How to Care for Pet Ducks

Keeping a duck as a pet is no easy task and knowing what you’re getting yourself into is what matters. If you’re ready to take on this responsibility, then the following article will give you tips on how to care for pet ducks.
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When you decide to get a pet, there’s a lot of thinking that goes into whether you can handle it, and if you’ll be able to undertake the responsibility of caring of one. Be it a dog, cat, bird, fish, rabbit, turtle, or any other kind of creature or animal that can count as a pet, keeping one, and of course caring for them, is as big a job as any. You have to make sure they have all they need, that they’re safe in the environment you put them in, that their health is kept in check, and so on. Therefore, be prepared to know how to care for pet ducks, because if you’re not, you’ll be backing out of it in no time and wallowing in regret.

Breeds

It is important to also know which breeds make for a good pet. From the following breeds, you can find out which one is available in your town or elsewhere, and accordingly make arrangements in your home before getting him/ her.

• Call duck• Muscovy duck• Rouen duck• Khaki Campbell duck• Pekin duck• Buff duck• White crested duck• Cayuga duck• Welsh Harlequin duck• Indian Runner duck• Mallard duck• Ancona duck• Saxony duck• Aylesbury duck• Swedish duck (blue/ yellow)

Names

The ecstatic part during the new pet phase is naming the animal that you have bought, and are ready to bring up. So before you take care of this little one I’ve put together a few suggestive pet names, that you may like.

Male Female
Sebastian
Theodore
Daffy
Furball
Waddler
Quacky
Frankenstein
Tintin
Buzz
Simon
Spike
Twinkie
Chase
Winkle
Tootsie
Daisy
Sunshine
Coco
Belle
Chariot
Twinkle
Dewdrop
Sally
Violet
Lily
Sunshine
Mumble
Peaches
Snowflake
Missy

Care

You’ll find here all you need to know about how to raise a duck as a pet of your very own, and what is involved in the process. Keep these precautionary tips and guidelines in mind and you’ll do just fine.

Lifespan is a Non-issue

Wild ducks are known to live for a period of about 20 years or more in some cases. Mallard ducks are known to be good as pets, since they can live up to 27 years at a stretch. Ducks that are domestic in nature, can live to about 15 years, and for a minimum of 10 years. Ducks cannot live on their own, since their dietary needs aren’t supervised and call for random eats that either they find on their own, or those that passersby throw. These ducks when not fed properly, live for not more than three years since their systems aren’t designed to handle all kinds of food when given by strangers.

Quick Care Tips

When taking care of a pet duck there are certain things that need to be taken into consideration like.
Making sure that they have clean drinking water at all times.
Enough of light stimulation.
Dry shelter which is kept clean on a regular basis, which they can return to after they’ve been outdoors. This gives them time to clean and preen themselves, and also waterproof their plumage to help keep skins free from harm.
Protection from any diseases that they can fall prey to.
Foods that contain all the important and vital nutrients that they require for good health.
Get more than one duck, since when kept together they can be quite social, and won’t pose as a threat to one another.
Make sure you have a water source close by, like a small pond or swimming pool that is safe for them to swim in. They require this in order to clean their beaks, and wash their food down with. Water that is chlorinated is safe for ducks, so don’t worry about that part. Just make sure they don’t get sucked into any vents underwater.
Use straw or hay when laying down their sleeping area, it works well for ducks. Also, make sure that the shelter you put them in, is spacious and big enough for them to walk around and stretch in.
Make sure you supervise ducks around kids, and don’t leave them alone without adult supervision. They can be harmless, but it is better to make sure that nipping at them doesn’t become an issue.
Feed ducks only good foods that pertain to their kind, since anything that is foreign to their system, will be rejected and pose as a threat to them. Bird feeders make for good feeding sources, and should be erected since that way you can keep it clean, and provide adequate food in one place.
Shower a lot of love and attention on your duck, since they feed off this and like it when owners and others openly show their affection.
Big No-nos and Safe Foods for a Duck Diet

There are certain foods that are all right for ducks to consume, including treats (controlled amounts), but there are some that are absolutely not safe for your duck to ingest.

