Tips on Owning Small Animal Pets

Small pets such as hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, mice, and rats are intelligent, curious and easy for a child to care for when properly taught. With proper care they can provide several years of
companionship for the child. They are lively and fun to watch but remember when handling they can be quick movers and get lost in a moment.

You can find many books and pamphlets with information on how to care for the small animal pet. You will need a cage or proper habitat for confinement and room to play and located away from drafts or dampness. The cage should not be exposed to direct sunlight since small animals do not tolerate high temperatures.

Provide the right material for nesting and burrowing. Shavings that are free of additives, chemicals, preservatives and dust as small animals have sensitive lungs which predisposes them to respiratory infections. Cedar shavings have a natural oil that repels unwanted pests. Clean shavings at least every two days and be sure to remove all soiled shavings and waste products. Clean the cage pan though once a week and throw out all shavings and put in new.

The pet may contaminate it's water by flinging his bedding while burrowing or digging. Using a water bottle attached to side of cage is recommended. Provide fresh water daily. Small animals usually eat the same type of food but have different nutritional needs. Check with your Veterinarian to ensure your pet is getting the needed vitamins and minerals. Small pets tend to hoard their vegetables so be sure to remove unheate veggies which could spoil if left hidden away.

Give your pet time to adjust to you and the new surroundings before handling it. Never pickup a rabbit by the ears or gerbils, hamsters, and mice by the tail. Educate the child on proper ways to handle the small pet and make sure they understand the importance of taking care of their new pet.

Again you can find many books on how to care for your pet or check with your Veterinarian on proper care of the pet.

Some small animals live well in groups while others do better being alone. Check a professional on how your pet should be housed. Do not put males and females together otherwise you will end up with many more pets. Rabbits and guinea pigs can be bathed in a mild baby shampoo. After a shampoo pets should be treated as quickly as possible so it does not get chilled. Soft brushes such as those made for cats can be used on the small animal pet. Be sure to check your pet on a regular basis for fleas, mites, and ticks.

Source by Robert Cunningham

Shih Tzu: Pros and Cons of Owning This Lovable Little Pet

Shih Tzu: Pros and Cons of Owning This Lovable Little Pet

The Good and Bad Points of Owning a Shih Tzu as a Pet

The Shih Tzu is among the most popular of dogs and ranks quite high in ownership according to the American Kennel Club. Even though it is highly ranked as dogs adopted or purchased each year, there are some pluses and minuses to owning this particular breed of dog as a pet. Below you will find some of the more important reasons for and against owning one these lovable little pets.


A Shih Tzu is a highly outgoing and friendly pet with everyone they come into contact with. They will almost turn themselves inside out when attention is paid to them. This particular breed is also very loyal to their owners and loves to please them. They are going to get along with nearly every type of animal that it comes into contact with as well.

One very good trait this breed of dog possesses is that they don’t bark as much as some of the other breeds of toy dogs. Most other toy types of dogs will bark at everything and everyone while the Shih Tzu normally only barks when needing attention or when attention is paid to it.

Another plus for a pet Shih Tzu is that they will require little exercise. This makes them an especially good pet for someone that isn’t very active. If you are someone looking for a companion dog and have little space in your home or apartment, this would be a good breed of dog for you. Aside from walking the dog on a daily basis, the dog has little interest in participating in other activities. This does not mean that they do not enjoy a good ball game every now and then but that they simply do not require much more than that.

Because they aren’t as active as other dogs, they will eat less and along with the fact they are generally hardy little guys, means they usually cost less than other dogs to maintain.


A Shih Tzu is going to crave attention from you and can become quite jealous of other individuals and pets. This can become a problem over time and therefore is more enjoyed as a companion for someone who is single or who lives on their own. If you introduce a puppy to your family at a young age, you will likely have less problems than if you wanted to acquire one at an age of 5 years or older.

