Basics of keeping a pet fish

fishIt is not very hard at all to keep a pet fish alive and happy. They are readily available in most pet stores for a few bucks. Given the fact that they are so cheap, many people don’t bother researching how to properly care for them. Contrary to what a pet store may tell you, keeping this fish happy involves more than ensuring it has fresh water and food. The Following are the tips on how to keep a pet fish and you will be on your way to a happy and healthy pet.

The ideal environment is at least a five gallon tank that does not have an aquarium filter or aeration system. Beta fish come to the surface of the water to get air, so you don’t have to fill the tank all of the way. They love having places to hide, so make sure that your tank has at least once or two artificial or live plants. They are known to jump out of water, so make sure that the aquarium you purchase has a lid.

Any fish needs clean water to live a happy life. You want to use room temperature water when you are changing the water, so keep a large container of water on hand at all times. Unless you notice that the water is very dirty, you should be alright with changing it once a week. If you can, remove at least fifty percent of the water during the change. You may want to move your fish to a smaller bowl while you are cleaning the tank. Tap water is fine for fish, but you may have to treat it with a chemical to remove the chlorine. Distilled water should never be used, as it is has had all minerals removed from it.

You will want to feed your fish at least once a day. While most will eat fish flakes, you should try to get yours to eat pellets as they are healthier. In addition to feeding commercial diets, other foods that most fish love include live brine shrimp and mosquito larva. It is important that you do not feed your pet too much. The fish will simply ignore the excess food, which is going to cause the water in your aquarium to become dirty very quickly.

Note that if this is your first aquarium you may want to select less expensive fish to start with. You do not want to spend too much on a fish only to have it die on you and unfortunately, there are no fish warranties. Guppies are a nice tropical option for the first-time buyer. Another thing to think about is how well fish will get along in a tank together because you do not want them eating each other.

 

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7 Tips To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy

healthy dogYour dog isn’t just a pet, it’s as much a companion as any member of the family. And because you love it as much as anyone else you share your life with, you want to keep your dog healthy and happy. But how do you avoid dog health problems? Here are 7 tips for good dog health you can follow to ensure your canine companion a happy life:

 

  • Proper and Nutritious Diet.
    Provide a high quality dog food in the proper amount for your dog’s weight. A high quality dog food is specifically formulated to meet your dog’s physiological needs without a lot of needless fillers and chemical additives. Also, limit the snacks and treats to fruits, veggies, and high quality dog snacks to avoid dog health problems like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Avoid sharing junk foods. They’re aren’t any more healthy for dogs than they are for people.

 

  • Exercise Daily.
    Dogs are naturally very active and require a lot of exercise including even the smallest breeds. Taking your dog on a 20 to 30 minute walk at least once a day keeps it’s body functioning properly, joints lubricated and muscles toned. It also helps to burn off excess energy and allows your dog to stay relaxed. Without this type of release, dogs can become nervous and that leads to destructive habits like chewing, barking and jumping. Besides, a little fresh air can benefit both of you.

 

  • Training.
    Every dog needs rules. They’re pack animals by nature and psychologically require a clearly defined hierarchy to be relaxed. Spending a little time each day training and teaching your dog basic commands like “sit”, “stay”, “down” and “leave it” not only makes your life much easier, but your dog will have a clearer understanding of who’s in charge and what’s expected. Consistency is key. Lack of rules or inconsistent rules can leave a dog confused and nervous and it could lead to destructive or aggressive habits. Keep it fun and you’ll both enjoy it.

 

  • Play.
    Everybody needs play time, including your dog. It’s a great way to blow off stress, provide some mental stimulation and just have some fun. You should spend time playing with your dog every day. This isn’t the same as training, however. Playtime is about having fun while reinforcing you are in control in a light-hearted way. Avoid games like tug of war or that require direct use of your hands. These can confuse a dog into viewing the play as a challenge for dominance and can lead to aggression. Keep it light and end play time on your terms.

 

  • Provide proper shelter or a crate.
    If you leave your dog outside while you’re away, be sure there is proper shelter against the elements, plenty of clean, dry bedding and a good supply of fresh water. If you prefer to keep your dog inside the house, a crate is the best way to ensure your dog is comfortable and safe until you come home. A crate should be big enough for your dog to stand, lie down and turn around comfortably. While this may seem like a small jail cell, most dogs actually prefer an enclosed place that is their own. It feels like their own den which helps them relax and it’s also insurance that your dog hasn’t gotten into something it shouldn’t while you’re away.

 

  • Parasite control.
    Dogs can be victim to parasites like fleas, ticks, intestinal worms and heart worms. Some parasite bites can cause allergic reactions, and some can have deadly results. To keep dog health a priority, have a regular parasite control regimen which includes repellent collars, sprays and baths, and a regular intestinal de-worming.

 

  • Regular Vet Checks.
    Have your dog checked by a veterinarian at least once a year. The vet will check your dog’s weight, vitals and joints, examine for parasites, and update your dog on needed immunizations. This is also the perfect time for you to raise any dog health questions or concerns you have. Your vet can provide you with proper guidance to be sure you have no dog health problems in the future.
    By following these 7 simple tips, you’ll never need to worry about dog health or happiness again. Your special companion will be getting the best love and care you can possibly give. And you’ll have peace of mind.

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