Westie Puppies

While many dog owners who own Westie puppies know they don’t come cheap, the joy, loyalty and love these dogs have give are worth it.

Is it easy to acquire any of the Westies’ puppies? No, you’ll need to be mindful that Westies puppies’ breeders are selective with whom they’ll place their puppies. Only dog lovers with an extensive understanding of this breed’s need for extensive grooming and exercise are considered.

Here are useful facts about Westies puppies, for dog lovers.

When and how should you teach your Westies’ puppy to socialize? The ideal time, would be when the puppy is between eight and 16 weeks of age, they’re rapidly maturing during this period. Make sure the pup is exposed to every stimulus he’ll have during his lifetime, while he/she is very young. Or else you’ll get a fearful dog.

Choose food specially formulated for puppies. Don’t feed them people food.

At first offer food to these young puppies three times a day. After 5-6 months, feed the puppy twice a day. To avoid the puppy getting obese, let the puppy eat for only fifteen minutes, then remove the food dish. Check your Westie’s puppy’s paws and nails on a weekly basis.

Trim the hairs between the paws and nails.

Make sure the house is warm, before you bathe your pup, as puppies can lose body temperature quickly. Avoid getting shampoo in their eyes and keep water out of the ears. Wash the pup’s face last. Towel dry your pup as soon as his bath is done. You can use a hair dryer, but regulate the heat, or you might burn your pup.

Puppies normally lose the disease protection they’ve received from their mothers, when they are around six and sixteen weeks of age. To avoid their getting sick, keep your pup away from sick dogs. Check with the vet when to schedule the puppy’s shots.

Lastly, here’s one way to keep your Westie puppy’s fur white. Use a white grooming chalk and sprinkle it into the coat once a week or as needed.

Take care of your Westie puppy, and you’ll be rewarded with an intelligent dog that’s loving and delightful.

(Disclaimer: Any information contained in this site relating to various medical, health and fitness conditions of Westies or other animals and their treatments is for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by your own veterinarian. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing the health of any animal. You should always consult and check with your own vet or veterinarian.)

I do hope that you have found the article of use to you.

Good health and happiness

Duckling Care

Newly hatched ducklings will need a brooder box with a heat source until you can acclimate them to their new habitat temperature. This is usually done by starting the ducklings at about 90 deg Fahrenheit and dropping the temperature from 7 – 10 degrees a week. Lowering the temperature a degree or two per day instead of all at once. It just seems like a nice way to do it to me.

With a heat lamp, you can’t control the temperature that easily. To adjust the heat pull the bulb further away, every once in awhile check to make sure your little ducklings look comfortable. The ducklings should have enough room to get away from the heat if it is too hot. A happy duck will go back and forth between the heat and the cold, not just sit in one or the other.

Water is the most important thing a duck needs. Even though watching a duck swim is one of the best parts of raising ducks, they do not have to swim to be happy. To care for your ducklings they do have to have enough water to dip their head into. Ducks dip their heads into water to clean out their bills and nostril holes. Fresh clean water helps them swallow and digest their food.

Feeding time for your little ducklings is great. They are cute, fuzzy and gentle little piranhas, hand feeding them is my personal favorite time of duckling care. Ducks pinch a little, but it usually doesn’t hurt. I have heard of full-grown ducks grabbing lips and noses but so far haven’t had the pleasure of the experience myself.

With raising ducks’ comes many food choices the most common being chick(en) starter or chick(en) feed. The debate between medicated feed versus non-medicated feed is strongly debated. Ducks do eat more than chickens. The strongest argument against the medicated food is the ducks poison themselves with the medicine. Besides the medicine, the strongest argument for medicated feed is that it depends on the medication and how it affects your specific duck. Keep duck snacks in mind. Treats keep your feathered friend very happy.

In my area the only brand that said for ducks was “Purina Flock Raiser” it has natural ingredients, probiotics, and prebiotics but is non-medicated. I chose this simply because it said for ducks.

Ducks love algae, clovers, dandelions, garden weeds, worms, crickets, potato and tomato bugs, fruits vegetables and so much more! Ducks don’t have teeth so you will have to make sure it’s prepared properly. Dandelions and weeds would have to be cut into manageable pieces the ducks can swallow, the same goes for the fruits and vegetables or just about anything that’s too big for that matter. Somehow they can eat some pretty big frogs and newts though.