If you have children and have an older Shih Tzu, at times this pet can be snappy towards them. This is especially true when they want to play with them and your pet doesn’t want to be bothered or the kids play too rough with them. This can be a problem and may be one of the reasons that many older persons that don’t have children around very much choose them as the ideal pet.

Another thing you want to consider is that you will require constant grooming of the Shih Tzu. You will find that if the dog is not brushed daily and groomed weekly, your pet’s coat can become tangled and knotted. Many owners have their pets coats trimmed so they are easier to care for.

Some of the medical problems with Shih Tzus are that they may develop ear infections and eye problems and can have early tooth loss. They do tend to wheeze and snore and may develop respiratory problems. These dogs should not be overfed as they gain weight easily.

Even though there are several cons to owning these adorable little dogs I believe the pros outweigh them by far. Even though they aren’t the ideal older pet for a young family this can usually be overcome by getting a puppy and then teaching the children how to treat the pet and at the same time teach the dog how to interact with its humans. Ask a Shih Tzu owner about their pet and you will probably get rave reviews and many reasons why you should get one.

Source by Don A Levy

Responsibilities of Owning a Dog

When you get a dog you start being responsible for him. He must be fed, housed and you must care for him for the rest of his life. When he is a puppy you need to set boundaries. To teach him good behavior you must set the boundaries in a fair way. A dog needs to exercise and have a mental stimulation or he will not be healthy. You can not just leave a dog to run around and entertain for him because he will cause mischief. You must be around him and interact with him.

But taking care of a dog is far simpler than other responsibilities we have in our lives. Your dog needs only food and water, regular exercise, shelter, training and vet care. If you can provide these things your dog will appreciate it and live a happy life. You will share a strong bond with your dog. If you do not provide these things you risk you dog's health. He might even turn into a dog with bad habits. He will bark all night long, he will start biting. Destroying things in your house will become his main hobby; he will start stealing food from the table. No dog owner wants his dog to like like this. If you want to have a dog make sure you are capable of providing him his necessary needs.

Having a good bond with your dog will help you find a suitable breeder easily. Having a good relationship with your dog can bring you many rewards.

Source by Milan Skuta

The Disadvantages of Owning a Portable Printer Scanner

The Disadvantages of Owning a Portable Printer Scanner

Owning gadgets like portable printer scanners certainly has its benefits. It is basically the reason why people purchase gadgets, so they can get the benefits that the gadget has to offer. However, purchasing some of these gadgets sometimes has its price. We're not referring to the cost of a portable printer scanner. We are referring to the disadvantages of buying them. You may want to go all out buying the first of these gadgets you see but it is important to make an informed decision so that it will be a good investment.

To start with, let us go with the advantages of owning a portable printer scanner. The main advantage of buying one is that, for a price of one equipment, you get to own a machine that can both print and scan. Since it's portable, you can take it wherever you want. This sums up all the advantages of having this gadget. However, for purposes of discussion, we will go through the disadvantages that will make you want to think twice about buying one. It is important to know beforehand all about owning one, otherwise you'll only be wasting your time and money.

Every coin has two sides. If having these printers has their advantages, having them too has its disadvantages. The primary disadvantage of owning one of these gadgets is that they are not cheap. Although they will not cost more than purchasing a printer and scanner separately, you can expect that these gadgets cost more than ordinary desktop printers did, since not a lot of them exist in the market.

Another disadvantage of having this machine compared to owning two separate gadgets for printing and scanning is that you can use it for doing one thing at a time. If you have a separate printer for printing and another scanner for scanning, then you can do printing and scanning jobs simultaneously. You can not do this with a portable printer scanner. Most portable printer scanners use the same slot to scan as well as print documents. If we take the Canon BJC 85 for example, you need to replace the ink cartridge with an image scanner cartridge. Some multifunctional printers may be able to print and scan at the same time but there is no portable model yet that is capable of doing both.

