Animals that Do Not Make Good Pets

As humans, many of us have an affinity for animals. We seek companions in pets, but there are quite a number of animals that do not make good pets. Some of them are obvious, like very poisonous spiders and snakes, but some are not quite so obvious. Below are just a few of the animals that should not be kept as pets:

Scorpions – These animals do not require a great amount of care, but are not an ideal pet. Handling a scorpion is not a good idea – Besides the risk of its sting, scorpions become very stressed when handled, a health risk to the creature itself.

Deer – In many areas, it is illegal to keep deer captive, as pets or otherwise, and for good reason. Deer may carry CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) and the risk of spreading it increases drastically within a herd of captive deer. Captive deer may also spread disease to their human hosts.

Snapping turtles – These turtles require a very large tank of water as they grow to very large sizes, up to 60 pounds! They can also be aggressive, so they definitely don’t make good pets for children. Great care and consideration must be taken before making the decision to own a snapping turtle as a pet.

Chimpanzees – These animals may seem irresistible as a cute and cuddly companion, but they are not an ideal pet! Chimpanzees grow quite fast and by the time they are five years old, they are stronger than most human adults. They can become destructive and will bite. These animals were meant to live in the wild and not as domesticated pets. Zoos generally refuse to accept pet chimpanzees because they usually do not fit into established chimp groups in a zoo environment. Most often, the animals end up in medical research laboratories.

Bats – Bats are protected by laws against owning them as pets, and in most areas, it is illegal to keep them captive, for very good reason. It is extremely harmful to the animal to be kept as a pet. In the wild, bats live over 25 years, yet in captivity as a pet, they rarely survive more than a year. To keep a bat in captivity, a person must be USDA licensed and have the necessary permits.

Just a few other animals that don’t make good pets: crocodiles, wolves, coyotes, lions, tigers, ocelots, foxes, kangaroos, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, and bears.

It is generally in the best interest for you and your pet if you do a bit of research before you decide on which animal would make the best companion for you. There are plenty of “exotic” animals that do make good pets, as well as plenty that do not.

3 Must Have Essential Oils to Calm Your Pet

The reason I love animals so much is that they give off an attitude of happiness, innocence and unconditional love to their people.  Our pets are just as happy being a part of our household as we are of having them with us.

But sometimes an animal comes into our life that is a bit “out there!”

For instance, the dog that has an irrational fear of rain and won’t for the life of him go outside to potty during a rain shower.  Or the cat who hides for hours when a friend comes over.  Or, how about the dog with attachment issues that destroys the house while you’re at work?  Any of these sound familiar?

My cat’s, Sammie and Max, love to hang out on our screened-in patio.  But whenever the garbage truck comes rolling in, they flee for their lives!

It might sound crazy to us, but whatever your animal’s fears or wacky behaviors may be, they are completely legitimate in their minds.

Using essential oils on your animals can really take the edge off of their anxiety, big time!

Because of an animal’s heightened senses, they respond very well to essential oils.  In the wild, animals eat specific plants to heal themselves.  In captivity (our homes), the plant kingdom is not readily available.  Using essential oils on your pet gives them access to the vast healing properties of nature.

The three best essential oils to calm your pets are:

Lavender

Roman Chamomile

Peace & Calming® (a blend from Young Living)

These essential oils can be used to support your animal with; fear of rain and thunderstorms, separation anxiety, hyperactivity, trauma/abuse, depression, Illness, trips to the vet’s office, grief/loss of another family pet and any other situation that causes great stress for your animal, such as garbage trucks!

When you apply essential oils to animals, always remember less is more as animals are very sensitive to essential oils.

Also, with animals, it’s best to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil such as organic olive oil.  I recommend one part essential oil to 1 part carrier oil for all animals EXCEPT cats. The dilution ratio for cats is 1 part essential oil to 10 parts carrier oil.

Use caution with cats!

Any of the essential oils listed in this article are safe for dogs and horses, however; cats are a different story! Cats are extremely sensitive to essential oils containing phenols, such as oregano and thyme. Cats can not effectively metabolize phenols because they lack an enzyme in their liver to digest the phenols. Avoid Peace & Calming® essential oil blend on your cat, as it does contain phenols. Lavender and Roman Chamomile essential oils ARE safe for cats.

How to apply essential oils on dogs, horses and cats:

For calming dogs:

Mix 1 drop Lavender, Roman Chamomile or Peace & Calming® essential oil with 1 drop carrier oil.  Rub this mixture on your dogs pads, ears or comb through their fur.  Apply any time you sense your dog is stressed.

