Many pet owners can’t bear the thought of leaving their pet behind when traveling, even when they travel via air. If you are planning a trip by plane and your pet is going to accompany you, taking necessary precautions beforehand is important to making the trip a healthy and safe one for your pet.
Where will Your Pet Ride? Historically, pets have been “checked” as luggage when flying by air. This means that the pet would ride in the baggage hold or cargo hold of the plane. The cargo hold may not be a safe spot, however, as it is not always shielded against severe cold or heat that often occurs during flight. A pet can be exposed to extreme temperatures in the cargo hold, which is particularly disconcerting if the pet is left there for a long period of time, or if a flight is delayed. To make matters worse, there is no way for you to check on, monitor, or render aid to your pet if it becomes ill or uncomfortable during its time in the cargo hold. Smaller pets can be carried on the plane, but only if you notify the airline well in advance, as airlines are limited by the number of pets that can fly per flight or per cabin. Your pet and its carry-on container, such as a “Pet Taxi,” cannot weigh (combined) more than forty pounds with most airlines. You must also be able to stow the container and the pet beneath your seat during the flight.
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Good news for families who are keen to have a pet cat or dog at home, but are worried that the children might develop an animal allergy as a result. An increasing body of evidence roundly disproves that theory.
New research from Melbourne University has found that kids who were exposed to animals at a young age experienced lower levels of nasal allergies as adolescents. In fact, family pets, especially dogs, do more than fail to cause allergies – they may actively prevent them.
Nasal allergies give rise to irritating symptoms from itchy eyes and sore throats to runny noses. They can also cause asthma and other allergic diseases. The latest study focused on those who grew up with animals, and those who had these symptoms, and questioned 8,500 adults across Australia and Europe. The findings were published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
There is SO much fun to have with Sugar Gliders. They love to play, glide, and run in wheels. They love to take apart toys (also known as reset toys) and carry them off to their pouches. They love to have fun with YOU!!
It is pure enjoyment just to sit and watch your little one explore their cage when you add in new toys.
Be sure to check out www.critterlove.com for all of your Sugar Glider needs whether you are considering a Sugar Glider as a pet for the first time or are looking for the best diet, toys and treats for your Sugar Glider family. As a Company, Critter Love is committed to high ethical standards. “Our values are driven by the desire to improve both the health and mental stimulation in the lives of Sugar Gliders and to educate the Sugar Glider owners with the most up to date information on proper care.”
Tips: Daytime Bonding
The bond one creates with a Sugar Glider is like no other. These furry little critters wrap you around their opposable thumbs and love you for all of their lives.Getting to that point though is not always the easiest thing to do. Even hand raised joeys (joeys that are handled from day one out of pouch), can come to you with just a bit of an attitude (normally that attitude is nothing more than fear) and require what Sugar Gliders like the best from you…TIME!!Bonding methods for one Sugar Glider may be different for another, as each Sugar Glider has its own temperament and personality. Some will greet you with happy clicking and want to glide right in for love, others seem to be shy and distant.
In the wild, our Sugar Gliders live in colonies of approximately 7-9. They are VERY social and VERY territorial animals. Therefore, one of the first things that is an important step, is getting your Sugar Glider used to your smell. This can be done in a number of ways.First of all, you can cut some fleece squares (known as *blankies*) for your glider and wear them on your person to get your scent all over it. I often encourage new owners to sleep with a piece of fleece close to their skin for a couple of nights, or under a shirt all day long while you work. After doing so, place fleece squares in the Sugar Glider pouches/nest box. This will allow the Sugar Glider to smell you the whole time it sleeps. Allowing the Sugar Glider to do this, will teach it that the smell of you is not a threat, and can find comfort with you.Another way is to carry your Sugar Glider with you during the day while it sleeps. A pouch that closes up securely is highly recommended. Often times the pouch is worn under your shirt, this method brings it closer to your skin and the Sugar Glider gets the smell of you.
I have gotten quite a few questions just lately related to repetitive behaviors in a wide variety of different species of small animals, however, this post is pertinent for animals of every size. The consistent theme revolves around a variety of behaviors including, but not limited to, mindless digging, biting at the bars of the “cage,” nose rubbing in reptiles, self induced feather plucking in birds, fur pulling in rats and repeated escape attempts in all of the above.
