Caring for Different Kinds of Pets

Aug 18 07:40 2010 Emelia Laich Print This Article

Different kinds of pets need different kinds of care but there are constants that go across all pet varieties.  Doing research and finding out as much as you can about your pet's species and what they need is an important part of pet ownership.

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The ties can be very strong between pet and owner. Pets do require care, but the joy and companionship that they offer makes caring for them an integral part of ownership. 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They are very small creatures, native to the jungles. Similar to a hamster with a very long tail, they have very soft gray fur, a black stripe, and a huge bushy tail. They get their name from the flap of skin that is stretched from their forearms to their back legs. When they let go of a branch the air is trapped in the two flaps of skin and they float to a lower branch or ledge. A friend of mine has two sets of sugar gliders. One day she took me into a back bedroom that had a huge bird cage sitting in the corner. She opened the door and inserted her hand into a soft cloth bag that was suspended in the corner. Then slowly she pulled her hand out. There, hanging on with all four paws, was a tiny baby sugar glider. Being nocturnal, he was wondering why anyone would take him out in the day light. Carefully she transferred him from her hand to mine. As soon as his furry body rested in my hand he began hissing. I asked her what was wrong. Calmly she said, “Oh, he doesn’t know you.” I was absolutely amazed that a creature, no bigger than the palm of my hand—including his tail—knew that he was no longer sitting cradled in the hand of his owner. Amazing! 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Sometimes a dog’s ears can become infected with ear mites. Carefully cleaning them and putting in ear drops prescribed by the vet can help alleviate the itching and irritation. Also the dark colored ‘dirt’ in the ears is easier to clean up with the use of the drops. The drops are oily, so washing the dogs head after a few days of application of the drops helps to keep them looking good. 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Horses are the largest pet that most people have. Horses can be used for competition, work, and pleasure riding, but even equines with jobs have people that love them. Many horses know their owners. The owner can tell you all about the horse, what it likes and what it hates. Like a team the horse and owner many times spend years together. Having a horse stall to put them in is part of caring for them. On hot days horses like to find refuge out of the heat and flies. Barns and box stalls are designed to provide enough room for the horse to move around, lie down, and rest. Stalls built with outside runs also give the horse the choice of going inside or outside at will. Run in sheds are also a good option for proving shelter from the elements.

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From small to large, all animals help to meet the innate need of everyone- to be loved. Providing specialized facilities for them such as the bird cage for the sugar glider and horse stalls for horses are just part of accommodating their needs and keeping our pets happy and healthy.  For more information on how to keep your pet happy and healthy, visit the pets section of the article directory, Community Brain Blog.

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Emelia Laich
Emelia Laich

Emelia is a contributor with interests in a wide variety of subjects.  She reads and contributes to the Community Brain Blog regularly.

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