For calming horses:

Mix 1 drop Lavender, Roman Chamomile or Peace & Calming® essential oil with 1 drop carrier oil. Rub this mixture on your horse’s muzzle, ears or cornet bands. Apply any time your horse is stressed.

For calming cats:

Mix 1 drop Lavender or Roman Chamomile essential oil with 10 drops carrier oil. Rub this mixture on your cat’s pads, ears or comb through their fur. Apply any time your cat is stressed.

By the way, the essential oils in this article are also good for easing your anxieties, too!  Dilution is not required on humans.  Just apply a drop or two on your wrists, shoulders or behind your ears.

And the next time you’re opening up a bottle of lavender essential oil, share some with your animal friends!  They’ll thank you!

113 Facts About Animal Cruelty

  1. Animals caught in traps can suffer for days before succumbing to exposure, shock, or attacks by predators.
  2. Traps often kill “non-target” animals, including dogs and endangered species.
  3. To cut costs, fur farmers pack animals into small cages, preventing them from taking more than a few steps back and forth.
  4. Crowding and confinement is especially distressing to minks- solitary animals who occupy up to 2,500 acres of wetland in the wild.
  5. The frustration of life in a cage leads minks to self-mutilate- biting their skin, tails, feet- or frantically pace and circle endlessly.
  6. “PETA investigators witnessed rampant cruelty to animals. Workers beat pigs with metal rods and jabbed pins into pigs’ eyes and faces.”
  7. Snakes and lizards are skinned alive because of the belief that live flaying makes leather more supple.
  8. Piglets are separated from their mothers when they are as young as 10 days old.
  9. Once her piglets are gone, the sow is impregnated again, and the cycle continues for three or four years before she is slaughtered.
  10. Approximately 3 to 4 million cats and dogs- many of them healthy, young, and adoptable- must be euthanized in animal shelters every year.
  11. Cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do- to nourish their young – but on dairy farms calves are taken away at 1 day old.
  12. 1 day old calves are fed milk replacements (including cattle blood) so that their mothers’ milk can be sold to humans.
  13. Animals can suffer brain damage or death from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs.
  14. Each year, approximately 10,000 bulls die in bullfights.
  15. Most cows are intensively confined, unable to fulfill their most basic desires, such as nursing their calves, even for a single day.
  16. Cows are fed unnatural, high-protein diets-which include dead chickens, pigs, and other animals.
  17. Overall, factory-farmed animals, including those on dairy farms, produce 1.65 billion tons of manure each year.
  18. Kid goats are boiled alive to make gloves.
  19. The skins of unborn calves and lambs – some aborted, others from slaughtered pregnant cows – are considered “luxurious.”
  20. About 285 million hens are raised for eggs in the US. In tiny spaces so small they cannot move a wing.
  21. The wire mesh of the cages rubs off hens feathers, chafes their skin, and causes their feet to become crippled.
  22. Before 1986, only four states had felony animal cruelty laws.
  23. Glue traps cause terror and agony to any animals who touch them, leaving them to suffer for days.
  24. In one study, 70% of animal abusers also had records for other crimes.
  25. Sealers often hook baby seals in the eye, cheek, or mouth to avoid damaging their fur, then drag them across the ice to skin them.
  26. Arsenic-laced additives are mixed into the feed of about 70 percent of the chickens raised for food.
  27. Every year, nearly a million seals worldwide are subjected to painful and often lingering deaths, largely for the sake of fashion.
  28. Scientists estimate that 100 species go extinct every day! That’s about one species every 15 minutes.
  29. Every year in the US, 50 million male piglets are castrated (usually without being given any painkillers).
  30. More than 15 million warm-blooded animals are used in research every year.
  31. The methods used in fur factory farms are designed to maximize profits, almost always at the expense of the animals.
  32. To test cosmetics, cleaners, and other products, hundreds of thousands of animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed every year.
  33. In extremely crowded conditions, piglets are prone to stress-related behavior such as cannibalism and tail-biting.
  34. Farmers often chop off piglets’ tails and use pliers to break off the ends of their teeth- without giving them any painkillers.
  35. For identification purposes, farmers cut out chunks of young pigs ears.
  36. Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages.
  37. For fur, small animals may be crammed into boxes and poisoned with hot, unfiltered engine exhaust from a truck.
  38. Engine exhaust is not always lethal, and some animals wake up while they are being skinned.
  39. Larger animals have clamps attached to or rods forced into their mouth or anus so they can be painfully electrocuted.
  40. Bird poisons attack birds’ nervous systems, causing them to suffer seizures, erratic flight, and tremors for hours before dying.
  41. If you drink milk, you’re subsidizing the veal industry.
  42. Male calves are often taken away from their mothers at 1 day old, chained in tiny stalls for 3-18 weeks, and raised for veal.
  43. After they are taken from their mothers, piglets are confined to pens until they are separated to be raised for breeding or meat.
  44. Although chickens can live for more than a decade, hens raised for their eggs are exhausted and killed by age 2.
  45. More than 100 million “spent” hens are killed in slaughterhouses every year.
  46. Forty-five states currently have felony provisions for animal cruelty. (Those without are AK, ID, MS, ND and SD.)
  47. Dogs used for fighting are chained, taunted, and starved to trigger extreme survival instincts and encourage aggressiveness.
  48. Dogs that lose fights (or refuse) are often abandoned, tortured, set on fire, electrocuted, shot, drowned, or beaten to death.
  49. Cows on average product 16 lbs of milk per day. With hormones, antibiotics, and genetic manipulation? 54 lbs a day.
  50. Humane treatment is not a priority for those who poach and hunt animals to obtain their skin.
  51. Alligators on farms may be beaten with hammers and axes, sometimes remaining conscious and in pain for 2 hours after skinning.
  52. Investigation of animal abuse is often the first point of social services intervention for a family in trouble.
  53. A Canadian Police study found that 70 percent of people arrested for animal cruelty had past records of other violent crimes.
