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Articles on caring for pocket and exotic pets.

Chocolate Toxicity In Animals

While chocolate is a much-loved treat for humans, it contains a substance that is poisonous to animals. Toxicity is most common in dogs because of their habit of rapid consumption, but it can also affect cats and other pets.

Common Diseases of Guinea Pigs, Mice and Rats

Find out more about the common problems that can affect pet rodents.

Feeding Your Guinea Pig

Guinea Pigs (or Cavies) are cute little creatures but they are not easy to feed correctly. The main reason is that guinea pigs are the only species, apart from humans, who require Vitamin C included in their diet.

The two lizards most commonly kept in Australia are the Eastern Blue Tongue and the Bearded Dragon. Find out how long they live for and how you look after them.

Human Foods that Poison Pets

Feeding pets food that we enjoy is not only wrong, it can also be fatal. There are some foodstuffs that humans relish which cause illness and death if eaten by pets.

The most common turtle kept in Australia is the Eastern Long-necked Turtle. These turtles are often sold when they are very young and quite small, however they grow to the size of a dinner plate and can live for up to 40 years.

Children and Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs can be a wonderful pet for the whole family, including children. It is important to remember that they rely solely on their human owner(s) for every aspect of their care.

There are several causes of skin problems in guinea pigs, including parasites, fungal infections, scurvy, barbering and abscesses.

Breeding guinea pigs is a rewarding pastime. They are easy to mate and easy to rear, but just be sure you can find good homes for the resultant babies.

Commonly kept snakes in Australia include Carpet Pythons and Children's Pythons. These can be obtained from breeders and dealers, but will grow to become quite large.
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