Are You Really Prepared To Take The Responsibility Of A Pet?

Pets can bring the much needed joy in our lives. They offer companionship and complete loyalty and commitment towards their owners. For most owners, pets are a source of joy and caring for them brings a sense of relaxation.

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Most animal lovers often end up adopting pets. Adopting pets is a major decision and can have a significant impact on your daily life and routine. Hence before deciding to adopt pets, it is important to consider few essential factors.

Reasons for adopting pets

Many times, people tend to adopt pets as a result of an erratic reaction. The most important thing to consider is that pets require care and attention. Healthy pets may stay with their owners for a long period of time. It is hence important to evaluate the need and reasons for adopting pets instead of taking decisions which you may regret later.

Time constraints

Various animal rescue shelters may have pets for adoption. However, before fulfilling the adoption formalities it is advisable to consider the time required for keeping and caring of the pet. Pets require to be fed, to be taken for exercise sessions and walks and constant monitoring on the part of the owners. It is hence advisable for prospective owners to evaluate the available time before opting for pet adoptions.

Costs involved

Owning a pet can be expensive. Expenses may be incurred on purchasing pet food, pet toys, veterinary care, training classes, licenses and many more. While option for kitten adoptions, consideration of the costs involved is extremely important as kittens may require regular grooming sessions. Pet adoptions are advisable only for people who possess the financial means to afford the expenses involved.

Special problems

One major concern regarding pet especially kitten adoption is the ability to deal with problems including medical emergencies, accidents and flea infestations. Owners may evaluate whether they are ready to take up such issues prior to opting for pet adoptions.

Living arrangements and permissions

Before adopting pets, it is advisable to consider the available space. Some pets are active and may require space to play. Lack of proper space in the house may restrict their growth. Another important aspect relates to obtaining permissions from the housing communities for keeping a pet.

Some other aspects which require considerable efforts on the part of pet owners include:

  • Arranging regular training sessions for the pets.
  • Evaluating the feasibility of owning a pet considering factors like age of children in the house.
  • Ensuring proper arrangements for the pet while you are away from home.
  • Willingness to provide proper care to the pet.
  • Evaluating the degree of responsibility associated with keeping a pet.

A pet in the house places a lot of responsibility on the owner. It is hence important to conduct an assessment regarding the various aspects involved before deciding to adopt one.

For people looking to adopt pets, Found Animals can end their search. The service allows you to choose pets from various shelter homes. You can adopt pets of specific breeds, ages and gender.

 

This entry was posted on June 20, 2016, in Pets.

FUNGAL INFECTIONS IN PETS – CLEANLINESS CAN THE ONLY MEANS FOR PREVENTION

Fungal infections are quite common in human as well in animals. The most common type of fungal or yeast infection is known as Ringworm. As the name says, the infection agent is not a worm rather few species of fungus.  Initially, the infected part shows red patches on skin, scalp and nails or on other body parts of human or animals. Pets (dogs, cats) are more prone to such infections and precaution should always secure to avoid the after effects. It’s a contagious disease and may spread from person to person or from pet to the persons comes in contact with the infected part. The diseases in human can be avoided easily by keeping few things in mind like-

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  1. Use your personal comb only
  2. Avoid using other clothes or even own unwashed clothes
  3. Pet’s cleanliness is utmost important
  4. Avoid itching if infection occurs to stop any further spread over etc.

Reasons behind Ringworm infection in Dogs –

Dogs usually get infected by the fungus-like Microsporum Canis, Microsporum Gypseum, and Trichophyton Mentagrophytes.  The drastic consequences can be avoided by taking medication for Ringworm Treatments.   The infection depends on various factors like –

  1. Few of the dogs carry infectious fungus in their system, whether the symptoms are visible or not, they still infect others.
  2. Some medication may weaken the immune system and with decreased immunity they get easily infected.
  3. Keeping along with various other animals can also be reasons apart from others.

Required action to avoid further consequences:

Whenever you observe the symptoms such as patches or skin redness in your dogs, one should immediately take them to the expert for treatment. Even the owner should avoid touching their pets without gloves

Disease diagnosis:

It’s quite easy to diagnose such infections once taken to the veterinary doctor (Term for Animal’s doctor). They usually advise sending a sample of patches for fungal culture. After which on the basis of severity, doctors prescribe medication.

