The Golden Retriever

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Sweet and eager to please, the Golden Retriever is a sporting breed that is more likely to lick an intruder to death rather than scare them away. This cheerful canine is the closest thing you can get to a perfect family dog. Golden Retrievers draw loving attention from almost everyone they come into contact with. This active dog will play fetch with you until you are the one that is worn out. Their undeniable intelligence, loyalty and agreeable temperament make them an ideal choice for working as a service dog. Their happy faces and glistening coats bring admiration at home and in movie roles.

Golden Retrievers come in various shades of gold, with a dense, water-repellant double coat that is generally lighter on the underside. They generally weigh 65-75 pounds and are 21-24 inches in height. They are rather muscular in nature. The American Kennel Club describes Golden Retrievers in this way, “A symmetrical, powerful, active dog, sound and well put together, not clumsy nor long in the leg, displaying a kindly expression and possessing a personality that is eager, alert and self-confident.”

The Golden Retriever was born to be a working retriever. This means that they require a high level of activity for them to stay healthy. They are a great choice for active singles or couples, or as a part of a family where there is someone home during the day and has the time to make sure they are getting enough exercise. Golden Retrievers simply adore being around their owners, and won’t be happy spending too much time alone. Regular activities like walking, jogging, hiking, playing fetch or swimming will keep them from becoming destructive because they become bored.

Just like many breeds who were bred to hunt, the Golden Retriever has evolved into different personalities. Some are like big, fluffy teddy bears, while others are darker, smaller and leaner and are used as hunting companions. According to Vetstreet, those who are near white in color tend to be less healthy and have a tendency to have problems with biting. They say that the Golden Retreivers that excel in sporting are more energetic, but have more stable temperaments. Each type is excited about getting exercise. Golden Retrievers wake up every day thinking of one thing: What fun are we going to have today?

To keep your Golden Retriever happy, take her for long walks for at least an hour every day. Make her your running buddy or swimming partner. They are excellent at dog sports, including obedience training, agility, rally, flyball and tracking. Goldens are a perfect candidate for therapy dogs, as this fulfills their need to serve a purpose. Fetching tennis balls is one of his favorite activities. Provide him with an assortment of puzzle toys to challenge his mind.

Golden Retrievers belong indoors with their families. If you want a dog that just lives out in the yard, a Golden Retriever would not be ideal for you. If they become lonely or bored, they will bark, dig, and become destructive in general.

Thinking of getting a Golden Retriever of your own? Start by looking at this list of local Golden Retreiver rescue groups from the Golden Retriever Club of America National Rescue Committee.

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Dogs in Namibia Are Saving the Lives of Jungle Cats

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Up until now, farmers in Namibia have had a problem protecting their livestock from large jungle cats like the cheetah. This is why throughout history, the single biggest threat to the cheetah population have been ranchers, who trap and kill them to prevent their livestock from being killed.

Cheetahs need large amounts of land to roam on. Because of this, cheetahs often stray out of protected areas and onto these farms. This becomes a big problem for Namibian ranchers. For a very long time, these ranchers felt they had no other option than killing this threat to their livelihood.

Farmer Andries Pretorius explains, “There was no other way. We shot them on a fairly big scale…It was the only way, because you have to make a living…we lost a lot of cattle and sheep.”

Because of this, the cheetah population significantly declined. For example, in 1900, there were more than 100,000 cheetahs living in different areas of the world. As of now, CNN reports that there are only around 10,000 left.

A Significant Change

Because of Namibia’s Cheetah Conversation Fund, the fate of the cheetah may turn for the better. Representatives have persuaded many ranch owners to replace their guns with guard dogs. Now, some farmers are employing 150-pound guard dogs to scare off these jungle cats. Anatolian Shepherds and Kangals are the two breeds that are being used.

According to the founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, cheetahs don’t want to eat the livestock, the livestock is just put in inappropriate locations. Using guard dogs to scare away the cheetahs has turned out to be a perfect solution.

