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Tips For Maintaining Water Quality In Misting Systems of Pet Reptile Enclosures


One of the most important factors that should be met when keeping reptiles is to maintain high humidity inside their vivarium. The need to install a good misting system cannot be overemphasized.

One of the fundamentals to be considered when installing a misting system is the water quality. In general, ordinary tap water contains several types of minerals and chemicals that can have a negative effect on the system, the vivarium, as well as the inhabitants inside. The nozzles and other components of the misting system could get clogged, the reptiles and plants can develop health issues, and mineral deposits on the sides of the tank and fixtures create an ugly, hazy film that’s ugly to look at.

There should be very few chemicals and mineral pollutants in the water as possible, and the best way to achieve this is to use purified water. You can have purified water in two ways. One way is to buy distilled or purified water for the vivarium’s misting system. But in order for the misting system to operate, the supply container must always have enough water in it so you need to check it regularly.

Another way to get purified water is to incorporate a water filtration system into the tank’s misting system. The use of a water filter is mandatory if the misting system is connected to a faucet or other sources of tap water.  The filter will reduce the amount of harmful compounds and removes most minerals from the water. For more details visit your local Animal Hospital.


Hyperthyroidism In Cats


Hyperthyroidism is considered as the most common endocrine disorder in cats. It is a condition which is caused by the overproduction of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland. The problem is most common among senior cats.

The symptoms of feline hyperthyroidism are generally non-specific. Affected cats show an increase in appetite but with unexplained weight loss; there is also increased in water intake and urine output. Other symptoms include vomiting, weakness, and a dull hair coat. Since these symptoms can also be present in certain medical conditions, it’s important to bring your kitty to the vet. Without prompt veterinary attention and treatment, hyperthyroidism can place excessive stress on the cat’s heart and other organs.

Most cats with hyperthyroidism respond well to treatment. There are 3 viable modes of treatment – administration of methimazole, radio-iodine treatment, and surgery. Of the three treatment methods, radio-iodine treatment is considered by many experts as the most effective. It’s non-invasive and more than 95% of treated cats regain normal function of their thyroid without needing further treatment or medication. Read more information contact your local veterinarians care.

Why Reptiles Need To Be Well-Hydrated


Staying well-hydrated is very important for pet reptiles. It is one of the essential components of their nutrition and husbandry that help promote efficient digestion as well as utilization of nutrients.

Without proper hydration, the digestive process of reptiles can be halted and nutrient absorption is inhibited. In their natural habitats, reptiles are wired to conserve water efficiently. Those that live in arid regions can go for a considerable length of time without drinking. To escape the heat, reptiles instinctively burrows deep into the ground where it’s moist and cool, thus keeping their bodies well-hydrated. They can also get water from what they eat. Suffice to say, in their natural habitat, reptiles have adapted so many ways to satisfy their moisture requirements.

But it’s a different story for captive reptiles. It’s the responsibility of the keeper to provide moisture inside the reptile’s enclosure. This can be achieved by a variety of methods such as misting, placing a water inside the enclosure, periodic soaking of the reptile, or a combination of these methods. For more information visit your Vet care.

Guinea Pigs Are Prone To Vitamin C Deficiency


Like humans, guinea pigs cannot create vitamin C in their body. In order to meet their daily needs, there should be adequate vitamin C in their diet. Without adequate intake of the vitamin, they can develop vitamin C deficiency, a condition that is commonly called Scurvy.

Even with adequate consumption of vitamin C, some guinea pigs suffer from scurvy because of certain underlying health issues and physical conditions that prevent their bodies from metabolizing efficiently the vitamin from their diet.

Some important signs of vitamin C deficiency in guinea pigs

Joints are swollen thus affected cavies have difficulty moving around

Bleeding may occur and is often noticeable in small wounds that don’t heal rapidly and just under the skin’s surface; the cavy may also be prone to internal bleeding.

Loss of weight which is primarily due to a loss of appetite Rough hair coat giving the cavy an unkempt appearance. For more details visit your local Animal Hospital.

Sprouted Or Germinated Seeds For Pet Birds


Sprouted or germinated seeds can be an important source of nutrients for pet birds. Birds that are not so keen on eating produce usually accept germinated seeds.

When seeds undergo the process of germination, the nutritional quality and value of the seeds are enhanced. Sprouted seeds contain lower levels of fat because the process of sprouting uses the fat in the seed to jumpstart the growing process. This significantly reduces the fat that is stored in the seeds.

Sprouted seeds can help balance the diet of pet birds because they are high in vegetable proteins, chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Niger, rape seeds, and other so-called oil seeds are rich in protein and carbohydrates when soaked and germinated. “Starch seeds” such as millet and canary seed contain higher amounts of carbohydrates than protein. Sprouted seeds are particularly important for molting birds or those that are kept as breeding stocks. They can also be used important sources of nutrients during weaning and rearing. For more information visit the website. http://topdvm.com/

Sudden Switching Of Cat Food Can Make Your Kitty Go Off-Food


Cats that are raised on a single type of pet food (usually kibble) can become fussy if or when offered a different type of food. The practice of feeding a single type or brand of food is not recommended by many experts because of the following reasons:

The food that is preferred by your cat may be out of stock frequently or may go out of production.

Variety in a cat’s diet increases the cat’s possibility of receiving a well-balanced diet.

A number of health issues are being linked to certain types of cat food. Kibbles can change the pH of a cat’s urine; being too acidic or alkaline can pave the way to the formation of crystals or stones. Cats on a pure kibble diet need to have adequate water intake to prevent them from becoming chronically dehydrated and have concentrated urine, which creates a perfect environment for urinary crystals formation. For more advice contact your veterinary clinic.

Advantages of Allowing Pet Cats Outdoors


Cat parents are constantly urged to keep their pet cats confined indoors because of the potential risks that they can be exposed to when allowed to venture outdoors. However, there are also some benefits of allowing cats to spend time outdoors.  Having an idea of the pros and cons will help you make better decisions about your kitty.

There are so many things to do and explore outdoors. Cats are able to express their natural behaviors and in the process burn up lots of calories. Thus, they tend to be leaner than most cats that are confined indoors.  Being outdoors can also stimulate a cat physically and mentally.

If you’re dealing constantly with stinky litter boxes inside your home, indoor-outdoor cats tend to go outside to do their business. But your neighbors won’t be happy finding cat poop in their potted plants or gardens.

But there are so many dangers that lurk outdoors. Your kitty can get into trouble with other cats, dogs, and potential predators. They can be exposed to and acquire infections, parasites, etc. They can also get  hit by passing vehicles.  Many outdoor cats also die from hypothermia during winter, or heatstroke during summer. Read more information contact veterinarians care.