Pet Health

Guinea Pig Health


Guinea pigs are one of my favourite pets. They are popular with kids, they do a great job of mowing the lawn and make the sweetest noises. Guinea Pig Facts: Weight: 700-1200g Sexual maturity: Males 3-4 months, Female 2-3 months Gestation: 68 days Average life span: 5-6 years Average litter size: 1-13 but usually 2-4 […]



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A Healthy Diet for Your Pet Bird


Traditionally pet birds have been fed on seed diets. Research over the last 30 years has identified that seed diets, while high in palatability (taste) and acceptance by birds, are actually very poorly suited to the nutritional requirements of our feathered friends.  In fact, they contribute directly to the ill health and subsequent death of […]



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Converting your Bird to a Pellet Based Diet


Converting your pet parrot from a seed based to pellet diet is a crucial step in maintaining their long-term health and welfare; however, it is not as simple as simply switching from one type to another overnight. This is a process that can be expected to take several weeks or even months to fully accomplish.  […]



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Rabbit and Guinea Pig Feeding Guide


Feeding Rabbits and Guinea Pigs correctly can go a long way to preventing many of the health problems these beautiful creatures are prone to getting. Unfortunately, the advice and information given by pet stores is often inadequate or even completely incorrect.  Our feeding guide can help to set you on the right path to keeping […]



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Ferrets As Pets


Ferrets make fantastic interactive pets but there are a few considerations before adding one to your household. Ferrets require a large amount of time. They should have 3 -4 hours per day of out of cage play and interaction time. Housing: They need a large multi story cage, and a spare room that can be […]



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Avian Chlamydiosis and Psittacosis


Chlamydiosis in Birds Avian Chlamydiosis also know as ornithosis is a common disease of many bird species and is caused by the bacterial organism Chlamydia psittaci. Bird’s owners should be aware that this is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted from birds to humans, and also know its implications. The disease in people […]



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Behind the Scenes: Dentistry


In preparation for dental health month in August I thought I would share what goes on when your pet comes in for a ‘dental’. Dental disease is a broad term covering many problems with the teeth but the most common is periodontal disease where there is bone loss and infection around the tooth, secondary to […]



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Backyard Chooks: Diseases


Having a healthy flock of chooks in the backyard is fantastic.  Unfortunately, occasionally illnesses crop up in flocks that can affect individual birds, or in some cases a significant proportion of the flock. It is prudent for the backyard chicken owner to have a basic understanding and awareness of some of the common diseases, as many of […]



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Backyard Chooks: Nutrition


Diet and nutrition in animals is a topic for discussion that attracts  debate, possibly sparks controversy and often spreads blatantly wrong information.  There are plenty of “special recipes” out there for making chickens lay more eggs, prevent broodiness, grow better feathers etc. The best diet you can give is a good quality, commercial poultry food. These have […]



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Backyard Chooks: Chicken Selection


There are many things to consider when selecting chickens to add to your family. Do I want them to provide eggs or as a pet for the kids?  How will they get along with our other pets? What breed of chickens: There is a lot of personal preference when it comes to breed selection but there are […]



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