Established by the CCF, the Livestock Guarding Dog Program is training these Anatolian Shepherds and Kangals to guard the livestock, and save the lives of the cheetahs.

CCF founder Laurie Marker says that these dog breeds have been protecting livestock against wolves for over 5,000 years, so it is in their natural instinct to be guardians. Their loud bark is sounded alongside the animal herds. They identify themselves as part of the heard and as a result, the predators stay away.

More than 400 of these dogs have been placed in ranches across Namibia, with the largest concentration in the central region, where the most cheetahs can be found.

So far, it appears that the farmers are pleased with the way the dogs are helping them out. As a result of the dogs, CNN reports that these farms are losing 80-100% less of their livestock.

Having these guard dogs benefits everyone involved, both the farmers and the cheetah population. Namibia’s dogs are saving the lives of its jungle cats.

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Enrich Your Life by Adopting a Senior Dog

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If you have decided to adopt a dog, you are on the right track. However, there are many things to consider when it is time to adopt. The dog’s breed and age are generally the first aspects that come into question. Many people have a tendency to look toward puppies or young dogs to adopt, thinking this is a more desirable choice. In reality, a much wiser choice would be to adopt a senior dog.

Why Adopt Senior Dogs?

Dogs are like a fine wine, they just get better with age. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you go with a puppy, you are starting from scratch. Expect to deal with issues like potty training, obedience training, and destructive or hyperactive behavior, just to name a few.

When you adopt a senior dog, you are gaining a trained, experienced canine friend. One main advantage is, what you see is what you get. Senior dogs have been there and done that before, so to speak. With young dogs, it is uncertain what their temperament or appearance will be like when they blossom into adulthood. On the other hand, the personalities of senior dogs have already developed. In addition to this, their medical histories are already on record.

Senior Dogs for Senior Citizens

Lifestyle Pets recently had the opportunity to speak with an expert on the subject, Joan Antelman. Joan currently helps run 2 different senior dog initiatives. One of these is Senior Pets NYC, which she has been involved in for 15 years. Her latest project is called Saving Older Beagles. Joan says, “People tend to overlook older dogs. They look at the dog’s age and only think about how long they will have them. The truth is that no one knows the life expectancy of a particular dog.”

Joan’s enthusiasm for her love of senior dogs and beagles in particular is evident when you speak with her. She says that senior dogs are a perfect match for senior citizens, in particular. This is because older dogs are calm and quiet. As they are coming from another home, they are already housetrained and rarely have accidents. Most senior dogs can adjust fairly easily to their new home. According to experts, the energy level of a dog should match or be less than the adopter’s energy level.

She explains, “Quiet and calm, older dogs will be your best buddy. They are just grateful and happy to have someone loving them.” Instant companions, older dogs often bond right away with their new owners, following them around the house. People who are older or retired usually enjoy a dog that is less active, but that will still take strolls around the neighborhood with them.

Dogs become a senior when they have lived out half of their life expectancy. Joan encourages people to adopt dogs that are at least 6 years old. One of her most loved rescued senior dogs is a beagle named Molly. She was dumped in the Bronx in the middle of winter in an empty lot. Molly was owned by a breeder and when her litters were too small, she was cast aside. Dogs like Molly are perfect candidates for therapy dogs, as they crave loving attention and affection.

A Word About Beagles

Joan expresses her adoration for senior beagles, in particular. Her current beagle, named Bodie was adopted at age 6, and is now 10 years old. She says that beagles are a really great choice for people who have never had a dog before. Joan explains, “Beagles do something every day that makes you laugh. They do funny and silly things that will make you smile.” Every night, Joan tells one of her beagles “time for bed.” This dog will wait for her to say these words and only after they are spoken, will she go to her bed. Sweet and good with people, Joan says that beagles are lovers.