  54. Dog fighting and cock-fighting are illegal in all 50 states.
  55. Hoarding of animals exists in virtually every community. Well-intentioned people overwhelmed by animal overpopulation crisis.
  56. The consequences for hoarders, their human dependents, animals, and the community are extremely serious- and often fatal for animals.
  57. Declawing is a painful mutilation that involves 10 amputations – not just the nails – but the ends of toes (bone and all).
  58. The long-term effects of declawing include skin and bladder problems and the gradual weakening of cats’ legs, shoulders, and back.
  59. Declawing is both painful and traumatic, and it has been outlawed in Germany and other parts of Europe as a form of cruelty.
  60. Kangaroos are slaughtered by the millions every year; their skins are considered prime material for soccer shoes.
  61. Across the US, 6 to 8 million stray and abandoned animals enter animal shelters every year, and about half must be euthanized.
  62. In California, America’s top milk-producing state, manure from dairy farms has poisoned hundreds of square miles of groundwater.
  63. Each of the more than 1 million cows on the state’s dairy farms excrete 18 gallons of manure daily.
  64. Every year, the global leather industry slaughters more than a billion animals and tans their skins and hides.
  65. Elephants who perform in circuses are often kept in chains for as long as 23 hours a day from the time they are babies.
  66. Every year, millions of animals are killed for the clothing industry.
  67. An immeasurable amount of suffering goes into every fur-trimmed jacket, leather belt, and wool sweater.
  68. Neglect and abandonment are the most common forms of companion animal abuse in the United States.
  69. On any given day in the U.S., there are more than 65 million pigs on factory farms, and 112 million are killed for food each year.
  70. Every year, dogs suffer and die when left in a parked car- even for “just a minute” – parked cars are deathtraps for dogs.
  71. Dog owners: On a 78 degree F day, the temperature in a shaded car is 90°F, in the sun it can climb to 160°F in minutes.
  72. 98% of Americans consider pets to be companions or members of the family.
  73. For medical experimentation animals can be burned, shocked, poisoned, isolated, starved, addicted to drugs, and brain-damaged.
  74. Regardless of how trivial or painful animal experiments may be, none are prohibited by law.
  75. When valid non-animal research methods are available, no law requires experimenters to use such methods instead of animals.
  76. On average it takes 1,000 dogs to maintain a mid-sized racetrack operation. There are over 30 tracks in the United States.
  77. Female cows are artificially inseminated shortly after their first birthdays. Happy birthday!
  78. Birds don’t belong in cages. Bored, lonely, denied the opportunity to fly, deprived of companionship…
  79. Many birds become neurotic in cages – pulling out feathers, bobbing their heads incessantly, and repeatedly pecking.
  80. According to industry reports, more than 1 million pigs die en route to slaughter each year.
  81. More than 100 million animals every year suffer and die in cruel chemical, drug, food and cosmetic tests, biology lessons, etc.
  82. Approximately 9 billion chickens are raised and killed for meat each year in the U.S.
  83. The industry refers to chickens as “broilers” and raises them in huge, ammonia-filled, windowless sheds with artificial lighting.
  84. Some chickens spend their entire lives standing on concrete floors.
  85. Some chickens are confined to massive, crowded lots, where they are forced to live amid their own waste.
  86. Neglect/Abandonment is the most prevalent form of animal abuse (approximately 36% of all animal abuse cases.)
  87. Cows are treated like milk-producing machines and are genetically manipulated and pumped full of antibiotics and hormones.
  88. Foie gras is made from the grotesquely enlarged livers of ducks and geese who have been cruelly force-fed.
  89. The best way to save cows from the misery of factory farms is to stop buying milk and other dairy products. Discover soy!
  90. A typical slaughterhouse kills about 1,000 hogs per hour.
  91. The sheer number of animals killed makes it impossible for pigs’ deaths to be humane and painless.
  92. Because of improper stunning, many hogs are alive when they reach the scalding hot water baths.
  93. 13% of intentional animal abuse cases involve domestic violence.
  94. Animal cruelty problems are people problems. When animals are abused, people are at risk.
  95. Instead of improving conditions for animals, the dairy industry is exploring the use of genetically manipulated cattle.
  96. More than half the fur in the US comes from China, where millions of dogs and cats are bludgeoned, hanged, and bled to death.
  97. Millions of pounds of antibiotics are fed to chickens, who metabolize only about 20 percent of the drugs fed to them.
  98. The 3 trillion pounds of waste produced by factory-farmed animals every year is usually used to fertilize crops.
  99. Chaining dogs, while unfortunately legal in most areas, is one of the cruelest punishments imaginable for social animals.
  100. Tens of thousands of horses from the United States are slaughtered every year to be used for horsemeat in Europe and Asia.
  101. Since the last horse slaughter plants in the US were closed in 2007, thousands of horses have been shipped to Canada/Mexico.
  102. Abusers kill, harm, or threaten children’s pets to coerce them into sexual abuse or to force them to remain silent about abuse.
  103. There are no federal laws to regulate the voltage or use of electric prods on pigs.
  104. Forty-one of the 45 state felony animal cruelty laws were enacted in the last two decades.
  105. In the United States, 1.13 million animals were used in experiments in 2009, plus an estimated 100 million mice and rats.
  106. As a result of disease, pesticides, and climate changes, the honeybee population has been nearly decimated.
  107. Many studies have found a link between cruelty to animals and other forms of interpersonal violence.
  108. Cows have a natural lifespan of about 20 years and can produce milk for eight or nine years.
  109. A fur coat is pretty cool- for an animal to wear.
  110. Eighteen red foxes are killed to make one fox-fur coat, 55 minks to make a mink coat.
  111. Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available: suffocation, electrocution, gassing, and poisoning.
  112. In addition to diarrhea, pneumonia, and lameness, calves raised for veal are terrified and desperate for their mothers.
  113. During Canada’s annual commercial seal slaughter, as many as 300,000 seals are shot or bludgeoned.