For now, one disadvantage of buying a portable printer scanner is a large step down to buying portable printers or portable scanners. So far, the portable printer scanner model that is manufactured by one of the top printer companies can only print to a maximum of 5 pages per minute. Compared to the latest mobile printers that can reach up to 20ppm, this is a huge step down. Not only that, the scanning resolution is much better for specialized scanners since they do not have to sacrifice quality for their size. This leads us to another disadvantage.

Because of cramming up two equipments into one, not to mention keeping it in a portable package, these equipments lose some features that we may find very useful. Some of these features are duplex printing, great paper handling or heavy-duty printing. Owning this kind of multifunctional gadget has its disadvantages, which is why you need to weigh wherever the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

Source by Thomas Johnsen

Owning a Pet Otter

Owning a Pet Otter

It may seem trendy to own an exotic pet, but owning an otter as a pet is illegal in most locales without a permission. They are considered wildlife and have requirements that are different from those of the average household pet.

Reasons Not to Own a Pet Otter

If you are considering applying for a permission to own a pet otter, here are some reasons why you may not want to. Of course, if you work at a zoo or wildlife sanctuary, then these reasons will not concern you as much.

Otters Bite

Otters have very sharp teeth, and they bite.

Otters Spray

Otters have a musky scent and spray very much like a skunk's spray. They are definitely not inside animals.

Otters are Nocturnal

They like to hunt for food at night, and the last sound you need at night while you are trying to sleep is that of an otter splashing in your swimming pool.

Otters Need to Be Near a River

Otters like to hunt fish in a river and can eat lots of food in a day. Chances are, you do not have secure access to a river.

Otters Learn Survival Skills from Their Mother

Otters need to learn how to survive from their mother. Their mother teachers them these skills up to 18 months of age.

Caring for an Otter

Once you have a permission for your otter, there are some special requirements that you will have to consider.

Water for Swimming and Food

Otters spend the major of their time in the water. They like to live in very cold water, and they have a high metabolic rate to keep them warm. They can even hold their breath under water for up to 10 minutes. They are playful creatures that like to hunt for fish and eat lots of shellfish, frogs, sea urchins and invertebrates.

However, because you are keeping them in an unnatural enclosure, these foods will have to be introduced. Otters eat 15-25 percent of their body body a day, and that's a lot of fish. In the wild, they can spend up to five hours a day hunting for food. They can grow to be 100 pounds in weight, so plan on supplying them with lots of food each day.

Mating Season Behavior

Otters can get very aggressive in the mating season so you have to make sure that household pets or other animals are not in the vicity because an otter will drag an animal into the water and eat it.

By whatever means you obtained a baby otter and want to raise it yourself (do not go near an adult otter), you can see there is more to caring for a pet otter than meets the eye. For your own sake and the sake of the otter, why not hand it over to the author who will know what to do with it for its survival.

Source by Kate Strong

Doberman Pinscher – Pros and Cons of Owning This Surprising Pet

Doberman Pinscher – Pros and Cons of Owning This Surprising Pet

Learn the Pluses and Minuses of Owning a Doberman Pinscher for a Pet

When considering a Doberman Pinscher as a pet, you may be concerned with the fact that this dog has a reputation of having a fierce disposition. This may be especially disconcerting when you have children in your home. The fact is that you can never be sure of what type of attitude the dog will have around children or other family members unless they are trained correctly. In this article, I will address the pros and cons of owning this surprising breed of dog.


Contrary to what people believe, the Doberman is no longer as aggressive as it once was. Today, a pet Doberman can be just as loving and friendly as your average dog. The dog can be treated as another member of the family and this can help to make the dog more affectionate and loving as well as playful. If you have the time to train the dog, that will make him or her more easily manageable.

With the proper training you pet Dobe is a puppy or dog that will be very social. They will require a high level of interaction with all humans and family members in order to stay happy in its family environment. Someone in the family should pay special attention to them every day to make sure they understand they are part of the family.