Medication for Ringworm Treatments –

Treatment differs from one to other. Veterinarians start treatment only after the diagnosis of severity. Some of the most common treatments prescribed by the doctors are –

  1. Ointments containing Miconazole (an antifungal agent)
  2. Antifungal dips like lime sulfur, 2% chlorhexidine solution
  3. Antifungal shampoos like 2% miconazole shampoo, ketoconazole shampoo can also be used to cure the disease.

All the above-advised medication should specifically be given under specialists supervision and as per the prescribed duration. Without any further direction of the doctor to stop the medication is advisable to avoid recurrence of the disease.

Precautions while applying medication to the dogs:

  • Wear gloves while bathing animals
  • Avoid being in direct contact with your pet unless the doctor gives a certificate of complete eradication of disease.
  • Gloves should be used even while applying medicines superficially or even for oral medicines.

There are no prevention has been explored yet to avoid infection. Only proper care, cleanliness can be advised for not victimized by the fungus. So, be with your pet but with few precautions as it can be transmitted through pet to their owner.

This entry was posted on June 6, 2016, in Pets.

What is a Dog’s ‘Heat Cycle’?

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From approximately six months old (smaller breed dogs as young as four months can begin), usually lasting throughout the rest of her life, a female dog will experience estrus, or heat, about every six months. She’s going to be receptive to mating during this time. You’ll notice more frequent urination, bleeding, swelling of her vulva and increased nervousness or alertness. Although it depends per breed, a dog’s heat cycle will normally last from 2-4 weeks.

However, recommended sexual maturity isn’t reached until 2 years of age.

  • Average females can experience heat cycles from six months
  • Normally last from 2-4 weeks

Dog Pregnancy – Labor

Stage One

Stage One

This first stage of dog pregnancy lasts about 12- 24 hours. During this stage, the dog’s cervix begins to dilate and uterine contractions will begin. The female may moan, whimper, or pant during labor.

Stage one ends when the puppy first passes into the pelvic canal.

Stage Two

Stage two begins when the female dog actively begins to push her pups out. It usually takes 1-4 strong contractions to deliver each pup.

The amniotic sac should present itself first, followed by the puppy. The female should remove the sac herself; if she doesn’t, you need to do this so her puppy can breathe.

If the female doesn’t sever the umbilical cord herself, again you need to clamp and cut it.

  • It’s very important that owners display a calm, relaxed demeanor at this point. Remaining as calm as possible will help the dog; she’ll likely reflect any nervousness or anxiety.

Stage Three

Stage three of dog pregnancy marks the delivery of the placenta. Each pup has a placenta it’s usually delivered with. The female mother will usually eat the placenta (some human cultures practice this as well); the placenta does contain nutritional value.

You’ll know when the cycle is over; her vulva will return to its’ normal size, and the bleeding will stop. For the first 3 weeks, on the other hand, you may not notice anything at all. Some females may become more demanding on your attention, and their nipples might enlarge.

  • Be careful with your pregnant pup! Extreme conditions and rough handling could lead to miscarriage! Also, be sure to feed her a quality, ‘meat’ based protein source of dog food; try to avoid dog foods using corn as the primary ingredient.

Average Size of Litter

Average Size of Litter

The number of pups born during dog pregnancy in fact varies considerably; making an ‘average’ hard to determine. Usually, medium to large breeds tend to produce the largest litters, with small/toy breeds producing smaller litters, although there are of course exceptions! Normal litters can range anywhere from one or two pups to ten. Some moms might give birth to over 15!

  • Smaller breeds tend to produce smaller litters
  • Normal size of litter: 2-10

Post Dog Pregnancy Care

Post labor car for your dam (mother of puppy or puppies) is extremely important! After she is finished whelping, all soiled surfaces should be replaces with clean, soft bedding.

If you think your dog is pregnant, take her to see your vet! They will answer any questions you may have perfectly, as well as offer diet advice, determine if any tests are requires, etc.

