Tuesday, April 27, 2010

How to Treat Ringworm in Cats

By Preston Patrick

One day, there was a kitten that came to my door. I'm a pet lover, so when I saw that it was pretty malnourished I took care of it. I took the little kitten to my veterinarian for a check up. They didn't know that the problem was with my cat, so I had to go back again because the kitten had not gotten any better. They gave it a cold medication, and my kitten seemed to be on its way for recovery. After a while, I noticed that a shape of ring with rash started to show on my skin. When your cat shows symptoms like these, it may be a victim of ringworms.

After few more trips to the vet, they are now fully convinced that my kitten had ringworm, and it warranted immediate action. The symptoms however, were not very obvious for them then, but during the recent visits, it became very clear to them.

Ringworm is a very contagious fungal infection. It spreads really quickly, and it can be passed to another animal. It can even be passed from an animal to a person, and it can even be contracted by touching infected soil or objects. Ringworms in cats can be seen as small to big round lesions that have few hairs. This commonly occurs at the body of the cat, but it can also spread to some parts like the ears, head and tail.

In some cases, the fungus infection is not circle shaped. In other instances, the effects of this infection may appear like a natural autoimmune disease that occurs with young animals. My kitten, it really looked like an autoimmune disease because the only hair loss that occurred was in the area in front of the ears. This is also one of the signs of a malnourished cat.

When you suspect that your cat is a carrier of ringworm in cats, you should be very careful. With my kitten, the infection went undetected until I noticed that another kitten was showing similar symptoms. Even I and my dog were infected with the ringworm fungi. When this happens to your pet, the best action that you should take is to visit your veterinarian for the proper medication of the infection.

There are many treatments that are available for your cats. When the infection is local, you could use an antifungal cream on them. When the ringworm has spread to different parts of the cat's body, you could use an oral treatment. Antifungal shampoos are also effective in removing the ringworm fungi from your cat's body.

If the cat shows symptoms of ringworm, you should take steps to make sure that the infection would not spread further. You can do this by washing the bedding that your cat sleeps in every day to get rid of the fungi that might have stuck on the matting.

When your pet has ringworm, you should repeat this process every day. You should keep doing this even though the symptoms have gone away. You should have your cat undergo two lab tests, and if the results show negative, your cat is now completely cured from ringworm.

Preston Patrick is a ringworm expert. For more great tips on http://cureringwormnow.com/ringworm-cat, visit http://cureringwormnow.com

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Hermit Crab Shells

By Terry McInnis 

What makes hermit crabs so amazing as pets is the fact that aside from the cage that we provide them we also need to provide them with the most important part of their dwelling-the shell. The shell is very important to the life of the crabs because they protect their sensitive and soft abdomen. In fact, the shell does not only function as protective dwelling for the hermits, the shell is also an important element in keeping moisture to this part of their body. Though not choosy when it comes to protecting this part of their body, as pet owners it is your obligation and duty to provide the best shell to your crabs like they are in the wild.

When the hermit crabs are in their natural habitat in the wild, we do not worry about this part of their well-being because nature is a rich source of everything. If they are brought home as pets, we exhaust all means and efforts to make them really feel at home. That is why in choosing the best shells it is important to take note that the shells must have no holes in them or have no cracks in order to keep the moisture inside or else they will dry up inside and will die. It is given that the shells have a good fitting so that your pet can have enough room for withdrawing into the shell. In fact, it is advisable to give your pet larger than their size hermit crab shells as they will one day outgrow the current shell.

Since the hermit crab shells functions also as your pet's mobile home, it is but important that the shells must be good enough to keep them mobile. You have to keep in mind that they love to go around, dig and climb on anything and so you need to consider these factors when giving your pet the shell. Very much like fitting your favorite dress or jeans in the nearby luxury dress shop, they also love to fit first the shell before owning it or they will look for a good fit. In the end, they generally love shell that is big enough for them to fit in but light enough for them to easily move and play around the cage.

