Pet Health

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. Some breeds […]



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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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Backyard Chooks: Housing


Keeping backyard chickens has become very popular and with good reason. They make excellent pets and give us eggs in return. In this series we will explore how to care for your chickens, chicken selection and what health problems to look out for. Part 1 is all about how to house your chickens.   Everyone […]



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