Birthday Gifts for Pets
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Birthday Gifts for Pets

Recently, my husband and I celebrated our beautiful dog’s ninth birthday. I can’t believe we’ve had our sweet canine companion for so many years. To commemorate this special occasion, my spouse and I shopped for the perfect birthday gift. We decided to purchase a nice red collar for our dog. Our dog’s old collar was faded and dirty. Her new, red collar looked amazing next to her sleek black fur. After placing her new collar on her, our dog looked ready to take some memorable pictures. On this blog, I hope you will discover some of the best practical gifts to buy for your pets. Enjoy!

Birthday Gifts for Pets

Can't Have A Cat Or Dog In The Dorm? Consider A Reptile

Madison Adams

If you're heading off to college this fall, then you might think that you can't have a pet in the dorm. While that tends to be true when it comes to cats and dogs, there are some exceptions, namely reptiles. These animals can be kept in tanks and don't run around like cats and dogs. If you're new to reptiles, this article will help you with some of the more popular options for beginner reptile pet owners.

Bearded Dragons

If you like lizards, then you will love the bearded dragon. This is one of the more popular reptiles to keep as a pet because it is very friendly, and it's also pretty big (16-24 inches). You can take it out of the tank and let it walk around without fearing it will get lost somewhere like tiny lizards can. They are also solitary, so you don't have to feel like you're depriving them of companionship.

Their diet is a split between insects (crickets) and plant matter. You will need a big tank, though, and you should also get a UVB light because the lizards need this to stay healthy.

Russian Tortoise

These are amazing reptiles that can live for a very long time, sometimes reaching 40 years of age. They are a great alternatives to turtles and water tortoises for dorm life because they are used to arid conditions. This means you don't have to set up a water tank that will require lots of cleaning.

Some people even suggest not choosing a regular tank, and instead either using a makeshift pen or a reptarium. These will allow better air circulation. Humidity can be harmful for the tortoise. However, you can't let the habitat get too dry, particularly the substrate. It needs to remain semi-moist, since the tortoise wants a humid place to burrow. In nature, they live in very arid places, so they naturally dig holes for humidity.

They eat a diet of plants, including things such as dandelions.

Leopard Geckos

If you want a lizard, but don't want a big one like the bearded dragon, then the leopard gecko is a perfect compromise. They are really beautiful creatures that can reach a size of up to ten inches. So, while they are not as big as the large dragons, they are also not so tiny that you have the problem of them disappearing into little nooks and crannies.

They get their name because they have really amazing coloration that looks like a leopard. They can be yellow, lavender, or white. You can get a 20-gallon tank, and that would be more than enough room. For food, you have to feed them live insects. So, make sure that there is a pet store near your college. Otherwise, you will want one of the other pets that can eat dead insects and plant matter that you can order online. It's also wise to get a heating pad for the tank so that it stays warm for the gecko.

For more information, contact Snakes at Sunset or a similar company.