It may be summer on our half of the planet, but places like the US have recently been hit with an intense cold front. This can have major repercussions for pets, especially those that prefer to stay outdoors. Here are some handy tips to keep your pet comfortable and safe during the cold weather. Dogs can be especially sensitive to temperature changes depending on their breed, age and sensitivity to their environment. Your veterinarian can tell you when your pet needs to stay indoors. Here are some tips to keep your pets safe and happy during the colder months:
You didn't read the title wrong. A tortoise did indeed beat a rabbit in a ski-off. Although this tortoise did not perform this impressive feat alone. It was accompanied by its faithful owner. This bizarre ski competition for pet enthusiasts took place at Senmenaxia which is in the Henan province of China.
Ever notice how dogs tend to carry out a whole song and dance when going to the bathroom? They do their little twirls around a spot a fair few times before they settle and do their business. Meanwhile the owner is hovering around impatiently since time is of the essence! Why can't canines get with our hectic busy lifestyles? Well Scientists may have finally found a reason behind a dogs strange toiletry behaviour. Strangely enough it is associated with the Earth's axis and magnetic field! How did they come up with this?
We check out the boisterous and charming Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo for our Pet Profile this week!
Cockatoos require a great deal of exercise to stay healthy and fit. It is recommended to allow your Cockatoo at least 3-4 hours a day outside of their cage and to place them in an area with plenty of space so they can climb, stretch, play and spread their wings. Be sure to equip them with plenty of toys they can chew on (a good way to stop them gnawing on your furniture!). It may be feasible to set up a playstand for your Cockatoo to perch on while outside their cage.
Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos are considered the most intelligent of parrots by pet enthusiasts. They have the learning capacity of a 1 to 2 year old human child and they are capable of being taught to speak words and phrases.
To keep your Cockatoo healthy you should not merely feed them bird seeds alone. Their diet should also consist of fruits and vegetables to ensure that they receive the required daily nutrients and vitamins. IT is recommended to feed your Cockatoo at least 3 variety of fruits and 2 variety of vegetables every day.
These parrots do not suffer from many physical ailments but if they are left isolated too long they may start to pick/pull out their feathers and excessively chew up your furniture! If they are quite zealous at it this could lead to their feathers never regrowing.
Is this breed right for you?
Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo's can be highly demanding and vocal birds who tend to bond strongly to one person in the household. It is not recommended to have these Cockatoo's in households with very young children as their beaks and claws could be a small risk factor. However, if you do decide to have one of these precious birds, you will have a friend for life. If you are devoted to your parrot and ensure that they are showered with plenty of attention, they will love you unconditionally. Keep in mind that they do live a very long time (up to 70 years), so it would be best to think about who will take care of your bird if you unfortunately pass away.
Generally found throughout the North, Eastern Coast of Australia, Guinea and Aru Islands. They are primarily found in open timber country or around areas with high density of human population.
They were recently introduced to South West Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.
These fun loving birds can live up to 70 years in captivity. Alas, in the wild they do not fare as well living only to the ripe 'old' age of 20 to 40 years.
Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo's are large white parrots with yellow feathers on their crest (hence the name Sulpher-crested) and yellow wash under their wings. It is quite difficult to distinguish male from female Cockatoos at a distance as they look remarkably similar. The only major difference is that females have red-brown eyes, whereas males have darker brown eyes. Then again... you might have to rethink whether getting exceedingly close to a Cockatoo is worth it as it may decide to peck you with their impressive beaks!
These Cockatoos are generally sweet natured and are very affectionate towards their owners. Although if you have a Cockatoo at home their presence will not go unnoticed! They are exceedingly noisy both at rest and in flight. They will do anything to get your attention by throwing objects around the room, gnawing at furniture and squawking their heads off. This mischievous behaviour has led people to call these parrots loveable clowns. Just look at this character below!
Vets tend to encounter animals with a whole number of random issues. We have had our fair share at Concord Vet Hospital! One of our colleagues diverted our attention to a budgie with an overwhelming abundance of feathers. The budgie seemed normal at birth but at 4 weeks of age, its feathers started growing longer and longer. Why is that?
The Pygmy Jerboa is highly popular in social media this week with sites such as Buzzfeed, Cute Overload and Youtube flooded with videos and pictures of this appealing speciman. This peculiar looking desert rodent looks highly irregular, what with its kangaroo feet it uses to hop around, its sweet hamster like face equipped with a devilish moustache to boot.
For all pet enthusiasists out there... pet diner's are coming to the market! Well to Berlin, Germany at least. For now.