Obesity is one of the most common diseases affecting pets in western society. In Australia studies report that between 20% and 45% of the dog and cat population are clinically obese. Many illnesses are related to obesity including arthritis, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes and cancer that unfortunately compromise the pet’s enjoyment and length of life.
This is always fun and exciting, but there can be confusing decisions to make. Do I get a boy or a girl, hand raised or aviary bird or a very young or more mature bird? Here is some information to help you choose. Budgerigars generally live about 8-10 years, but can live to 15 years. Cockatiels live ....
Once a year you come in to the vet with your dog and they have their annual vaccinations. It’s usual routine, right? Well, as we learn more and more about our pets and as veterinary science advances some of our routines need to change. This is all part of the science of...
Fun, fascinating and forever into mischief. Ferrets make great pets but be you need to be aware of the diseases they are susceptible to and how to prevent them. Some common conditions of pet ferrets include diarrhoea, distemper, human influenza, parasites, ringworm, and various types of cancer.
Many factors can cause skin problems in guinea pigs, including parasites, fungal infections, scurvy, barbering and abscesses. While some problems can be treated easily at home, it's best to seek veterinary advice if a skin problem persists.
In the spring and summer, it is not unusual to encounter a baby bird on the ground. Although our immediate response is to help the little critter and take it home, caring for wild baby birds takes skill, knowledge, experience, patience and a lot of time. People trained in bird care have the best chance of rehabilitating the bird and allowing it to return to the wild, so don’t attempt to do it by yourself.
Ferrets make wonderful pets, provided you have the time and patience to care for them properly. They love company and are quite mischievous little creatures. Bins, lounge chairs, drawers, toilet bowls, behind fridges and washing machines, in cupboards, and air ducts are all likely places that a ferret will find, so, firstly, you will need to ferret-proof these to stop your ferret escaping or being injured.
Common conditions of pet rabbits include snuffles, hairballs, parasites, overgrown incisors, uterine cancer, and sore hocks. Fortunately, with proper attention to your rabbit's diet and living requirements and with daily handling, many of these diseases can be prevented. If you notice any changes in your rabbit's normal habits then you should seek your veterinarian's advice.
You will be delightfully surprised if you decide to raise chickens and then have them as pets but you need to know what chooks (as they are affectionately called in Australia) are like as pets and what the basic principles of chook parenting are.
Are you thinking of taking your bird on holidays with you this year? Or planning on moving house? Even for a short trip to the vet, it is essential to make sure your bird travels safely.
Common diseases that affect pet rodents (guinea pigs, rats and mice) include respiratory diseases, anorexia and lethargy, overgrown teeth and tumours.
Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (or PBFD for short) is one of the nastiest, most aggressive diseases in aviculture today, making it important for parrot owners to understand.
Imping is the process of re-attaching donor feathers onto a bird's wings by the use of small splints inserted into the hollow shaft of the bird’s main flight feathers (primaries and secondaries).
The budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus), also known as a parakeet or more commonly a budgie, is the most popular pet bird worldwide. This small and beautiful bird originates from the drier regions of Australia. Their natural habitats are dry open plains, woodlands bordering waterways and sparsely wooded grasslands.
Foods to avoid include cereals, grains, nuts, seeds, washed or brushed potatoes, wild mushrooms and berries, onion, shallots, avocado, rhubarb, breads, biscuits, sweets, sugar, breakfast cereal and chocolate.
Many birds naturally eat plants as part of their diet. Some birds will chew on and possibly consume plants in the course of playing.
Have you no room for a pet and no backyard? Do you want a pet but don’t want to spend a fortune on buying and feeding it? Do you dislike noisy, demanding pets that shed hair on your lounge suite and chase cars, and bring in dead birds? Maybe a mouse or rat is just the pet for you.
There is a lot of information available about diets for pet birds and as time goes on, our knowledge continues to improve. This is due to heightened awareness of the importance of nutrition plus increased research involving pet and wild birds.
Rat and mouse numbers tend to rise as cooler weather forces them to search for food closer to our homes, especially sheds and garages where we feed our dogs or cats and in the house, too. Be aware that rat baits might be out on neighbouring properties and contact your vet if your pet appears off-colour.
There are numerous rabbit breeds such as the New Zealand White, the Angora, the Lop, and various Dwarf breeds. Despite your rabbit’s breed, to ensure the health of your pet it is important to get the basics right.