Literal Pet Peeves #2

followthebluebell:

When people take pictures of pot and their pets. Guys, stop it. It’s not edgy. It’s not cute. It’s highly irritating and WILL KILL YOUR PETS.

For some reason, this is particularly popular with reptiles, who have some of the most sensitive lungs.

izzy-the-fish-girl:

thatfishchick:

Have you see this article from BBC? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/29210991

It’s amazing news. Dr. Tristan Rich of the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melboune, Australia, performed surgery on a goldfish to remove a large tumor from the animal’s head. The fish - named George (how friggin’ cute) - had a sizable tumor that was reportedly impeding its ability to swim, properly breathe, and eat. George’s owners also reported bullying and/or harassment from other fish in the pond fish.

George’s owners were faced with a unique choice. As a ten year old goldfish in a pond, it is not outside the realm of possibilities that George could live for another ten or twenty years if the surgery was attempted. Without, his long term fate remained uncertain, and his quality of life was certainly poor.

Dr. Rich placed George under anesthesia and, in a rather clever move, used water from George’s pond pumped into the mouth and out the gills to ventilate the fish (rather smart because it means no jarring chemical shifts that could place further stress on George’s body).

George is reportedly doing well post surgery.

It’s an utterly amazing story.

Here are some quotes from Dr. Rich:

"For the owners, it’s not about having a fish, it’s about having this fish."

”If you have a pet, regardless of what it is, then you have a responsibility to look after it as best you can.”

That’s my kind of vet! :D

The DailyMail goes more in-depth, but they have more graphic photos.

houseofratsies:

baby falling asleep in my hands

reptile-talk:

Unintentional or uneducated animal abuse is still abuse. 

You should have known better before you even got the animal.

However- people will forgive you, and not be angry with you, if you did not know better and change as quickly as possible.

Also worth mentioning, if you think it stinks then it definitely bothers your rats who have tiny lungs and therefore very sensitive respiratory systems. The ammonia in their pee soaked toys, etc could very easily set off a respiratory infection which can be deadly if it isn't dealt with swiftly. If you aren't able to switch out wood when it gets an odor, please do not use wood.
Anonymous

Very valid points there! thank you anon ;*

Why shouldn't male rats have wooden toys?

Because male rats scent mark everything. I’m not even exaggerating, they will literally walk over things with their legs spread so they can wipe their little willies on them. This behavior lessens with age of course, but you’re probably going to have at least a year of them peeing on junk (including you). Not all males are quite as bad, some are worse than others. Neutering usually gets rid of this (in my experience).

You CAN give them wooden toys, but they will probably pee on them, the wood will absorb the pee and it will stink. Plastic toys are better because they’re washable. It’s the same with wooden shelves, if you get a cage with wooden shelves, for the love of god replace them with plastic ones. My first rat cage was hand made by my dad out of wood and by the time I got rid of it it STANK.

I just ordered an Over the Raibow Bridge shirt for myself :x I can’t wait til it arrives.

mythopoeticlicense:

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cherielilahsaffronwillow:

Willow and her lovely colours/pattern.

Wow, she is a really pretty color!

Transparent rainbow rat.

Transparent rainbow rat.