Haze isn’t fun for anyone. When haze occurs, we have to take extra precautions to avoid health problems like respiratory conditions and eye problems. And haze does not only affect us, it affects our pets too!

Here are some tips on how to prevent your pets from developing health conditions due to the haze, and what signs you need to look out for.

 

A walk in the park is not “a walk in the park” now.

 

Are my pets in danger due to the haze?

Some pets are more susceptible to the dangers of haze. While some pets are hardier than others, we’d advise to take safety measures for any and ALL kinds of pets. Here we list pets who may be more vulnerable to the hazards of haze:

  1. Dogs and cats – especially ones with flat faces and short noses (eg. Flat-faced Persians, Bulldogs).
  2. Young pets (less than a year)  and old pets (more than 7 years old).
  3. Pets pre-diagnosed with lung and heart diseases (eg. asthma).
  4. Pets with known eye conditions.
  5. Small animals with small lung capacity (eg rabbits, hamsters, etc)

 

Pets with short noses and flat faces are more susceptible to the hazards of haze.

 

How do I keep my pets safe during the haze?

  1. Keep your pets indoors, and close the windows. If your pets are outside or on the balcony, bring them in.
  2. Do not go out for prolonged hours. Only go outside for short periods (eg. bathroom breaks, short walks) and avoid walks at all if the PSI reaches 200.
  3. Do not put masks on your pets! They need to dispel heat from their body and putting obstructions on their breathing may cause overheating.
  4. Wipe pet bodies with pet wipes after walks to remove pollutants stuck on the fur.
  5. Increase air quality by using air filters, air conditioners, fans and air purifiers.
  6. Increase air moisture level by using air humidifiers and tubs of water.
  7. Keep your buddies well-hydrated. Use pet fountains to filter water and encourage them to drink more. Monitor their water feeders frequently, especially if you use water bowls.
  8. Use pet eye drops/artificial tears to flush out pollutants from their eyes.

 

Make sure your pets drink enough clean water during this hazy period.

 

What signs do I look out for?

If you observe any of these symptoms in your pets, bring them to the vet as soon as possible.

  1. Breathing difficulties, such as rapid and abnormal open-mouthed breathing (especially in cats).
  2. Unusual coughing and sneezing.
  3. Increased salivation.
  4. Red eyes, excessive tearing and eye discharge.
  5. Excessive nasal discharge.
  6. Inflamed or swollen mouth, skin and nose.
  7. Vomiting and loss of appetite.
  8. Weakness, lethargy – including loss of body coordination.
  9. Gums turning pale.

This list is not exclusive, and you know your pets best. If you think your pet is behaving strangely and if you think it is related to their health, an immediate visit to vet is highly advised.

We hope with this article, you can help your pets stay healthy during this shady time!

 

Shady times don’t call for shady measures! Stay healthy!


Chinchilla or Totoro? Read about them here!

Interesting Facts About Chinchillas.

1. Chinchilla is a furry little creature that belongs in the order Rodentia (which means “to gnaw”). All animals from the order Rodentia (ie. rodents) have a pair of incisors in each upper and lower jaw which will grow continuously throughout their lives.

2.  To prevent overgrowth, they need to wear down their teeth by gnawing on twigs and wooden items.

3. Chinchillas need a constant supply of hay (in addition to chinchilla-specific pellets) to make sure their digestive systems run smoothly and properly.

4. Chinchillas hail from the rocky mountains in a South American region called Andes, in the high altitude of 12,000 feet from sea level.

5. Chinchillas have the thickest fur of all land animals. Because of this, any parasite that may try to inhabit the chinchillas’ fur will die of suffocation!

6. Because of the fur density too, chinchillas do not take water baths like any other pets. Moisture may stay deep inside the fur (even when you are sure you dried the fur properly!) and may introduce fungal growth on your chinchilla’s skin.

7. Another fun fact on chinchilla’s fur – they have a defense mechanism known as the ‘fur slip’. Fur slips happen when chinchillas release a part of their fur when grabbed (by predators). It will leave a bald spot but don’t worry – it will grow back. If fur slips happen when you handle your chinchilla, you may need to be gentler to assure your chinchilla that you don’t want to harm them.

8. Chinchillas stay clean by rolling in volcanic ash or dust baths. You may also use a chinchilla dry shampoo in case they get smelly.

 

A squeaky clean chinchilla fresh from rolling in dust bath!

 

9. As chinchillas are prey animals, provide a bunch of hiding places where they can go when they’re nervous or frightened.

10. They are crepuscular animals, which means they are most active at twilight (dusk and dawn). This cycle is developed to help them avoid predators and the scorching heat of the sun.

11. Chinchillas get overheated easily. The optimum temperature for them is 21C. If it gets too warm or hot for them, you can see it by the coloration on their ears. Pink or red ears means it is too hot and they are trying to combat it by circulating more blood to regions with less fur.

