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 3 Small Animal Hideout Houses between $2 and $30

startSmall animals such as mice, hamsters and gerbils need housing as a hideout in their cages. They need retreat opportunities for resting, nesting and playing. Many of the available houses for small animals allow to climb on them and the explore them from all sides.

An important factor of your new small animal house is the material it is made of. Many small animal houses are made of plastic, out of the obvious reason that is easier to clean. Well, generally said, small animal houses that are made of wood are the best choice.

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Top 6 Submersible Fish Tank Heaters around $10

startIf you think of having a fish aquarium you will need to take into consideration to purchase a fish tank heater. When do you need a fish tank heater and what kinds of fish tank heaters are available?

I made some research about submersible fish tank heaters that are just around $10 and gathered here important facts about purchasing the right one. (picture found on Pinterest)

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Tip for Reptile Owners: How to aid reptiles shedding

shedding-snakeWhy do reptiles shed at all? Reptiles grow as all animals do, but their skin does not grow with them. This is the reason why reptiles need to shed their skin regularly in order for the new skin to accompany their growth. (picture found on Pinterest)

Healthy reptiles, snakes, lizards and others, show frequent and easy shedding. If you observe an infrequent or incomplete shedding, it needs your attention. There are some facts you need to know in order to aid your reptile shedding.

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Top 4 Cat Litter around $20

startAfter writing about Cat Litter Boxes and Small Cat Litter Boxes for travel purposes it is time to speak about cat litter itself. According to a research that I read once cats prefer fine-grained litters. Well, that’s exactly what most of the available cat litters are.

There are different types of cat litter with different advantages and disadvantages. I will also speak about how to handle outdoor cats that prefer dirt.



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Top 5 Horse Dressage/Combo Bridles between $40 and $100

plymouthMy favorite riding competition was dressage. I never really liked the jumping competitions, even when I did them quite frequently. In dressage I usually felt more strongly connected with my horse than at jumping. Doing both I was very familiar with all kinds of dressage/combo bridles.

First I have to make clear that the dressage bridles are absolutely perfect for jumping competitions too. You have today so many choices of dressage/combo bridles that it might overwhelm you. Here are some points that could help you choosing the right one for your horse or pony.

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Top 3 Pet Odor Removers 1 Gallon between $15 and $50

startSharing your home with pets – dogs, cats and all kinds of small animals – you have to deal with pet odor. No exception! As a pet owner you don’t need to put up with pet odors in your home. You definitely need to have some kind of pet odor remover at hand.

But there are more things to know about pets and their odors.


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Top 4 Small/Medium Bird Cages around $50

start-photoJust as we love our homes our pet birds love their cage as home which makes the design of the cage for your bird very important. Here are the most important points you need to know before choosing your bird cage.

First of all the perfect bird cage needs to provide enough space for your bird to move around, to fully extend their wings inside the cage. Additional space is needed for bird toys, dishes, perches and other places your birds love to hang out such as swings or nests.

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Top 3 Dog Muzzles around $15

start-photoDog muzzles prevent dogs from biting themselves, other pets, you or other people, in worst case children. Why are dogs biting? Well, there are several answers to this question. The most frequent situation is actually not what people might think. It’s not because of aggression. Most often dogs bite out of fear.

Dogs may bite because they are afraid of special kinds of handling they don’t like such as nail cutting, ear cleaning and others. Very often dogs bite because they don’t understand what you are doing with them. In this case be patient, use first a muffler until your dog learns that you do no harm.

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Top 3 Snacks for Rabbits around $3

2One way fighting boredom with rabbits is to offer them snacks,, healthy snacks of course. Snacks cannot replace full food but they are important as additional nutritional treat and as chewing toy.

Giving your little rabbit healthy snacks keeps them from chewing or nibbling your furniture or worse left lying about cords. Of course you can give these snacks to guinea pigs and chinchillas as well.


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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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