Many reports state that Dobermans are great dogs for families where there are small children in the home so long as they are introduced and raised together. A high number of people have experienced fantastic relationships between their children and their Dobermans.

When you are training your dog, also consider that your children and other family members need to be trained on how to treat a Doberman. If everyone is knowledgeable and trained together, it is highly likely that you will have a great relationship with your dog or puppy for years to come. The most important part of training your pet is to make sure they know you are the leader of the pack and you’ll find they tend to learn fairly easily.


Doberman Pinschers are naturally playful and because they may be bigger than your child could play a little rough without realizing it when it comes to wrestling around with them. This is why it’s important to raise the dog and children together while teaching them to respect each other. If you have a puppy or child that has not had any training, you may experience difficulty with teaching either child or dog about where each of them crosses the line. Keep this in mind when considering a Doberman as a pet.

Although these dogs love children there are times when they think of them as their own and can be too protective. Make a quick movement toward one their children and you may find yourself in trouble as the pet can get quite aggressive. This was the problem with my brother-in-law’s Dobe and they finally had to find another home for him.

Friends who may visit your home are often worried about whether or not your pet Dobe is vicious, which may deter friends from coming over until they understand that your pet is not a threat to their children or to themselves. This also is a catch 22 because while friends may stay away until they learn the difference, prowlers or thieves can equally be as cautious when looking for a home to break into.

One problem that can be a big one is that since a Doberman spooks easily, you may find that often times your pet going to be stressed or shy. Try not to make any quick or threatening movements around your pet to make you don’t create a stressful environment situation for them. The more they are around you the more used to you they will be and eventually they will take most of your movements in stride.

All in all a Doberman is a good family dog especially if it is raised with the family. I would think a female might be better is you have small children as they probably won’t be quite as aggressive when watching over the children. They are easy to train when you have established that you are the pack leader.

Source by Don A Levy

The Pros And Cons OF Owning Teacup Pigs

The Pros And Cons OF Owning Teacup Pigs

A teacup pig is just a small pig that has the ability to grow up to 12-16 inches tall and can weigh up to 30 to 65 pounds. At birth, it may only weigh 9 ounces which is really small when compared to the traditional pot bellied pigs. Because it is small, lots of people find them very attractive. However, there are both pros and cons of having these cute animals in your house. Discussed below are the various aspects you need to consider.

The Advantages

It has a long lifespan.

If you are really looking for a steady companion, a teacup pig is perfect for you. Its lifespan ranges from 15 to 20 years. However you need to take good care of it to ensure that it will live longer.

It is intelligent.

Despite the general feedback that pigs are dumb, a teacup pig is very smart. Just like other pets such as dogs and cats, it can also be trained to use its litter box and to perform different tricks which can provide entertainment.

It is affectionate by nature.

It is really sweet and affectionate which makes it more appealing to have. It needs your love and care. If you don’t have enough time for him then you might as well choose another type of pet.

It is perfect for those who have respiratory problems or allergy.

Unlike dogs and cats, a teacup pig doesn’t have hair which can cause allergy and other respiratory problems. It only has fine hair that does not shed.

It does not bark or make loud noise.

Since it does not bark, you won’t have problems of causing disturbances to your neighbors.

The Disadvantages

It can be aggressive.

It needs to be trained because it could become aggressive if it is not well disciplined. These animals also tend to open the bottom part of your fridge and pantry just to look for food.

It needs lots of time, love, and care.

If you are a very busy person, a teacup pig may not be the right one for you. You need to frequently play with him, to feed him and to train him. You also need to buy him toys so that he will be entertained.

A teacup pig is a very cute animal to have as a pet and if you have sufficient time to play and cuddle with this cute pet, then this is the right pet for you.

Source by Lloyd Pinto

The Pros & Cons of Owning A Pet Tree Frog

The Pros & Cons of Owning A Pet Tree Frog

One of the more interesting exotic pets you could own is a frog. Many people do not know this, but pet frogs can come in a lot of different sizes and colors, and they can have different habitats making each type of frog unique.  One species of frog you can keep as a pet, is a White’s Tree Frog, which is also known as the Dumpy Tree Frog. These frogs come from Australia, Indonesia and New Guinea and, like their name suggests, generally lives among trees and plants.

