happy may be extremely rewarding, but it is also important to stay within a fixed budget, otherwise your pet shop supplies will amount to a whopping number that surpasses your own expenses also!


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Pet Products and Accessories – Contacting the Suppliers

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 3:24 pm

The pet industry is large in that there are all sorts of different types of products that are available right now for one’s pets. These range from pet food products to toys to beds among other things. They are all items that are available through wholesale pet suppliers. These are companies that are devoted to developing and producing an extensive variety of products that are suitable and appropriate for many of the needs that people often hold while taking care of their pets as desired.

All of the items that people can enjoy getting from these suppliers are useful but it is essential to know that there are many points about these suppliers that can make them special or proficient in terms of what they have to offer. These are suppliers whose job it is to ensure that people get the right products that their pets need. (more…)

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Keeping exotic pets – what are the challenges?

Posted on February 13, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Exotic pets include snakes, terrapins, scorpions, lizards and frogs. Although these pets are popular, it is important that potential owners find out as much as they can about looking after these animals when bringing them home. These are pets which have a variety of challenging needs.

Some things to consider are:

· Life span of the animal, and how much it is likely to grow

· The food it needs to eat (how much and how frequently)

· Does it need a carefully controlled environment – reptiles particularly may become very ill or even die without the right environment

· Size of the enclosure – allowing for growth!

· Does the animal need to be alone or with others?

· Is the animal likely to be active in the day time or night time?

· Do you have a vet nearby who can treat your exotic pet if it becomes ill?

· Do you need a license or any special papers to keep this pet?

It is worth researching thoroughly prior to bringing your exotic pet home!

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A helpful guide on obtaining pet insurance

Posted on January 24, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Pet insurance may be something you have never thought of. It is a very useful insurance to have! Should your pet fall ill or require unexpected vetinary assistance, insurance against these things can really save the financial day. What are the key factors determining the cost of a pet insurance policy?

Breed of pet: some breeds are more likely to suffer with illnesses or injuries compared to others.

Age: the same as humans, pets become more likely to need medical help as they get older.

Location: The pricing policy of the vet varies depending on where you live.

Types of fees covered: there are different levels of cover, as with most types of insurance.

Whatever you decide to do, always insure your pet as early as possible – just because your pet is healthy and happy right now, insuring your pet reduces the chance of your pet becoming ill or injured before taking out the insurance.

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