Articles on caring for pocket and exotic pets.
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.
Find out more about the common problems that can affect pet rodents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A sad fact of pet ownership is that, when you take a pet into your life, you are likely to have to face the eventual death of that pet. Commonly, you will have to face the decision that your pet has to be ‘put to sleep’.
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