Spay/ Neuter; Importance

Are you actively trying to breed, or did this dog pregnancy occur by accident? I can’t stress the importance of responsibility here! A great many dogs are put down each year for no better reason than we can’t support their numbers. Unless dog pregnancy is your intention, try not to inadvertently add to that population.

Dogs for Sale

Are you trying to find any dogs for sale? Maybe you’re trying to find puppies to adopt? Why not give some of these needy puppies a home!

Dogs Help Man Find Illegal Items in Storage Lockers

While everyone knows that dogs are playful and affectionate, they could also be incredibly helpful in serious lines of work such as police and detective work. For several years, they have been trained and enlisted to work with police to sniff out bombs, drugs, firearms and missing persons. That’s because dogs have an incredible sense of smell, a sense that is much stronger than humans by far.

A dog has an organ in the roof of its mouth which allows them to “taste” a smell. They can also distinguish individual odours even when there are multiple strong odours present. They can pinpoint smells somewhere between 1,000 to 10,000 times better than we can. If that doesn’t baffle you, let this sink in your mind; humans have 5 million scent receptors while bloodhounds have 300 million scent receptors. That’s nuts isn’t it?

Dogs Finding Illegal Substances in a Storage Locker

Dogs have proven to be an invaluable asset to finding illegal substances such as drugs, firearms and explosives in locations such as a storage locker. With their keen sense of smell, they’re able to pick up on these scents in the least obvious places. It really is hard to outsmart a sniffer dog. They’re trained to identify odours of different illegal drugs so even if the drugs were well-hidden or masked with perfumes, dogs can still pick them out.

An owner could store whatever they please in a storage locker. It may contain an overflow of furniture or artwork that just doesn’t fit in a home. But sometimes, these storage units may contain an unexpected surprise. In California, a man and his uncle scored an abandoned storage unit for $80. When they opened it, they saw boxes that were labelled as “Danger, Poison!” To stay on the safe side, they called the cops and good thing they did. The boxes were filled with hazardous meth lab equipment such as meth pipes and gas masks. This is one real-life scenario where a man-trained dog can easily identify the contents in the storage locker. To alert their human partners, a dog may be trained to sit down next to the source or by pawing near the location of the scent.

Dog Discovered Firearms in Storage Locker

Back in 2014, a man was busted, with the help of a dog,  for having 16 guns stored in his car and storage locker in Washington. A confidential informant posed as an interested buyer and arranged to buy drugs from the man. With the help of a detection dog, drugs were found in the man’s locker and car. In the end, the police found over a pound of meth or heroin, three guns and $47,000 in cash in the car. In locker unit, they found 13 firearms.

Drugs & Firearm Detection in Schools

As a method to enhance security and safety, detection dogs are brought into U.S public schools and campuses. Schools that include this form of security will typically see regular canine visits to detect illegal weapons and substances. Usually before these visits happen, everyone in the school is notified. However, in some scenarios, these canine visits happen randomly without any warning.

Not every dog is cut out for this line of work of detecting scents. As well as having a powerful nose, the dog must be very intelligent and capable of solving complex problems and scenarios involving scents. By training them well and showing them positive reinforcement, dogs can be a valuable addition in detective and crime work.

This entry was posted on May 13, 2016, in Pets.

After-Birth Supervision For Mother Dogs And Puppies

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Are you a responsible dog breeder? If your answer is yes, you should have a sensitive understanding about the importance of special care for mother and puppies during pregnancy and after birth. You should also be available in providing not only physical support to your dogs but emotional help as well. As such, you need to know that the kinds and levels of support is dependent to different factors such as the size and breed of the dogs. Here’s how to get started:

Healthy mother dog

To make sure that the mother dog is healthy and in good condition, it is advisable that the dog breeder gives her a break or bring her out for a walk. As of the dietary scheme, necessary changes on the food requirements may be recommended by a North Turramurra vet especially during the stage of pregnancy and nursing. Furthermore, follow the instruction of the vet in order to ensure health of the mother dog. Keep in mind that the primary goal of dog breeding is to reproduce healthy pups, and taking care of the mother is the cornerstone.

