Archive for January, 2012
So you just found a website or auction of exotic animals for sale and decided you want to buy that cute fennec fox or that mighty tiger for your house. Stop. That’s not how you should buy an exotic animal.
The first priority of any exotic animal owner (or animal owner in general) should be the welfare of the animal. And that means you must do a few things before even considering acquiring an exotic pet.
Unfortunately, today finding exotic animals for sale is so easy and regulations are so scarce that most of the times animals are bought on an impulse. The unsuspecting and well-intentioned person arrives home with their new pet only to find out that they don’t have the money, time or space to take care of it.
Don’t let this happen to you! Follow the next steps one by one before acquiring your animal and you will be on your way to providing excellent care.
Research into the animal’s habits. Is it nocturnal or diurnal? What does it feed on? Does it live in groups or solitarily? Does it require a lot of playtime or not really?
Find care sheets. These are not easy to come by, particularly for exotic animals. You may need to look into Zoo standards and other similar documents until you have a good idea of diet, housing and enrichment.
Prepare your house. Make sure you have appropriate housing.
Locate a supplier of food. It may simply be fruit or seeds, but you may need insects, bambu or other specific elements.
Locate a vet. Vet care of exotic animals (known as zoo medicine) is very different from farm or pet medicine. Locate a vet in your area that can treat your chosen pet.
Make sure you know the law. Some states don’t allow certain animals. Others place strict conditions. Check if your state allows you to keep that particular species. If it doesn’t you may want to check the laws of animal sanctuaries or zoos. Make sure to talk to a lawyer who is knowledgeable about animal law.
Health issues are important. You must know common diseases of the animal and ways to prevent, treat and even identify them but also public health concerns such as zoonotic diseases or probability of bites.
Learn if it is preferable to have a single animal or various. Inform yourself about breeding (the law for breeding is often different from the law for just keeping the animal) and mixed habitat. This is particularly important if you are building a collection, as opposed to getting a pet.
As you can see, there is a lot of information you must know and steps you must take before even starting to locate a breeder. I recommend you make a list of several breeders and visit and enquire them before making your choice.
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The hydroponic nutrients that your plants require depend on a number of different factors. These include the types of plants you are growing, the hydroponic medium you have chosen (such as coco coir, perlite, vermiculite or wood chips), the condition of the plant and the quality of available water.
Plants require three broad groups of nutrient elements:
Primary plant nutrient elements<
These are elements found in the highest concentrations in plants, which rely on their presence for their structure and metabolic/physiologic functions. These are potassium, calcium, nitrogen and sulphate.
• Potassium is involved in sugar and carbohydrate production.
• Calcium ensures efficient cell division and cell wall formation.
• Nitrogen is vital because it is a structural component of all proteins and also chlorophyll.
• Sulphates are responsible for converting inorganic nitrogen into protein.
Because the primary nutrients are vital to plant health, they are found in nutrient packs from specialist firms that sell hydroponic supplies.
Secondary plant nutrient elements
These nutrients are phosphorous and magnesium.
• Phosphorous is important in photosynthesis and when they occur in the correct amounts they ensure quality yields from plants.
• Magnesium works in conjunction with phosphorous, acting as a carrier. It is also an activator and component of several enzymes.
These elements are found in minute quantities in plants. They would poison the plants if they were present in great quantities, but without them the plants would be stunted and would eventually die. Plants depend on their presence for proper growth and development. The vital trace elements are
Because of the important of these trace elements, they are also available in various forms from manufacturers of hydroponic supplies.
In hydroponics, while most nutrients are administered via the water supply, it is also possible to feed plants by means of foliar spraying as plants are able to absorb nutrients via their foliage.
When starting in hydroponics, it is advisable to visit hydroponic websites to establish what hydroponic nutrients are needed in what quantities for particular types of plants.
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Over the years, our domestic pets, such as cats and dogs, have become less immune to the challenges of our seemingly deteriorating weather and so pet accessories, such as coats and jumpers, are starting to become everyday wear.
Most of our pets are kept indoors for the majority of the time and so when they go outside, their natural hair seems to be no longer thick enough to protect them from heavy rain and the bitter cold winds. This applies particularly to the smaller breeds and so to make life more bearable for your pet, many shops stocking pet accessories or dog supplies, now keep a range of waterproof coats that strap loosely over the main body of your pet, whilst they go out for their daily walks. This also means that you are able to keep your pet cleaner and drier, since the main hair is protected from the rain by the body coat.
However, with the terrible winters we have been experiencing recently, it is essential to try and keep your dog warm, as well as dry, whenever possible. A good warehouse for pet supplies should have in stock a complete range of body warmers, such as jumpers and the like, that you can fasten round the main body of your dog, similar to the coat and this will help to fight off the biting cold from the icy winds, prevalent in today’s weather.
Very small dogs might require added protection from the cold for their ears, which can be very prone to infection from both rain and cold. Pet accessories, such as earmuffs, are readily available for these pets from most good shops selling dog supplies.
The ideal solution of course, is to have a combined rainproof coat with a padded, jumper lining, but remember to keep your dogs hair well trimmed, since the coat can be heavy and cumbersome to fit round its body. After all, it is easier to dry short hair rather than long.
Many people think that since dogs already have fur coats, there is no need to get pet accessories such as additional coats or jumpers for them. This may be true for a dog which lives outdoors, and has the opportunity to gradually acclimatise to changes in the weather. But for an indoor dog, accustomed to the temperature of your home, going outside for a walk in the cold or rain can be problematic.
The two main reasons for getting outerwear dog supplies are to keep your dog dry and to keep your dog warm. There is no problem with your dog getting wet during a walk, so long as you take care to dry the dog as soon as you get inside. However, if you’d prefer not to spend the time washing and drying your dog after every walk in bad weather, you may want to get rain gear pet accessories to keep your dog from getting wet in the first place.
The more serious reason to purchase dog supplies such as coats or jumpers is to keep your dog warm. Some breeds are cold weather dogs which suffer in the heat of summer, and enjoy frolicking around in ice and snow. However, most dogs that are out in the cold for any length of time need pet supplies that provide some additional protection.
A simple jumper may be sufficient for most dogs, and you can find a wide variety of styles and materials where you purchase your pet supplies. For extremely cold days, or dogs that are highly sensitive to cold weather, a heavier coat is advisable. If your dog is a breed whose ears are prone to injury, you can also purchase pet accessories of coats with hoods.