Conclusion

Do you already have another dog or cat in your home? Older dogs get along with cats and other dogs better than young dogs do. Joan says, “I still really believe that if you can love one animal, you can love another. You still have room in your heart to adopt another. Why not give a senior dog the opportunity to live out his or her life in a happy home?” Indeed.

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Whole Earth Farms Dog Food Review

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Made by Merrick Pet Care of Amarillo, Texas, Whole Earth Farms Dog Food offers naturally nutritious dog food at a great price. They make both kibble and canned foods, as well as grain-free selections. Made at home in the USA, the company states that none of their ingredients are sourced from China. No corn, no soy, no wheat, no artificial colors and no artificial preservatives are used in the making of Whole Earth Farms dog food. The company promotes itself as being the perfect dog food for those who are interested in trying out a natural pet food.

Wondering about the cost of Whole Earth Farms dog food? According to their website’s cost comparison page, their dog food is less expensive to serve per day than popular grocery store brands like Iams, Pedigree, Purina One and Nutro Max.

About Merrick

Its manufacturer, Merrick has been manufacturing pet treats since 1988, and high-quality dog food since 2003. All Whole Earth Farms kibble, treats and canned food are made in their new Texas manufacturing plant, which adheres to the highest standards.

Examining Whole Earth Farms

Sold without the Merrick brand name, Whole Earth Farms is a relatively new product line. Whole Earth Farms is marketed as being natural and wholesome, at a great value. At times, this means that cheaper ingredients are used. They are good about declaring all the components that are missing, (such as corn, soy and wheat) but one is left to wonder what it is made of, especially since the food isn’t particularly expensive.

Since this is a new product line for Merrick, there isn’t a wide variety of different products just yet. There are 4 different kinds of kibble shown on their website: Puppy Recipe, Adult Recipe, Grain-Free Recipe with Beef & Lamb and Grain-Free Recipe with Chicken & Turkey. Each of their adult formulations contain 348 calories per serving, and have a protein to crude fat ratio of 26/13. The formula for puppies has 340 calories and a 26/12 ratio. Each formula meets AAFCO approval standards for all life stages.

Let’s take a look at their canned dog food varieties. All of them are grain-free. Choose from adult, puppy, hearty chicken stew, hearty turkey stew, hearty beef stew, chicken & turkey, and red meat recipe. In each 12.7 ounce can, they contain 8-10% crude protein and 3-6.5% crude fat. Their calorie count ranges from 290 to 400. They also meet AAFCO standards for each stage of life.

Dog Food Review of Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free Recipe with Beef & Lamb

Let’s take a look at this poultry-free, grain-free option, since grain-free dog food is all the rage at the moment. The first 5 ingredients in this formulation are as follows: Pork meal, dried potatoes, peas, pork fat and sweet potatoes.

Some feel that a good dog food should have several meat protein sources in the first listed ingredients. The only meat protein source in this food is the pork meal. Nevertheless, pork meal is a perfectly acceptable meat protein for dogs. Many high-quality dog foods use pork meal as a primary ingredient. Containing up to 80% protein, pork is a good nutrition source for your dog.

Its main source of carbohydrates are the potatoes and sweet potatoes. Potatoes contain about 7% protein and 92% carbohydrates. Sweet potatoes contain 6% protein and 93% carbohydrates. Both provide great sources of fiber. Some worry about potatoes containing too much sugar but unless your dog has issues with his blood sugar, there shouldn’t be a reason for concern.

Peas on the other hand are problematic for some dogs. Some dogs find peas difficult to digest. Peas have about 22-24% protein and also contain fiber, vitamins and minerals. Peas have been used successfully in livestock feed, but dogs are different from cows. Peas, pea fiber, pea starch or pea protein are often a cause of digestive problems in dogs.

Dog owners often worry about excess carbs when they instead should be concerned about meat proteins being replaced with plant proteins. Although peas don’t exactly sound unhealthy, they serve the same function as corn in a dog food, as a filler ingredient. Most animal nutritionists agree that meat protein is far better for a dog than plant protein.

