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How to choose home rodent

The desire to get a pet can strike at any age. And if the cats and dogs we all have a General idea, then smaller animals are often known only by the Windows of pet stores. Meanwhile, home-rodent – beast is almost perfect for apartment: movements limited to, stains, respectively, only in the cage, withdraw to walk is not necessary, it is possible to communicate the mood. But there are nuances in every decision, so let me propose the conclusions from our own limited experience.

Pet rodents and children

To make little animals for a small child can not be categorically. “A hamster for three year olds” is irresponsible and a crime against the child and against a living creature in a cage. Horror stories with swallowed by the hamsters appeared not on an empty place, and doctors-the vets can tell stories about “the child snapped hamster”. Do you really want to provide your baby with such memories?

To have a pet can and should, as soon as the child clearly will begin to grasp the concept that a living being can be hurt and offended and will distinguish the animal from toys. In this case, homemade pesto will become a true friend to the child and joy for the whole family, and is indispensable in the formation of a sense of responsibility. All children are different, but the age of five, must be to think this way.

So, the choice of rodent

Hamster, rabbit, Guinea pig, rat, chinchilla or degu? For those who have no clear preferences,will paint the main features of each animal that may affect the choice. Continue reading

What are the dangers of Pets?

Everyone knows that contact with animals has a positive effect on the emotional state of a pregnant woman. The owner of the four-legged and feathered Pets are easier to tolerate stress, are less likely to suffer from insomnia and cardiovascular diseases. But recent research has shown that expectant moms who keep the house a dog or cat reduces the risk of developing such serious diseases as preeclampsia, which can cause irreparable harm not only to the woman, but also a tiny “petitely”. However, four-legged and feathered family members often get sick and can infect his mistress.

If for adults and children, many of these ailments are relatively harmless, whereas for women in an interesting position pose a serious threat.

Cats: toxoplasmosis

If you spoil your cat raw meat or from time to time let her outside, she has all chances to be infected by toxoplasmosis, then you reward them. This is one of those infectious diseases that affects only time in my life and sometimes so easy that you don’t see it. Fever, weakness, and enlarged lymph nodes appear not at all, but if these symptoms arise, they are often blamed on a cold. Meanwhile, in cells infiltrating the illness is caused by protozoan organisms Toxoplasma.To get rid of them only in the first few days after infection, but if you miss this point, the parasites will remain in the body. Actually they are not much trouble and can easily get along. Besides after the invasion “of podsolenny” one develops immunity against them and re-infection possible not to be afraid. But everything changes when the insidious single-celled enter the body of a pregnant woman. In this case, a dangerous infection can be transmitted from mother to fetus. Fortunately, the probability of such contamination is small. While waiting for the baby Toxoplasma infected only 1% of pregnant women and only every Continue reading

Pets reduce the risk of asthma in children

Children who grow up with dogs or in close proximity to farm animals, have a lower chance of developing asthma than their peers. To this conclusion came a group of scientists from several Swedish universities.

Doctors and epidemiologists have collected data about more than a million Swedish children born in the period from 2001 to 2010, and reviewed the cases of 276 000 students. Among them approximately 22,000 children grew up with dogs whose parents brought over a year after their birth. The parents of 950 kids worked on the farm. 11 600 participants of the study were reported to have an asthma attack in the seventh year of life. In the case of schoolchildren, according to scientists, the presence in the house of dogs reduces the risk of developing asthma by 13%, contact with farm animals by 52%.

Also analyzed the cases 379 000 preschoolers. 53 000 of them grew up with dogs, 1700 — close to farm animals. Approximately 19 000 study participants at the time of the meeting had at least one asthma attack, 28 000 fixed additional attack during the observation period. Thus, in the case of preschoolers, the trend persists: stay with the dog reduces their risk of asthma is 10%, getting close to domashnemu by 21%.

“Such figures of children growing up with the animals, due to a combination of several factors . — notes the study’s author Tove fall out of Uppsala University. — In homes where there are dogs, and farms with animals has a different composition of house dust, for obvious reasons a lower level of purity. While children are more outdoors and more physically active.” Continue reading

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