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Agosto de 2013

Obsessões do animal de estimação parte 2

 Por zack em 22 Aug 2013 |
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  Welcome back to the Petbucket blog’s discussion of pet obsessions. Last time we cited some statistics and anecdotes about the rising trends of pet obsessions. Today, we’ll be going forward with the conversation, and discussing the point at which pets go from being beloved companions to dangerous fixations. Dangerous Obsessive Behavior The only time an infatuation with one's pet can be classified as a pet obsession is when either the owner's or the animal’s mental/physical health is at risk as a direct result of the owner’s action or inaction. When this becomes the case, people are often negligent in regards to the pet’s (or their own) deteriorating state. Some examples of this kind of dangerous behavior are as follows: Preferring the company of a pet to that of a loved one, family member, or a close friend. Spoiling a pet to the point where it’s behaving in a destructive or inhospitable manner. Feeding the pet unhealthy foods because they "like it." An inability to recognize when an owner’s behavior is causing discomfort for a pet or surrounding humans. If owning a pet is alienating someone from the community around them, then they’re missing the point of pet ownership. Often people will feel that their pets are an acceptable alternative to regular social interaction, and truthfully it can be very thereputic. However, when the only source of affection in a perosn's life is coming from an animal, it’s simply not psychologically healthy behavior. In certain cases, a simple case of obsession can lead to much more extreme conduct. Animal Hoarding   This terrible and debilitating psychological disorder can have drastic consequences for the health of pet owners and the pets. Worst of all, the victims of this disease don’t realize that they’re doing anything wrong. They simply can’t recognize their own inability to care for all of the animals that they are keeping in captivity.     Gross cases of animal hoarding have been recorded where hundreds of cats or dogs have been confined in a single household with a very finite and enclosed space. Often animal hoarding is accompanied by symptoms of general Hoarding, in which people cannot bear to throw out any of their trash. So imagine if you will, a single split level home, with 89 cats living in it, entire rooms dedicated to rotting produce, and not a litter box in sight. Not exactly a pretty picture.   What to do? Unfortunately, when dealing with a psychological fixation of any kind, the only thing that will help is psychiatric assistance. This can be both costly and ineffective, which is not the best combination. Results with therapy for obsessions can vary quite wildly. And in the case of Animal Hoarding, the behavior is very likely linked to some deep seeded psychological trauma. Animal hoarders, when diagnosed, are almost never completely cleared of their conditions. It’s a lifelong obsession that must be continually combatted, and cases of full recoveries are very rare indeed.   If you ever notice anyone engaging in this sort of destructive behavior it’s very important that you seek to provide them with psychiatric assistance as soon as possible. You can help save dozens of animal lives, and help the person begin working toward their own recovery. And of course, if you see anyone obliviously endangering the health of their pets, you are obliged to take action.   That’s all for this week’s postings. Check back more for  helpful information about this and many other pet related topics. 

Obsessões do animal de estimação parte 1

 Por zack em 22 Aug 2013 |
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  Você sabe que frase me deixa louco? "Animais de estimação são pessoas também." Não, eles não são. São animais de estimação. Você repreenderia uma pessoa por tirar comida da mesa? Será que você nunca limpar fezes de uma pessoa do chão da sala de estar, e depois carinhosamente pat ele ou ela na cabeça? Claro que não. Não me interpretem mal, há um tempo e um lugar para mimos. Querendo mostrar ao seu cão uma quantidade desmedida de amor e estragá-lo podre são vícios bastante inofensivos. É o ponto em que você mostra-lhes o tratamento preferido sobre seres humanos que a linha começa a borrar. Os animais de estimação são companheiros loving e avaliados mas quando você os começa tratar como povos, você cruzou uma linha na cidade louca. No entanto, nunca esse fenômeno tem sido mais comum na cultura de hoje. Pet pessoas obcecadas são um centavo uma dúzia e cada vez mais prolífico com cada momento de passagem. Hoje vamos olhar para esta tendência crescente do animal de estimação obcecado.  

