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Owning a Pet Turtle

General Information

Several species of turtles are available for purchase as pets. By far the most common species is the popular box turtle, which will be the subject of this discussion. Check with your veterinarian about specific requirements for your pet if you happen to own another species of turtle.


The turtle is a popular reptile pet; the box turtle is probably the most common species of turtle kept as a pet. Due to the high incidence of Salmonella poisoning in the 1970's, laws were... Read More

Special Problems of Pet Turtles

General Information

Turtles have several unique problems; understanding these problems will allow you to better care for your pet and minimize future health care issues.


Cystic Calculi

Commonly called bladder stones, these occur when minerals from the diet form crystals, which then form stones. Usually these are composed of uric acid, which usually results from a diet that contains too much protein (such as a diet high in dog food or cat food).

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Transporting Your Bird

General Information

At some time you may be faced with the task of transporting your bird. You may be taking the bird to the veterinarian, moving to a new residence or traveling long distances. In general, birds are great travelers. Most tolerate cars and airplanes very well and some actually love the excitement of travel. Planning ahead will ensure a safe, enjoyable trip for you and your bird.


What sort of container should I use?

If traveling by ... Read More

Birds: Household Dangers

General Information

Birds are naturally mischievous and will get into many predicaments. It is crucial that you “bird proof” your home. The bird’s cage is its house and the confines of your home, represents the bird’s environment. There are many dangers within these surroundings.


Temperature and Humidity

Moderate and gradual changes ranging from 10  - 20 F (2  - 5 C) in temperature are usually tolerated very well by a healthy bird. Sick birds will need a more consistently war... Read More

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