Are you taking a trip? Who will care for your exotic pet while you are out of town? Some people are fortunate to have pet sitters, family, or friends who are knowledgeable in caring for your specific kind of pet but many people need a boarding facility to watch their exotic pet while they are away. Check out this list of Exotic Pet Boarding Facilities and let me know if yours isn't on the list so I can add them!
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services is in charge of keeping our natural environments, well, natural. Part of this job means regulating what species of plants and animals are allowed to cross state lines to hopefully eliminate or decrease the likelihood of invasive species. In 2012 four species of snakes were added to the list of "injurious" species in the Lacey Act. Find out if your pet snake is one of them.
Inclusion Body Disease, also known as IBD in pet boids, is a fatal disease that is easily spread from snake to snake. This disease has many symptoms but cannot be cured. Find out how to protect your collection in "Snake Inclusion Body Disease".
I finally got a chance to update the Reptile Shows and Expos calendar for March, 2014. Go take a look to see when there's an expo near you!
Rabbits are sensitive little creatures that can unfortunately get a variety of scary diseases but most pet owners will agree, watching their pet have a seizure is one of the worst things they can see. Knowing what causes seizures, what can be done about them, and what to do if your rabbit has a seizure is good knowledge to have before your rabbit has a seizure (but hopefully he never does). Read Seizures in Pet Rabbits to arm yourself with knowledge.
After a young boy died from the bite of his new pet rat in California the media caught wind to warn rat owners everywhere of Rat Bite Fever. Strepobacillus monoliformis, aka Rat Bite Fever, is a bacterial infection that can be spread from rodents to people from simply handling the animal or from a bite or scratch, or even from consuming contaminated water or food. The disease is typically not fatal (but treatment should be sought) and only about 200 cases of Rat Bite Fever were reported to the Center for Disease Control in the United States since 2004.
It responds to antibiotics therefore it is not usually specifically tested for but scientists think it may be underdiagnosed.
As with all animals you should wash your hands after handling them and it is never recommended to kiss your pets or rub them on your face. Children should always be supervised and if you are immune compromised discuss any and all pets with your doctor before getting them. If you get bitten or scratched by any pet you should thoroughly wash the area and seek medical treatment.
Rat Bite Fever is not a disease that you'll hear of very often, nor should you be overly worried about. But just remember to wash your hands after handling your pet rat!
You see them all over in the wild but some people also care for them as pets. The various species all look a little different but their basic care requirements are very similar. Learn about the energetic and small whiptail and racerunner lizards to see if they make good pets.
If you live in Northeast Ohio and are considering getting a new pet reptile please check out what reptiles are in need of a home from the nonprofit reptile rescue group, Herps Alive Foundation. They have been trying to place over one hundred reptiles that were confiscated last fall from an apartment and those pets are now ready for adoption. Contact 216-374-1392 or email@example.com. They also can be found on Facebook. They are currently operating out of the founder's home but are hoping to have a public space in March.
I was a little disturbed to read about the survey results from the veterinary charity "The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals" the other day. This survey was the third annual survey of pet owners in Northern Ireland, Wales, England, and Scotland and determined the results meant pets in the UK "are still being badly neglected." Rabbits were included in some of the survey questions. Two question results were that "65% of rabbits do not have a companion despite being a highly social species" and that "18% of rabbits do not get daily exercise." The survey also found that there are about 1 million pet rabbits in the UK and that there has been a significant improvement in the number of rabbits that get spayed, neutered, and vaccinated (the US does not use rabbit vaccines). For the full report click here.
Your bearded dragon may prefer strawberries, mango, and iceberg lettuce over endive, dandelion greens and parsley but what green vegetables are really best for your beardie? Find out in "Feeding Bearded Dragons Leafy Green Vegetables."