Pet Care Blog

Toxins to avoid in the holidays

Christmas is a time of plenty – plenty of social events, plenty of joy and plenty of food and decorations!  Our feathered, scaled and furry pets often like to join in the fun – but not everything that is safe for us, is safe for them! Christmas decorations often...

Signs of Illness in Reptiles

Hello everyone! As many of you with reptilian pets would know, they can be challenging to read sometimes! Signs of illness can be very difficult to spot – because often there aren’t any! Reptiles are very adept at hiding any evidence that they are sick, often until...

Signs of Illness in Birds

Signs of Illness in Birds

Hello everyone! This month we thought we would talk to you about signs of illness to look for in our exotic pets. It is extremely important to be on the lookout for these things so that we can address any medical issues as soon as possible. We are starting with our...

Signs of Illness in Rodents

Just like many of our other small friends, rats, mice and guinea pigs are all extremely good at hiding when they are unwell. Many exotic species that we keep as pets are very good at this, and our rodent friends are no exception. Rodents are very good at just going...

Appropriate UV lights for reptiles

There are three forms of UV light (none of which is visible to the human eye), defined by their differing wavelengths: UVA, UVB and UVC. UVA is important in stimulation of normal behaviour, including appetite. UVB reacts with products in the skin and feathers to...

UV light supplementation for birds/guinea pigs

UV light supplementation for birds/guinea pigs

There are three forms of UV light (none of which is visible to the human eye), defined by their differing wavelengths: UVA, UVB and UVC. UVA is important in stimulation of normal behaviour, including appetite. UVB reacts with products in the skin and feathers to...

Common Reproductive Problems in Reptiles

Common Reproductive Problems in Reptiles

Photo: All of these eggs and ovaries were removed from a single bearded dragon!Reptiles are not immune to issues associated with their reproductive tracts, in fact they are quite common as we head into springtime. One of the most common reproductive diseases we see is...

Excessive egg laying and egg binding in Birds

Excessive egg laying and egg binding in Birds

Reproductive behaviour is a ‘normal’ part of avian life in the wild. In captivity however, reproductive behaviour can be undesirable as it can lead to diseases such as overlaying, egg binding, prolapse, egg peritonitis. It can also lead to problems with the pet-owner...

Behavioural Enrichment

Behavioural Enrichment

Behavioural enrichment aims to enhance the quality of life of captive animals. Providing varied, challenging and stimulating environments will improve the mental and physical well-being of pet reptiles, which in turn should assist in preventing or reducing abnormal...

Rodent Enrichment

Rodent Enrichment

Enrichment is about providing activities for your animals that will alleviate boredom and recreate activities normally undertaken in the wild.

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