With that being said, there is a reason many dog food companies choose plant protein over meat protein, because it is cheaper. In most cases, the more meat the dog food contains, the more expensive it is. Dog food with more meat protein is easier for your dog to digest and more of the nutrients are able to be used.

Pork fat is used to add flavor to the food, which your dog will like. It acts as an energy source, and also helps fat-soluble vitamins to be absorbed. Mixed tocopherols are included, which is a natural preservative comprised of vitamin E.

The 6th ingredient in this dog food is beef, which is a great source of protein. Lamb is the 8th ingredient. It would be better if both of these ingredients were higher up in the list, but nevertheless it is still included.

This formula also contains salmon oil, which is a beneficial ingredient. An excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, it is great for your dog’s skin and coat. Dried blueberries found in this formula are a great source of antioxidants. Rosemary acts as a natural preservative.

In regards to calorie count, it has 348 calories per 1 cup serving, which is about average. Overall, this food has a moderate amount of protein and a relatively low fat percentage. The fiber count is relatively low and the carb percentage is higher than most.

Conclusion

It is appealing that Whole Earths Farm dog foods leave out things like artificial colors and preservatives. It is great that they offer grain-free alternatives. The only drawback is that it would be better if there were more meat protein in their formulations. Nevertheless, Whole Earth Farms offers a quality natural dog food at an affordable price.

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The Pomeranian

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Perfectly fluffy and simply adorable, Pomeranians are a toy breed with bright eyes and endless curiosity. This clever, adaptable dog is happy whether he is at home with you or holding his own on an agility course. Their thick, beautiful coat comes in lots of different patterns and colors. The American Kennel Club lists 23 different colors!

Pomeranians get their names for an area on the south shore of the Baltic Sea known as Pomerania, where they hail from. The most famous Pomeranian owners throughout history include Queen Victoria, Mozart, Marie Antoinette, Sir Isacc Newton, Theodore Roosevelt and Michaelangelo.

The most noted characteristic of the Pomeranian is its little body and big attitude. Although they weigh less than 7 pounds, Pomeranians don’t exactly find happiness tucked away in a fancy little puppy purse. They would rather be out and about running around, “scaring off” would-be intruders and the like.

Pomeranians are quite fond of their families and are happy to curl up on your lap, but it doesn’t stop there. They would rather be scampering around your house on an important mission. Pomeranians make ideal pets for those who want a very small dog that shares personality traits with herding dogs, such as the ancestors of the Pomeranian.

Pomeranians are a great choice for people who don’t have a lot of yard space for the dog to run in. Although they enjoy going on long walks outdoors, your Pomeranian will likely get enough exercise just running around inside of your home. They also enjoy entertaining themselves with activities like leaf chasing and playing with other dogs. Pomeranians also excel in athletic competitions such as agility, freestyle, obedience, rally and tracking.

Pomeranians belong indoors, without a doubt, as they are far too tiny to be left outdoors. Their double coat needs to be brushed regularly, but other than that they are very easy to care for. If you know anything about Pomeranians, you likely have heard how much they love to bark. So if you aren’t a fan of yapping, you are likely not going to be a fan of the Pomeranian either. Even with training, it may be difficult to get the Pomeranian to stop barking.

Housetraining may be a bit of a challenge, especially when the weather is blustery. When it is too cold or raining, Pomeranians can be quite stubborn about going outdoors to relieve themselves.

However, this is why Pomeranians make great watchdogs. For over a century, Pomeranians have had a reputation for that. Although he only weighs a few pounds, he sees himself as master guardian of his family and home.

Pomeranians are generally calm and easy to live with. One of his favorite activities is sitting on your lap and giving out kisses. Even though they look like toys, Pomeranians are too delicate to be roughhoused by children. In most cases, Pomeranians prefer the company of adults. Pomeranians usually get along well with other pets.