Animais exóticos: o bom, mau e feio parte 2

 Por zack em 12 Aug 2013 |
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  Exotic pets come in two varieties: 1. Awesome and ill advised or...  2. Quirky and uncommon I’m talking about the difference between a razorback warthog, (pretty cool, but it will probably gore and eat you) and a ferret (aaaww! It got into my sock drawer, that’s adorable!) Last week, we covered the former and described some of the more carnivorous, crazy, and cringe inducing exotic animals that people will misguidedly try to domesticate. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the cuter, more cuddly, and easy to coexist with animals in the same category.  So let’s not waste any time, and get straight to it with the top 5 exotic pets of the safe and friendly variety.     1. Fennec Foxes Now that’s more like it, a little dog like creature that can use a litter box, and has supremely adorable ears. Where do I sign? Seriously though these critters make excellent pets, and will fit into an enclosure fit for a large family of ferrets. They are desert dwelling creatures, usually weighing between 1.5 and 5 lbs. They’re easily trainable and similar to dogs in most respects. So go ahead and squeal with joy at the Fennec-y cuteness.     2. Hedgehogs So long as you don’t paint it blue and put a pair of sneakers on your hedgehog, it should make a pretty solid pet. If you do, it’s likely to develop super speed and make enemies with an egg shaped scientist. Hedgehogs are basically just spiny hamsters. They can learn a few commands through positive conditioning, but not at the level of a dog or cat. They’re cute and friendly so long as they’re handled with care. They’re shy little fellows so don’t be too aggressive in your interactions with it. Just be loving and comfortable, and watch its adorable personality unfold.     3. Potbelly Pigs While you shouldn’t expect it to either talk or be especially proficient at herding sheep, you might want to hold off on thinking of pigs only for their delicious meat… Mmm, bacon. These “miniature” pigs can grow to be around 125 pounds, and they are prone to obesity, so make sure to purchase a treadmill and a fishing pole with a carrot on it (fun for the whole family to enjoy!) They’re very smart animals and can be trained to perform a number of tricks. They can be kind of high maintenance though, so do your homework before deciding to bring one into your home.   4. Sugar Gliders Tiny. Flying. Freaking. Squirrels. Do you really need more explanation than that? These small airborne rodents will bond with you by sleeping in a pouch you can carry around your neck. This is probably my personal favorite on this list. And look at their faces (they're in the top picture)! Sugar Gliders are unbearably cute.     5. Wallabies I think I’ll get a farm, buy one of these, a Galapagos turtle, and a cow that’s been raised by wolves so that I can reenact scenes from Rocco’s modern life. Yes, it’s a good plan. These smaller cousins to the kangaroo aren’t nearly as dangerous and their bigger brethren, though they do need about as much room to run around. Don’t even consider owning wallabies if you haven’t got a large yard with a high fence.   That’s all for our list of awesomely exotic pets. Check back next time for more interesting and fun articles about your favorite furry companions. 

Animais Exóticos: Melhor e Pior Parte 1

 Por zack em 11 Aug 2013 |
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Manter e treinar um animal estranho ou único sempre soa divertido. Acho que todos em um ponto ou outro durante a infância pensei que seria divertido para criar um filhote de lobo, montar uma zebra, ou treinar um python para guardar a sua casa. Não? Apenas eu? Bem, eu tinha uma imaginação hiperativa. De qualquer maneira, como um adulto, eu cheguei a perceber a loucura desta lógica. Mesmo o treinamento do potty um animal doméstico pode ser um desafio, como exatamente você começ um chimpanzé para aprender sua maneira em torno de um toalete? Sim grandes primatas e qualquer coisa que possa obtê-lo em sua cabeça para rasgar seus membros e bater-lhe até a morte não vai fazer o melhor companheiro animal. Mas nem todos os animais exóticos são animais perigosos. O post de hoje é uma lista de alguns dos melhores e piores animais incomuns que você pode considerar domesticar. 

A mecânica da massagem médica para animais de estimação

 Por zack em 03 Aug 2013 |
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Pets are cuddle fiends. They are attention hounds, quite literally, and all of their time is spent devising ways to retrieve pettings. If our rough hair tussling and soft scratches feel so good, how do you think they would react to medical massage? There is a lot of scientific support that therapeutic touch can have some surprising medicinal applications for pet health. So today we’ll examine some of the reasons you might want to splurge on a doggy day spa. Weight Loss Therapeutic touch has all sorts of medicinal effects on pets. Interestingly enough, studies show that superficial rubbing and pressure applied to a pet affects its autonomic nervous system. That is, the unconscious actions a pet’s body performs. Everything from the pumping of its heart tot the contractions of its stomach is positively affected by a touch. Medical massage can help your pet lose weight by tripping the nerves that signal to the brain that the stomach is full, thereby decreasing appetite. Another way medical massage helps your pet lose weight is by managing insulin levels in its blood stream. It also helps the pet’s stomach digest food more efficiently, by extracting more nutrients and increasing the rate and effectiveness of a pet’s peristalsis, (the movements your intestinal tract makes in order to move food through the digestive system).   It even contributes to the prevention of many digestive and intestinal difficulties. Touch therapy has been shown to decrease an animal’s chances of developing “Leaky Gut Syndrome,” a condition where the seals in between the cell walls of the stomach lining come undone. Pain Relief Just as a good rubdown can make you feel like a million bucks, a session of touch therapy for a pet can alleviate their pain. Therapeutic touch can reduce pain in several ways. Simply rubbing out the knots of accrued amino acidic buildup can make a joint more mobile. Releasing that acid helps keep a muscle from retaining tension and becoming sore. Medical massage can also reduce a pet’s inflammation, which can be a serious cause for concern, depending on the animal’s diet and lifestyle. It can also be good for spinal health, and that’s more important than most people think. Spinal columns transfer virtually every signal that the brain sends, it’s the body’s command superhighway. Incidentally, it’s a good idea to keep it from getting too twisted or tense. Surgical Rehab When pets are recovering from surgery, touch therapy is often a required rehabilitation exercise. This is because of its potency at increasing blood flow, and reducing stress. That’s an important element of pet message efficacy that might be easily overlooked. However, if your pet is in pain or under a lot of stress for some reason, a medical massage might do a world of good for both the pet’s mental and physical health. Pets our most loyal companions and they require a lot of upkeep sometimes. Perhaps the most attractive benefit of medical message for pets is its preventative benefits. So give pet massage a thought every once in a while. You might be saving some hefty medical costs down the line. 
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