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Best Pets for Apartment Living

 

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So, you’ve decided to take the next step in your life and buy your first apartment or maybe your two-story house with the big backyard and pool has gotten a little hard to handle and you want something cosy.

Whatever the reason may be, keep in mind that it isn’t just yourself looking for a home but your four-legged friend too. Let’s face it, they are the king or queen of the house!

 

If you are planning on moving in an apartment with your pooch there are some things to keep in mind as it will be a big change for not only yourself, but for them too. Make sure you are prepared to make some small adjustments to ensure both you and your canine are happy and safe in your new lifestyle.

 

Exercise

As most apartments are small with little roaming room for pets to explore, your daily exercise routine may be extended. This is because your furry friend won’t have the luxury of a garden or backyard to burn off that extra energy.

 

First thing to consider is what breed of dog you have. Obviously, your exercise routine will differ from keeping a Chihuahua in an apartment than say a German Shepherd which will need a little more than a short stroll to the park. Other high energy breeds such as border collies and cattle dogs wouldn’t be recommended for apartment living due to their high energy and exercise requirements.

 

However, if you are set on getting a larger breed there are a few exceptions. You might not believe it, but Great Dane’s can be great apartment dwellers due to their relaxed and rather laid back nature giving them their nickname ‘lounge lizards’. A short stroll to the park every day and a spot next to you on the couch would do just fine for them.

 

Smaller dogs don’t need as much exercise but still do need that daily stroll around the block to keep them healthy and happy. Some breeds to consider would be Chihuahuas, Poodles and Maltese Terriers. Mostly because they are considered ‘velcro’ breeds and tend to love nothing more than a spot on your lap next to the heater watching their favourite TV show.

 

Boredom Busters

Always make sure you have lots of items to keep your dog busy when leaving the house. Boredom busters such kongs filled with their favourite treat is great as well as their favourite toys. Chewable bones are also good however keep them to a minimum as some bones like raw hides and pigs ears have a high fat content and should be given only on occasion. Without these boredom busters you are likely to come home to a house make over and a stressed out pooch.

 

Giving these treats and toys not only promotes excitement, but is excellent for energy draining fun for your pet before they hear the excitement of your keys jiggling in the door. By doing this regularly your pet will be too occupied to miss you too much and will be more relaxed throughout the day.

 

Over the Counter Medication

If you’ve tried everything above and find it isn’t working for you there is an alternative option. Adaptil is a safe relaxant for dogs and can be used to make travel, visits to groomer or being home alone less stressful. Its convenient spray bottle makes it easy to use and apply especially when you’re on the go. To use just spray Adaptil using 8-10 pumps about 15 minutes prior to travel or leaving the house on your dog’s bedding, inside crates, in the car or kennels. If you have any concerns regarding Adaptil please call your local vet and feel free to ask any questions you may have.

 

So, it’s good news for all the apartment dwellers out there that wish to own a furry friend. If you are willing to put in the time and commitment, a dog CAN be kept in an apartment and still be as healthy and happy as any other pet. If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to call your local vet and ask them any questions you may have.

 

Other Pet alternatives

If you’re not set on getting a dog but are still looking for a pet, there are other alternatives that make great apartment dwellers.

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Cats

If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed and independent yet will still cuddle up to you on the couch, why not have a furry feline as a roommate?

Cats are usually quieter and less active than a dog, especially if you don’t have the time to go for a walk every day. A nice scratching post, a litter tray, a few cat friendly toys and a water dish should do just fine until you get home. If you want a cat that is going to be a little more interactive, some good choices would be a Ragdoll or Burmese which can act almost dog-like with their playful nature. However, there are many breeds to choose from depending on the appearance and characteristics of the cat you would like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birds Bird Care

Birds are a great choice for apartments as most don’t require as much attention as a dog but still need daily interaction and socialization. It also depends on which bird you’re considering getting as some require more care than others. Budgies and cockatiels are a good choice as an apartment bird as they are quite small, less vocal and don’t need as much daily interaction than other larger birds. If you want something bigger like a cockatoo or a macaw, be prepared for a lot more work and daily interaction as these birds crave human attention and socialization. They are very smart and need activities like puzzles and brain busters to keep them occupied as well as human interaction. Without these boredom busters, your cockatoo or macaw will become very destructive, loud and may even pluck their feathers due to a lack of attention. Before buying a bird please do your research on the specific care requirements needed for the specific bird you are after.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you want something more scaly than furry, then a reptile may be the pet for you. Same with birds, the care requirement will depend on which reptile you get. Most are easy to care for if you aren’t grossed out by insects or dead mice. Some choices may be snakes, turtles or bearded dragons. Again, please do your research on what reptile you want to get. If you want something that is more social, friendly, easy to feed and can sit with you on the couch watching TV, then a bearded dragon would be a great choice. Often nicknamed ‘beardies’, these scaly friends are often referred to as the puppy dogs of the reptile world with their calm and somewhat quirky nature. Beardies are the perfect choice for a beginner reptile and would do very well in apartment living,

 

 

Choosing the right pet for you and your lifestyle can be difficult, but with the right time and research you might just find one that’s perfect for you!