Handling and hand feeding is the best way to become friends with your duckling. Each duck comes with its own unique personality. Raising ducks and watching them grow, learn and play while you care for them is a great experience for anyone. When a duckling you care for walks up, wags its tail and then honks at you, you know you have made a friend.

Categories Of Chicken

Layers

These ones are ideal for laying eggs. The cool thing with them is that they are very easy to maintain. There are many breeds of this variety that you can go with. The most common ones being: leghorns. Leghorns are also known as the “Heritage” chicken as they are recognized by the American Poultry association.

Another breed that you should go for is the Rhode Island. In addition to the breed being easy to maintain, it also produces the largest eggs.

Meat

In most of the cases chicken bred for meat are the hybrid variety and they are bred in order to grow very fast and attain a large size. Due to the way that they designed, meat chicken tend to have many health issues; therefore, you should be very careful when handling them.

To avoid many complications you should go for breeds that are already well established. One of the best breeds that you should go for is the Cornish chicken. In addition to the breed giving you a lot of meat, it also has a great personality. The males usually grow up to 10 pounds while the female grow up to eight pounds.

Another breed you should go for is the Corn/Rock Broiler. This is a hybrid of the White Cornish and the white Plymouth rock. It grows at a very fast pace and you can harvest it after six weeks. The meat of the breed is juicy, tender and very healthy.

Dual-Purpose

These ones can produce eggs and at the same time give you enough meat. One of the best breeds that you should consider rearing is Plymouth rocks. The female grows up to 7 ½ pounds and has great motherly instincts. The males on the other hand grow up to nine pounds.

Another breed that you can rear is the New Hampshire. The female grow up to 5 ½ pounds while the male grown up to 8 pounds.

Indoor Pet Rabbits

  • Make sure your pet rabbit is not experiencing any kind of stress.
  • If you notice their urine has turned red, call your vet and ask about it because most of the time this could lead to infections.
  • Softwood shavings are very dangerous for your pet rabbits. This may lead to liver damage when swallowed.
  • Malocclusion is a condition wherein their teeth are misaligned. This kind of condition is inherited.
  • Regularly rabbits shed their hair so be sure to take off hairballs off their coat to prevent any health problems.
  • If your indoor pet rabbits are having runny nose or eyes, he or she may have infections. Consult your vet about it to administer the right meds.
  • If you notice some messy fecal, bring your rabbit to your vet to make sure he is not experiencing diarrhea. This illness is one of the fatal illnesses of rabbits.

Indoor pet rabbit needs all the care we could give them. We must devote some time to spend playing with them as well as making sure that they are in good shape. You must observe closely if your pet rabbit is experiencing some sickness. Rabbits can’t talk that is why they are not capable of saying what is on their minds nor saying how they feel. As a master, you must know if your rabbit is well or sick. A health rabbit comes from a healthy caring from their owners. Their health depends on you and how you treat them. Indoor pet rabbits are just like us. They too need love, attention and protection against any harmful things around them whether these dangers are other housepets or harsh chemicals from foods and toys.

House Rabbit Guide

There are many things you need to consider when adopting a House Rabbit. First of all, House rabbits do require attention, exercise and human interaction on a daily basis. If you are away from home a lot and can not provide your Rabbit Pets with this, then you may want to look at adopting another pet.

If you are looking a adopting the rabbit for your children, it would pay to assess the age of your children. Often rabbits do not like to be held, and they need to be handled gently to avoid injury. Young children do not usually know how to be gentle and rabbits have very sharp claws and very powerful back legs. Which can really cause some damage to a young child’s (or even adults) arms. However, owning a rabbit, can be a very good lesson for your older children in responsibility, and how to care for an animal.

If you are planning for your rabbit pets to live outside, then you need to invest in a good cage, suitable for permanent outside living. This would have to be as large as possible to allow for them to move freely around. It would need to have a sheltered area where it can stay out of the elements, keep dry and warm, and have a safe place to go into when they are scared. They also need to be strong enough to keep out other animals that may want to hurt your rabbit.

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Keeping Rabbits As Pets

Another good thing about rabbits is their appearance. They are very adorable and cute as pets. This makes them very likeable too. Rabbits also require low maintenance once you take them home. They feed on dried foods, vegetables and grass hay which is very easy to buy and readily available. They are also very immune to many different diseases and require little or no vaccinations.

