Browsing: Animals/Pets

A Brief History On April 1, 2016, we published an article using made up “scientific” names of fish in a pathetic effort to be funny.  (This author, according to most people, is not funny.  I beg to differ…)  Today we take a look at the common name of some real life fish in fresh and salt water.  Feel free to nominate others that you believe should be on such a list.  Sometimes people butcher the names of fish and create their own stupid/funny names, a fact I learned working part-time at an aquarium store.  Examples are “African American Cichlids” when…

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A Brief History While you have a plethora of options to feed your dog today, things were not the same before. In fact, if we look back in history, it was the mid-1800s when the world saw its first pet food, particularly for dogs.  Prior to being a domestic animal, dogs survived mostly on a carnivorous diet, but James Spratt, an American electrician, made the first dog foods using wheat meals, meat, and vegetables. Nowadays, several pet food companies are producing canine foods commercially, but are these foods safe for your puppy? Probably not. That is why it is crucial…

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A Brief History Most people do not know it, but aquariums have been around for centuries. It is believed that they were first introduced by a Chinese emperor all the way back in 1369. They have obviously significantly evolved over the years, but the fish have been one of man’s best friends for quite some time now. They are great companions to have around the place, and they are as beautiful as they are entertaining. Contrary to popular belief, though, they do need to look after. You need to feed them and clean their tank, so it is just like…

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A Brief History Even today, animals still make people happy. They love unconditionally and provide lots of comfort to their owners. And their amazingness does not stop there. Researchers have found that for the elderly suffering from dementia and depression, their symptoms immediately decline after a brief interaction with a therapy animal. Pair this with the fact that pet owners are proven to be healthier and less stressed than non-pet owners and we begin to see how beneficial it is for nursing homes to employ therapy animals. Unfortunately, it has been proven that a lack of high-quality activities and care…

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A Brief History Anyone who owns a reef aquarium in 2019 or 2020 should know that Red Slime Algae or Cyanobacteria is not a part of the algae family, but it is a bacteria. It is one of the most annoying and resilient pests in your Reef Aquarium and can also harm certain types of corals. These bacteria do not necessarily appear to be red, they could be green, purple or black. Whichever color they may appear, they will surely sully what is supposedly an immaculate image of your tank. High levels of waste, phosphate, nitrate give them their necessary…

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