Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pet Unicorn

How to care for the pet unicorn. I would like to introduce to you an exotic pet that is wonderful but quite difficult to care for. Exotic pets all have individual needs and we need to learn about those needs before acquiring any pet. Learn how to care for the unicorns. Pictures of unicorns! Enjoy the rest of the exotic pet Bellaonline articles. There are hundreds of quality articles about and how to care for exotic pets!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Microchips - Lost bird

Think about this. And, it isn't just for dogs or birds. You can place many species of animals where the word bird is. In just one shelter, in one years time, 150 birds were recovered and every single one scanned for microchips. This microchip could have been their ticket home to their human family that grieved their loss. However, not ONE bird had a microchip. If all 150 birds had microchips they could have all gone home! I couldn't live with myself if I haven't micro chipped my birds, they had become lost, found by some caring soul and brought to a shelter where the bird was scanned and no microchip found. Learn about microchips!!! Microchips - Lost bird

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Line of Ferret Clothing

New Line of Ferret Clothing - Ferret clothing fits many species of exotic pets! Amy"Jo" Casner (she prefers to be called Jo but will answer to AmyJo) contacted me because I posted that my ferret was a bit short in the fur department. "I came up with the Ferret WarmUp Jacket for fur challenged ferrets," said Jo. Her first venture in creating ferret clothing, was when a friend was looking for military fatigues, so that her friend's ferret Polar Bear could greet her daddy properly, when he returned from Iraq. Jo and her friend looked for such an outfit, but found the market seriously wanting. "Most of what I saw was cartoonish or really off the mark," said Jo. So with the help of a friend, who is retired army, she designed fatigues. Read the rest of the review! New Line of Ferret Clothing

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Eclectus Parrots - Introduction

The eclectus parrot makes for an amazing pet bird. They are quite capable of reasoning, perception, and are highly intuitive. Compared to other parrots they are highly unusual because they are sexually dimorphic, the male and female's appearance is quite different. The female (hen) is primarily bright red and blue to purple. The male (cock) is bright green and red. Many years ago it was generally thought that the red and green birds were totally different birds while in fact, they are both eclectus. Learn about the eclectus a wonderful pet parrot! Eclectus Parrots - Introduction

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hedgehog Salmonella - Who Is Infecting Whom

I sincerely applaud the efforts of the CDC to track infectious illnesses, but it seems that the tracking mechanism, at least in the case of animals appears to be one-sided and lays blame upon the animal rather than the human. Could it be that humans, given the overwhelming incidents of foodborne illnesses leading to salmonella, are passing his illness on to the cloistered pet hedgehogs? At least that seems quite plausible to me. Who Is Infecting Whom

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Bathing Birds

My birds absolutely love to shower with me. Since birds are naturally very social and baths (or showers - misting) are necessary for a happy and healthy bird. They get so excited in the shower fanning their wings and vocalizations. Most birds and parrots love to get wet! It is a win win situation for you both! The hows and whys of showering with or bathing your parrot or bird Bathing Birds

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Hedgehog Salmonella Scare of 2012-13

Exotic Pet News - Breaking news! Dr. Z. G. Standing Bear is a criminologist and forensic scientist who has been involved in animal rescue since 1995 and hedgehog rescue since 1997. He is the administrator of The Flash and Thelma Memorial Hedgehog rescue, Inc., in Divide, Colorado, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Hedgehog Association. The Origins of the Panic As many of you know, hedgehogs are being targeted by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the national media, among others, as a menacing carrier of the salmonella bacteria. This article seeks to assign those assertions into a more logical and educated perspective. Pet African hedgehogs have been a part of the North American scene since the early 1990s, when some 80,000 Central African and Algerian hedgehogs were imported from Lagos, Nigeria between 1991 and 1994. In 1994, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) placed a quarantine period on live animals being imported from countries harboring foot and mouth disease, thus making the further importing of African hedgehogs not profitable. The notion of pet African hedgehogs as potential disease carriers was virtually unknown until early 2005, when a preposterous article appeared on the CDC web site. Up until that time (from 1991 until 2005), either pet African hedgehogs were not zoonotic disease carriers or they had been flying under the radar up until the January, 2005 revelation. In January 2005, CDC published an article by a veterinary student (and her professor, who may have just added his name to it) where virtually each and every "fact" cited was in error. The article was titled "Hedgehog Zoonosis" on the Centers for Disease Control web site and appeared at Hedgehog Zoonosis. This article, authored by Patricia Y. Riley (veterinary student) and Bruno B. Chomel (faculty member) of the University of California - Davis, on its face, is apparently an attempt to establish a publication record for its author (Riley) with the blind support of her professor (Chomel). It is evident that the authors had little or no experience with hedgehogs and that all of the material they present is a discordant and inappropriate mixture of various articles about hedgehog medical issues around the world. The result is a piece that has little to no relevance for the caretaker of pet African hedgehogs in North America or anywhere else. However, the beginning of the article implies that what is to follow is relevant. Read the full article! Hedgehog Salmonella Scare of 2012-13