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Posted by Bigtattoo on May 01, 2003 at 08:30:38:
One of the joys of owning a pet shop is how people surrender their poorly cared for animals. I received a beautiful sub adult yesterday, his enclosure full of old poop and he with a skinny tail. Fortunately he's still strong and active and ate right away. From the way he looked at his greens, as if he didn't know what they were, I'm assuming he's probably been living on a diet of bugs alone. He did eat a healthy salad though and picked at the pellets some.
The poop in his enclosure looked healthy but I'll be taking a fresh stool sample to the vet as soon as I have one. He's now in a quarentine enclosure and has lots of heat and UVB, I'm anxious to get into work today to see how he's doing. Initial signs indicate that he should be able to make a full recovery from his malnourishment. I'm not sure if there might be some permanant damage if I'm correct about the bug diet I believe he was on.
He also has a small sore under his right front leg. It looks healthy and I treated it with betadine and triple antibiotic ointment. He's on paper towel for substrate and I'll have to maintain him on this till his sore is healed.
See what fun it is to own a pet shop? (I hope you can sense my sarcasm.) I felt the need to post this. There are so many posts slamming pet shops and so few of the owneres accept the responsibily of learning to care for the animals they buy before they buy them. Then when they don't want them or they're afraid of them dying on them they dump them off at a pet shop. From bunnies to guinea pigs, hamsters, all sorts of reptiles. Even fish with ick. Some covered in mites, just what I want in my store to infest it with mites. So what's the pet shop guy to do? Let these poor animals die? Treat them at his own expense? Or euthanize them?
Sorry I'm not slamming anyone in particular just venting and giving another point of view on pet shops.
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