When choosing first exotic pet or just your first pet of any type, a frog is the perfect choice, as they are generally very easy to look after and care for. This frog can grow to around 4-5 inches in length, meaning their home does not have to be extremely large. They are not a very active type of frog, and will usually sit for a long time staring into space. However, they are more of a nocturnal animal, meaning they will become more active during the night time.

White’s Tree Frogs are very good around people, and even children. You can handle them and they will climb around you. They do however have very sensitive skin like all amphibians, so you must take extra care when handling them to make sure your hands are free of any nasty chemicals. These types of frogs can live for around 15 years, so make sure you are really dedicated when you are getting one as a pet.

Feeding them can be the most interesting part of owning frogs, getting to see them eat live animals like they would in the wild.  Their main diet is crickets which must be alive for the frog to be interested in. So if you don’t like the idea of keeping a box of insects in your house, then a pet frog might not be for you!  Other insects these frogs can eat are beetles, cockroaches and grasshoppers. The amount you feed the frog depends entirely on the frog itself. Since they aren’t a very active animal, a few crickets every 2 days should be enough.

A downside to owning this frogs is that, like all other animals, they can get diseases and illnesses which can be expensive to cure. However, keeping the frog in a good habitat, and feeding it a healthy diet should let it live a healthy life. One of the more common illnesses the frogs may get is stress which can be caused by over handling and their habitat, which is why you should try to allow the frogs to live as naturally as possible.

Overall, owning a pet frog such as the Whites Tree Frog can be very rewarding. This exotic pet isn’t too much work to look after, but can be very interesting at the same time – especially at feeding time. If you aren’t bothered about feeding the frogs live insects and you are dedicated to looking after it in its long life span then this is the perfect exotic animal for you.

Source by Don A Levy

Australian Shepherd Pros and Cons of Owning This Fascinating Pet

Reasons for and Against Owning a Pet Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd is the quintessential herding dog. It rose to fame as a sheepherder and although it probably originated in the Pyrenees Mountain it was exported to Australia and other sheep raising areas. It is known by a few other names but the one most know it as is the Australian Shepherd or Aussie.

It is a very recognizable dog due to its unique eye coloring along with its beautiful merle coat coloring. It is normally born with a short tail and if longer than 4 inches it is normally docked. It is sturdy with a muscular build and has extraordinary balance which partly explains how it is so good at herding along with its intelligence. If you have a very active lifestyle and want an easily trainable companion you might want to consider an Aussie for your next pet.


An Australian Shepherd is a loving breed of dog that just loves to play and never seems to lose its puppy like qualities. For this reason, it is a great dog to own if you have children in your home. It gets along great with other dogs and pets as well as all humans.

Even though it likes to play it is easy to train and appears to know what you want it to do. Like most dogs you must establish that you are the pack leader. Once you do this the Aussie is easy to get along with and will be very happy to go along with your leadership.

The Australian Shepherd loves to please everyone and is very protective of their family. If given the chance, your pet will do well when trained to be used as a guard dog. They have great perception as well as being intuitive. Your pet will know what will be expected of it and therefore is easier to train.

A pet Aussie is not aggressive, unless it is herding animals. It is protective and a loyal friend, which makes a good family dog. This dog likes nothing better that herding livestock so if you have animals that needs rounded up then this is the dog for you. Herding seems to be instinctive as they have been known to try to herd chickens, geese and even children.


You must keep your pet Australian Shepherd trained properly and exercised regularly to keep them happy and content. Before you can start training them make sure it knows that you are the pack leader. It can get nervous and easily bored when its not being acknowledged. It requires human interaction on a daily basis to keep if from getting bored and possibly becoming destructive.

