Caring for live food

Caring for your live food is an important part of maintaining your pet’s own health and wellbeing. Be it frogs, lizards or even small birds, live food can play an integral part of their nutritional, breeding and enrichment routine. Feeding unhealthy or unhygienic live food can have negative impacts on your pet’s health, and provide little to no nutrition.
While most live food do not require a high degree of maintenance, it is important that their enclosure is kept clean and dry to prevent the growth of mould and bacteria. Substrates such as sand and bran can be frozen prior to use to prevent the spread of lice, weevils and other nasties.
Food and water should be changed regularly and waste removed.
While there are many different kinds of live food, and many different ways to maintain your collection or farm, it certainly pays to do your research. Breeding live food at home can be a great way to save money and ensure that your pets are only being provided with the highest quality food available.
Common live foods include meal worms, crickets, woodies, maggots, and fly pupae. Nutritional values differ, so it is important to chat to your vet about the best way to provide your pet a healthy, balanced diet.

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