According to the AKC’s dog registration statistics, Pomeranians are ranked the 19th most popular dog breed in America. Do you love your Pom? Tell us about it!

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Merrick Dog Food Review

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Merrick markets their dog food as “premium natural dog and cat food worthy of a fork.” Merrick is a high-quality dog food brand that features human-grade ingredients. Its roots are in Amarillo, Texas, where Garth Merrick founded the company in 1988. Merrick is still a family-owned business that has a simple, yet innovative selection of dog foods that are all-natural.

About the Manufacturer

All of Merrick’s dog foods are manufactured in their plant in Hereford, Texas. Locally-sourced ingredients are used in the making of their dog foods, which is a plus. All of their manufacturing facilities and kitchens are up to par with the FDA’s strict standards. Merrick places a high priority on the quality of their ingredients. Here are the reasons this is true.

  • All of the ingredients in Merrick dog foods come from locally-sourced resources such as ranches and farms. Not even one ingredient comes from overseas.
  • All of Merrick’s dog foods are produced in-house, instead of being sourced out like some other dog food companies do. Not only this, but they also follow strict guidelines that are set by the FDA. Their kitchen and manufacturing facilities deserve 5 stars.
  • All of the ingredients in Merrick dog foods are 100% authentic, including the meat. No trace of artificial flavors, colors or preservatives can be found in their dog food.
  • None of Merrick’s dog foods have any fillers or by-products.
  • The top ingredient in all of Merrick’s dog foods is always fresh produce or USDA-inspected deboned meat.
  • Merrick has spent years researching nutrition and conducting taste tests in order to create a collection of high-quality recipes which contain the least amount of ingredients as possible. They focus on only including ingredients that are of value, instead of throwing in everything but the kitchen sink.

Review of Merrick’s Grain-Free Real Duck & Sweet Potato Dog Food

All breeds of dogs and dogs of all life stages can enjoy Merrick’s Grain-Free Real Duck & Sweet Potato recipe. Let’s see if this dog food deserves a 5-star rating.

The primary ingredient in this formula is deboned duck. Although it is made of mostly water, duck still provides an adequate source of protein. The next two ingredients are salmon meal and turkey meal. A concentrated amount of protein can be found in turkey meal, and lots of Omega 3 fatty acids are present in salmon meal. More great ingredients follow, with sweet potatoes and lamb meal. According to the manufacturer, your dog will get plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants thanks to the sweet potatoes, peas, blueberries and apples.

In conclusion, after taking a look at all of the ingredients, it can be said that Merrick offers wholesome, top-rate products. We are quite impressed with the quality levels that Merrick dog food offers. After examining the ingredients and seeing that they comply with safe manufacturing practices, it is safe to say that Merrick Dog Food deserves a five-star rating.

You can purchase Merrick dog food online, or at your local pet store.

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Benefits of Adopting an Older Pet

Benefits of Adopting An Older Pet

If you are going to adopt a pet, you are making a wise and unselfish decision. Countless numbers of dogs and cats have to be euthanized each year because animal shelters run out of space to take in more animals. Now that you have decided to adopt, you have to choose whether you want to adopt a puppy or an adult dog.

Many people like the idea of adopting a puppy because they are “starting from scratch.” They admire the cute and cuddliness of puppies and that often becomes their main driving factor in which dog to adopt. However, some overlook the fact that puppies are a lot of work.

Puppies have to be trained so that they know what to do, and what not to do. They need lots of attention and exercise so that their bodies develop as they should. Puppies need to be properly socialized so that they feel comfortable. Not to mention all the trouble puppies are likely to get into. Puppies get into things they shouldn’t, chew things, make messes and have accidents in the home. Let’s have a look at why adopting an older dog just makes sense.

