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Dog Bed Patterns

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Whenever time permits, the idea of shopping always seem to be a good idea. Not only for the reason that you are going to buy new stuffs for you and your pet dog, is it also a method in matters of therapy, for both men and women. Shopping can be a great experience is you are not situated in the busiest time of the year, for example, Christmas or New Year. But, there are certain perks when getting into a shopping spree within these times, such as there are lots of sales happening, yet, if you really want to enjoy the essence of purchasing new items for your home and your pet, it would be better to choose non-peak months.

Patterns Are Cool

If you are going to take the time to observe your personality, when looking at particular patterns and styles, this kind of stuff actually speaks about your character and how you really are, correct? This also applies to your pet dog. Your dog has its own character and personality, there are those who are timid and shy, playful and naughty, or a combination of attitudes and traits that are often exciting and give you reasons to smile at them. A good bed can be placed on the floor of a escape proof dog crate.

For each habits and traits of a dog, there are patterns that are going to fit them effortlessly, just like, toile, polka dots, zigzags, stripes, and floral, dark and light colors, a psychedelic of colors, or even the shapes and pictures of their Favorited item. Did you know that you can actually add these dog bed patterns if you are truly interested of acquiring these particular designs? Mix matching the patterns and designs is fun and cool too, since you are given the chance to experiment not only with your dog’s bed pattern but also with your home’s design and surroundings.

Patterns

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Dog bed patterns choices are beyond endless. And if you are to visit a shop that’s filled with pet stuff and more, you are in for a treat. Is your dog from the breed of big and strong personality dogs, for instance, pitbull or rottweiler or a Doberman? It would be rather odd to choose patterns, colors and designs that are of pastel hues and whimsical features, right? It will be best to opt for darker tones with bold and extravagant patterns that’ll fit their personalities and breed more. For toy and lap dogs, since these are the ultimate cuties in the dog world, cutesy patterns, soft colors and tiny designs will really look nice on their beds and other stuffs.

Your Choice Preference

You simply cannot leave it all to your dog’s personality and habitual traits, for you as the owner, you also have the right to choose the patterns that won’t hurt your eyes or annoy your crafty senses. As you may have noticed, at times, when a pattern or style is out of place in your home, it screams attention and could be distracting. Choose patterns that are appealing and relaxing not just to your dog but to you as well.

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Degus as Pets

Degu Care

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What kind of Degu information should you have if you are thinking of bringing home a pet? Of course, you’ll need to find out what breed of Degu you want. You will need to know what kind of habitat to provide for them. And you’ll need to know how to feed and take care of them. Here’s a basic overview to help you get started. All of the types of pet degu can live in colonies successfully if you take care to make sure the genders are separated. It is important not to allow accidental breeding, because the colonies could get overpopulated very quickly if that occurs. Female degus are in heat approximately every four days, gestation takes less than three weeks, and as many as 14 degu pups can be born in each litter. So keeping the genders separated is an absolute must if you decide you want to keep colonies.

How much do Degus cost?

Degus can cost as much as $40, however you are often able to find cheaper pets available at pet stores.

Degu Cages

In the wild, Degus are nocturnal and cover a lot of territory every night as they search for food. So they’re used to running around in large spaces. But as pets in the home, they need to be confined to cages. It is important not to let them run around free, because they can wander into crevices, get lost, end up eating furniture or electrical wiring, or become prey for the family cat or dog. Cages are necessary for their safety. But they won’t get the exercise they need to stay healthy unless you furnish the cage with some appropriate toys. Degu wheels are perfect for this. But make sure you get solid hamster wheels (without rungs) for degus because they are safer for their tiny legs and feet.

Feeding Degus

Degus eat a wide variety of foods in the wild. They eat seeds, grasses, grains, crickets, mealworms, vegetables and fruits. So the best diet you can provide for your degus is one that approximates their natural diet as closely as possible. Even though pet stores sell degu  “treats”, you can save your money. Just use tiny portions of a food that they like. It’s healthier for them than giving them degu junk food, and they like it just a much.

Degu Illnesses

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When caring for your pet degu, it’s important to be aware of their overall health. This includes being knowledgeable about their general health conditions, and being able to recognize signs of degu illnesses. A somewhat common dental problem for pet degus is and overgrowth of incisors which can injure the roof of the mouth. This condition can occur from malnutrition or injury and must be treated by a vet. Weight loss, drooling, bad breath and loss of appetite are the main symptoms to watch for. Although not technically an illness, degus are so small that their bones are quite fragile. As a result they can be easily injured is they fall, jump from heights or are dropped. Unfortunately, it is all too common for them to fall off of a table or a high surface while inside of an exercise ball and suffer broken legs or backs. There is no cure for this, and they should be taken to a vet for proper evaluation.

