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A fresh face for your snake

If your pet snake seems uncomfortable in
his own skin, it may just be because he’s
about to shed it. The moulting process is a
crucial part of your reptile friend’s development, and there are a few things you can do
to ensure a smooth transition.

How to recognize moulting
Snakes moult as they grow. Whereas we
humans need bigger clothes as we get older,
your snake needs to replace his entire skin.
There are several signs to look out for that
indicate your cold-blooded friend is about
to undergo a wardrobe upgrade.
Many snakes refuse to eat for about a week
before they start to moult. It’s important
that you stay vigilant at this stage, as this
kind of appetite loss could also be a sign of
health troubles. However, if you notice its

body and eyes taking on a bluish tinge, your
snake is about to moult. This change of colour is due to a buildup of fluid between the
two layers of skin that separates the old epidermis from the new one.
Avoid mAnipulAtion
Because moulting impedes their vision,
snakes tend to become easily scared during
the process. To avoid a nasty bite, don’t
touch your snake until the moulting
process is complete. It’s also
recommended
that you
avoid feeding your
snake during the
moulting,
which can

take between 7 and 14 days depending on
the type of snake and its environment.
ScrAtcHing poStS
Little by little, your snake will recover its
natural colouring. This means that it’s about
to lose its old layer of skin, also called the
moult. To get rid of the moult, your snake
will rub against various items, so be sure
to provide it with some branches or rough
rocks.
The moulting process normally results in a
single piece
of skin. If
you have
any
questions,

“My dog won’t stop chewing on everything!”
Has your four-legged companion taken
on the annoying habit of chewing up your
shoes, curtains and even furniture while
you’re away?

exercise every day to get rid of excess
energy.
If your dog’s chewing habits don’t im-

prove despite your best efforts, seek
the advice of a canine behaviour specialist. He or she will be happy to help you
find a solution that works.

First off, it’s important to understand
that all dogs feel the urge to bite and
gnaw on things at one stage or another
of their lives, especially when they’re
very young. However, if your beloved pooch has turned into a compulsive chewer, it’s in both of your best
interests to quickly find a solution.
Here are some steps that might
help:
• Secure your living space by keeping items your dog likes to chew
on out of reach, and protect the
corners of your furniture.
• Buy tough toys (stuffed toys, rubber balls, plastic bones) that Fido
will be able to chew on to his
heart’s content.
• Make your dog’s meals last as
long as possible to reduce his urge
to chew on non-food items.
• Make sure your dog gets plenty of

Could my aquarium
make me sick?
Your fish share their habitat with a host of microorganisms and bacteria, some harmless and others not so
much. Salmonella bacteria, for instance, are commonly
found in aquarium water and can cause severe health issues such as gastroenteritis, respiratory distress and even
sepsis. Taking appropriate safety precautions before handling an aquarium and its contents is therefore necessary
to avoid becoming contaminated.

Dangerous bacteria,
including salmonella,
sometimes lurk inside
seemingly clean
aquarium water.

1. Avoid splashing water into your face when cleaning the
aquarium or its contents.
2. Never use your mouth to syphon water. You can purchase an automatic syphon at a pet supply store.
3. Replace one-third of the water twice a month, and
refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations when it
comes to maintaining the filtration system.
4. Wash aquarium accessories in a container rather than a
sink or bathtub. Make sure to thoroughly disinfect the
container after each use with a solution of bleach.
5. Wash your hands immediately after coming in cotact
with aquarium water or accessories.
6. Never leave the task of cleaning an aquarium in the
hands of a vulnerable or immunosuppressed individual
(e.g. a young child, a pregnant woman or an elderly person).

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