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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...

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...

Suitable bedding for Guinea Pigs

Hi everyone, today we are talking about guinea pig bedding! There are a multitude of different bedding types available for guinea pigs, however our vets also see a number of problems associated with some of these products.  Ideal bedding should provide comfort and...

Appropriate bedding material for Birds

We thought we would start the month by talking about birds! Anyone who owns a parrot would be pretty aware they often like to CHEW! This means we have to be very careful about what we include in their environment to prevent some health issues! The two most common...

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