Month: May 2020

Pet Grooming Courses

As you begin in your pet grooming courses, you will most likely learn how to groom only dogs. Most groomers only work on dogs and there will probably be plenty of business from dog owners alone. But for those of you who want to set your business apart, there are some relatively easy ways.

One is to learn how to groom special breeds of dog. To have a distinctive business, knowing how to groom at least thirty types of dogs is a good standard to set for yourself. When choosing pet grooming courses, look for one that will offer you training on about this many. Even though you may rarely come in contact with certain breeds, it adds to your reputation if you have those skills in your grooming repertoire.


Expanding Your Business with Pet Grooming Courses

Taking supplemental pet grooming courses is a good way to quickly and easily expand your clientele. Many dog owners also own at least one cat. By learning how to groom cats as well as dogs, you can cater to these clients and increase your pay. You may also find that clients who previously only brought in their dogs will start bringing in the family cat as well.

There are lots of ways to take additional courses. For those who have already completed a dog grooming training course, distance learning is often the best, most convenient option. Just as with choosing your first training, researching the various options will be your key to picking the right option for you and your business.

Keeping Up With Your Fish

Being able to keep track of what is going on in your aquarium is very important, especially as a breeder. Knowing what fish dropped a brood, and how many survived to adulthood is important information that can’t be kept in the brain. Also notes on your aquarium equipment, what happened when you set up your tank and introduced new fish, when you changed your filter and water, all need to be noted. It helps to keep yourself informed on the progress of your tank, breeder or not!


The first thing that I suggest is buying a composition notebook. I entitled mine “Something Fishy: Notes on Fish Keeping and Breeding”. In this notebook I write the date, and underneath I write ideas and notes on my aquarium maintenance. A sample entry would be:

“Breeder “Blue” dropped 25 fry today. This is the largest brood she has ever had. Father of this brood is, “Flame Tail”. It will be interesting to see what markings these fry grow into. Also, changed filters in all three tanks, and the Beta vases were also cleaned and water changed.”

In this notebook I also affix store receipts, and make notations on additions of fish (with graphic description of their size and color, who they will be paired up with), when I sell or lose a fish (reason), and when I add equipment or invertebrates to any of my aquariums. I also note the products that I have used to treat diseases, if they worked or not, and write reviews of foods. “Fry don’t like tropical flakes, they ignore it and it only stinks up the tank.” When I go to buy new food I’ll remember not only because I thought that while watching the fry, but because I wrote it immediately after.

Another great thing about this notebook is that it is on hand. I keep it beside my breeding and fry tanks, while I am doing my daily observation I jot down notes about the fish behavior, or when I move more mature fish down to the selling tank. I am able to keep track of everything, and if I can’t remember something off the top of my head, I have the confidence that I wrote it down in my book.

In addition to my Something Fishy notebook, I also have a free account at eFishTank. At this website I am able to record births, deaths, equipment, tank maintenance, tank history, and also provides handy calculators. Now I have an electronic journal of events, and if something happens to my notebook I am still able to have my records.

Aging Dog Health

Aging dog health is a concern among pet owners and veterinarians. Dogs, like people, are living longer lives due to advances in medical care and better availability of resources to keep them in peak condition. Thus, dogs are facing many of the same challenges that aging people do. Of particular concern to many dog owners is the specter of arthritis, a joint disease that often starts to afflict dogs in middle age.

Joint Disease And Aging Dog Health

Arthritis is a degenerative disease that tends to get worse if left untreated. Its main cause is a breakdown in cartilage, the spongy tissue that cushions the joint bones. As dogs age, their bodies lose the ability to rebuild and maintain healthy cartilage due to stresses from the environment and their own metabolic processes.

When a dog’s body can no longer produce enough cartilage to cushion the bones, the dog start to experience stiffness and pain. This is due to the fact that bones are starting to rub together and excess fluid is accumulating in response to the loss of cartilage. The result is swelling at the joints that causes loss of mobility. The difficulty in getting around, and the resulting lowered quality of life, is one of the factors that make arthritis a major issue in the field of aging dog health.

