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30th August 2014
There doesn’t seem to be a day when the media isn’t reporting that some snake, turtle, lizard, or generally reptilian pet that some people are terrified of, escaping or being captured. But sadly all is not as it initially seems. Why there are pets on the loose Whilst there is no doubt that some animals....Read Full Article

30th August 2014
Chelonia (that’s turtles, terrapins and tortoises to you and I) tend to be divided as to where they live. For those that don’t ke....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
Getting a new puppy is hugely exciting, and of course, when you see a litter of adorable, cuddly little puppies, the chances are that you will want to take them all home, and have a hard job choosing between them! However, even when you have narrowed down the breed and type of puppy that you want and selected the breeder that has a lit....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
The Cane Corso is a large Italian dog from the mastiff/Molosser grouping, and is also one of the ancestral breeds of the Neapolitan mastiff, a breed that is often confused with the Cane Corso! While like all mastiffs, the Cane Corso is large and muscular,....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
The painted turtle is one of the most popular pet turtles kept in the UK, but also one that is often misunderstood and runs the risk of being incorrectly cared for. One of the main problems that arises for inexperienced owners is buying a juvenile of the species without realising how large it may potentially grow, and not allowing for ....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
Ferrets are lovely little creatures and they are great fun to have around especially when kept as indoor pets. Although they do sleep most of the day, it's at night that they become so entertaining with their silly antics and playfulness. However, ferrets need to be well socialised from a very young age for them to trust people oth....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
Ferrets are glorious little creatures but there is nothing sadder than when these normally active and playful characters are not quite themselves. One condition they can catch from other ferrets and mink is called Aleutian disease. It is a parvovirus that quickly spreads th....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
There are several rather nasty and harmful viruses that cause respiratory health issues in chickens one of which is part of the herpes family. The virus causes a condition known as infectious laryngio tracheitis (ILT) and is spread by chickens either inhaling or ingesting it. The virus then takes hold in a bird's windpipe (trachea)....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
The great thing about keeping ducks and geese is that it's pretty problem free and both are great fun to have around as long as you have enough space to do so. However, there is one condition called "wet ....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
The Peach faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis) is also known as the rosy-faced lovebird and are a common face in the bird sales and groups.  These originate from arid parts of south-west Africa such as the Namib Desert and are very sociable birds who live in small groups in the wild.  They are found from south-wes....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
Birds use the same senses that we use on a daily basis; sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell and they use them as often as we do.  However due to the physical shape and size of birds they use them in different ways to we do. Sight Good eyesight is crucial for birds, especially for flying but also for locati....Read Full Article

28th August 2014
1. Be prepared and educate yourself before your puppy first arrives home A new puppy’s arrival is a very exciting time, and whilst you’ve no doubt done lots of research about suitable breeds, what to feed and bought bedding and toys; have you remembered the puppy house training kit? You will need plastic covers, n....Read Full Article

28th August 2014
1. Diet should be considered BEFORE mating. A bitch from whom you are intending to breed should be at her ideal weight and neither too stout nor too slim. 2. It is usual to start increasing the food from week 6 of the pregnancy and at this point it is generally recommend that a higher energy density food be gradually introduc....Read Full Article

28th August 2014
The Shikoku dog or Shikoku Inu is similar in appearance to the Japanese Shiba Inu, and is one of the oldest native dog breeds resident in Japan. It is thought to be a primitive dog breed in so much as that it is seen today in a form very similar to....Read Full Article

27th August 2014
The Neapolitan mastiff dog is one of the world’s largest dogs, standing up to 31” tall at the shoulder and weighing up to 155lb. They are also long as well as tall and muscular, and really are up there amongst the biggest canine giants....Read Full Article

27th August 2014
There are around 9000 different species of birds that are alive today and the range of sizes, shapes, colours and temperaments are every bit as varied as you would expect.  There are many types of birds that are kept as pets or in aviaries, principally from the parrot family and the passerine family of small, perching birds such a....Read Full Article

27th August 2014
One of the most frequent thing that reptile and other exotics keepers hear, after that story about a friend of a friend having a snake that was sizing them up for a meal, is ‘Don’t you need a licence to keep them?’ For the most the answer is no, but for some keepers there is legalisation and licences that th....Read Full Article

26th August 2014
The Bouvier Des Flandres dog hails from Flanders in Belgium, and was traditionally kept as a herding dog to work with sheep, and for herding cattle. In more modern times, they also have a history as police and military working dogs, as well of co....Read Full Article

26th August 2014
Chinchillas are lovely little creatures and far more intelligent than most people give them credit for. Not only do they boast wonderfully soft fur, but if enough time is spent training them, they can be great fun to be around. However, interacting with a pet chinchilla means training them at the same time of the day in order to get th....Read Full Article

26th August 2014
The red-eared slider (also sometimes known as the red-eared terrapin) is one of the most popular pet turtles in the world, and is a semi-aquatic turtle that is native to the Southern USA and the north of Mexico. They are one of the easier turtle species to care for, but have also caused some problems in the wild when introduced to non-....Read Full Article



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