5 Reasons Holland Lops Make Good Pets

If you are looking to purchase a rabbit for your home then you should think about getting a Holland Lop. Rabbits make good pets and it is evident by the rise in the number of households that have purchased them in the past decade. If you are set on purchasing a rabbit here are 5 reasons that you should choose a Holland breed.

Holland Lops are friendly and social

Rabbits are naturally friendly animals, even in the wild they move in groups to maintain interaction. This breed of rabbits are especially friendly and social and will thrive with constant attention and care. Adults and children alike will be amazed and thrilled by the rabbit’s inquisitive nature, except when it leads to nibbling of shoes and other precious items around the home! To ensure that your rabbit is comfortable with people it is best to get one while it’s young and it will continue to be affectionate and loyal as long as he or she lives.

Holland Lops are playful

Children love play time and they will love having a bunny that loves to play as well. A playful bunny is exactly what you will get when you purchase a Holland breed of rabbit. From running, hiding, jumping and throwing their toys from one end of the room to the next a rabbit’s antics will bring bursts of laughter from everyone in your household.

Holland Lops are easy to litter train

Just like almost all other rabbit breeds it will be easy to train your Holland Lop to use the litter box. Rabbits are all about cleanliness and once you make it clear what the litter box is for he will use it whenever he needs to go.