Degus can suffer from heat stroke when they get too hot. Symptoms to watch for are lethargy, limpness, sweat and matted fur. The proper response must be applied within 20 minutes, or the animal could die. Put the hamster immediately in a cool location with plenty of cold water available, along with cold fruits with high water content, like apples. If a degu gets too cold, it could go into hibernation, become non responsive and possibly die within 20 minutes. The correct treatment is to place the degu in a warm location, taking care not to let it overheat, and keep it warm for about 10 hours.

Bladder stones are somewhat common in degus, but they can only be treated by a vet. If you pet loses its appetite, drinks more water than usual and urinates frequently take it to a vet as soon a possible for treatment.
Tumors occur often in older females, and can sometimes be removed if they are external. But if they are internal, it’s probable that they cannot be treated due to the animals small size. Watch for odd behavior and hair loss, and take your pet to a vet for diagnosis.

Wet tail is a serious type of diarrhea that can occur as a result of stress. Bloody or watery stools are the most obvious signs. There is danger of dehydration, and the condition should be treated by a vet. Salmonellosis can be contracted from eating contaminated fruits and vegetables, and may be passed along to humans. It can be avoided by washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly before feedings. Demodectic mange is a parasite that lives in the skin and hair. Although it can be treated by a vet, it may be a result of a weakened immune system due to other more serious problems. Intestinal parasites, like tapeworms or pinworms, must be treated by a vet. Take precautions when handling pet degus if you suspect these parasites, since they can be easily transmitted to humans.

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Dwarf Hamster Care

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Dwarf hamsters are captivating and clean animals to keep as pets. They have a high level of energy and are greatly entertaining. One key characteristic of these animals is the fact that they are social animals able to live together in pairs or even small groups.

Species

  1. Campbells Hamster
  2. Winter White Hamster
  3. Chinese Hamster
  4. Roborovski Hamster

Dwarf Hamster Facts

  • The average size of a dwarf hamster is between 2 and 4 inches long, this depends on the species.
  • The average life span of a dwarf hamster is up to 2 to 3 years and sometimes even longer with proper care.
  • Dwarf hamsters are herbivores.

Diet

Dwarf hamsters need a well-balanced and healthy diet. You can provide this by giving them a high quality commercial hamster mix consisting of hamster pellets with limited amounts of grains. Alongside their main hamster food, you can supplement them with a few pieces of fresh fruit and vegetables every few days in order to avoid stomach upsets. Do not feed your dwarf hamsters caffeine, alcohol or chocolate as these can give serious harm to your pets. Depending on their species – Dwarf hamsters are prone to diabetes, so it is prudent to keep them away from sugary treats or food.

Feeding

There are some important things to remember when feeding your dwarf hamsters. There should always be fresh food and water available to your pets. Remove fresh food that has not been eaten within 24 hours should be removed in order to prevent your pet eating rotten food. You should not feed your hamster treats that exceeds 10% of their main hamster food.

Housing

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Because of their natural habitats in the wild, hamsters acclimatize well to the average household temperature so there is not much to worry about unless you live in extremely cold or hot climates. Your hamster cage should not be in a drafty area or direct sunlight.

Your hamster cage should be metal, plastic or class. It should be escape proof with a solid bottom. Your hamster should have plenty of room for exercise and it should include a hamster wheel. You should fill your hamster cage with 1 to 2 inches of hamster substrate or bedding. Proper hamster bedding includes dedicated paper based carefresh or similar, crumbled paper based bedding or wood shavings.

Dwarf hamsters are generally social animals and should be kept with company of the same species. Sometimes dwarf hamsters may fight with each other, but this is normal and is social hierarchy establishing play fighting. You have a much better chance of keeping two dwarf hamsters together in peace by choosing two litter mates. You can introduce dwarf hamsters to each other if they are young enough to make friends.

Normal Behaviour

Dwarf Hamsters are nocturnal animals and spend most of their waking hours during the night time. Sometimes hamsters can adjust their time awake to your schedule. Dwarfs are easy to handle but they move quickly, especially Roborovski hamsters which are especially quick and small. There are many hamster names that suit dwarfs in a cute manner! They are less likely to nip or bite than the larger Syrian Hamster. They love to chew on objects in order to maintain their teeth length. Their teeth grows continuously so it’s important to provide them with lots of wooden chews. Dog biscuits are great chews for hamsters to use their teeth on.