Arthritis is something that every dog owner should be concerned about. The good news for pet owners is that there are many exciting new options for treating arthritis in dogs. Early treatment can give a dog many years of pain-free movement and a better quality of life. Being proactive in tackling the issues relating to aging dog health can prevent many future problems.

What to Do if Your Hamster Has Babies: Emergency Steps to Help Pregnant Hamsters

Your female hamster has developed an oval bulge, is bad-tempered and is hiding in her nest. You have had her for about two weeks. One morning, you notice what looks like blood on the nest, and hear tiny high-pitched squeaking. Your hamster has given birth.

Not all hamsters are obviously pregnant. Some babies appear overnight and there are only a few in the litter. Others can have litters up to sixteen babies although six or seven is usual. Gestation is sixteen days.

Hamsters are Good Mothers

The new hamster mother is naturally nervous at first. She will keep the babies safe deep in the nesting material. Others may scatter babies about the cage as they come out of the nest. The mother hamster should hear her babies’ protests and gather them up, but if she does not, remove her from the cage for a moment with a small amount of food and transfer the babies back to the nest with a metal spoon.

A new hamster mother must be disturbed as little as possible. When you put food in her cage, do not touch the nest as your smell may cause her to abandon the babies. Leaving well alone is the safest thing to do and this includes not cleaning the cage.

You might like to feed her with a little porridge oats mixed with cold milk which will help to keep her healthy.

The Hamster Babies Grow Quickly

By two weeks old, they will be starting to escape the nest. Once the babies are freely running round the cage, it is safe to handle them and you can clean the cage. They are quick, but they do not bite and if well-handled, they will be friendly little hamsters. Be careful not to drop them and always keep them safe above a surface.

By three weeks they are miniature adults. At 28 days, all male babies must be in a separate cage to avoid any more unwanted pregnancies.

The Hamster Babies are Ready for Their New Homes

Separate out the males and females in two groups in their own cages by the time they are 28 days old. By five weeks, they will be ready for their own homes or to go to a pet shop. If they are still together at eight weeks old, they will be starting to fight and each will need its own cage. Start planning what to do with the babies as soon as you know how many there are.

There are occasional tragedies, and your hamster mother may die or ignore her babies. Hamster babies can occasionally be fostered onto another mum who has babies of a similar age, but it is risky. It is also almost impossible to meet the needs of a newborn hamster baby yourself. If you wish to try, kitten milk is best, but keeping them warm is the most difficult thing to do.

Enjoy your hamster babies. If you have helped your hamster mother to raise her litter successfully and found good homes for them then you will have done the best for your pet hamster.

Grooming Tools

Your grooming tools are a necessary part of your practice–you can’t exactly do your job without them. Make sure that you care for your tools so that they last as long as you need them to. With just a little extra care at the end of each grooming job or day, you can ensure that your investment will not be devalued.

Care of Grooming Tools
Just as hairstylists at the top salons take care of their scissors and razors with regular washes, you need to care for your grooming tools in a similar manner. If your business is particularly heavy and you just don’t have the time in between dogs, that is okay. But at the end of every work day, be sure to wash and fully dry your scissors and other tools to keep them at their optimum level of performance.

Scissors will need to be resharpened once in a while. How often they will need this depends on how many dogs you are grooming and what type of hair or fur you are working on. A good rule of thumb is to test them every three months–are they cutting as sharply and as easily as when they were new? If not, find a retailer who offers scissors sharpening services (many fabric stores do this), or if you prefer, invest in a new pair of scissors.

Another simple step in maintaining your grooming tools is to oil them. Keeping a small plastic bottle of oil in with your supplies makes this an easy task and easy to remember as well. Sure, it seems tedious, but regular oiling can keep grooming tools functioning like new for a long time.