What all these behaviors have in common is the “cage” the animal is in, and I use the word “cage” in this case, because I’m referring to a place that an animal is locked into, that for whatever reason they aren’t happy with and don’t want to be. A happy pet is one, that after a period of interaction with their respective person retires to their home to eat, drink and rest willingly and happily. I use my pet rat Munchkin as an example. The first thing I do in the morning is say hello to her and open both her doors so that if she wants to she can come out get some attention from me and roam about the table her home is on looking for the food and treats that I laid out for her the night before. She is used to this routine and looks forward to it and I often find her waiting at her door to be let out. She enjoys foraging for her food, exploring her play area and generally running around. She collects her food for the day diligently, carrying each piece one at a time back to her enclosure, hiding each one in what she considers to be the appropriate spot. This goes on for about an hour in the morning at which time she generally goes into her home on her own, grooms herself and naps for a good part of the day. When I am finished with my morning coffee and she is asleep I close her doors for her safety, not because I’m afraid she will escape as with her there is no escaping, she is happy and content in her home. This routine is then repeated at the end of the day as well.
For all lovers of Sugar Gliders out there, whether you are planning to add new members to your family now or just starting to do your research, it is of the utmost importance that you contact a reputable breeder. A company dedicated to providing healthy, tame Sugar Gliders, as well as the appropriate diets, toys and supplies. One that can give you all the information that you will ever need to determine whether a Sugar Glider is the right pet for you. Critter Love is just such a place.
Peggy Brewer, is the Owner and Founder of Critter Love™ and is also the creator of the Original HPW™, HPW Plus™, and HPW Complete™ Diet Plans. Family owned and operated Critter Love’s purpose is to continuously research and develop the most nutritional diet for the optimal health of pet Sugar Gliders around the world.
For Peggy, her interest in animals of all shapes and sizes was one born out of love. It all started when she was a young child and refused to leave any animal out on the street. She felt they all needed a home, and in her case that home happened to be hers. Of course her parents didn’t always agree, but they allowed her to have her fair share. From dogs and cats to ducks, geese, raccoon’s and birds, just to name a few, they all found a place in her heart and home.
Now she is grown, married and has children of her own, but that special love for animals remains and she tries to help as many as she can. She is currently the proud owner of a mixed breed dog and 24 Sugar Gliders. Peggy currently breeds for Leucistics, Mosaics and Platinum’s, with the occasional Classic Grey or Black Beauty being born into this mix as well.
When deciding on a new member of the family it is always best to gather as much information on your desired pet as possible and be willing to decide against a pet that you know won’t fit happily into your family unit, for both the animals sake and yours. People who get a pet, solely because it’s “trendy” or because a friend has one is destined to be unhappy.
For the right person ferrets are fabulous. They are crazy active, inquisitive to a fault, loving, affectionate, incredibly smart problem solvers that need to have free run of the house for as much of the time your are home as possible. I had my two ferrets Philia and Hero for eight years and although they brought me great joy and were the light of my life, they could also wear on my patience at times. My love, however, outweighed the wear and tear on my couch due to their sleeping inside it (yes inside it, they broke in from below); their ability to completely disappear right before leaving for work making it impossible to put them in their enclosure, and the need to clean up poo when they were too sleepy or lazy to make it to their box. On the other hand it brought me the greatest joy when they sought me out for a game of hide and seek, gave me kisses for no reason, were waiting at their enclosure door to be let out when I got home from work, would only take their food from me, not to mention their fearlessness and trust in people to love and protect them in general was, and still is amazing to me. Ferrets in my opinion are one of the easiest animals to love unconditionally.
So, after having said all that……..
If you are someone who does not spend much time at home don’t expect a ferret to do well. If you think that ferrets can be kept happy living in a cage, don’t get a ferret. If you do not intend to get more than one ferret, don’t get a ferret. If you can’t handle a bit of damage to furniture and occasionally cleaning up a corner or two from time to time, don’t get a ferret. If you want a pet that’s relaxed, calm and happy to just sit in your lap all evening, don’t get a ferret. If you expect to train a ferret as you would a dog then definitely don’t get a ferret. Ferrets are trainable, most definitely, however it will be on their own terms; you have to find a way to make doing what you want them to do appealing to them. For example; if they know that every time they use their litter box correctly they will get a special treat then they will use the box.
Read on for some interesting bits of information that I hope will help dispel any misconceptions you might have as well as make an informed decision.
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If you have young children under foot begging for a puppy, you’re likely concerned that even after they’ve promised to feed it, walk it, and clean up after it, you’ll in fact be the one taking care of the poor creature. Then you’ll have a furry child to add to your brood.
As a dog person – allergic though I am – I’m an advocate of children growing up with one (maybe even 2) but that said they are a lot of work, and where younger kids are concerned they may not be the best option. As kids get older and can appreciate that a dog or cat requires a lot of care and work, and is in fact a member of the family once adopted, this idea may be more appealing. However, if your tiny loved ones are just that, tiny, but you still want them to have a pet to love and learn to care for (with your guidance of course), let me make a case for gerbils. But before I do, let’s run through a few other pet options that may seem appealing but may not be as suitable for a host of reasons.