Holland Lops are loyal

Your Holland Lop will fast become a vital part of your family especially if you rear him indoors. Within no time at all, your bunny will become attached to you, just as you will be attached to him. If you think dogs are loyal you haven’t yet seen anything until you’ve seen a loyal bunny! They really can be like little dogs!

Holland Lops are cute

With their small compact and lightweight frames the Holland breed of Lops are just adorable to look at and their soft fur make them just perfect for frequent snuggles. This breed is so small and lightweight that they are the perfect size if you have small children or if you are short on space. As small as they are you will need to have enough room in the cage to allow for active play.

With five greats reasons to purchase a Holland breed of Lop, in addition to the fact that they’re easy to maintain and simply lovable, why not make one a part of your family today?

Pros and Cons of Wild Animals As Pets

Many people find the idea of having wildlife as pet as exotic and exciting. However, if you want a wild animal as a pet, you should have thorough understanding of the animal and its behavior and needs. The people who have these animals as pets are invariably trained to handle them, but even they will tell how unpredictable these animals can be. You may have read stories in the newspaper of zoo keepers being mauled by their wards.

So, having wild animals as pets has become quite a sensitive and controversial issue. Some people like to highlight the pros, while others just point out the cons. However, both should be weighed equally and only then a decision should be taken to keep a wild animal as a pet.

Here are some pros and cons of wildlife as pets.

Sometimes, conventional pets like dogs and cats cannot be kept due to lack of space. In such circumstances, one can keep a wildlife like a hedgehog or gecko as a pet as they do not require that much space. Some wild animals have their own benefits. Like a hedgehog can be used to keep insects and others pests at bay in a house.

Often it has been seen purchasing a wild animal can be cheaper than purchasing a pet that is popular and has a pedigree.

Also, many proponents of wild animals feel that some species have a better chance of survival if they are adopted. It has been seen that the dart frog is facing a problem in the wild as its natural habitat is diminishing. Hence, if this animal is adopted, it will have a better chance of survival.

However, there are sufficient cons and disadvantages of owning wild animals as pets. First of all, one has to take into consideration the welfare of the animal. Having a wildlife means giving due consideration to its diet, exercise and social interactions. Often, the animal will not have any interaction with other animals of its own species and will be left to leading a lonely and solitary life. Also, the owners will not be equipped to provide proper care to the animals as they may not be well-versed in these things. Many wild animals look cute and cuddly when they are small. However, as they reach adulthood or sexual maturity, their wild side takes over and the animal becomes aggressive. This is the time many owners abandon their pets or give them away to zoos.

Wild animals are carriers of many diseases that are lethal to humans. For instance, reptiles and amphibians are carriers of salmonella infection and each year thousand of people in the US contract this disease due to their pets. Also, rats imported from Africa are known to carriers of monkey pox. An outbreak of this disease occurred in the US in 2003 when Gambian rats brought in the monkey pox into the country.

Above all, the demand for wildlife as pet is increasing. So, many illegal traders are taking advantage of this demand. Most of the wild animals are captured and then transported in cruel and inhuman manner to reach their owners. In addition, majority of the owners do not know to take care of the animals and this causes them to fall sick or even die.

So, weigh the pros and cons of having wild animals as pets before jumping to adopt one. Make sure that you are properly equipped to handle the care of the animal. Do not adopt one if you have any doubts.

How to Start a Pet Transportation Business

Pet Transportation Services are needed as the number of pets in the U.S. has grown tremendously over the past few decades. According to the U.S. Pet ownership and Demographics sourcebook, there are an estimated 60 million dogs and 70 million cats in American homes today. Apart from that, households which own pets have been recorded to spend 36% more in 2001 as compared to 1996. With this, owning a business that caters to the pet market, including a pet transportation service has lots of potential for healthy growth.

This is due to the fact that many Americans move around the country yearly and thus would require pet transportation services to move their pets as well. On a smaller scale, pet transportation services can also cater for local residents who require these services to transport their pets to and from the vet, within a local area or even to the crematorium for pets which have died.

Start Up Costs and Financing Sources:

Starting a pet transportation business really depends on the scale that you want your business to be. If you want to start on a smaller scale, all you really need is probably a pickup truck that has been modified to be safe and suitable for the transport of animals. Of course, you will need to set up an office or operate from your home with just a telephone, email and a fax machine. All of these will cost you less than $20,000.

