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Keeping Your Reptile Warm Over Winter

Winter is here! I am sure everyone has noticed the chilly weather making it harder and harder to get out of bed! Our education focus this month is on heating for our scaled, furred and feathered pets! Keeping our little critters warm over winter can help prevent many...

Keeping Birds Warm

Keeping Birds Warm

There are a number of products sold for birds to help them stay warm – particularly sleeping bags such as ‘happy huts’ and snuggle buddies made of soft, fluffy materials. Although many birds enjoy having access to these they can pose a significant health risk. It is a...

Keeping Small Animals Warm Over Winter

Keeping Small Animals Warm Over Winter

Our small mammals (such as guinea pigs, rats and mice) generally much prefer our cooler temperatures over winter.  In fact, summer is much more problematic! However, sudden changes and temperature extremes can still be problematic, particularly when we have a very...

Health checks over Winter

Health checks over Winter

The cooler weather that comes with winter puts additional stressors on everyone’s bodies – including those of our pets! Some particular health issues that we see exacerbated with the cooler weather include: Arthritis: the cool weather can be hard on the joints, and...

How to Transport Your Bird to the Vet

Hello everyone! For our educational topic this month we thought we would discuss how to safely bring your pets to the vet! We often have people ask when they book an appointment how to bring in their animal. We are starting with birds and will also include information...

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

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...

Rat Nutrition

These little creatures are much less fussy than many of our other patients, and being omnivores, they can eat a large variety of different food items. However, this doesn’t mean everything they eat is good for them and (much like us!) if given the choice they often...

Bedding Recommendations for Reptiles

To finish our monthly theme of appropriate substrates we are talking about reptiles! Appropriate caging substrates are important to maintain the health of your reptile. Having bedding that is too dusty can predispose to respiratory irritation, some substrates are...

Bedding for our Rodent Friends

Hi everyone! Today we are going to talk to you about bedding for our rodent friends! Did you know that respiratory problems in rodents and their cage substrate can be linked? Respiratory problems are common and can be severe in pet rats and mice. These include...

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