Cage Maintenance

Dwarf hamsters are very clean animals and will generally choose a corner of their cage in order to go to the toilet in. If you provide them with a sand bath, they will often use this as a potty especially if it is on the opposite corner to their nesting area.  The cage should be cleaned and had the substrate replaced weekly or fortnightly depending on the size of your cage.  You can clean daily if your hamster is going to the toilet it in one particular area.

Hygiene and Grooming

Dwarf Hamster are very clean animals and you should never be given water baths. Dwarf hamsters absolutely love sand baths and it helps keep their coats clean and free from grease. You can spot clean your pets with a damp wash cloth or an unscented baby wipe. You should seek advice from your veterinarian if your hamster’s nails or teeth become too long.

Health

Signs that your dwarf hamster is healthy

  • Alert, active and social
  • Eating and drinking regularly
  • Healthy clean fur and shiny clear eyes
  • Normal regular breathing and walks without a limp
  • Yellow teeth

Signs of an unhealthy dwarf hamster

  • Weight loss
  • Breathing distress
  • Dirty rear end or diarrhoea
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Loss of fur
  • Dirty rear end or diarrhoea
  • Lesions on the skin
  • Overgrown teeth
  • Breathing distress
  • Loss of fur
  • Lethargic and tired
  • Nasal or Eye discharge
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Hamster Cages

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Hamster cages are great habitats to house your pet hammy! Hamsters are great animals to keep as pets and as such, it’s important to choose a great hamster cage for them to live in. If you want your hamster to live for a long time (over 3 years) then a good living environment will greatly increase their health and mental well being giving you a greater chance that they will live longer. This guide will help you choose the best habitat for your hamster as well as point out the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

Habitat Size

There have been numerous studies that have proven that hamsters can become very stressed and upset when in confined conditions so you should strive to give your hamster as big a cage as possible. If you are keeping dwarf hamsters, it is also important to give them a large roomy area in order to encourage good relations and stop them feeling territorial to each other. Dwarf hamsters much prefer wide open spaces as opposed to those crittertrail habitats that have tubes and compartments.

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Hamster Cages

There are a few different options for housing your hamster, the most common is the traditional hamster cage. These types of cages are basically a plastic tray covered over with metal bars that keep your hamster from escaping. The main problems with hamster cages include the fact that if your hamster is prone to bar chewing it can be quite a noisy experience for you especially if your hamster lives in your bedroom. Another disadvantage could be a messy carpet! If you like to give your hamster a lot of substrate or bedding, it can be easy for them to start kicking out out of the cage and through the bars onto the room floor. Finally, if you want maximum visibility to see your furry friend, bar cages are not the best due to visibility obfuscation from the metal bars. Hamster cages offer maximum ventilation for airflow providing your hamster with great fresh air. It also helps ammonia caused by urine to disperse easier.

Hamster Habitats

Dedicated hamster habitats are becoming more and more popular these days. Bends such as habitrail or crittertrail provide hamster compartments which can be linked up with hamster tubes. They do not represent a good home for dwarf hamsters living in pairs or small groups due to them encouraging territorial behaviour. Habitats make a great add-on compartment for a large hamster cage. There are many good and bad cages out there especially at places like Walmart and Amazon.

Tanks or Aquariums

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Another great option for your hamster home is an old used glass fish tank or a plastic aquarium. Glass fish tanks offer superb visibility for your hamster pets however they can be very heavy to move around and difficult to clean out. A good alternative to glass is plastic. You can buy numerous small pet habitats that are made of a transparent plastic material making great visibility and ease of movement. If you are going to use a glass aquarium it is important to create a homemade tank topper made from mesh or cage bars in order to maximize airflow which is not great to start out with anyway. The price of a hamster cage can vary dramatically. You can get really good quality from brands such as Savic, or you can pay cheap prices and get very poor quality from supermarkets or from online retailers such as Amazon.

Accessories and Toys

Once you have purchased your hamster cage, it is important to furnish it with some toys and necessary accessories. Hamsters need a heavy food bowl in order to prevent them from tipping it up and soiling food. They need a water bottle (not a bowl) in order to provide them with a clean water supply daily. Hamsters love to exercises and when in the wild they can cover great distances over several miles so it is important to provide them with a hamster wheel. Hamsters teeth are constantly growing so it is important to provide them with chews in the form of wood, loofah or cardboard.