On a larger scale, especially when you are considering cross border transportation, you will probably need to invest on a larger truck that can accommodate a few pets at the same time. Apart from that, the insides of the truck will need to be made suitable, safe and clean for pets, with adequate ventilation and cleaning facilities. In order to make this business viable, you may need to quickly expand your business to include sales agent offices in various locations. This way, you can build up business volume in order to increase profitability. All of these may cost you anywhere from $200,000 to $500,000 in initial start up costs.

Financing can be obtained from investors who may be interested in the potentials of such a business. Other than that, lending institutions such as banks can be approached to obtain a loan for the business. As with any business start-up, an impressive business plan must be developed for potential investors and financiers, indicating the potential growth as well as the estimated annual costs and revenue of the business.

Pricing Guidelines for Service:

The pricing strategy for a pet transportation service business fluctuates based on the fixed and variable cost of the business, as well as the nature of the service provided. Local transportation services may start with a minimum charge of $20 to $40 for the first 20 miles and an additional $10 for every 10 miles after that.

As for interstate transportation or transportation between cities, the distance between the origin and the destination will be the major price determinant. With this, prices may range from $100 and up, depending also on the size of the animal and the pet carrier.

Advertising and Marketing:

As you are targeting pet owners, the best marketing approach would to advertise in locations where pet owners would go. Reading material for pet owners as well as events that are attended by the same target group. Placing brochures within pet stores and probably awarding pet stores with commissions for every customer they recommend to you would be a good idea. Advertising in pet magazines or getting a write up on your services would be helpful. Of course, classified ads in the Yellow pages are a must in order to make it easy for customers to locate you.

Other channels of promotion would be participation as a vendor in dog shows or exhibitions. Doing this will help increase awareness on the existence of the business. Additionally, working with associations such as the American Kennel Association would create and improve visibility to pet breeders and pet store owners. Especially when you participate in events organized by these associations.

Launching a website and allowing potential customers to get instant price estimates from your website would also be a great idea.

Essential Equipment

This business requires a fair amount of equipment, in which the most important would be the vehicle that is used to transport the animals. Apart from that, other equipment such as crates, kennels and carriers may be required as some customers do not have these items with them. The size and usage of these crates must be according to the guidelines set by the Independent Pet and Animal Transport Association (IPATA).

Handlers and drivers will need to be employed to care for the animals while they are in transit. Other equipment required would be built-in sinks within the vehicle to allow for easy cleaning and water refills.

Recommended training, experience, or needed skills:

There is no extensive training required for a pet transportation service business. However, good and responsible drivers and animal handlers need to be engaged. It would be best if you have a background and experience in handling animals during travel so you can train your staff and ensure that they are handling animals in the correct manner. Apart from that, your staff must also know what to do if they encounter problems during the journey, and should also be equipped with the latest kennel and vet location information in case of emergencies.

Apart from that, the business owner must be well informed on all legal requirements pertaining to pet transportation. For example, there are IPATA guidelines on the size of crates and wire crates that are required by law. Moreover, all pets must be accompanied by an inter-state travel certificate that has been certified by a veterinarian.

Income potential:

The income potential of this business is dependent on how large the business grows to. A larger business with multiple offices and destinations will be able to sustain a higher sales volume. With this, the pet transportation business will be able to generate at least a six- figure income each year.

Target market:

Pet owners, pet stores and animal breeders.

Success tips:

A pet transportation business requires investment and a passion for welfare of animals in order for it to be successful. As it is also a niche market, lots of marketing and advertising need to be invested into the business in order to create the awareness of the services.

Winter Safety Tips For Pets

Winter is as hard on pets as it is on humans. Responsible pet owners need to stay focused on weather changes and react accordingly. If you feel uncomfortable with the outdoor temperatures, then your pet might be feeling that as well. If at all possible, try to keep pets inside as often as possible when Winter weather comes around.

Dogs that enjoy outdoor activities should have their food supply increased, and feeding your dog a better quality, higher protein diet can help him hold up better to colder temperatures. Higher protein food can also help to keep your dogs fur in better shape to protect against cold temps!
Whenever your dog comes in after being out in snow or sleet, thoroughly dry off her legs and stomach with an absorbent towel. Carefully wipe your pets paws off, making sure there is no ice melt on their paws. Most animals will try to lick ice melt off their paws because it burns. Unfortunately, products such as ice melt are dangerous to pets, especially if they ingest it. Car Anti Freeze can be fatal! Always act responsibly and put the needs of your pet and the environment ahead of personal convenience. Try to only use Pet Friendly Ice Melt products, instead of traditional rock salt or calcium chloride.

