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20th August 2014
Birds can suffer from a range of digestive problems that may be a symptom of another condition or a condition in their own right.  Here are some basics about some of the more common ones to keep a watch for. Avian Gastric Yeast Gastric yeast lives in the digestive tracts of birds and those with a weakened imm....Read Full Article

20th August 2014
While you may not be fully aware of the meaning of co-dependency, most of us have at least a vague idea of this generally being a bad thing that does not do any good for either of the parties involved. Co-dependency is something that we usually think of as occurring in relationships between two different people, but it can also occur b....Read Full Article

20th August 2014
While dogs have a range of vocal sounds at their disposal such as barks, growls and whines, dogs mainly communicate with each other through their body language. One of the most important forms of body language for both dogs and people is eye contact, and the messages that we pass-or don’t pass- back and forth between us with our ....Read Full Article

20th August 2014
When you think of the tail of the average dog, you probably think of it being long, straight and waggy! However, some dogs also have rather unusual-looking tails that have a distinctive kink or curl to them, which can be quite pronounced in some cases. This gives these dogs a unique and distinctive appearance all of their own, which ca....Read Full Article

19th August 2014
Dogs are glorious creatures with each and every one of them boasting their own unique characters. The majority of owners know how important it is to feed their canine pals a healthy well-balanced, nutritious diet and that having their vaccinations kept up to date is crucial to their well being. It is also important to regularly worm do....Read Full Article

19th August 2014
If you keep chickens and would like to give them a real treat without having to spend a fortune, you could always start breeding and raising your own mealworms (tenebrio molitor) which all chickens go mad for. The best part of raising mealworms is that it's so incredibly easy to keep and raise them once their environment has been s....Read Full Article

19th August 2014
A lot of people start off keeping a couple of chickens but as time passes by their flock tends to grow along with their feed bills and although hens are pretty good at scratching around in the dirt for food unless they can find enough to eat they still need to be given daily rations of mixed corn, pellets or mash to keep them happy and....Read Full Article

19th August 2014
Any dog owner can tell you that the bond they have with their dog is very strong, and that caring for and living with a dog creates a very real and very deep relationship. This is even more true of working dogs and their handlers, particularly within jobs where the dog and the handler rely heavily upon each other in high pressure and p....Read Full Article

19th August 2014
Most fish keepers of both tropical and marine tanks like to keep bright, vibrant and colourful species, and so, there is significant demand for fish like these within the aquarium trade. Many people also seek to keep the type of patterned and coloured fish you usually only see within marine tanks within a simple freshwater aquarium set....Read Full Article

19th August 2014
The jellyfish is a marine invertebrate that is brainless, stomach-less and has no eyes, and its closest relatives are actually plankton and corals rather than other fish. For such a basic life form, the jellyfish is one of the more interesting aquatic animals to watch and keep, and while they are more challenging to keep than....Read Full Article

19th August 2014
The Great Pyrenees dog has a long and distinguished history as a companion and working dog, which has an excellent temperament and makes for the perfect companion. Standing up to 30” tall at the withers and weighing in at around100lb, this is one big, but very gentle dog! They are both affectionate and personable and also indepen....Read Full Article

19th August 2014
Cats can often be aloof at times and they do have a tendency to disappear for hours on end when they want to. However, this doesn't mean they do not love you, it's just that pussy cats have their own unique way of showing their love and affection for the people who look after them. If you're a first time cat owner, you need....Read Full Article

19th August 2014
1.  I don’t rate the food that the breeder’s been using; when and how can I change brands? If your kitten is thriving well on the food she arrived with, then it’s wise to continue with this for the first couple of weeks whilst she settles in. The excitement of the new home and the stress of leaving th....Read Full Article

16th August 2014
The chinchilla is a small rodent that is similar in appearance to the ground squirrel, but rather larger and rounder. They are native to South America’s Andes mountains, and can thrive successfully at very high altitudes. During the 19th century, they were heavily hunted for their soft, warm fur, which was used to make hats, glov....Read Full Article

16th August 2014
Protein, which comes from meat, fish, eggs and some plant matter is vital to the diet of the dog, and should be at the top of your dog food’s ingredients listing. However, in some cases too much protein can be a bad thing, and exactly how much protein any dog needs will depend on a range of factors. For most dogs, a balanced, com....Read Full Article

15th August 2014
Information concerning which plants are toxic to cats is abundant, and there are many excellent resources online where one can seek advice as to what plants are best avoided in a cat owner’s home and garden. One such example is our “Cats and Poi....Read Full Article

15th August 2014
While traditionally cats and dogs are thought to be enemies of old, and in the wild it is certainly true that many dog breeds would view cats as potential prey, it is entirely possible for cats and dogs to not only live together peacefully, but also potentially bond strongly too! There is no real way to predict whether any gi....Read Full Article

15th August 2014
Feeding a dog of any age or size can be confusing, with literally hundreds of different options available on the market for commercially produced foods, before you even get into the details of specialist diets and home made dog food! Picking the right food for your puppy and deciding on how you wish to feed them is very important, as g....Read Full Article

15th August 2014
Unless you ride your horse bare back the saddle is the connection between your seat and the horse, keeping you both in the seat and more comfortable, and more importantly spreading your weight across your mounts back. Over the years the saddle developed from a rudimentary blanket through to the various parts and types that we....Read Full Article

15th August 2014
“Snapping turtles, embodiment of turtles who shared the earth with the dinosaurs for a time and are now obliged to share it with the human species, might well report that the former companions were far less stressful.” Carroll DM 1996 The Year of the Turtle: A natural history. St. Martin’s Griffin, New York....Read Full Article



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