Pet Duck Diet
Good Not Good
Shredded carrots Ice cream
Slugs Seeds
Hard-boiled eggs with shell Preservative based foods
Chopped lettuce Nuts
Snails Chocolate
Earthworms Cakes
Cottage cheese Crackers (painful
reaction if eaten)
Green vegetables Popcorn
Worms Sugary snacks
Tomatoes Garlic
Pellets Cookies and other junk
foods (human food to be specific)

A pet duck can be a real treat to have around, especially when watching them wobble on their two webbed feet, with their furry bottoms bobbing from side to side. I hope that your duck doesn’t give you too much trouble, although over the long haul they’ll quieten down and won’t be such a nuisance; all animals need time adjusting to their new owners and surroundings after all.

Tips if You’re Taking Your Pet on Vacation

Your pet is part of your family, so why would you want to board him, when you can take him with you on a vacation? But, here are some tips that would help you…
TAGGED UNDER: Pet Travel

Many people have pets that they consider to be valued members of the family. Yet, whenever they make plans to hit the road or take to the skies to go on a vacation, they start lining up a spot at the local kennel to house their pet, while they go gallivanting off to have a great vacation. Well, if your pet is such a valued member of your family, why not take him along with you?

Fortunately, modern modes of travel have branched out to new approaches that welcome four-legged furry passengers. Most airlines offer options for traveling with pets, either by carrying them in the cargo hold or inside the cabin of the plane. Costs for taking your pet with you on a flight can vary among airlines, and each company has its own requirements and restrictions. But don’t make any assumptions and don’t take any chances―check with your airline before you even make plans, and be sure that you have all the information you’ll need in order to make the trip happily with your pet.

Most airlines that do allow pets require that the pet carrier is small enough for you to stow beneath the seat in front of you. But this requirement doesn’t mean you can just stuff your pet inside a small pet carrier in order to meet the airline’s requirements―airlines usually dictate that your pet has to be able to stand and turn around when inside the carrier. If your pet is too large for that, then you’ll need to book your pet’s reservation in the cargo area. Make this reservation at the same time you make yours, or you might have to leave him behind or rearrange your flight, which might be expensive. Your pet’s airline ticket will probably cost about as much as yours, but you may be able to save a little money if you don’t mind leaving your pet in the care of strangers for a few hours. Believe it or not, there are flights for pets only, such as the flights offered by PetAirways. These carriers are usually less expensive than commercial airlines, and they allow pets to fly inside the cabin rather than stowing them in the cargo area.

Before you even think about making reservations, though, you need to be sure your final destination is going to be pet-friendly. Unless your pet is a helper animal such as a seeing-eye dog, you can’t assume that your hotel will welcome animals. A simple online search will help you find lodging locales that are pet-friendly, so you can ensure that both you and your pet have great accommodations. Websites such as DogFriendly have a purpose of rating hotel chains and travel destinations according to how pet-friendly they are. Also, AAA conducts surveys to determine the nation’s top pet-friendly locales and cities, based on how many pet-friendly hotels are located there. Most hotels with websites have their pet policies listed on their own sites.

If your destination is outside the United States, it is very important to contact the American embassy or consulate at your final destination to get information about the quarantine policies of that country. Animals that live in different countries may carry various diseases that they have become immune to. But whenever animals that haven’t developed those immunities are exposed to those animals in other countries, a potentially deadly outbreak might occur. As a result, there are many countries that have strict policies for quarantining animals that arrive from other countries. Even in Hawaii, if a pet doesn’t meet the import requirements set by the state, the animal may be sequestered for up to four months.

Virtually every airline around the world requires that you have documentation from a licensed veterinarian that proves your pet is healthy and has received appropriate vaccinations. Some hotels may also require this information. Be sure that you keep the information in a safe place, along with your other vital documents, to be sure your pet’s travel is not compromised. But don’t take your pet for his physical too far in advance of your trip, though. Most airlines stipulate that your vet’s statement of good health can’t be more than ten days old. Again, check with your airline ahead of time to be sure you’ve planned correctly.

Just like some people, some pets are very anxious travelers. Being shuffled around in a crate, surrounded by strangers, stowed in a cargo hold with other anxious pets, can make the trip a rough one for your pet. So you might want to consider asking your vet for a pet tranquilizer to make the journey go more smoothly. Don’t use your own prescriptions; although some human sedatives will work okay, the dosage amount is different for animals than it is for humans. But if you’re traveling by air, you might want to skip the option of tranquilizers altogether. Animals who are sedated may have trouble with breathing at the higher altitudes, especially pet dogs and cats with shorter faces such as Pugs, Pekingese, and Persians. If you do choose to sedate your pet, be sure to get the medicine from your vet, a trusted source, rather than online.