Never leave a pet locked in a car during cold weather. Cars can actually act like a refrigerator and hold cold air in, putting your pet at risk.

Do not let your dog off his leash in snow, unless they are in a safely enclosed outdoor area. Dogs can lose their scent and become lost very quickly when it snows. More dogs get lost during Winter than any other time of year.

For dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals, always provide satisfactory bedding, and make sure your pet is away from drafts. Interior walls are often warmer, and less likely to have drafts. Sit down where you want your pet to sleep, before deciding on a spot. A draft that is closer to the floor might not be noticeable when you are standing up!

In the event that an animal must stay outside, as a responsible pet owner you must take actions and precautions. For pet dogs, provide a dog house or shelter that is strong and draft-free. Plastic ones are often insulated, which helps protect against the cold. Adding a plastic door that easily flaps open either way can help reduce the cold, and allow the pet’s body heat to stay inside the house. Keep the bottom of the shelter high enough off the ground to keep out water or snow. Try to point the entrance facing south, and away from the direction from which wind in your area frequently blows.

Consider putting the dog shelter on a rubber utility mat or stall mat, as some people call it. This also gives your pet a dry place to lay on a warmer day. You can line the inside of the pet shelter with a generous layer of straw, which acts as a layer of insulation, and add a comfortable pet bed as well. Note: always use Straw as an animal bedding, not hay. Hay is used to feed horses and other animals, and has seeds which are more likely to germinate and grow where you don’t want them. When you think cold weather protection, always think Straw!

If you have an outside cat or you help feral cats in your area, you can provide a small insulated dog house for their protection. Follow all the tips above concerning placement and insulation. If you wish to actually construct a feral cat house, build a square box with 3 to 4 foot sides. Add a sloping roof so water runs off, and build it so the top can be removed for cleaning. Experts suggest adding 2 ways in or out of the cat house, so they can make quick exits as protection against unwelcome predators. If you make 2 ways in and out, be sure to stagger them so the wind does not blow through.

If you have an outside rabbit hutch, please consider the wind direction and add a protected area for the rabbits to get out of the cold. Many good hutches are available with built in nesting box protection. If not add a Rabbit Den and wind guards to the sides. Plastic covers are available to block the wind, rain and snow. Line the inside of the hutch with an area for straw to help insulate.

If at all possible, try to find a better home for your pet than keeping them outside. Often, people overlook using their garage, the basement or even a spare bedroom for their pets. You owe it to your pet to provide for their needs and to treat them as family!

How Your Cat or Dog Can Help You With Anger Management

A close family friend recently suggested having a dog after she lost her husband. She is an animal lover already, but after her husband passed away she just felt that her house was too lonely. A recent study from the University Of Montreal in Canada has also found that having a pet can greatly help children with Autism. Thinking more broadly, dogs and cats can help people who suffer from stress and the resulting anger.

The reasons for this are many and vary for each and every one of us. Some reasons include: – A LOVING COMPANION: Everybody needs to feel loved sometimes and dogs and cats (and many other pets) can offer this. They can listen to our secrets, offer friendship and are pleased to see us when we arrive home.

– ALLOW US TO WALK MORE: This is more the case with dogs than other pets. Taking our pet dog for walks is not only good exercise for them but also for us – with the added benefit that exercise can allow us to feel happier and less stressed as well as being very good exercise.

– LOWER OUR BLOOD PRESSURE: It may sound ridiculous but stroking soft fur on our pet can actually help reduce our blood pressure if we are feeling stressed and angered. Watching goldfish is another tried and tested method of reducing anger – hence fish tanks and larger aquariums are placed in hospitals and medical waiting rooms.

– CAN TAKE OUR MIND AWAY FROM STRESSFUL SITUATIONS: Playing with our pets and lavishing attention on them can help us to forget about what has actually stressed and angered us in the first place. Of course this is not an answer to solving problems but can help us to forget about those milder worries. We may have had a particularly bad day but as soon as we walk through the door and see our pet, this anger simply disappears.

While giving this advice, two words of warning are necessary here. Firstly, there are some problems in our lives that will simply not go away no-matter how much we try and take our mind off them – and while having a pet may help in the short-term, the best solution is to face the problem and try to solve it.

