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20 Pet Websites Every Pet Owner Needs To Know

20 Pet Websites Every Pet Owner Needs To Know

The internet offers a vast array of pet websites. There are so many it can be difficult to tell which will prove useful, but Lifehack can give you a head start. Through the following 20 sites you’ll find web pages catering for healthy, useful, and creative needs which can assist you and your beloved pet. Outstanding? Absolutely.

1. SoPets

    First off we have SoPets, a blog offering advice on looking after pets, fun pictures, an “Adoption” section, and information on exotic pets. It’s a lively site with a fun design, so have a look around.

    2. Only Natural Pet Store

      If you’d like to offer your pet a sustainable, organic food supply then you can try Only Natural. Things are slightly more expensive here, but the quality of products goes up with the promotion of preservative free, sustainable sourced food stuffs. US only.

      3. Bring Fido

        Taking your pets with you on holiday is becoming an increasingly popular notion. Many hotels are catering for this craze, and you can use Bring Fido to peruse which lodging best suits you and your woof dog.

        4. Web Vet

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          Before madly dashing off to your nearest vet, you can search through Web Vet‘s database for common ailments among animals. What could be a simple issue easily treated can save you time and money, and the site can provide additional information on how to care for your pet.

          5. Pet University

            With articles provided for by scientists, Certified Pet Dog Trainers (CPDTs), University Professors, and numerous animal authors, Pet University is an intriguing site. You can really learn what makes animals tick here, whilst picking up handy tips on what your pets expect from you.

            6. Cat Lovers Only

              A popular community for cat owners, Cat Lovers Only may have an archaic looking site, but they boast 82,000+ Facebook fans and a vast database of cat based information. A must for cat fans.

              7. Pet Health Information

                Here you can find a huge range of information about various pets. The site is particularly useful for anyone intending to buy a pet, as you can look up fundamental information you’ll need. Pet Health Information also offers some freebies, such as a free calendar and downloadable gifts and cars.

                8. Omlet

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                  This unique site offers all manner of unusual pet food products, gifts, toys, and endless other fun objects. Omlet cater for the more rustic pet owner; you’ll find a large range of products for chickens and beekeeping. For the former you’ll come across some excellent Extreme Temperature Jacket chicken coops, as well as high visibility chicken vests!

                  9. The Ultimate Hamster Cage

                    If you’re a hamster fan then you may want to consider upgrading to what looks like the best cage ever. Omlet’s Qute Hamster Cage is something special to behold, which means it comes at a price of £119. It’s split over two levels and, aesthetically, it’s like a living piece of furniture for your house. The Qute opens a window into the world of your hamster’s life whilst promoting fun and cleanliness.

                    10. Build A Hamster Cage

                      If you want to skip on the expense of the Qute, you can always try building a cage. The BabblePie blog displays just how very well. With a bit of creative flair, and assembling the right products, you can end up with a fine playground for your rodent friend.

                      11. What Not To Feed Your Dog

                        Canine Journal offer a very handy list of foods/beverages you really shouldn’t feed your dog. From the obvious (alcohol), to lesser known food stuffs like avocado and cat food. As dogs have a habit of mischievously snatching food, it’s worth considering what not to keep lying around in your dog’s line of sight.

                        12. PawsPlus

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                          With PawsPlus you can find vaccinations up to 70% off standard prices. This low cost healthcare for dogs, puppies, kittens, and cats is brought to you through local pet stores.

                          These are US based services, but you should check your favorite search engine for localized versions wherever you’re from. There are likely to be similar schemes.

                          13. DoggieBuddy

                            There are plenty of dog trick websites, and one great example is Doggie Buddy’s 52 Tricks To Teach Your Dog. This is an exhaustive list of new tricks which you can try and get your pet to obey – failing the more elaborate ones you can at least begin with “sit” and “stay”. A positive inauguration for any dog beast.

                            14. PetDiets

                              Aimed at cat and dog owners, this site offers information on healthy diets. Through Pet Diets you can also contact a nutritionist for further information. Very handy.

                              15. Parrot & Birdkeepers Club

                                Although a UK site, Lakeland Parrot & Birdkeepers offers an extensive range of information on birds, including detailed section on anatomy, a contact line for advice, and the chance to connect with enthusiasts from around the world.

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                                16. Animal Planet

                                  This is the Discovery site for the TV channel. Along with a helpful list of everything on throughout the day, Animal Planet has blogs on animal well being, a “Pets 101” section, fun facts, oddities, a shop with unusual gifts, and plenty more. A great site indeed.

                                  17. Dog Shaming

                                    Dog Shaming became an online craze in 2013. It acted as a fun way for exasperated owners to showcase their pet’s embarrassing behaviour to the world, whilst connecting them with millions of like minded dog fans. Although most owners no doubt secretly adore their pet’s eccentricities, Dog Shaming (and its other versions) is a revealing insight into the arbitrary world of animal behavior.

                                    18. Exotic Animals

                                      If you’re thinking of making a home for an exotic pet, or if you need to re-home your hedgehog/bush baby/bobcat/blue whale, then Exotic Animals For Sale is for you. Offering information and advice on the process, as well as animals already for sale, you can learn how to make a home for your new pet walrus. With 1.1 thousand Facebook Likes the site is certainly a sound place to start.

                                      19. Wikipedia

                                        It may seem obvious, but Wikipedia is packed full of fundamental advice. As each page is edited individually, you’ll find information on pets from fellow enthusiasts, along with links to suitable websites. For instance, if you’d like a pet snake, you’ll find, “They require minimal space, as most common species do not exceed five feet (1.5 m) in length. Pet snakes can be fed relatively infrequently, usually once every 5 to 14 days”.

                                        20. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

                                          More commonly referred to as PETA, this organization promotes the well being of animals. You can support your pet, and help animals around the world, by signing up and getting involved.

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                                          Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                                          10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                          10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                          There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                          One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                          In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                          Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                          1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                          Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                          Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                          Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                          Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                          2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                          This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                          Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                          The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                          Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                          Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                          3. Jumping Jacks

                                          Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                          Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                          4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                          Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                          Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                          5. Balancing Table Pose

                                          This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                          Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                            6. Leg Squats

                                            Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                            Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                            The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                            7. Push Ups

                                            You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                            An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                            Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                            This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                            8. Bicycle Crunches

                                            There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                            Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                            9. Lunges

                                            Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                            Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                            This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                            10. Bicep Curls

                                            You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                            Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                            Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                            Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                            Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                            These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                            You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                            Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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