Have you ever experienced the luxury of a day spa, massage or used natural skin care products?
If you answered yes, chances are that you would have experienced some essential oils that are used in the practise of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of improving a person's mind, mood, cognitive function or health. What you may not know is how easy it is to stimulate your pets senses using natural products.
According to the Australian Veterinary Association of Australia, four out of every five dogs and cats over the age of three years have some sort of dental disease which becomes more severe with age.
Dental care is just as important in small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs & mice or rats as it is in our larger pets!
One of the traits that make cats such a popular indoor pet is that they are extremely clean animals. They wash themselves and will go to the toilet in a designated spot using a litter tray.
Today many cat owners are keeping their cats indoors and the reasons are numerous.
Ever noticed how in the middle of winter there seems to be a shortage of kittens? Unlike dogs, cats have a breeding season and the bulk of kittens from late spring until the end of March.
In 2005 Louis Lefebvre of the University of Montreal developed an IQ test for birds. Although we’d like to think that this test was devised for the pet bird lovers of the world, it was actually developed because he was interested in the correlation between brain size and intelligence.
There’s nothing like a change of season to produce a whole range of jobs and tasks that need to be carried out around the house. As the weather changes, one of these tasks will involve your pet because you will need to start grooming it more often to help keep it looking good and feeling comfortable.
Ever just sat down in a comfortable chair to watch a bit of television or read a good book for the night when there is scratching on the door? It’s your pet wanting to let you know that it needs to go outside. So you get up and let it out and then resume your seat. Just 5 minutes later, there is a scratching at the door again. This time it is your pet letting you know that it wants to come in. With some pets this can happen several times a night and worse still some pets decide that they need to go out at 2.00am or 3.00am in the morning.
Australia has one of the most diverse ranges of birds in the world, from large parrots such as the yellow tail black cockatoo, through to tiny finches. Overseas, Australian native parrots command many thousands of dollars but here in the Highlands we are fortunate enough to see many of these birds by simply opening our back door! There is some debate as to whether humans should feed native birds and what impact it has on them. One theory is that it makes them dependant on us, or it can make them aggressive. There is no conclusive evidence to support either of these arguments so I see little in harm in offering feed to native birds, provided that the diet you offer is a balanced healthy one. So what diet should we be feeding to native birds?