During the recent pandemic caused by COVID a lot of people turned to purchase a pet to help them cope with their mental health and to give them something to love and take care of during the time they were stuck at home with lockdowns put in place. Mental health has become an increasingly popular topic over recent years with the pandemic causing a lot of people to experience mental health problems due to being at home for long periods without being able to see family or friends. [Read more…] about Small pets have helped people’s mental health
When the pandemic started, and lockdowns were put in place most of us had to stay at home unless you were a key worker. Due to having to work from home a lot of people decided to get pets to keep them occupied whilst being in the house more often than usual. [Read more…] about Pets became more popular during covid
If you want to walk on the wild side, so to speak, you can always turn to the world of reptiles for your next pet choice. Might we make a suggestion? Get a snake. We’ve found snakes to be awesome pets and they’re a great conversation starter.
Unfortunately, when most people think about snakes they imagine the most terrifying snake you could imagine, just waiting to eat them up. Don’t think for a second that you are going to get some sort of poisonous snake. Most snakes are honestly harmless — and they actually enjoy being picked up and petted. You need to make sure that you take a few precautions and read up on the wide world of snakes before making a purchase. Most snake owners tend to be well informed because this isn’t your normal choice for a friendly companion.
1. Can You Properly House a Snake?
It sounds like a silly question, but can you properly house a snake? The reason why you should ask this is because if you live in an apartment, your landlord or property manager might not allow you to have a snake. In fact, if they inspect your apartment and find that you bought a snake they could force you to remove it from your home.
2. Can You Keep it Warm Enough?
Snakes are cold-blooded, and they need to be able to regulate their temperatures much differently than you might expect. For example, right after they eat they’re going to need to be extra warm so they can properly ingest their food. [Read more…] about 5 things to keep in Mind when Getting a Snake as a Pet
Traveling with your pets is a blast, because you get to see your pet interact to a new area. But it can also be stressful for your pets, especially the first time that you travel. Before you just dream about hitting the beach, you need to do some planning in order to make absolutely sure that your pet is going to be welcome everywhere you go.
First and foremost, sit down and plan the entire trip. This isn’t the time to think about just leaving home and traveling randomly. Not every pet is going to be welcome at every hotel. You need to call ahead of time and ask whether or not pets are accepted. Be ready to describe your pets a thousand times to a thousand people. They need to know a rough estimated weight, whether your pet is friendly, and what you have with you to keep the pet corralled. Your pet will not be allowed to just roam freely around; the risk of damaging something is really high. Be prepared to present a pet deposit. Think of it as the cost for your furry friend to tag along on the journey.
Are you going to be driving or flying? Driving makes some things easier. If you’re going out of the country, you’re going to need to present current shots and medications. You also need to have harnesses and kennel devices ready as well.
Feeding your pet is your responsibility. Buying food when you arrive at your destination is a good idea…if you’re not going to be too remote. Some places don’t have very good animal food ready, so you’ll need to be prepared to bring your own. This is a lot easier than driving.
From here, don’t forget that you need to think of things for your pet to do. Being cooped up is not a good strategy, because they’re going to rebel pretty quickly. [Read more…] about 5 tips for Traveling with Pets Without (Much) Stress
When we get asked if kids should have pets, the answer is yes. When children are allowed to have pets, it teaches them a sense of responsibility. Unfortunately, people assume this means that they should give their children pets as gifts. This is not a good idea, for the same reason that adopted children shouldn’t be seen as “presents” to be given to a child. The truth is that pets are loyal family members, and should be treated that way. When pets are seen as mere gifts, many children may find that they get tired of the responsibility part and avoid the pet altogether.
The second reason why you shouldn’t give children pets as gifts is that your child may be too young to take it seriously. Does that mean the pet no longer needs care? Absolutely not. If anything, the pet’s needs are going to be increased at the beginning because they have to get used to being in a completely different place. Instead of blaming the pet, you need to look at your decision to bring them home in the first place. If you’re convinced that they will be ready in a few weeks or even a few months, you might agree to handle the needs of the pet for a little while. But there has to be a point where the whole family is involved in taking care of the family pet, otherwise it’ll always be seen as something you want, rather than something that your children want.
A side issue is safety: if children aren’t ready to take care of a pet, they might also not know how to really handle a pet. We’ve seen some young pet owners not realize that they were antagonizing a dog, setting it up to bite them rather than play with them. It’s always heartbreaking to hear that someone is getting rid of their once-loved family pet because the puppy or kitty bit or clawed at one of the children in self defense. Yes, that’s right: when the animal fights back, it’s often out of fear. They are worried that you’re attacking them. [Read more…] about 3 Reasons Not to Give Your Kids Pets for Gifts
If your pet is unwell, then it can be useful knowing how to care for them. In the same way that we can do first aid courses to learn how to help humans in emergency situations such as if they have fainted or are choking, it is good to have the same sort of information with regards to your pets.
Many people feel that their pets are part of their family and if they were in a situation where they needed to administer first aid on the animal and could not, then it is likely that they would feel very guilty about that.
If you are a first time pet owner, then it would be a good idea to ask your vet for help. Even simple things such as administering medication to your pet, could be alien to you and if they have any basic guides covering all aspects of pet care, then these could be useful to you. They should be able to tell you any common ailments that you might might be likely to suffer from and how to treat them. They will also be able to tell you when to tell if your pet is unwell enough to warrant a visit to the vet. [Read more…] about Pet first aid