Healthy Pups

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The mother dog requires a very special attention from their breeders.  In the first three days afterbirth, the condition of the dam must be checked regularly in order to spare them from health problems especially if it has suffered from extreme pain during the labor. Moreover, it is very important that she is well nourished especially that she is nursing her pups. On the other hand, make sure that the new puppies are sound throughout the day and night. The best way to support the early lives of the pups is to house them in a whelping box. Most importantly, make sure that all of the puppies are fed.

After care

The health of the pups depends on their breeders.  You should there fore anticipate that the mother dog is worn out after the labor. For this reason, nourishment is the best delivery aftercare. You can provide the mother dog a chicken broth which will help restore her strength. Plus, you could also provide her assistance when she urinates. You should also check if the nipples have inflamed. Of course, never overlook tick and worm treatments for dogs.

Eating time

As a responsible breeder, you should not forget the importance of your time in feeding the mother dog as well as the pups. Take note that nursing dogs require foods that contain high calcium and calories.  As suggested, you should feed the mother and her pups by 2 to 3 hours.  For a great meal, you might want to supply plain yogurts. You can also nourish them for a great treats such as meats of chicken and beefs. For maximum care, the breeder should spend enough time with the mother dog and the puppies for the first sixty days.  If you cannot afford to stay with them at least for two months, you might want to assign someone who can do it for you.

Taking care of your dog is a fulfilling yet daunting task. Hence, be ready for your roles as a responsible dog owner. Never forget that the mother dog and puppies exhibit critical health after giving birth so it is paramount to exert a double layer of effort to provide them the best care.

This entry was posted on May 12, 2016, in Pets.

Few Interesting Information About Horse News

There is no denying the fact that there are some domesticated animals which are great friends of human beings. These include dogs, cats, cows, sheep and most importantly horses. For generations, horses have been great friends of human beings. Whether it is in war or peace or during normal times and times of calamities, these wonderful animals have helped man in more ways than one. They are considered as one of the most majestic of animals and can certainly be helpful to human beings in more ways than one. They can be useful in moving goods, men and materials for hundreds of kilometers. Though their relevance may have become quite small these days because of development of better and more advanced modes of transport, they still continue to be used as a mode of transport. This is especially true for areas where other modes of automated transport could be difficult to move. This is all the more true for mountainous terrains.

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A Few More Reasons Why Horses Are Great Companions

Apart from being useful as a beast of burden, there is no doubt that there are many other ways in which also horses could be useful. When it comes to managing law and order situations and also in defending the country and its people in difficult terrains, there are many countries where horses are commonly used. Further if one goes through the various Horse news articles, there are reasons to believe that they are also used for various other purposes. They are very commonly used in horse racing and some of the finest breeds of horses take part in various horse regattas and other such competitions. Millions of dollars are betted on them and hence they help in generating huge profits for a few apart from providing the much needed employed for many.

They also are used for equestrian and other sporting events and whenever Olympics are held, many of us look forward to the horses displaying their skills and talents in various equestrian events. In many countries horse polo is a big game where these animals are regularly used. Hence it would not be out of place to mention here that when it comes to the right synergy between men and animals, there is no doubt that horses continue to hold a pride of place. Hence the onus lies on us to find out ways and means by which they can be given the respect, dignity, love and affection which they deserve. There are many instances where these great animals are ill treated. It is upon us to expose these wrongdoers and ensure that they get their rightful place in the world because of the great services provided by them.

As technology moves it is quite likely that these animals may not be at all used as a mode of transport. But when it comes to horse racing and other such sporting activities, their role will continue to remain as popular and it is now. They will continue to be one of the best friends of man for many more decades and perhaps even centuries.

 

Giving Your Furry Friends the Best Comforts

Having pets round us is just cute because they give us company and makes us busy with their needs. They also provide us with protection and loyalty. Just like water and food, they also need a little bit of comfort. True, that many of cuddle our dog to sleep in our own bed but do you really consider this as the best option? Your pets need something more than this. Check the list below to see the number of options you have to give them their own space.