As a hermit crab lover it is important to understand that they also love to change shells rather frequently. The reason mainly is because shells can get too small for crab's size. They outgrow the shell. In fact, there are some species who like to change shells like the Caribbean hermit crabs that tend to hop for shells quite often. On the other hand, the Ecuadorian hermit crabs have a tendency to stick to one shell for longer times, if the shell is getting too small for their size! It is in this purpose that you need to have extra supply of hermit crab shells so that you are ready just in time when your pet needs a new shell. In fact, they can at time be quite choosy when it comes to the shell and that is why it is important to give a good variety of choices.

Since your pet is now part of your family, it is but important that you only give your hermit crab the cleanest shell. The best way to accomplish this is to boil the shell before giving it to your lovely pet. In this way, you are effectively sanitizing the shell by killing all possible living organisms inside it that can harm the crab. In the end, it is too risky to give an unclean shell to your hermit crab pet. If you are having difficulty finding a shell, it is best to visit the best online pet shop and purchase shells for your hermit.

In choosing the best hermit crab shells for your pet you only have to consider three things: size, shape, type and quality. When you have accomplished this requirements, your pet is more than happy to stay with you for the next 20 or 30 years.

Terry is a hermit crab enthusiast. For more great information on hermit crab shells, visit http://hermitcrabcarecenter.com.


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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Pet Store Problems

By Josh Craver

If you're thinking of getting a dog or cat at a pet store, you can. However, you should research the type of store thoroughly, first. Some stores are good, but others cut corners all the time.

For example, many pet stores get their dogs from puppy mills. Supporting the puppy mill industry is probably not something that you want to do. After all, it promotes inbreeding and most puppy mills are also dirty and unsanitary. Your new pet may eve have been abused, if it started out at a puppy mill.

Also, the pet store that you choose may have their own policies that may not necessarily be acceptable. For example, if a dog gets an easily treatable medical issue, the store might cut costs by simply putting it to sleep, instead of fixing the issue.

Another thing to remember is that, even if you've researched the pet store, you should still go into that store several times. Never just buy a pet from the store on impulse. Make sure that the store seems clean and the staff is knowledgeable. Also, of course, make sure that the pet that you choose is a good match for your family.

If at any point you feel that something doesn't seem right, don't get a pet from that pet store. The temptation is to rescue the pet to get it out of a bad situation, but that just helps to keep bad stores in business and give good stores a bad name and image.

Josh Craver has been writing articles about pets for the past three years. He also likes to write about paper products, including 4x6 envelopes and the benefit of using offering envelopes.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Build Your Own Chicken Coop Book Review

By Debbie Vornholt

I love the taste of fresh eggs and I've always wanted some chickens of my own. I recently took the plunge and ordered 24 chicks out of a catalogue. I realized pretty quickly once they arrived that I needed a chicken coop to keep them in when they got older (in a few weeks!). I am pretty handy and decided that I wanted to build my own chicken coop.

So I decided to go online and found several books on the subject. One book in particular stood out though. Unfortunately, after reading the book, I found out that I should have planned ahead! Oh, well. Luckily the chicks were nice and warm in my garage and were fine for a few weeks which gave me plenty of time to build them a new chicken house.

This book has proved to have a wealth of information of everything from which chickens are best for your yard, what they need to eat and what type of housing they need. It also describes the different types of birds you can get and what color eggs they lay. He even tells you what color healthy poop should be!

The diagrams and drawings are very easy to follow and anyone with any kind of handyman or handywoman abilities should have no trouble constructing a nice looking, safe chicken coop. His designs are cost effective and environmentally friendly which was a plus for me.

You can choose a specific design and build it or you can choose to customize your chicken coop. I was also able to take his advice and build some nice nesting boxes out of scrap wood that I had in my garage.

All in all, this is a great book with a lot of diagrams of wonderful chicken houses. It was easy to read and easy to implement the plans. I was very happy with this book and my chickens love their new chicken coop!

Check it out for yourself by going to my blog ==> http://wp.me/pQMih-u.

Building my very own chicken coop was one of the most enjoyable projects that I have done in a long time. My chickens love their new house and it looks just like the diagram in the book. The sense of accomplishment that I feel is wonderful.

If you have chickens and need a hen house, then check out the book for yourself == > http://wp.me/pQMih-u

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