Older Dogs Are Better Trained

Adopting adult and senior dogs is a great choice for first-time dog parents. Older dogs aren’t going to nip at your toes and deposit puppy puddles all around your home. Most grown-up dogs have spent many years living with a family and have been socialized to being around humans. Many have been trained to respond to commands such as sit, stay and down. Many adult dogs have already been housetrained, which definitely will make life easier when they join your family.

You Know What You Are Getting

There won’t be as many surprises when adopting an older dog. What you see is what you get. You can already see their physical traits and can get a good idea of what their basic temperament is, although some shelter dogs won’t reveal their true personalities right away. You know how big he is going to get, and what color his coat will be. A senior dog also comes with his own medical history, which makes his future health more predictable.

Emotional Maturity

Puppies turn into adolescents before you know it. In about 4 months, that little furry friend will turn into a ball of energy. Most dogs don’t reach emotional maturity until they are at least 2 or 3 years of age. Adult pets are an excellent choice, especially for senior citizens. Many elderly folks find the calm presence of an older pet of great comfort to them. Adult dogs are also content with moving through life at a slower speed, just like seniors do.

They Will Love You Just as Much

There is no need to be concerned that an older dog won’t bond to you like a puppy will. Dogs are very resilient and have an open heart. Some adult dogs can completely overcome their past in just a few days, while others may take a few weeks or months. However, for dogs that have suffered abuse, it may take a bit more patience. In any case, older pets seem to know that you gave them a place to live when no one else would. Many

You Become a Hero

If a dog is older, he is much less likely to be adopted. When you adopt an older dog, you can feel proud of the fact that you have opened up your heart to a hard-to-place pet. Won’t it feel great to know that you saved a life?

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Fromm Dog Food Review

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You may be surprised to learn that Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals® dog food has been around for a really long time. To be exact, they have been making their dog food in their Wisconsin operation for 110 years! This fact alone is impressive. Founded in 1904, Fromm dog food still operates under the same family name that it did way back when. A holistic brand of dog food, Fromm delivers high-quality recipes which contain fresh meats, eggs, product and genuine Wisconsin cheese. Fromm dog food should be considered high quality, particularly because each ingredient in all of their recipes serve a purpose: to give your dog the perfect balance of nutrients.

About the Company

Fromm runs an old-fashioned operation in a USDA-inspected production facility in Wisconsin. However, their canned dog food is produced in a similar plant located in South Dakota. One of the great things about Fromm dog food is that none of their ingredients come from China. With that being said, they do utilize various vitamins and minerals sourced from Europe. All of their other ingredients used in their dog foods come straight out of the USA.

Their dry food formulations were created by the president and owner of Fromm, Tom Nieman, who holds a degree in chemical engineering. He inherited the company in 1983 from his grandmother Erna Fromm.

As of the date of this article, Fromm has never been involved in any dog food recalls, which is a very mentionable tidbit of information!

What People Are Saying

Many pet owners have reported how pleased they are with Fromm dog food. They say that their dogs’ energy levels, digestive health and coats were all improved. This should be no surprise because Fromm dog food is full of top-quality animal protein, allergen-free vegetables and fruits and healthy grains. Fromm collaborates with nutritionists, biochemists, veterinarians and food production engineers to create the best holistic dog food recipes.

For the most part, their list of ingredients looks great. Animal protein is the first ingredient and quality grains like oatmeal and brown rice are the second. However, there are a couple of ingredients that are questionable: pearled barley, tomato pomace and brewers dried yeast.

Although pearled barley is a starchy carbohydrate high in fiber, some dog owners see it as a cheap grain filler. Tomato pomace is also high in fiber, but some dog owners don’t like it as tomatoes are toxic to dogs. Brewers dried yeast is created during the beer-making process, so this may act as a red flag for some people. Nevertheless, each of these ingredients provide enough nutritional value to justify Fromm including it in their dog food. Overall, Fromm should be considered a solid dog food brand.

