Welcome to Animals Small and Big!

Many – really many – years ago I graduated in Switzerland as a veterinarian.  I worked in different practices for small and big animals.  My life revolved entirely around animals – and still does to a smaller part today through my interest and respect toward animals of all kinds.

During my college years I co-founded a group whose goal was to inform potential and actual animal owners about their duties and pleasures by having pets.  The decision if, when and why to get a pet is more complex than one would think.  We students wanted to help people make the right choice about the kind of pet that fits them the best in their specific life situation and for the time to come.

Well, my life changed in the meantime several times.  I don’t work as veterinarian anymore, but I still keep an important part of my heart open for animals.  In my eyes pets deserve our respect – and our knowledge about their special needs and their personalities.

As I said I originally come from Switzerland, so my first language isn’t English.  Still I hope that I can share with you my knowledge about animals and their behaviors.  My goal is to provide you with information about all kinds of pets, their nature and personality, their needs and requirements.  And I want to offer you the results of my research about all the equipment, items, food and details you need to have or to know about in order to keep your pet healthy and happy.

Every post is always kept up to date allowing you to find the current items as described in the posts.  Nevertheless there will always be some items that temporarily aren’t available.  Through the here given links you will be able to find more similar products.

I invite you to visit my other blog Little Big Life, thank you.

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Top 5 Reptile Resting Places between $5 and $20

start photoReptiles need a space where they can rest, sleep, recover and of course hide.  A very important need of your reptile, to which you need to pay attention.  Reptile resting places are a must for your reptile aquarium or terrarium.  Even more than any deco item you add to it.

There are so many different variations of reptile resting places available.  You can find comfortable hammocks even with ladders to climb up or caves with a real life look.  It’s amazing.

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Top 5 Dog Ball Launchers under $10

start photoThe most obvious reason why you could get a ball launcher is for your comfort.  Honestly, a ball launcher makes throwing balls for your dog’s exercise much easier on your arm and hands.  Using these great ball launchers you will see that throwing balls for your dog will be more fun for you too.

And yes, ball launchers are great for your dog, exactly because of that.  Because it is more fun for you.  Dogs are eager to learn and to please you.  They just love to do something with you, and bringing balls back is one of their favorite exercises.  This is the second advantage of ball launchers besides being fun for your and your dog.  Your dog will get more exercise and will therefore be healthy and happy.

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Top 5 Perches for Birds around $10

start photoBirds of all sizes need entertainment, fun, play to relieve cage stress and boredom.  Providing perches for your pet bird is an important service you can your beloved bird.  Perches come in all kind of forms and materials which is great because you can offer your bird different styles or perches in order to find out which one he likes the best.

If a perch is flexible and pendable you have the opportunity to place it just everywhere in the cage in every form you can imagine.  For your bird this is a great thing to be busy with, finding it in different forms and positions.  Birds are curious by instinct, and they like to figure things out.  With a great perch you can provide a perfect item of fun and play.  What do you need to know about bird perches?  Here are some tips for you.

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Top 3 Small Cat Litter Boxes around $6

start photoThere are different scenarios in the life of your cat where you might need a small cat litter box.  Generally it is recommended that you should get a big enough litter box for your cat.  So your cat feels comfortable moving around in it. (photo found on pinterest)

Many cat owners like to start with a small cat litter box though.  Kittens learn faster to use a litter box when the stepping in and getting out happens easily.  Many of the available models offer a lower side for easy access.  Older cats might prefer a small cat litter box.

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Tip for Horse Owners: How to keep your horse in frightening situations calm

start photo1For horses frightening situations can occur when you even wouldn’t think of it being so scary.  You might need to lead your horse through a noisy place.  Also guiding your horse into a horse box trailer and out of it can be intimidating.  Working in a horse clinic I encountered numerous situations like that.  Sometimes just parading in front of the veterinarian was enough for some horses to be frightened and to try to flee.

First of all you need to be aware that horses have specific instincts.  They are prey animals.  That means they most likely try to flee as first reaction in dangerous or unfamiliar situations.  There are of course situations where a horse will fight, most often when flight is not tenable or when they want to protect their offspring.  But these situations are probably more rare when handling your horse.  Well, how do you handle your horse to keep him calm and trustful?

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Top 4 Chew Toys for Rabbits around $5

start photoYou don’t know how funny it can be to see bunnies when they play, run around, chase a toy ball or chew on it until you watched them.  Rabbits are very playful and explorative, and they need to live their playful side and drive to explore in order to stay mentally and physically healthy and happy.

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Chew toys are perfect for rabbits because they provide a big variety of material to chew on and to play around with.  Rabbits are curious animals, eternally curious.  So, they need to find out what the things are they encounter, and they want to find it out by playing with it and by chewing it.  It’s their instinct.  You can observe this behavior also with wild rabbits outside your home.

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Top 4 Food for Goldfish under $10

start photoYour goldfish needs a nutritionally balanced staple diet.  Fortunately the Top brands offer exactly that.  So if you’re looking for a great food for your goldfish you should find many options.  I put together the Top 4 Food for Goldfish that are currently available that provide health-enhancing blends.

Finally it is your goldfish deciding which fish food it likes the best.  So just trying out different brands is the best way to go.  What do you need to know about feeding your goldfish and keeping him healthy and happy?  Here are some tips for you.

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Top 4 Pet Fountains around $30

start photoYou have several possibilities to offer fresh water to your pet.  For small pets you can get one of those practical water feeders that you can install on the side of a cage or wall.  Well, for cats and dogs though you probably need something bigger and more convenient.  A pet fountain is the way to go.

The moving water in the pet fountains encourage your pet, dog and cat, to drink more often.  The free falling stream also adds oxygen for freshness which makes the water more appealing to drink.  As it is for us important to drink daily enough water, it is for your pets as well.  Proper hydration promotes healthy kidney function, cushions and lubricates joints, speeds recovery time for sick or injured pets and helps your pet’s body with temperature regulation.  Do you know the signs of a dehydrated pet?

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Top 3 Alpaca Grooming and Clipping Sets around $80

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If you keep Alpacas for their fleece, for breeding or just for you and your family you still will need to groom and shear them regularly. Having a well-assembled grooming and clipping set is one of those things you need to have in order to keep your Alpacas happy and healthy.



Yaheetech 320W Farm Supplies Sheep Shears Goat Clippers Animal Livestock Shave GroomingThe following grooming and clipping sets have different features and different handling instructions. It is important for you to find out which one fits your and your Alpacas needs the best. Of course, all these grooming and clipping sets are perfect for sheep, goats, Llamas as well. Most of them though are not recommended to be used on thick-furred dogs or horses – even though one customer used his model for shearing the thick fur of his Irish Wolfhound.


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Top 3 Elevated Feeding Bowls between $20 and $90

BestVida® Sparks Pet StandElevated feeding bowls are a must for older and taller dogs.  Well, this statement needs a lot of explanation because they’re are opinions out there that recommend highly to not use elevated feeding bowls for dogs.

Before I get to the details of this discussion I like to mention that they’re are more reasons for dog owners to buy elevated feeding bowls. Both are brought up in the following customer reviews. One dog owner describes that she needed an elevated bowl because of the roach problem she had in her apartment. Well, that’s a very good reason. The other point is to get an elevated bowl for the taller dog in order to keep the smaller dog away from stealing food out of the other dog’s bowl. Also a great reason, isn’t it.

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