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Awakening your soul

Animals exist in the world for their own reasons – they are not for humans any more than women created for men

Awakening your soul

It's almost impossible to avoid using all animal products; if you're still causing animal suffering without realizing it, what's the point?

It is impossible to live your life without causing some harm; we've all accidentally stepped on ants or breathed in gnats, but that doesn't mean we should intentionally cause unnecessary harm. Just because you might accidentally hit someone with your car is no reason to run someone over on purpose.

Does milking a cow hurt the cow?

Most cow owners do not wash their hands, do not have soft hands or do not milk gently. Nor do they put any cream or lotion on the udders afterwards. More than 50 per cent of cows' udders become sore. They suffer from mastitis, an infection of the udders that cause swelling and makes milking very painful.

Are guinea pigs suited to the hot temperatures such as in India?

The ideal temperature range for a Guinea pig is between 18-25 degrees Celsius. Anything above or below this range can lead to your pet Guinea pig becoming stressed. In hot weathers such as in many parts of India, Guinea pigs can suffer from heat stress, lethargy, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and dehydration. Even though your Guinea pig might not display very obvious signs of being affected by the heat, hot climate can take a considerable toll on your pet's health. So before adopting a Guinea pig, please ensure that the climate where you live is suitable for your pet as well.

My rabbit's teeth are misaligned and he/she is constantly drooling. Should I be concerned?

Misaligned teeth along with signs of drooling, frequent dropping of food, lack of appetite, wet fur around the mouth etc. can be a sign of something serious like Malocclusions. Teeth are a vital part of the rabbit's digestive system so dental problems can lead to more serious conditions. If you see any of these symptoms, it is better to get your rabbit checked out by a pet so that you can catch any problem early and fix the problem before it gets worse.

How can I test the water in my aquarium?

There are several water test kits on the market that are available from most good pet shops. We recommend that you regularly test the pH, ammonia (NH4), nitrite (NO2), nitrate (NO3) and dissolved oxygen (DO) levels.

It is important that the ammonia and nitrite are at a very low concentration, and that the pH is stable. The nitrate level is less critical because it is not dangerous to fish unless at very high levels.

(Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to manekaanimallove@gmail.com)

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