Turtle and Tortoise Lighting

Pet tortoises and turtles of all kinds need the same types of lighting. Heat bulbs and UVB bulbs are both vital to properly care for your pet turtle or tortoise. If proper temperatures and lighting are not provided your pet is at risk for developing serious health problems.

Do I Need UVB Lighting for My Tortoise or Turtle?

This is, unfortunately, the most commonly forgotten part of a turtle or tortoise habitat. Many people opt not to buy the most expensive piece of a set up when they purchase their pet reptile from a pet store. These same people also tend to depend on the pet store associate to help them buy what they need for their new tortoise or turtle, and unfortunately, they are often told that UVB lighting is not necessary.

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8 Bedding Options for Your Pet Snake

Keep Your Snake Comfy

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Snakes make good pets as long as you choose a suitable type for your experience level and select a healthy reptile. Your snake needs a secure, properly sized cage made from an appropriate material, and it must close with a proper lid.

There are several different types of substrate you can use in the cage to bed your snake. Consider the pros and cons of each and choose the best type for your pet’s needs.

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Cats and Fireworks: How to Prep Your Kitty for Summer Fireworks

Summer celebrations like Memorial Day can mean anxiety and stress for kitties. We’ve got expert advice on how to handle cats and fireworks.

A scared cat in a patriotic Uncle Sam hat.

What do fireworks and summer rain have in common? Noises, which often frighten animals. The Humane Society Naples recommends the following tips to help deal with cats and fireworks, or cats and thunder.

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Ear Mites in Cats: All You Need to Know

How can you tell if your cat has ear mites and how do you treat (and even prevent!) ear mites in cats? Here’s what you need to know about ear mites on cats.

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Ear mites are tiny, crab-like parasites that invade the outer ears and ear canals of cats. There are many different types, but the most common is otodectes cynotis, which is found in approximately 90 percent of all feline ear mite infestations. So, what are the signs of ear mites in cats and how do you go about treating ear mites in cats?

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Potty Training Dogs — 9 Tips for Success

We demystify potty training dogs with some easy-to-follow advice from a professional trainer.

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Potty training dogs, whether you have a new puppy or an adult dog, can be a messy, unsanitary and frustrating enterprise for dogs and their people. But potty training dogs is almost always possible — the vast majority of dogs can effectively be taught appropriate elimination behaviors, with a little consistency and patience.

However, your dog may have a medical issue if she seems to “leak” in her sleep; she consistently has accidents with loose stool in the house; her urine is especially dark, strong-smelling or more frequent; or if she has always been reliably trained and suddenly begins having accidents in the house. If your dog is having any of these issues, you should talk to your vet.

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What to Know About Your 10-Week-Old Puppy

A 10-week-old puppy is at a prime age to develop canine social skills and explore the world.

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he age of 10 weeks is a magical time for most puppies. It’s when they find themselves in a new — and hopefully forever — home. While pups are old enough to leave their mothers and siblings by 8 weeks, many breeders and rescues prefer to wait until a pup is 10 weeks old before sending him to live with a new human family. A 10-week-old puppy has more time to develop canine social skills with his birth family.

When my Pit Bull-mix Mookie came to live with us, he was 9 weeks old. Within a week, his little personality was more than obvious. He was affectionate but mouthy, and full of energy. He was at the perfect age to learn how to act around our cats, as the 9- to 12-week period is an important time for puppy socialization. Our wonderful kitties seemed to understand he was a baby, and they agreed to play with him. If he got too rough, they let him know, and he quickly got the message. Not surprising, considering that a 10-week-old puppy is ripe for learning.

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Respiratory Infections in Turtles and Tortoises

Similarly to a person catching a cold or getting pneumonia, turtles and tortoises are prone to developing respiratory infections. While our pet turtles don’t have play dates with other turtles that are sick, they are often subjected to an environment that may cause them to get sick.

How Does a Turtle or Tortoise Catch a Cold?

The most common reason a turtle or tortoise gets a respiratory infection is due to its environment being too cold. Cold temperatures in a turtle enclosure are often due to:

  • A burned out heat bulb or pad
  • A drafty window or door
  • A fan blowing on the enclosure
  • An unusually cold evening or drastic change in temperature

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