Secondly and most importantly, a dog or any other pet is a long-term commitment and the decision to have any pet should not be taken lightly. Pets cost a great deal of our personal time, energy and money. They should not simply be bought on impulse or simply to serve our needs. There are already far too many dogs, cats and other animals abandoned or given to rescue centres because people cannot physically look after them or cannot be bothered to.

If you do however feel that you could benefit from having a pet and feel ready to take on that a long-term commitment, then having an animal companion could be a great help reducing stress and anger.

Essential Facts on the Care of Exotic Animals

The presence of pets at home makes the whole family become responsible. When planning to take care of a pet, responsibility goes along with it. You also need to consider the welfare of your house pet and treat it as if it is your child. Like babies and little children, animals need to be pampered carefully as well. It is very much difficult to understand the needs of the animals that is why there are some organizations that focus greatly on how they could preserve wildlife.

The most common pet that you see in households are cats, dogs and birds. These are all domestic pets and have learned to adapt human life. Since they are easy to train, many individuals have preferred to take care of them rather than to take care of the exotic ones. Exotic pets are those pets that have lived in the wildlife and if you are planning to take care of one, extra precaution is advised the same as when planning to purchase rechargeable stun guns for self defense wherein the individual needs to take extra care and should be responsible with the handling of the device.

There are already some individuals who have chosen exotic animals as pets for their kids. There are instances wherein we are overjoyed with how exotic animals behave and give fun when we visit circuses, zoos and other animal shows that is why kids love to have them around as pets. But it really takes a lot of patience and determination in order for these types of animals to be trained and be understood by others. It takes a lot of responsibility and courage to take care of exotic pets because firstly, they are not able to adapt well on human life and they are used to living in the wildlife which have made them become fierce and dangerous.

As mentioned earlier, extra precaution is needed when caring for exotic animals such as tigers, lions and reptiles like snakes. These types of animals have more strength just like the strength of the strongest stun gun as compared to humans and they might attack you all of a sudden as you turn your back on them. They need a habitat that is just closely similar or related to that of what they have been used to. Placing them inside a cage will keep them away from creating harm and danger to your family and other people.

Their food is another problem that needs to be dealt with. Exotic animals have different food preferences as compared to domestic animals. Domestic animals are used to eating scrap and prepared food such as dog and cat food available in the market. On the other hand, exotic animals prefer to eat fresh meat and those which can be found in the wildlife.

In general, keeping exotic animals at home requires a lot of responsibility, from the training all the way to giving them the right treatment. If you love exotic animals, just let them be free in the wild or perhaps let the experts on their care take the responsibility. They belong to the wild and they should be where they should be.

Is a Yeast Infection Transferable From Pets to People?

If you have been wondering if yeast infection is transferable from pets to people the answer is: yes, indeed. Probably, you know there are several diseases humans catch from pets. But, nevertheless, we still enjoy their company and loyalty and we love and care for our pets very much.

Most pets carry different types of infections, some can be easily transferred to humans, while some aren’t. Anyway, if you are the owner of a pet or are thinking of getting one there are some things you should know to prevent yourself from catching any disease your pet may be suffering from.

Yeast infection is the most common infection on humans, mainly because a certain amount of yeast is normal in our healthy body. Pets carry yeast as well, so it’ not abnormal for a pet owner to catch a yeast infection from their pets.

Is There A Way To Prevent It?

The fact that it’s clearly stated that yeast infection can be transferred from pets to human doesn’t mean it’s not preventable or that you’ll need a different treatment for the infection. In fact, you just need to know about this disease and what steps to take to prevent the yeast infection.

First and foremost, you should be careful when handling the animal, and while there are certain limitations – licking is definitely not healthy – there are just a few rules to follow: always wash your hands with soap after contact, avoid licking whenever is possible and if not, wash the area a well, check your pet for anything weird, make your children do the same, and of course, routinely take your pet for check ups. If your vet tells you your animal is infected, and you happen to be infected too, the animal needs to be treated as well, to cure it and to prevent future re-infections. There’s no point in you getting rid of yeast infection if your pet still have it.

Yeast infection is transferable from pets to people because the fungus that causes the infection is the same and its presence is normal in both healthy humans and pets. This fungus, called Candida Albicans is in a delicate balance with the normal bacteria in our bodies. If a sudden chemical or hormonal imbalance happens or if we’re overexposed to the yeast fungus we may develop an infection, and animals too. All you have to do is to pay special care in their handling to keep them and you in good health.