Benefits of Working With Animals

Many people are confused when it comes to selecting a career in working with animals. The only concern that bothers people from choosing to work with animals is the lack of promising pay scales that are found in the case of other jobs. However, people fail to realize that working with animals has a wide range of benefits that could easily compensate for the lower salary packages.

Benefits of Working With Animals

Furthermore, with the progress in demand for services for pets and other animals, the concerns of payment for animal care or grooming personnel would not live long enough. A thorough insight related to the benefits that can be obtained by working with animals in the following discussion could help in clarifying many doubts.

Unstoppable demand:

The foremost benefit of working with animals is the demand. Working with animals definitely, has a wide range of options and certain areas in this sector have recently gained a prominent increase in demand. Customers are demanding more services, and organizations are looking for skilled and capable employees to perform the tasks.

So, even if you start working in the animal charity sector, then you can gain the opportunity to work in a wide assortment of roles requiring different sets of skills and qualifications. This can also imply the possibilities for improving skills in particular areas and advancing a career in this field.

Extending the learning curve:

One of the notable professions related to working with animals is volunteering for animal shelters and rescue centers. Volunteering helps in learning more about a unique career path without having to go through the pressure of working in a professional environment as a new employee.

You could be able to avail more chances to learn about animal care in a better way without having to spend time getting your way around the formalities of your job. The opportunities in volunteering can enable you to learn new skills alongside obtaining practical experience. These opportunities would act as gateways for leading you to develop skill sets that are necessary for changing your career path or obtain a promotion.

Trying out diverse options:

As we discussed before, working in animal careers, do not pay lucrative salaries. However, you could always find some special ones who pay appealing sums as salary. For example, veterinary specialist, marine biologists, veterinary pharmaceutical sales representatives, zoologists, etc. can fetch around $50,000 or more every year.

Seems like a fair bet to go for a career in working with animals, isn’t it? In addition to this, you also have the opportunity to choose other part-time jobs to spruce up your income in a career working with animals. Writing, pet photography, or massage therapy could be some alternative career paths that you could try out for obtaining additional income.

A benefiting experience:

The choice of working with animals can provide a better approach to personal networking and socialization. People working with animals get to know animals on a personal level and also interact with other people that accompany the … Read More

Are Guinea Pigs Good Pets?

Are guinea pigs good pets? All signs point to ‘Yes!’ Before jumping on the ‘small pet’ bandwagon however, there are a few things you should know about these loveable little critters. Knowing about a pet animal’s diet and feeding habits, social behavior and life expectancy is a very important part of being a good pet owner.

The average life expectancy of a pet guinea pig is between five to seven years, although some have been known to live up to eight years or more. If you’re thinking about buying or adopting, you should be prepared a long-term commitment. One thing that’s very important to realize is that you should never get a single pet. These animals are extremely social, and if you want your pets to have a rich, rewarding life, you should keep at least two.

Your pets will bond and socialize with each other, but that does not mean they will not bond with you. They are very gentle and friendly animals, and will soon win you over. If you handle them gently, they will even show signs of approval by wheeking and grunting.

The best time to get a guinea pig is when they are babies. If you are planning on getting a pair (as you should), know that same-sex pairs work the best. That is, two females or two males will usually bond most easily. Introducing the animals as babies gives the best chances of the two forming a lasting friendship. In some cases however a pair of baby pigs may not bond right away, but that is rare.

Adult pigs can form a fast friendship as well, if they are introduced under the right circumstances. How long a pair takes to bond also depends on the breed.

Another important consideration is cage size. Although small animals, they require a large floor space because they are very active. Most pet stores only carry small cages that may cramp your pets’ style, especially if you get a pair. The good news is, you can construct a homemade cage using readily-available tools and supplies. Guinea pigs are not known to be adept escape artists, and can be safely accommodated in a homemade cage. When caring for pets, ensuring a comfortable living area for the animals is vital.

Most breeds are usually quiet, but they have the ability to make a loud, high-pitched sound known as a ‘wheek.’ This is most often heard when they want attention or food. A wheek is not as loud as a dog’s bark, but it is audible at night when you’re trying to get some sleep. A good idea may to keep the cage away from your sleeping quarters.

Guinea pigs are small and friendly animals that can bring joy to any household. They live about five to eight years, and adults can grow up to one-and-a-half pounds. If you want to keep guinea pigs as pets for your family, you should be prepared for a long-term commitment. As long as … Read More

Avoiding Pet Holiday Hazards – 5 Answers That Will Keep Your Pet Safe

For pets the holidays can be confusing, stressful, and downright dangerous. But the good news is they don’t have to be. The following 5 answers can help you make the holidays a happy, healthy time for you and your pet.

How can I keep guests from sneaking food to my pets?

Be direct and ask them not to give any human food. Explain that as tasty as it is for humans it can cause severe problems for your animal. If you feel that this request will have not effect play it safe rather than sorry, and put secure your pets away from the area where guest will be.

Which foods are most harmful?

Chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, macadamia nuts, candy, sugar, and foods with high salt content can all be deadly. Consult with your veterinarian about foods that are particularly hazardous for your animal, and then be vigilant about leaving any of these foods out even for a moment.

We learned this the hard way. Our Golden helped himself to a whole cheese ball while we were saying good night to my parents. We thought they had decided to take the cheese ball. When we called to ask, they said they didn’t have it.