Rabbits have a long life span compared with other animals of similar size. Some of them could live for as long as 10 years when they are properly taken care of. They also don’t require a lot of attention as they are very independent and can do a lot of things on their own just like cats. You can easily allow them out of their cages to run around and exercise their bodies and if you have more than one, you organize races for them which are fun to watch.

If you are looking for a pet to play with both indoors and outdoors then rabbits are just perfect. They are very playful and show a lot of affection towards their owners. They like to lick you just like dogs and make just as nice a pet. Rabbits also have a lot of personality even though they are very small. They are intelligent and can be litter box trained to help keep their cages clean.

In spite of all the advantages of having pet rabbits, there are also some disadvantages that you should be aware of. First of all rabbits can be stubborn when you are first trying to train them. It can be very time consuming when teaching them to use the litter box for the first time and you should be really patient during that time. You will also have to clean the litter box regularly and disinfect it to prevent odors and infections. Cages should also be cleaned and disinfected regularly to prevent bad odors in your house.

Rabbits tend to chew anything they come into contact with which can lead to damage of very important things. You should make sure your home is rabbit-proofed if you plan to keep rabbits as pets and let them run loose in your home. During unfavorable weather conditions such as extremely low temperatures, rabbits may have to be given special attention to prevent diseases especially if they live outdoors. You may want to put them indoors during this time or fix some type of heater for their cages.

Getting vaccinations or finding medical experts for rabbits can be quite difficult in some locations compared with more popular pets such as dogs and cats. For instance you might want to get your pet rabbit’s teeth trimmed to prevent uncontrolled chewing but finding a medical expert for the procedure could be difficult.

All in all rabbits do make great pets and the pros out weigh the cons by a large margin. Probably the biggest problem is trying to choose what kind of rabbit to get as a pet because there so many different varieties. They come in many sizes, looks, colors, etc. but choosing the best one is part of the fun.

Adopting A Dog

Adopting a dog is a big decision. Dogs require lots of time, money, and commitment, as they can live from 9 to 15 years, depending on the breed. Owning a dog can be very rewarding, but you must think it through before adopting one.

Things to consider when looking at puppies for adoption

Adopting a dog or puppy from an animal shelter shows that you’re a responsible and caring person. But first take a moment to think over these important questions:

Why do you want a dog?

… not many people ask themselves this question. Don’t forget that your new dog may be with you for up to 15 years.

Do you have time for a dog?

… you can’t ignore your dog just because you’re tired or busy. You have to provide food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year. You can’t just “take a day off” if you feel like it. A lot of the dogs in the shelter or rescue are there because their owners didn’t realize how much time it took to care for them.

Can you afford a dog?

… the costs of dog ownership can be quite high. Licenses, training classes, spaying and neutering, veterinary care, grooming, toys, food,and other expenses add up quickly.

Are you prepared to deal with special problems that a dog can cause?
… flea infestations, scratched-up furniture, and unexpected medical emergencies are all unfortunate aspects of dog ownership.

Can you have a pet where you live?

… if you rent you may not be allowed to have a puppy or a dog. Find out before you consider looking at puppy’s for adoption.

Do you have young children?

… if you have kids under six years old, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a dog. Dog ownership requires children who are mature enough to be responsible.

How much room do you have at home?

… the size of the dog is not the only thing to think about here. Some small dogs, such as terriers are very active, and require a great deal of exercise to slow them down, and they often bark at any noise. On the other hand, quite a few big dogs are laid back and just couch potatoes. Before you adopt a dog, do your research. That way, you can be sure you choose a dog who will fit into your particular lifestyle and your living arrangements.

What will you do when you go on vacation?

… you’ll either have to rely on your friends and neighbors or have the money to pay for a boarding kennel or pet-sitting service.

Are you prepared to keep and care for the pet for his or her entire lifetime?
… when you adopt a puppy dog, you are making a commitment to care for the animal for his or her lifetime.

Well, that was a long list of questions, however if you take a look through an animal shelter, they will help you understand why you need to answer each of them honestly.

Most of the dog shelter’s and dog rescue’s homeless animals are puppies and dogs that are the result of irresponsible breedings, or owners who simply could not manage their pet.