Believe it or not, the government requires that you feed and water your pet well in advance of your departure time. The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that all pets that travel on commercial airlines have to be fed and watered sometime within four hours of the departure time. You’ll have to sign a waiver when you check in saying that you did give your pet food and water within that time period. But be sure you don’t give them too much, because you don’t want your pet to suffer from motion sickness or anxiety from having an accident inside their crate. You may want to put some food in a bag attached to the outside of the crate, in case there is a long delay or unexpected layover, so airline employees can feed your pet if necessary.

Pet Rent

Just because you have to find a new home doesn’t mean your pet can’t come with you! You just need to keep a few things in mind…
TAGGED UNDER: Pet Adoption

If you don’t own your own home, pet ownership can seem a little risky. What happens if and when you have to move? Just because your current landlord is okay with pets doesn’t mean your next one will be as accepting. Moving is one of the most common reasons why pets are surrendered to shelters. Pet owners often think they have no choice but to give their animal up for adoption. It might be unavoidable in some cases, but for many people, there are ways to find housing that will allow both you and your pet to take up residence.

Scour the Internet!
The Internet makes the search for housing much easier than it ever was. Now you can compare apartments side-by-side. My favorite tool is Craigslist. There are far more listings there than anywhere else, because it doesn’t cost a thing to create a listing. When you search, you can select ‘cat friendly’ or ‘dog friendly’. If you have a pet other than a cat or a dog, you should ask first if they allow small pets like rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, or hamsters. When a landlord says ‘no pets’, they almost always are referring to cats and dogs, and they may be willing to consider smaller pets that are caged.

Ask About Pet Policies
My boyfriend and I had some difficulties in finding an apartment that would accept our three cats. When we first moved in together, I had two kitties and he had one. Of course, we didn’t want to give any of them up, so we were willing to squish into his studio apartment until we could find a larger place that was within our price range and would allow our cats. Lo and behold, we did it! Still, it wasn’t easy. While many places allow cats, they might have a limit as to how many. If you have more than two, it may be a challenge to find a landlord willing to take you in. It’s NOT impossible, though! There are landlords out there who love cats just as much as you do, and they would be more than willing to make some sort of accommodation for you.

So, when you do find a listing that says they allow pets, make sure to ask them the specifics. Do they require extra pet rent or a pet deposit? What are their limits as far as how many or what types of pets? Are there restrictions on certain dog breeds? Know the specifics first.

Spay and Neuter!
A great way to show your future-landlord that you are a responsible pet owner is to let them know that your pets are spayed or neutered. Sometimes, they want documentation of this, but if they don’t ask for it, let them know up front.

One thing cat owners should be wary of is that some landlords require a cat to be declawed. If you your cat isn’t declawed, and you aren’t comfortable with that, either look elsewhere or explain that while you are very interested in renting from them, that you aren’t comfortable with declawing. If they insist, offer to pay an extra deposit if that’s an option for you. There are no laws against making deals.

Keep it Clean and Quiet
If you are already living in an apartment but are interested in moving, you will find it much easier to do so if your current landlord likes you. If your pets are quiet and you keep things clean and damage-free, your landlord will be more than willing to give you a recommendation if you find a new apartment that seems a little skeptical of allowing pets. Hearing good things from a potential renter’s current landlord can make all the difference when they choose who to rent to.

Give a Little, Keep a Little
When looking for a pet-friendly apartment, you may have to sacrifice a little in order to bring your furry friend with you. The only options available might be smaller or have fewer amenities than another apartment that doesn’t allow pets. You might have to spend a little more on rent or security deposits. These are sacrifices you may have to make, but they are well worth it, if that means you can keep your pet.

Think about it―would you rather have a few hundred extra square feet and a dishwasher, or would you rather have a smaller place where you have to do your own dishes but get you keep your cat/dog/rabbit/hedgehog/fish? If you truly love and care for your animals like I do, I think that decision is a no-brainer.

Our lives are obviously more complicated than those of our furry companions. While you’re trying to find a new place to live, they might be trying to find their favorite toy that fell underneath the couch or the perfect spot on your bed to lie down for a nap. When it is time to move, though, knowing they’ll be there with you will make moving a lot easier.