Fromm Classics Adult Dog Food

Because less is more, their Classics product line is particularly interesting. The formulation of this product line have been passed down through generations in the Fromm family. Have there been many changes in the ingredients? Let’s have a look at Fromm Classics Adult Dog Food.

The top 13 ingredients in Fromm Classics have been used in their dog food since 1904. The other 12 ingredients have been added over the years. The good news is that every ingredient serves a purpose. For example, taurine has been added, which is an amino acid that is very important to a dog’s health. The top 5 ingredients are chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, pearled barley and oatmeal. Real Wisconsin cheese gives your dog extra fatty acids and protein. Because all of these ingredients serve as an excellent source of protein and energy, your dog will certainly benefit from this formula.

Because Fromm has high standards, they also apply them to their retailers. For this reason, Fromm dog food cannot be found in large discount stores or your local grocery. Instead, Fromm only sells their dog food in pet specialty stores. Wondering who sells Fromm dog food near you? The Fromm website’s retailer locator is here to help.

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Bearded Dragon Information

Bearded Dragon Information

You may have heard of a bearded dragon, but may know very little about them. These medium-sized lizards are about 1 to 2 feet in length from head to tail. Found in an array of colors, bearded dragons have triangular-shaped heads that have rows of spikes that look like thorns. The reason for its unique name is that underneath its chin it has rows of spiked scales that look like a beard when they are all puffed up.

It stands on 4 stout legs and has a muscular, flat body with a row of spikes that runs down both sides of its abdomen. Its tail is half the size of its body. In regards to how big it can get, it depends on the species. For example, a Pogona Vitticeps grows up to 24 inches, while a Pogona Microlepidota won’t get larger than 6 inches.

Origin

Although bearded dragons have become quite popular in America, you may have guessed that they do not originate from here. There is only one place where bearded dragons come from. They call the deserts of Australia home. They weren’t introduced to the United States until the 1990’s. Although their natural habitat is Australia, there are so many of them in the United States that they no longer have to be imported.

Unique Behaviors

Why have bearded dragons become so popular? Their unique appearance may be one reason. Another reason may be because they are very gentle by nature. When they feel threatened, instead of attacking, they freeze, puff up their throat and might change their color. Reptiles Magazine says they are known for being alert, hardy and tame, and should be considered one of the best lizard pets of all time. Let’s have a look at other bearded dragon behaviors that you may find interesting.

The bearded dragon has quite a personality. He is quite fond of arm waving. He will stand high on 3 legs, raise the other leg in the air and wave it in a circular manner. Why does he do that? One reason is that it is a way of one bearded dragon letting another one know it sees him. If he is waving at you, this is just his way of letting you know he knows you are there. Another reason the bearded dragon may be waving is that they are showing submission, whenever they are approached by a larger animal.

Another curious habit of the bearded dragon is head bobbing. More commonly found in males, head bobbing is when they raise and lower their head over and over. It depends on how quickly the bearded dragon is head bobbing as to what it could mean. For example, if they are slowly head-bobbing, it is a sign of submission. If they are head bobbing quickly, this means they are defending their territory. Males often bob their heads at females to show that they are dominant during breeding.

When a bearded dragon expands their beard, this is generally done as a defensive behavior, in order to make themselves seem bigger. With that being said, it is not unusual for a bearded dragon to stretch their beard sometimes without any reason at all.

Bearded dragons also like to dig a hole in their tank. The main reason they do this is that they are trying to create a small basking area that is more comfortable for them. In the case of females, she may be searching for a perfect place to lay her eggs. If your bearded dragon is older, he or she may go into a state of partial hibernation. Placing a small towel in the cage that they can go under and hide will be appreciated.

If you see your bearded dragon just chilling out with his mouth hanging open, this is totally normal. They do this in order to regulate their body temperature. Because bearded dragons cannot sweat, they open up their mouth to stop themselves from getting too hot. They commonly have their mouths open when they are basking under their heat lamp.

