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Posted: June 20, 2017With the temperature rising it is vital to keep our pets sheltered from the sun. Animals have either fur or feathers which are a good insulator in the winter months but can trap the heat in the warmer months. Animals can control their body temperature by panting and seeking out the shade. But with the warmer weather they may struggle to maintain a stable body temperature.
Keeping your pet out of the sun during the main heat of the day will hopefully reduce the effects of getting heat stroke. Also keeping exercise to a minimum will avoid excessive raises in body temperature. Keeping your pet out of hot areas like the car or other enclosed places will also be of bene
Posted: June 17, 2017
The term ’roundworm’ refers to all nematodes (internal worms) but also can be used to refer specifically to the ascarid group of nematodes (Toxocara canis, Toxocara cati, Toxascaris leonina). They are parasites of the small intestine and can be found throughout the world. Toxocara canis infection in dogs and Toxocara cati infection in cats are amongst the most commonly diagnosed parasitic infections in small animal practice. Infecting both dogs and cats, Toxascaris leonina is much less frequently encountered.
What do they look like and where do they live?
Roundworms are large white worms, with cylindrical bodies. The adult roundworm lives in the small intestine and feeds on the gu
Posted: June 15, 2017
If you want to know how healthy your pond is, you need to keep a close eye on its water parameters. These depend on a number of different factors. Discover everything you need to know about water parameters in ponds and what these mean for your pond care measures.
Water parameters in ponds
For garden pond life to thrive, it requires good water quality and environmental conditions. As ponds are not natural water bodies, they need extra special care.
Posted: June 12, 2017
There is a large selection of foods available for pond fish, and the change in seasons determines how and what your pond fish should fed. If you live in an area where the water temperature dips below 50°F during the winter then it is advised to change your fish’s diet.
Fish should be fed one to three times a day during the feeding months, when water temperatures are 39°F and above. It is advised to feed only the amount your fish can consume within five minutes.
Changing the diet based on water temperature:
Posted: May 31, 2017It’s not just humans that get down in the dumps. Like us, cats feel a whole host of complex emotions and whilst they may be more reserved than other pets, they are known to suffer from depression more than most.
What are the signs of depression?
One of the easiest signs to look for is whether or not your pet has gone off their food. They may eat less or lose their appetite altogether. If this persists you should seek the help of a vet.
Secondly, look out for changes in their behaviour towards you and other members of the family. A depressed cat is l
Posted: May 24, 2017
Step 1 – Research, Research, Research!Think carefully about what sort of fish you would like to have? Is there a particular species in mind, would you like an attractive moving ornament, are you really into aquatic plants or perhaps this is your children’s first pet? All of these choices will affect the sort of aquarium you will need to purchase and equipment needed. For example, while clown fish may have surged in popularity and may seem like an attractive option, are you ready for the challenges a marine aquarium brings? Specialist heating, lighting, how to feed an anemone, what levels of salt you need in your water, large filter etc
Posted: May 16, 2017
There are many reasons why some of your fish have died. You need to review everything that may have occurred in your aquarium in the last 3 weeks or so.There are some basic questions that you can ask yourself that will help you to understand what has happened.
- Check the water quality – are there any unusual results? Are the ammonia and nitrite at a safe level?
- Check the dead fish and your remaining fish for any signs of infection or disease. Are there any unusual marks, wounds, spots or growths on them?
- Have you recently used a water treatment or medicine? If so, how much did you put in?
Posted: May 12, 2017Excitement is building and the day is finally here for you to bring your tiny bundle of fur home. There have been weeks of preparation and your home is ready and waiting for your new arrival, but have you bought the right toys?
There’s no such thing as ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to your pet. Like humans, pets have their own personalities and preferences, which can make selecting the perfect toy for Fido challenging.
Finding the right toy will take some trial and error – to help get you started, we’ve pulled together a round up of products to help you discover ‘the one’ for your new pet.
Posted: May 04, 2017The Siamese Fighting Fish (Scientific Name: Betta splendens) is a popular species to have in the home tropical aquarium. Growing to a size of approx 7cm long and available in various colours. The male has long extended and colourful fins. The female (pictured) has a much smaller size and shorter fins.
Posted: April 21, 2017This time of year is the time when your pristine pond start changing, yes blanket weed that fine filamentous algae that clogs your pond up and it close relative green water appears.
Why you may ask? Well a pond is a very finely tuned ecosystem, your fish and rotting vegetation are producing nitrogen compounds which are then used by your plants, hopefully the nitrogen compounds your fish produce equals the amount your plants use.
Put simply this time of year your fish are getting active and the rate of decay of organic matter has increased but even though your pond is warming up your plants have only just started growing.