Savannah monitors need special heat and UVB lighting in order to grow big and strong. But with all the assorted lighting elements in the pet store how do you know which ones to purchase? Check out Savannah Monitor Lighting to see what you should have for your pet monitor.
Pet frogs get lumps and bumps just like many other pets. But as alarming as some of these lumps can be they may not all be bad. Growths can be anything from a foreign objects protruding to parasites to cancer. Read Frog Lumps to find out what your frog's lump may be.
Pet kunekune are a rare, exotic pet for sure. But that doesn't mean they don't get the same reproductive disorders as other pigs, including pot bellied pigs. Spaying and Neutering Kunekune will walk you through the reasons why (and when) to get your pet kunekune fixed.
Do you have a pot bellied pig? Is he neutered? Pot bellied pigs should be fixed for a variety of reasons including to prevent cancer, marking behavior, and some unwanted bleeding. Learn all about sterilizing your special pig friend in Spaying and Neutering Pot Bellied Pigs.
Dogs are known to get bloat, or worse, GDV but did you know it can happen to pet ferrets, too? Ferrets can bloat or get GDV by gulping air or by having an overgrowth of bacteria in their stomach. Unfortunately, bloat and GDV are life threatening and your ferret needs immediate medical attention if you suspect he has bloat. Learn more about Ferret Bloat.
Do you offer enrichment activities for your herp? New research shows that reptiles are actually much smarter than we thought and would appear to benefit from a little brain stimulation and training. In testing, tortoises were easily trained to navigate around barrier to get to food and anoles worked to get their food out of varying devices, much like parrots do. Perhaps we aren't giving our scaled friends the credit they deserve!
Thailand continues to be a hot spot for reptile smugglers but officials have again stopped the export of tortoises and freshwater turtles. Over 5,000 turtles and tortoises have been seized in the past four years along with about half of those being Indian Star Tortoises. Many animals are becoming very rare in the wild due to this illegal trading of exotic pets and everyone should be extremely careful when purchasing a new reptile. Make sure your potential new herp was not wild caught!
Exotic pets have been around since the beginning of time. Sure, some were because there were no domesticated dogs and cats yet but lizards, cheetahs, chimps, birds, and more have been popular for awhile. Check out how trends in exotic pets have changed in Exotic Pet Popularity Through History.
Testing on undisclosed brands of raw pet food were performed to "establish the potential for contamination" of this type of pet food by the FDA. The study found both Salmonella or Listeria in almost one out of every four samples. This raised concerns with the government organization and the makers of the foods. The food companies argue that not all raw food carries the same risk due to differences in safety standards but the government has made a blanket statement to avoid raw pet foods. To see more on this study check out the FDA's website. Do you feed a raw food diet to your pet? And if so, are you concerned about Salmonella or Listeria infection?
The FDA has recalled Bailey's Choice chicken treats that are sold in Georgia and North Carolina due to Salmonella contamination. During a routine test on the 5 oz. packages of dog treats the organism was confirmed in some of the packages. For a complete listing of the specific products that were recalled check out the FDA's website.