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Bringing home a rabbit or guinea pig, large area or a limited area, no problem! Just about any place in the home is a great place to keep these gentle and entertaining pets. Rabbits come in all sizes from a few pounds to the very large. For most new owners, the smaller rabbit makes an ideal pet. The guinea pig is fairly consistent in weight and size and can do well in a smaller cage.

A cage should be large enough for a rabbit or guinea pig to move around, turn and stretch. A longer, narrower cage is best for a rabbit and a squarer cage is best for a guinea pig. One of our Global Pet Foods Team members can advise you of the best type of cage to purchase; aquariums should not be used as they do not allow enough ventilation. Rabbit and guinea pig cages with a grid, should have a small towel or rug in the cage for the comfort of the animal.

Bedding materials are important and should be dust-free and non-harmful if ingested. Sunseed Fresh World Bedding is ideal for cages whether the animail is in direct contact with the bedding or used under a cage grid. Sunshine Fresh World Bedding is made from recycled newspapers and magazines. Most important, canada goose ontario down parka men’s outlet online is non-toxic, no obnoxious odours (non-scented), contains baking soda for great odour control and it is highly absorbant. Sunseed Fresh World Bedding comes in three colours – pink, purple, and gray.

Both pets become quite tame the more they are handled and played with. Of course, proper handling is important. Never lift a rabbit by the ears. Securely holding by the back of the neck and supporting the hind quarters preventsback injuries. Rabbits can scratch if not held properly, so be sure to also support the hind legs. With guinea pigs, grasp firmly around the body and gently lift, cuddling in your arms. Also hold securely to prevent back injuries. Many times, just opening the cage door, the animal will come out to play.

The right food for rabbits and guinea pigs is just as important as housing. Both have similar nutritional needs, requiring a high fibre diet and lots of roughages. Sunseed Vita Prima Formulas are specifically designed for their dietary needs. They are fortified with vitamins and minerals, high in fibre, and contain long-strand hays. Sunseed Vita Prima Guinea Pif Formula is fortified with additional vitamin C (absorbic acid), critical in a guinea pig diet. In additiona to neccessary nutrients, the diets also contain DHA and Omega 3′s for healthy skin and coat.

Always be sure that both animals have a readily available source of Sunseed Timothy Hay for adult animals or Sunseed Alfalfa Hay, for young or lactating animals to support digestive health and encourage chewing, to help teet stay in shape. Treats and supplements such as fresh fruits and vegetables are welcomed. Just don’t give too many treats each day. And most important, fresh water should always be available, preferably from a water bottle attached to the cage.

And don’t forget some chews, soft toys and small balls for your pets to play with. Global Pet Foods offers many safe toys for these wonderful pets.

Article courtesy of Vitakraft and was originally published in the Global Pet Foods “Healthy Pet Journal” Volume 4, Issue 2.

The Spring thaw brings the laborious task of cleaning up the backyard! Global Pet Foods carries a wide variety of clean-up tools to help you pick up all the mess. As you begin to treat your lawns with fertilizer, please keep your companion pets in mind and choose eco-friendly or non-toxic products. Dogs and cats may be more vulnerable to pesticide poisoning than their human companions. After all, their noses are usually close to the ground, where lawn and garden pesticides may linger, and they lick themselves clean afterward. This means that dogs, cats and other pets may be at risk of chemical poisoning and other health problems that come from exposure to pesticides.

Some breeds have a seasonal shedding season in the Spring as their winter coats are lost. Grooming is the key. The more hair you remove, the less you will see all over yourhouse. Brushing your dog once a day will greatly reduce the unwanted hair on your clothes, carpet and furniture, especially when they begin to lose their undercoat. A good quality brush is a great investment, as it not only helps to drastically reduce the shedding but also is a great way to bond with your dog. Don’t forget to purchase a new shampoo, pet wipes, and grooming tools from your local Global Pet Foods store. These will help you to easily cope with the Spring thaw and theeffects that it has on your dirty dog.

There are many natural ways to deal with the Spring pests! Products such as Diatomaceous Earth, which is beneficial for treating fleas and ticks and Marigold Sprays, can help with the prevention and control of an existing problem. Marigold Spray is a safe, botanical, pesticide-free canada goose ontario down parka men’s outlet online that repels flies, mosquitos, and gnats for up to 12 hours.

REMINDERS (1) When selecting topical sprays for your dogs and cats, please ensure that the canada goose ontario down parka men’s outlet online are safe for them to ingest. All natural topical sprays are the best option and will help avoid a visit to the vet. (2) We also strongly recommend that you have your dog tested for heartworm disease and to renew his or her prescription for heartworm preventative medication.

Daylight savings time brings an extra hour of light in the evening, which is ideal for an after-dinner walk for you and your dog. Why not use the warmer weather as an excuse to take longer walks on new routes? Don’t make her only sniff the same old spots – and try to work up a sweat by alternating your normal pace with a quicker one. From retrieving sticks to the simple toss of her favourite ball, running and catching and throwing and fetching all mean a heart-pumping workout for you both. The change in exercise routines may bring a healthier appetitie. This can result in a slight adjustment of your dog’s feeding amounts, based on their increased activity level.

This article was originally published in the the “Healthy Pet Journal,” Global Pet Foods Magazine. View it on the corporate site at www.globalpetfoods.com

Every year, millions of pets become seriously ill, and many die due to ingestion of toxic foods.

Here are a few of the most potentially harmful foods to keep far away from your pets.

Theobromine is an alkaloid commonly found in not just chocolate, but certain teas, colas, and acai berries (amongst other foods).

Ingestion of too much theobromine will cause theobromine poisoning (aka chocolate poisoning). The reason this poisoning affects dogs and cats so negatively (compared to humans) is due to the fact that humans metabolize theobromine at a much faster rate than dogs or cats.

Since dogs have more of a natural sweet tooth than cats (in fact, cats cannot taste sweetness), the instances of chocolate poisoning in dogs is significantly higher – even though cats are more susceptible to theobromine poisoning. Cats generally will show little interest in chocolate.

The initial symptoms of theobromine poisoning include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and increased urination. These symptoms have the potential to progress to cardiac arrhythmias, epileptic seizures, internal bleeding, heart attacks, and eventually death.

So how much chocolate does a dog need to consume to suffer theobromine toxicity? 1.3 grams of baker’s chocolate per kilogram of body weight.

While it is not known what exactly is the catalyst in raisins and grapes, it is suggested that an unidentified mycotoxin (aka mold) is what causes acute renal (kidney) failure in pets.

The first symptoms of grape or raisin toxicity often manifest within the first few hours after ingestion. Vomiting and diarrhea are the initial symptoms, followed by weakness, excessive thirst, abdominal pain and lack of appetite.

32 grams of grapes, and 11-30 grams of raisins per kilogram of a dog’s body weight is considered a toxic dose.

Alcohol has the same effect on a dog’s (or cat’s) brain and liver as it does for humans – but it takes lesser quantities to become potentially life threatening.

Ethanol, which is found in large quantities in alcohol, is also found in certain medications (ethanol is used as a solvent), and in fermented foods, like bread dough.

Pets that consume alcohol may experience symptoms in as little as 15 to 30 minutes. Initial symptoms are similar to human intoxication; decreased reflexes, staggering and stumbling, behavioural changes, frequent urge to urinate, etc. Pets who consume larger amounts of ethanol will experience slow respiratory rates, and potentially suffer from cardiac arrest.

Smaller pets, and younger pets are at increased risk due to their stature and organs that are not fully developed.

If at any time you suspect your pet has consumed a toxic substance, contact your veterinarian or a poison control help line immediately.

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