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This is because though the pet shop owners will have done their best to decorate their stores windows with the most attractive looking items, more often than not the pets they are selling will have been sourced from puppy mills and thus will not be very well bred or reared.
Although for some pets like cats, dogs and birds, pet food is easily available, in case of rabbits, it is an aspect that needs plenty of thinking over. Many people aren’t keen on being in a store with other’s people’s pets. Some online stores even accept check or money order payments, which you would be asked to send to a PO Box address of the store.
Exotic cat ownership is already regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CITES, the Animal Welfare Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Lacey Act, more city, county, and state regulations than you can shake a stick at, as well as existing …
The breed and type of an exotic pet can make a big difference. As with any animal production enterprise it is important to consider the outcomes and responsibilities involved in breeding of our charges, ensuring we do so in a way that minimises suffering and maintains high standards of welfare for both the animals we breed from and ultimately any offspring we produce for the remainder of their lives.
Exotic species like the lion fish and the African land snail are animals that were once introduced into this country as pets, but they somehow managed to escape and now become invasive species, which post great threat to the local enviornment in many ways.
Call the clinic 5 minutes to closing time on a Friday evening for your very sick pet that’s been vomiting, not eating, trembling and had explosive diarrhoea for three days already, but NOW it’s an emergency and at least two staff will have to stay behind on their own time to see you when you flip out about going to the out of hours clinic.
Basic biological knowledge dictates that the longer and more closely you breed somewhat related lines of animals (and I’d love a widespread genetic study to show just how closely related a lot of morph lines actually are, but again won’t happen as requires co-operation and honesty), the less vigorous these animals become, the shorter their lifespan and in many cases the poorer their welfare.
The owner will have to make efforts to …