The Aussie is a great dog but has too much energy to be a house dog. It must have a lot of activity every day. If you don’t have a large backyard or can take your pet out for a large amount of exercise every day you should consider a different breed of dog.

Although Australian Shepherds are a hardy dog there is one problem that can show up in them. The gene that produces their pretty merle coloration also is a factor that can cause blindness and deafness. Puppies should be checked for deafness as well as cataracts. Aussies with bobtails can sometimes develop serious spinal defects. Hip dysplasia is another possible problem in some of these dogs. These conditions are not found in all of them and should not be considered serious enough to dissuade you from considering one as a pet or helper.

Like most dogs Aussies need proper training to be the best pet. Luckily this pet has above average intelligence as well as faithfulness and loyalty found in few other pets. If you need a good friend who will also help out around the farm or ranch do yourself a favor and check out the Australian Shepherd. You will be happy you did.

Source by Don A Levy

Parakeet Pros and Cons of Owning This Energetic Little Pet Bird

Pluses and Minuses of Owning a Parakeet

Before deciding that a parakeet (also known as a budgie) will be a perfect pet you need to do some homework. Talk to people that own one, visit pet shops and go online to get more information on the pluses and minuses of owning these cute little birds. They are full of energy and their activities and chirping will make you smile and feel good.


The Parakeet is a smaller member of the parrot family. They are very friendly and like to be handled, stroked and talked to. Most of them can be taught to say a few words but you often have to listen hard as they normally talk very quietly. When you are shopping at a pet store or from a breeder, you want to make sure that the parakeet that you are interested in is an active bird that is socializing with other birds.

You should always get a Parakeet that is young and the way to do this is by looking at the marks on their beaks. Look for a Parakeet that has bar markings in order to determine the age of the bird. A young one will still have its marks and by adopting a young one, you can expect your Parakeet to have a long and fruitful life.

A big plus is that a Parakeet is a pet that requires very little maintenance. You will likely have to care less for for this pet than you would have to for other types of animals. A pet Parakeet won’t require daily walks or need to be taken to the park. This is a big plus if you aren’t very active or just don’t have the time to devote to your pet.

Parakeets are very intelligent birds that like to learn tricks and while it would be good to devote 30 minutes a day to them you can leave them to entertain themselves as long as their cage has a lot of toys in it along with another Parakeet.

If you are looking for a pet and your apartment or landlord does not permit a larger pet, the Parakeet maybe the answer to your problem. This pet can keep you company and will interact with you while you’re not breaking your contract with your landlord.


There aren’t many reasons to for not owning a pet Parakeet. If you let them out of their cages to fly around the house you will find feathers along with droppings around your home. If you forget to cover them at night you will be entertained even if you don’t want to be.

Your Parakeet will need a fairly large cage so they will have room to fly around a little bit. There also needs to be room enough for lots of toys and places for them to perch.

Another problem with owning a pet Parakeet is that you have to be concerned with chemicals that you are using within your home. The Parakeet is very sensitive to chemicals in the air as well as to pots and pans that you may be using to prepare and cook your meals on a daily basis. Always make sure to keep the Parakeet a good amount of distance away from the kitchen in your home.

Cleaning your pet’s cage everyday may be another problem if you are pressed for time, but it’s something that should be done. It doesn’t really take much time but it may be more time than you want to put in every day.

Another thing that may be a problem is that it is almost mandatory to have at least a pair of parakeets. They are very social birds and don’t do as well when you only have one. It isn’t that much trouble to have two instead of one so get a pair. In fact you would have to spend more time entertaining just one instead of a pair as they will entertain each other.

As you can see the pros really outweigh the cons when you think about adopting Parakeets. If you have children, they could be the ideal pets as they are not very hard to care for and the kids can interact with them. Another good thing about these pet is taking care of them will teach your kids responsibility. All in all parakeets are a good pet for the whole household, especially a busy one without an abundance of room.

Source by Don A Levy