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Psittacine Beak And Feather Disease

Psittacine Beak and Feather disease is a highly contagious viral disease occurring in birds. Cockatoos, African Grey parrots, Senegal or Meyer Parrots, Ring Neck Parakeets, and Lovebirds are very susceptible. This disease rarely occurs in Macaws, but they can become more susceptible to it when the environmental contamination is high. Young Macaws contracting this virus will…
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What to feed your Guinea Pigs

To keep your guinea pig happy and healthy, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Guinea pigs have teeth that continue to grow for most of their lives, they digest their food using hind-gut fermentation and they stress easily. Seventy-five percent of the diet should consist of a good quality hay or grass.…
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How to feed your parrot a balanced diet

Parrots on a diet of primarily sunflower seed or peanuts will frequently suffer from severe malnutrition. They often have a vitamin A, vitamin E and calcium deficiency and suffer from high cholesterol. Parrots on a seed diet often suffer from chronic sinusitis, feather plucking, fatty liver disease, obesity, fungal infections (Aspergillosis), poor feather and poor beak quality. Vitamin…
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Metabolic bone disease in reptiles

Metabolic bone disease is a very common problem in reptiles, especially chameleons, bearded dragons, lizards and tortoises. The most common form of metabolic bone disease is nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism. This is caused when a reptile does not have enough calcium or vitamin D3 in the diet, does not receive enough exposure to ultraviolet (UVB) light…
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Chameleons, the peculiar pet

Chameleons are peculiar animals. They have large bulging eyes that can move independently, move slowly with a rocking locomotion and are known to change colour rapidly. They have a flat body which is leaf shaped to camouflage them in their environment. When walking along branches they sway from side to side to look like a…
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Inclusion Body Disease (IBD) in Snakes

IBD is a disease that causes neurological signs in snakes belonging to the families Boidae (Boas) and Pythonidae (Pythons). The disease was first discovered in a Burmese python in America in the 1970’s,  and is now occurring worldwide in captive populations. The causative agent of this disease is currently still unknown, but a retrovirus is suspected to be…
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