Give them their own sleeping place

Just like you have your own bed gives them one too. Especially for elderly dogs it’s important that they have their own place to rest and sleep. How comfortable do you feel when you finally stretch on your bed for a night’s sleep? Same as that, your pet too will feel so comfy and a sense of belongingness. He will have something to call its own in your house. Remember if you have several pets you can buy different beds or even bunks beds for them. Pet beds can be expensive and many of us think it’s too luxury. There are dog beds for sale during different festive seasons and if you check online. Go for good deals so you can still make it a budget friendly purchase while trying to lift the standards of your pets overall health and wellbeing.

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You can make it by your own

Don’t want to spend a lot of money on pet furniture? Well, then all you have to do is go DIY! Check for some new selections on pet furniture like chairs and beds on websites and pet care magazines. Collect all materials you will need like wood, bed clothes and pillows and start working to give your little friends some comfort. The mattress should support their limbs and back to give them a good night’s sleep. Also another way to create a lovely space for your pet is to make use of an old suitcase. If you have one all you need is a mattress, pillows and bed clothes to make it an idea sleeping and resting place. You can decorate it with some colored prints and put its name.

It can also be decorative furniture for your house

Having a bed or cabin for your dog can be an additional piece of furniture to your house. There are different dog beds that you make custom make to match the place you want to keep it, for an example an attached dog bed to your bed. You can match colors and the textures. Also if you want to have pet furniture in your living room next to your sofa set you have many options for that as well. If you are thinking that you don’t have much space to accommodate such items don’t worry because you don’t just have to buy a rocking chair instead by a pet and person rocking chair. Other items include indoor dog house beneath your staircase, wall pet shelves ideal for cats and coffee tables with dog spaces. They can give your furniture a new upgrade and you don’t want separate space at all!

Giving your pets their own living space will keep you away from diseases like asthma as well because dog fur and dander are factors behind this disease. Also you will be able to protect your furniture.

 

This entry was posted on April 1, 2016, in God Sale.

Reasons toBuy Pet Insurance

Pets are great partners to any human being.They bring you from the edge of tears, join in when you want to rejoice and have the mysteriousability to tame your day to day stress. You often embrace pets as full-fledged family members and care for them just like the other members. One way to do this is to take out a pet insurance cover for your pet. Here is why purchasing pet insurance is a smart move.

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  • It Lets You Choosethe Veterinarian

Health insurance plans for human beings require you to use a particular medical provider, unlike pet insurance plansthat let you receive care from the veterinarian you choose. You merely give the veterinary bill to the insurance company for a refund of qualified expenses.

  • To Get a Peace Of Mind

Whenyou purchasepet insurance policy, you get to choose treatments for your sick or injured pet based on the best medical choice available. You do not limit their treatment due to the family finances. Several pet insurance policies refund most of the expenses after deductibles.

  • It Provides ASimple Way To Budget the Cost of Pet Care

Pet insurance plans can be paid on a monthly basis, semi-annually, quarterly,or annually. It is your responsibility to pick the payment plan works best for you and your pet. Additionally, most policies give discounts for extra pets in the household.

  • Prevents You From Plunging Into The Emergency Fund

You can set up a pet savings account, but it is tough to restrain yourself from using the money when you face high car repairs or unexpected expenses. By getting an insurance policy, you avoid such challenges.

  • It is Easy

One of the huge benefits of having pet insurance is that it is easy for you to be reimbursed. Most of theinsurance companies request you to send a receipt from your veterinary and after a few weeks, you get a cheque for some or all of the expenses from the visit.

  • You Never Have To Pick Between Your Wallet And Your Pet

Costs for surgeries and general checkups are increasing, and you sometimes have to choose between your pet and the money available.  However, with an insurance plan, your pet is always catered for despite the cost of treatment. The composure that comes with knowing that accidents are covered outweighs the month-to-month costs of pet insurance for most pet owners.

Now that you are aware of the benefits of buying pet insurance, the next step is to pick a company. To help with this process, you can visit https://www.petinsurance.com/pet-insurance-reviews to see the ratings of various companies.

This entry was posted on March 26, 2016, in Pet Names.

Home from home

Summer is the season for the family holiday and that includes the pet dog but if the accommodation does not allow for the pets to be there; where do you put them? There are alternative accommodations for animals to stay and be looked after by a host family, where the pet will feel at home, be cared for as if they were still living at home. This, of course, is essential for the owners and pets to be happy that they have left their dog in a safe environment, while they go on holiday, without the stress.

