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Mud Turtle Client Handout

These aquatic turtles are native to West Africa, spanning Senegal, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Togo, Benin, Lebanon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Gabon, and Northern Angola. Their natural habitat consists of aquatic habitat like swamps, marshes, streams, and lagoons, surrounded by dense forest floors or submerged savannah…

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Leopard Tortoise Client Handout

Leopard tortoises require a high fiber diet that consists mainly of broad, leafy weeds and grass hay such as timothy hay and orchard grass hay. Also offer clover, plantain weeds, sow thistle, dandelions, spineless Opuntia cactus pads, prickly pears, and succulents…

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Chinese Box Turtle Client Handout

The charming Chinese box turtle is native to the rice patty and pond environments of Taiwan and southern China…

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Sulcata or African Spurred Tortoise Client Handout

Sulcata or African spurred tortoises (Geochelone sulcata) are “gentle giants” found throughout the southern edge of the Sahara in Africa. Sulcata tortoises inhabit hot arid desert, scrubland, and savannah. These tortoises DO NOT hibernate…

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Water Bottles in Birds

If you elect to provide your bird with a water bottle, it is imperative that your pet be properly trained and that appropriate equipment is purchased…

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Why Does My Rabbit?

House Rabbit Behavior: Common Questions Answered–In many instances, rabbits kept in hutches, pet stores, or laboratories do not receive enough stimulation or physical space to demonstrate their full behavioral repertoire. Owners of house rabbits know these are intelligent creatures with distinct personalities and a range of behaviors…

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Vitamin A

Vitamin A plays an important role in maintaining a healthy….

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Unsafe Foods For Birds

Better safe than sorry. Avian veterinarians rely on such a wide range of information because it is generally considered best to err on the side of caution. The following list divides potential danger foods into three categories…

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Training Basic Skills

Many parrots instinctively strive for a position of dominance within their flock (your household). Many of the behavioral problems that can arise from such a situation, may be prevented when…

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Toxic Plants

Toxic plants reported in small animals include aloe vera, Amanita mushrooms, Amaryllis sp…

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Teaching Bathing Skills

Many companion parrot species originate from tropical environments with high humidity in which they bathe often. Even parrots from arid environments enjoy and benefit from…

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Sugar Glider, Care of the

Sugar gliders are small, nocturnal marsupials native to Australia and New Guinea.

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Spaying and Neutering Pet Rabbits

Should I have my rabbit “fixed”? In most cases, the answer is an unqualified YES. If you are not planning to breed your rabbit, then spaying or neutering will extend your pet’s lifespan and make your rabbit a better companion…

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Signs of Illness in Your Bird

It is a natural instinct for parrots to hide signs of illness. In the wild, this skill serves them well, and in fact, may save their lives…

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Senior Rabbit, Care of the

Depending on the breed, the average life span of the domestic rabbit ranges from 6 to 12 years.

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Rat, Care of the Pet

Rats are clean, friendly, playful, and quiet, and of all the “pocket pets” they are considered uniquely responsive to their owners.

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Rabbit Introductions

Does my rabbit really need a companion? Many experts on house rabbit care agree that most individuals are not meant to live in solitude, away from members of their own kind…

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Rabbit Care

A good rabbit diet should be made up of good quality pellets, fresh hay, water, and fresh vegetables. Anything beyond this is a “treat” and should be given in limited quantities.

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Psittacosis in Birds & Humans

Psittacosis is an infectious disease of birds and people caused by Chlamydophila psittaci…

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Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease

Psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD) is an important disease of psittacine birds or parrots. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there on PBFD and there is also a lot of information that is still unknown.

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Prevent Problems with Boas & Pythons

According to the Humane Society of the United States,17 deaths and many more injuries have been related to large constrictors since 1978. Given the tens of thousands of large constrictors sold, the incidence of fatalities and injuries is relatively low, however every incident—including the death of four babies in their cribs and three additional children—is particularly tragic since these cases are completely preventable.

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Prepare Your Home For Your New Baby Bird

The more prepared you are as a new owner, the easier your baby bird’s adjustment will be to his new home. Use this checklist to smooth the transition.

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Prairie Dogs

The free-ranging black-tailed prairie dog is a social rodent that lives in “towns”.

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Plants and Branches for your Bird

Few studies have been conducted to determine which houseplants are toxic to birds, so all plants that contain known toxic chemicals have been excluded from the Safe Plant List

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Parrot Toys & Toy Safety

Parrots are extremely intelligent creatures; and toys are one of the most important items we can purchase for our birds. Many avian behaviorists recommend four types of toys…

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Orphaned Wildlife: Mammals

Cottontail rabbits hide their nests in plain view in the middle of a lawn, in brush piles, or long grass…

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Normal Parrot Behavior

Pet bird behavior is complex, and it is crucial that bird owners have a realistic understanding of what to expect from their pets…

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Mouse, Care of the Pet

Mice are good-natured, inquisitive creatures that make great, inexpensive, low-maintenance pets.

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Metabolic Bone Disease in Reptiles and Amphibians

What is metabolic bone disease? Nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism, or metabolic bone disease, is a common condition associated with abnormalities of the bones.

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Medicating Your Bird

Keeping your pet healthy is everyone’s goal. However if your bird becomes ill, effective treatment will require that medications are given at the right dose and frequency for the…

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Litter Training the House Rabbit

Rabbits naturally choose one a few places (usually corners) to deposit their urine and most of their fecal balls.

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Lead Poisoning in Birds

Lead poisonings in birds most commonly occurs from ingestion of substances containing lead. Lead can be found in many household items.

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Insulinoma in the Ferret

Insulinoma, or pancreatic beta cell tumor, is an abnormal growth of the pancreas that secretes excess amounts of insulin. Unfortunately, insulinoma is an extremely common disease of middle-aged to older ferrets.

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Household Dangers

There are a host of potential household dangers that may confront our winged companions.

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Holiday Hazards

The companion parrot is part of the family! When including our feathered friends in the holiday season we must keep them safe.

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Hedgehogs

The African pygmy hedgehog, also known as the 4-toed or white-bellied hedgehog, originates from central Africa.

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Guinea Pigs, Care of Pet

The guinea pig is a docile rodent native to South America. Guinea pigs are lively, lovable pets that require relatively easy care.

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Green Iguana, Care of the

The green or common iguana (Iguana iguana) is a tree-dwelling reptile native to the tropical and subtropical regions of central and South America and parts of Mexico. The iguana is a solitary creature

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Ferrets and the Flu

It’s flu season! If you’re a ferret owner, that means extra worry about your furry little family member.

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Ferret, Care of the Pet

Ferrets are playful, friendly animals that can make excellent pets for the right person…

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Feeding Your Pet Bird a Healthy Diet

In their native habitat, some parrots like cockatiels, budgerigar parakeets, as well as many cockatoos and macaws are seed-eaters.

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Feeding Snakes

All snakes are strict carnivores…When should my snake be fed?…Should I feed fresh or frozen prey?…How often should I feed my snake?

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Feeding Insect Eating Reptiles

An insectivore diet consists completely or partially of insects. Amphibians, some turtles and snakes, and many lizards belong to this group. In the wild, reptiles eat a wide variety of insect prey. Most captive reptiles can be fed.