Then we discovered tell-tale nuts from the outside of the cheese ball in the bottom of his water dish. We were lucky that he didn’t swipe the chocolate rum balls instead. Remember, it only takes a moment for tragedy to strike.

What kinds of plants can cause problems during the holidays?

Steer clear of poinsettias, holly, lilies, and mistletoe. Pine needles have the potential to puncture the intestines when swallowed. So as much as these plants symbolize the holidays for many of us, your pet’s safety should come first.

How should we handle all of the extra cords?

You can tape them down, run them behind furniture, or put them under a rug. Running wires through inexpensive plastic tubing that can be bought from the hardware store is also a great way to limit access to pets and young children.

How can we keep the tree from falling over?

Build a platform on which the tree can be placed. Make sure it is made of a material that can be drilled easily. And light-weight is also a good idea.. Use a tree holder that has flat feet. Put a bolt over each foot of the tree holder and screw it down on both sides of each of the feet. This will keep the tree steady just in in case Lassie pulls on it, Sassy jumps on it, or Rio perches on a branch.. Anchoring from the ceiling is also possible, but for those who are mechanically challenged this may not be an option.

Being vigilant about what kinds of products you bring into your is the best way to keep your pets safe. The holidays are stressful for people, and for pets as well.

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Rescued Dogs Are Angels In Disguise

Are you one of the 80% whose home is also home to a dog or cat? I am. I have had a dog in my life since I was in college and each one has been extra special. I am one of those pet owners who celebrates their pets birthdays. One who buys their pets and their friends’ pets gifts at Christmas. So it is no surprise that at the death of each dog, I took the loss hard. But when I lost two dogs within two weeks of each other one summer, the grief was overwhelming.

Our dog Fox was diagnosed with Mast Cell Tumors. The prognosis was not good but we went with the surgery and were among the lucky ones. He bounced right back and we had him for another three years. Then our luck ran out. He became very ill, very quickly and knowing it was best for him, we let him go. Anyone who has had to make that decision knows how hard it is. We still had his beautiful and loving litter mate and thought of getting another dog immediately to keep her company. Before we could do so, she became ill. She wouldn’t eat and she became lethargic. Even with all of our love and medical assistance from our vet, she died two weeks later. I believe she died of a broken heart and I was sure I was going to also.

There are two points of view about how soon after the loss of a pet before letting another one into your heart and home. Some people need to get another pet immediately. They say it helps with the grief. Others need to have some time alone, feeling it is disrespectful to their pet’s memory to replace the lost pet too soon.

I belong in the former group.

Within days of our second dog’s death, I found THE dog while searching the web. As soon as I saw her picture, I knew she was the one. She was a little ball of white fur. I called the adoption center and begged them to hold her for a couple of days until I could get there. We took to each other instantly and for the past year and a half she has been my constant companion. I’m not so sure who rescued whom.

As I mentioned, I am one of those crazy pet owners and everyone knew how much my dogs meant to me so when they learned that my pets had died, they did not know what to say or do.

When a friend or business associate looses a pet, the best thing to do is to acknowledge the loss. Offer the same kind words you would if it were the loss of a family member because, in a sense, it is. Your sympathy and support will be very much appreciated. If you are close to the person, sending a card and a gift is certainly appropriate. You can find … Read More

Does Your New Pet Really Need a Pedigree?

Recently, some of my acquaintances decided to add a new Birman kitty to their family.

Birman kittens usually come with a hefty price tag of several hundred dollars and, often, a waiting list for the few available each year. These drawbacks didn’t deter this family in the least. They had their hearts set on a Birman cat, no matter how much they had to pay or how long they had to wait.

As it turned out, they ended up having to travel several hundred miles to find a breeder for this particular specie, and, when they did arrive, the owner brought out, not one, but two of the most adorable little balls of fluff they had ever seen. Of course, they went home with both of them, and a huge dent in their credit card.

Nevertheless, the proud Birman owners have never regretted their decision. The tiny kittens have grown into beautiful year old cats who are a joy to the family. They are lovely to look at, amusing to watch, and so far, very healthy, lively, and affectionate.

If you aren’t in a position to spend hundreds of dollars for your new pet, I have good news for you. There are dozens of wonderful pets at your local animal shelter waiting to be adopted into homes just like yours. They may not be the breed you’ve always dreamed of owning but, I guarantee you, they are just as loving and affectionate as more expensive animals.

Tens of thousands of cats and dogs end up in animal shelters every year. Some have wandered away from home and are picked up while roaming the streets untended. Others arrive at shelters because of cruelty or neglect by an owner. Far more end up homeless because so many animals are allowed to wander and breed indiscriminately.

Make a trip to your local shelter just to see what goes on there. More and more unwanted animals arrive daily, and in comparison, very few people visit who are looking for an animal to adopt. Families seeking pets to adopt, like those seeking human children to adopt, often prefer babies, and the older ones are often passed by, even though they have just as much love and affection to give to their adoptive families as any baby ever would.

We recently adopted a 2-year old cat from our local shelter. We were amazed at the way the small staff managed to find time to speak to each animal, often reaching out to give a scratch or two behind the ears as we passed by, and to check and make sure the cages and kennels were clean and well stocked with food and water.

We were required to have our new cat, Misty, spayed before we could take her home, and paid a fee of $50 for this service. Local veterinarians take turns volunteering a couple of hours each week so that a low-cost spay and neuter clinic which also provides common shots needed by … Read More