 


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Google it – If you must Google here are 6 tips to make for safer web surfing.

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Let’s face it, we all do it. No matter how much we get told not to Google, in this new day & age its hard not to. So we thought we would post some helpful tips on how to avoid some of the more unhelpful advice thats given out there. Don’t forget your vet is also just a phone call away. Most vets don’t mind if you call with further questions or just to say i dont quite understand. We are here to help.

1. Make sure the advice comes from a veterinarianmonkey_computer_perry_hall_pc_repair

Writers can contribute fun & entertaining animal information, but for medical material, you want to be sure the author is a licensed practising veterinarian.

 

2. Check more than one source

When you read a piece of advice, even if it seems legitimate, find similar information from other veterinarians. You’ll find the best & most valuable information on many veterinarian’s websites.

 

3. Keep it classyrabbitexpert

Professionals don’t disparage other people. If there’s new & groundbreaking information, professionals will present the new facts in a way that doesn’t make anyone seem wrong. Be sceptical of any advice that tells you your veterinarian is doing something to hurt your pet.

 

4. Beware of catchy captions & information that feels like a tabloid headline

If the information seems incredible, listen to the alarm bells that sound in your mind.

 

5. Remember there are no checks & balances on the world wide web.

Information on the internet often isn’t peer-reviewed or run through any approval process, but veterinarians are bound to uphold professional standards & have reputations at stake. They are less likely to jeopardise their medical licenses by spreading untrue rumours or recommending unneeded serviced.

 

6. Phone a friend – as long as that friend is your own veterinarianDog with phone in mouth

If you have a question about something that you read on the internet, always ask your own veterinarian. Your veterinary team is happy to explain why we make the recommendations we make, & we’re able to make suggestions specific to your pet.


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How to create low-stress veterinary visits for cats

 The ominous hissing, the mournful meows, the defensive scratching or biting, the upset bowels—feline stress is just plain unpleasant for cats and you. Many cats get stressed when it’s time for a veterinary visit. Thankfully, there are ways to help cats relax and enjoy the ride—yes, even in the car. Here’s what you can do.

1. Transport your cat in a carrier.HappyCarrier

Putting cats in a carrier on the way to and from the veterinary clinic is extremely important. Cats are often startled by loud noises or other pets, and, if you’re carrying your
cat in your hands, you might not be able to hold on if it abruptly tries to get away. Also, cats that are allowed to roam freely inside the car face the risk of more severe injury should there be an accident.

2. Choose a hard-plastic carrier with a removable top

Some cats might resist being put into a carrier, removable tops make getting cats into—and out of—the carrier easier. Simply undo the screws or latches, lift off the top, set the cat in the bottom, and replace the top. This eliminates the need to force the cat inside, which makes the cat—and you—more relaxed.

3. Make the carrier a favorite place

Some cats come to love their carriers. When cats see their carriers as safe, enjoyable places, they’re happy to go into them and feel more safe in scary places, like the car. Use these strategies to create crate-fondness in your cat:
> Leave the carrier out in your house so your cat can access it at any time.

> Make the carrier inviting by putting a favorite blanket or toy in it.

> Every now and then, lay a few treats inside the carrier.

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Does your cat seem to bristle at the thought of visiting the veterinarian? Then take it on a few stress-free trial runs. Call the veterinary clinic to ask if the schedule would allow you and your cat to stop in for five or 10 minutes. You won’t be making a medical visit, but rather a mock appointment that allows your cat to experience all the steps of a routine visit without the physical examination. This free-of charge “happy visit” gives your cat the chance to get used to the sounds and smells of the clinic, meet the veterinary team members, and eat a few treats all while enjoying the safety of its carrier. After some canoodling, you and your cat will head back home. If a car ride alone puts your cat in a tailspin, entice your cat into its carrier and start by going for a test drive around the block. Continue to take a drive every now and then, gradually increasing the amount of time you and your cat spend in the car. Remember to reward your cat with a treat for being a good passenger. Eventually, you’ll work your way up to doing a drive that will allow you and your cat to make a “happy visit.”

Positive reinforcement is the best way to modify feline behaviour, so making car rides and veterinary visits pleasant will help decrease your cat’s anxiety.


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2015 Menai District Business Awards

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Its that time of year again and Menai Animal Hospital is in the running.

We have won our category 2 years in a row,

help us win it a third!

Simply  CLICK HERE to vote

or pop on in to collect a form and say hi.

We are competing in the Animal Services Category.


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Dear Mindy,

“My cat often goes up onto her hind legs and scratches at glass doors, windows and mirrors. I’m not sure what this means? I’ve opened the door for her to go out, but she doesn’t want to.
I have 2 cats and one of them does it all the time and yet the other one never does it.”

The key to this problem is can the cat see its reflection in each surface? If yes then it could be because she can see herself. Like  a budgie with a mirror she does not know it is her and thinks it is another cat. To see if this is the problem you can put some cardboard over the glass and see what she does.

If she simply goes and finds another vertical surface to stretch on does she have a scratching pole that she can scratch at full extension? It is a general rule with cat scratching poles that it must be taller than them at full extension and somewhere on the scratching pole enable them to do so.


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