Pet Care Blog

Feather Health

Hello everyone! We thought this month we would educate everyone on an important topic – feather and skin health! We’re starting off with out feathered friends, but will also touch on mammals and reptiles. What we can see on the outside of our exotic pets can certainly...

Reptile Heating

The next most important point is to choose a heat source that allows heating overnight, without disrupting the day/night cycle.  Many people would argue that reptiles only need heating during the day, however we recommend providing heating 24/7 as our enclosure...

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...

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...

Heat Stroke

As temperatures rise over summer the risk of HEAT STROKE becomes very real for our pets. Heat stroke has devastating effects on pets left outdoors with insufficient shelter, and even pets housed indoors. Heat stroke is an emergency, and can kill within an...

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...

Common Reproductive Problems in Reptiles

Photo: All of these eggs and ovaries were removed from a single bearded dragon! Spring is well and truly here!  And with spring/summer comes lots of reproductive activity and problems in many of the species we see.  But many people don’t realise that reptiles also get...

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...

Tong training, clicker training reptiles

Today we are going to talk reptiles! The same principles of positive reinforcement training can be applied to reptiles. You may think – training a reptile?! Why would I do that! However you can actually make the veterinary and at home care of your reptile easier for...

Training Rodents

Did you know that positive reinforcement training doesn’t just apply to birds?* We can also use it for our rodent friends! If you’ve ever had to give your rodent pet medication, you may have found it difficult. However you can train your rodents to accept treats from...

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