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Month: January 2017

How To Bond Mice

Fancy mice make great pets and are sociable little animals. There may be times where you need to introduce new mice to your group, perhaps you have an older mouse and want her to have friends, or you just wanted more. Whatever the reason, mice should be introduced carefully to increase the success rate of bonding. Generally, it is easiest to introduce female mice to other females, and first-time mice keepers are encouraged to keep girls.

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Welcoming Your New Rescue Dog Home

Bringing a dog home is an exciting time, but whilst you cannot wait to bring your new friend home and show him off, keep in mind how stressful moving is, especially if their life has been turned upside down already. Some dogs have only known one home their whole life, and then find themselves in rescue, whilst others may have been moved from pillar to post in a short amount of time. Read these tips on how to make the transition from rescue to their new home as stress-free as possible.

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Why Don’t Rabbits Like To Be Picked Up?

Lots of people ask to adopt a rabbit they can cuddle, or one who is able to be carried around by their children, however, rabbits generally don’t like to be picked up. You can see it most the time with rabbits as many will dart off when you reach down to pick them up, but why is this? Why don’t rabbits like to be held? A large, shadowy figure approaching them can be really frightening for a rabbit, even if they know you really well as anything large coming towards them or from above can be seen as a threat. In order to understand why rabbits don’t like being handled, we need to think like a rabbit. Rabbits are a prey species, meaning they spend most of their time looking out for predators. If we think about the structure of a rabbit, we can see how perfectly designed they are to watch out for predators.

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How To Keep Guinea Pigs Warm Over Winter

Guinea pigs originate from Peru where it is warm and dry, which is why Winter in the UK is not ideal for them due to the fluctuating temperature and higher levels of humidity. When the weather outside falls below 10 degrees, they cannot stay outdoors without their hutch having proper weather proofing, or they will need to be moved indoors or to a shed or outhouse. Due to the drop in temperature and change of humidity, guinea pigs will be prone to respiratory problems which can be fatal, such as hypothermia or pneumonia, as well as infections becoming more common. Due to the damp, fungal skin problems are common at this time of year. It’s really important to make sure they stay warm, so if your guinea pigs are outside, follow this advice to make sure they won’t get too cold!

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Moving House With Your Pets? Here’s How To Keep Them Happy During The Move!

Moving is a really stressful time for everyone, including pets. The home where they feel happy and comfortable in is changing and this can be overwhelming for them. Here are some tips to help your pets settle in as quickly as possible and stay safe during the process. Continue reading

Meet Dobby – The Crested Gecko

Dobby is a Pinstripe Crested Gecko who I adopted about a year ago. He is just over 3 years old and his previous owner lost interest, so he came to me. As far as reptiles go, Crested Geckos are easy to care for, however, if you want to adopt a gecko, please make sure you do your research before taking one on. Inadequate care and husbandry can have huge detrimental effects on any animal, and many illness that exotic animals get can be avoided if the animals are cared for correctly to begin with. Never get a pet on a whim!

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Tilikum’s Story – Why Orcas Should Stay In The Wild

As an animal lover, it’s hard to see cruelty to animals, but sadly, it is happening all over the world. The death of Tilikum, the orca at Seaworld, has filled my news feed over the past few days and I can’t help but feel this all could have been avoided. Tilikum killed three people in captivity, however, there aren’t any reports of orcas killing people in the wild and aggression between members of a pod are almost non-existent. Orca do not belong in captivity and do not exist for our entertainment.

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Why Purchasing A Pet As An Impulse Buy Is A Bad Idea

Working in rescue, we hear lots of horror stories about people getting pets and then not being able to keep properly, leading to the animal becoming neglected. Pet shops sell cute baby animals and social media has opened up a whole new realm to pets being given away, leading to people getting pets on an impulse. It is so important to research and plan before you take on a pet.

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What To Do If Your Pet Goes Missing

Losing your pet can be a very worrying time. Although your natural instinct is to panic, try to keep calm and think logically as this will give you the best chance of getting your pet home. Here’s what to do if your pet goes missing.

Where did they go missing?

Did your dog run off on a walk or escape from the garden? Did your cat not come home at dinner time? It’s important to think about where your pet went missing so you can plan the best course of action. If your dog ran off on his walk, take the route you usually would as some dogs will use the familiar setting to get their bearings and some may go home on their own. Talk to people on your search and give them your number incase they spot your dog. The more people you talk to, the more eyes there are looking for your pet so make sure you tell everyone. If your dog escaped from the garden, it’s also a good idea to follow a route you would use when walking with him, however he may have gone a different way so if you can, get friends and family to help look in all directions.

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