If you have two bearded dragons, you may notice them laying on top of each other from time to time. This is a sign of dominance. The one on top is declaring himself stronger, as he is able to get the biggest amount of UV rays from the heat lamp.

Your bearded dragon may twitch their tail from time to time. This is an indicator of their mood. Some will twitch their tails when they are hunting crickets. They could also twitch their tail if you are stressing them out by petting them when they don’t want to be petted.

Diet of the Bearded Dragon

If bugs give you the creeps, then a bearded dragon is probably not the best pet for you. Although bearded dragons also eat vegetables and non-citrus fruits, insects are their mainstay. When choosing insects to feed your bearded dragon, you need to make sure the insects are not too large for them to eat. Experts say that the insect shouldn’t be longer than the space between its eyes.

To give you an idea of how many insects a bearded dragon needs to eat, a young one will eat anywhere from 20 to 60 crickets or other insects per day. Allow them to eat as many insects as they can within 10 to 15 minutes. After the time is up, remove the remaining insects.

According to The Bearded Dragon.org, you should never feed your beardie insects from your own yard, as they often contain harmful pesticides and parasites. Here are some insects that your bearded dragon is meant to eat:

  • Black soldier fly larvae
  • Crickets
  • Earthworms
  • Redworms
  • Butterworms
  • Dubia roache
  • Locusts
  • Superworms

As mentioned, the bearded dragon also eats vegetables. Here are some that they like to eat:

  • Acorn squah
  • Bok Choy
  • Carrots
  • Endive
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Butternut squash
  • Celery
  • Mustard greens
  • Raw Bell peppers
  • Raw Cabbage
  • Peeled cucumbers
  • Yellow squash

Conclusion

Think you are ready to have a bearded dragon as a pet of your own? You may be wondering where to find one and how much one will cost. They can be purchased at pet stores as well as from private dealers. Their cost depends on how old they are and what type they are. Younger bearded dragons cost less than older ones do. Standard bearded dragons are usually the least expensive, where the more rare kinds are more costly. In general, you can expect your bearded dragon to cost anywhere from $30 to $100. However, if you want a rare and unique bearded dragon, the price can go as high as $1,200.

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Dog Food Recall: Big Dog Natural Dog Food

Recall Word Red Stamp Defective Product Fix Repair

As of January 4, 2015, Big Dog Natural of Brick, NJ announced a voluntary recall of two of its products. This was due to the fact that the FDA conducted testing and found there to be two separate issues.

An investigative sample of their product, Big Dog Natural Chicken Supreme raw dehydrated dog food was found to be contaminated with Salmonella. In addition to this, Big Dog Natural Fish Supreme tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

These products involved in the recall were shipped to online customers during the period from October 31, 2015 through November 13, 2015. These recalled products involve

What to Do

If you received the product in question during this time frame, discontinue use immediately. Monitor your pet’s health carefully and contact your veterinarian if there is a concern.

A full refund can be obtained by returning the product in its original packaging. Should you have any questions about the recall, contact Big Dog Natural by calling 732-785-2600 between 9 AM and 4 PM, ET.

About Salmonella and Listeria

Animals that consume Salmonella and Listeria are at risk of becoming seriously ill. In addition to this, humans can become ill from handling the contaminated product. This is of particular concern if you don’t wash your hands after handling the product, or if surfaces touched by the food have not been cleaned.

People who are otherwise healthy should monitor themselves for the following symptoms: nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. In rare cases, Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes can cause more serious conditions that include arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms.

If your pet has consumed a possibly contaminated food, monitor them if they appear lethargic, have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping or a fever. Some pets will only show a decrease in appetite, a fever and abdominal pain. Contact your veterinarian right away if your pet experiences these symptoms and has consumed the products in question.

Also be advised that infected but otherwise healthy pets can become carriers and infect other animals or humans.

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