12. When chinchillas feel happy, they may jump around the room to show it! So get ready to face a chipper 6am-jumper!

13. Speaking of leaps and jumps, chinchillas may jump as high as 6 feet! Monitor their playtime outside the cage as they may get on counter tops and gnaw on wires.

14. They need to have their daily exercises – so install an exercise wheel and rearrange their items once in a while to stimulate them mentally and physically.

15. Chinchillas are sociable animals. They enjoy being in the company of familiar people and other chinchillas, and they love being petted and loved!

 

A loved chinchilla is a happy chinchilla.

 


The key to beautiful and healthy plants in your aquariums come down to three things, a good substrate, a quality and sufficient lighting, and nutrients.

Many beginner aquarists would have missed the part about nutrients and wonders why their plants are dying. Nutrients are like food for plants, if deprived of it, they will die. Just like any other living thing in this world, plants also need food to survive, and that food comes in the form of fertilisers.

There are two types of nutrients that plants must have. Macronutrients are nutrients that plants consume in large quantities such as Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium. Whereas Micronutrients are nutrients that plants need in small amounts like Iron.

Plants will start to deform and/or die off when they are lacking a specific nutrient. Here we will show which nutrients are needed for different deficiencies in your aquarium plants:

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Just like the fish in your aquarium, the plants are also living things in the aquarium that requires attention and care. Keeping plants strong and healthy is beneficial to keep the ecosystem in your aquarium stable.

Plants help produce oxygen for your fish, reduce algae growth, provide protection for small fish, build a natural habitat, and improve biological and chemical filtration.

Here are some basic components for successful growth and care for your aquatic plants:

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So, you have gotten yourself a few new fishes for your aquarium!

Great! But before you release them into the tank, there are steps to follow so that your fish don’t go into shock when you release them in.

This could lead to illnesses or even death for your little friends.

Here are a few simple steps to introduce your fishes into your tank:

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Does your pet scratch a lot?

Do they have skin condition and need a relief?

Do you want to pamper your pet with a relaxing and healing experience?

 

Introducing..

Our new Nano-bubble Pet Spa!

Living up to its name, our pet spa is chemical-free and uses trillions of nano-sized oxygen-rich bubbles to bring numerous benefits to your pet’s skin and soul! These nano-sized bubbles, or nano-bubbles, are 1000x smaller than regular bubbles, and they are the reason why our spa water appears to be milky. Trillions of them in clear water makes the water quietly effervescent.

These nano-bubbles are so small that they have the ability to penetrate deep into the skin’s pores, where mere shampoo and soap can’t. By laws of physics, any dirt in the pores will be naturally attracted to the negatively-charged bubbles and will be lifted away – all the while leaving behind moisture to keep their skin hydrated. By working together, these bubbles deep cleanse your pet’s coat on the tiniest level while gently giving them a relaxing effervescent sensation to chill away.

Nano-bubbles are rich in oxygen. Our spa shower generates trillions of nano-bubbles in the water, increasing the oxygen level in our bath water by up to 70% more than tap water. Due to their size, these bubbles remain suspended in the water, covering your pet’s body in a lavish cloud of oxygen. This high of an oxygen level helps to energize cells, stimulate immune system, kills bacteria, promotes healing and reduce scar marks.

As these nano-bubbles diminish in the water, they release heat energy that help maintain a warm, relaxing bath for your beloved pets. When bathwater temperatures stay warm, skin temperature will also increase evenly. This “Sauna Effect” increases cardiovascular activity and opens the skin’s pores. This accelerates the release of toxins while allowing in moisture, and also stimulates the cardiovascular system naturally – improving muscle recovery and rejuvenation.

Above the surface of our spa bath, there exist clouds of steam-like wisps. The same small particles are found in abundance around water falls, beaches and mountain streams. This is the infusion of negatively-charged ions drifting into the air – surrounding the bath at therapeutic levels. They are – the natural antidepressants. They improve the brain’s serotonin levels to help relax the mind and body, promote deep sleep, enhance recovery from tiredness, and most importantly – they contribute to feelings of well-being.

To top it all, they also fight free radicals. Yes, those positively charged ion radicals that are known to cause cancer and damage to aging skin. Around the world, the use of micro and nano bubbles in spas has helped with the improvement of skin health from eczema, psoriasis, ichthyosis and other illnesses. Take this chance to enjoy our introductory price on our Nanobubble Pet Spa on your pet’s first visit. Let them enjoy 20 relaxing minutes in our bath water and let the difference take your breath away!

Check out the video below!

 

Because your furry baby is worth it.

 

Call us at 03-7733 7469 for more information or to book a slot for your furry buddy.