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PET TIPS

 

Pets are so much fun, but they also require special attention! 
Follow these easy steps from PetSmart and your pets will be healthy and happy.

 

DESERT REPTILES
Food: Feed your adult reptile up to 75% live food (up to 50% for young reptiles) and supplement with pellets and vegetables. Snake should eat thawed frozen feeder rodents. Anoles and geckos should be offered crickets.

Lighting: Reptiles require a 12-hour light/dark cycle. Daytime bulbs provide heat and light for non-basking reptiles. UVB bulbs are essential for most reptiles.

Humidity: Humidity is essential to help a reptile shed its skin. Use a humidity gauge (hygrometer) to measure the humidity for your reptile. Use a hand mister if you need less humidity and an automatic fogger is you need to add more humidity.

 

Heating: Bulbs can provide light and heat. Include thermometers on both sides of a terrarium to measure temperatures in both cool and warm areas.

 

Safety: Wash your hands after you handle your pets, because they can carry diseases.

 

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Bearded Dragon

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Betta

BETTAS
Aquarium: Male betta fish should be housed individually, because they tend to fight when housed together. Females also do best alone as well in small aquariums (less than four gallons) designed for bettas. 

Maintenance: Feed your fish twice daily, including flakes, crisps, and pellets. Change your small tank's water every week, if you don't have a filter. Be sure to dechlorinate the new water and make sure it's the right temperature.

Safety: Be sure to wash your hands before and after you clean your fish tank, or handle your pet. Pets can transmit disease.

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Golden Hamster

 

SMALL ANIMALS
Food: Feed your pet pelleted food, which is high in fiber and fortified with vitamins. 

Chews: Your pet's front teeth never stop growing, they need to keep chewing on healthy things such as treat sticks and wood chews. 

Bedding: Line your pet's home with 1 - 2 inches of clean paper bedding or wood shavings. Spot clean the bedding weekly and completely change it monthly. 

Safety: Wash your hands after you handle your pets, because they can carry diseases.

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Guinea Pig

GUINEA PIGS
Food: Choose guinea pig food that includes pellets fortified with vitamin C. Include timothy or orchard hay for balanced nutrition.

Chews: Your Guinea pig's teeth never stop growing so give it healthy things to chew on, such as treat sticks and wood chews. 

Bedding: Provide lots of clean paper bedding or wood shavings. Line your pet's home with 3 - 4 inches of bedding. 

Safety: Wash your hands after you handle your pets, because they can carry diseases.

Photo credits: Bearded dragon, Mike Kwok,Dreamstime; Betta, Shhaase, Dreamstime; Golden hamster, Stockdreams, Dreamstime; Guinea pig, Inkwelldodo, Dreamstime.