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The unexpected can happen, the business trip that has to be taken without any notice, the hospital or medical that requires an overnight stay, travelling to visit friends or family celebrations or just to have to see them, the house is being decorated or the builders are in, these are only a few to mention but these situations can occur, so the services of a dog boarding business are only a click away for the solution, for the unexpected.

How it works

The internet has the list of businesses that offer the services you are looking for and when you have found the one that offers what you consider suitable for your needs, the next step is to find the perfect host home ask questions and get the answers. This is the time to inform them of your pet’s requirements such as diet, medical, special care if necessary and of course, the routine and much more, as owners can have a list that can be endless in your selected area.

If you like what you hear, then it’s off to meet and say hello to them and if the pet likes them and want to stay there. When the dog and host family have hit it off, then it is time to book with the length of stay, the selection of care and even grooming and training can be available.

The next step is to reserve and book with the instructions you have requested on the website and if the host family is free at the dates you have entered, then a payment using a credit card or through pay pal. Confirmation will be sent through within 24 hours, and then it’s all booked.

The drop off

Be sure to bring the essentials for the pet to feel at home such as their toys, food, leash, instructions for medical and feeding, also the vet’s number; in case of emergencies. Please stay until the pet is settled, give them a big hug and like many parents with young children who leave them at their first day at school, this could be long day with lots of tears!

If you are secure with the knowledge that you have chosen your pet a home from home, where they will be happy with the new surroundings for their temporary stay, no matter how long, you can safely go on your way. Remember that when you return to pick them up, you will be greeted with the biggest welcome with lots of tail wagging!  There will be tears of joy as though you had never left and you’d be thinking what you were so worried about! Remember to leave your feedback for future clients who are thinking of using this kind of service for their pets.

This entry was posted on March 21, 2016, in Pets.

The Different Types of Collars You Can Get for Your Dog

The type of collar you get for your dog depends on a few different things.

First, consider the age of your dog. Puppies should never wear collars because when they tug and pull on the leash, they risk damaging their trachea. While you might not notice the damage when they are young, you will certainly see it at an older age. Puppies should always wear harnesses that do not focus all the tug weight on the neck region.

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Second, the type of collar you get for your dog will depend on their temperament. Dogs who are not well behaved on a leash and require a little more support should be wearing a harness. Dogs who know how to walk well on a leash can wear a collar, and dogs that are prone to biting might need a muzzle attached to their collar.

The three different dog collars and their benefits are discussed below.

Harnesses

The harness is the best option for owners who have not had success with training their dog to walk on a leash yet. They have three loops. The legs go through two adjacent loops while the neck goes through another, and then a piece that goes over the back will connect those loops. Some harnesses are more filled out than others, but which one you choose depends on your preference and the best fit for your dog.

Harnesses are best for puppies that are learning how to walk on a leash, dogs that are prone to lunging and tugging on the leash, and dogs that might need extra support as they walk. Harnesses act as a wonderful way to help a dog stand if they need assistance, and help the dog walk while the owner lends them some support.

Collars

A dog collar should only be worn during the supervision of a person. Most collars will have a mechanism that will release in case the dog gets caught on something, but it’s better to be safe rather than sorry. The benefits of a dog wearing a collar include an easy place to attach tags and licenses for the dog and aesthetic appeal.

Dogs that are well-behaved on the leash and never pull on the leash can walk with a collar.

Muzzles

Muzzles are an option for dogs that are prone to biting or napping while they are out on a walk or if they need to go to the veterinarian. Muzzles do not restrain your dog from breathing or harm them in any way if they are used properly. They can be attached to a collar or a harness, or they can be used freely. The leash will still need to be attached to the collar or the harness, and not the muzzle.

Muzzles should only be used for dogs that have a tendency to bite out of fear while they’re in the public.

Keeping your dog safe and comfortable can be done with all three of the aforementioned options. Take stock of your dog’s character before you decide which one to purchase for him or her. Remember, they may need a different option for a different situation, so it’s alright to have all three on hand!