Current Livestock

Our livestock list changes daily but every now and then I like to post a current list just to keep everyone up to speed with the types of animals we stock or can get. It is a bit of a double edged sword. If I post everything we can get, we are flooded with requests for animals that are not currently available. If on the other hand I post just what we have in at present, people get the impression that this is all we can get. So we have all our current stock on our web store (although it cannot be ordered from there, you need to come in for livestock) and I post a current list from time to time on here so people can see that it is changing regularly.

Here is the list as of today. Please note that it could well be very different tomorrow.

FIsh

tropical fish

Amphibians

phantasmal dart frog

Reptiles

common boa

Invertebrates

tarantula

Birds

african grey parrot

Small mammals

gerbil

ferret

If you are after something you cannot see, do give us call. We have an extensive list of breeders we can call on.

 

The Angell Pets Team

Free food for a month with ALL complete set ups

From now until the end of December we have a fantastic offer on. Buy ANY complete set up, for any animal and receive one months food FREE.

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We have a range of set ups for birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates to suit all budgets.Complete set ups include the housing, relevant equipment for that animal, substrate, decor where relevant, the animal itself and now, in addition, one months food FREE.

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We have set ups for budgies, cockatiels, finches and canaries, parrots, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats and mice, gerbils and hamsters, bearded dragons, leopard geckos, day geckos, crested geckos, chameleons, cornsnakes, milksnakes, boas, pythons, frogs, tarantulas, mantids, stick insects and many more.

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All our set ups are put together by the most experienced and qualified team in Gloucester so you get all the correct and  best equipment for your new animal. You can contact us here or on Facebook or on 01452 501882 to find out more.

Exo Terra

 

The Angell Pets Team

Reptile Boarding

Our Reptile Boarding facility here at Angell Pets has grown rapidly in popularity since being launched a couple of years ago.

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Most of our customers, lucky enough to go on holiday each year, are returning to book their animals in each time and new people are hearing about our reptile boarding service and using us for the first time. Peak times are now booked up months in advance. For example Easter and August this year were both virtually fully booked two months in advance.

small animal boarding

We have some space this summer left in July and September with a few odd days only in August for reptile boarding. We do have a little space left for birds and small animals but not much.

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Hermann’s tortoise

If you wish to take advantage of our excellent reptile boarding rates and have your animals looked after by top qualified staff please do book now to avoid disappointment.

Contact us on 01452 501882 to reserve space.

The Angell Pets Team

A Brief History Of the Rat

Angell Pets has bred and sold fancy rats since we opened. They are a popular pet for good reason. They are relatively easy to care for, friendly, inquisitive and intelligent and seem to thrive on interaction with their owners. Many owners however are unaware of the history of their pet.

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Nowadays most people in the UK would think of the rat as a native species. Far from it. Domesticated rats derive from the brown rat (Rattus norvegius). This species only arrived in Britain around 1720 so it has only been here for just under 300 years, that’s only 150 years longer than the grey squirrel (from the USA) and a over a thousand after the rabbit (Romans soldiers kept them for meat, bringing them from Spain). Despite this, current population estimates are a minimum of 6.5 million (more than that if you include sewers, tips and post breeding numbers).

A common misconception voiced when people see rats in the shop is that they were responsible for the plague. Well for the black death (1300s) and bubonic plague (1600s) which each killed a third of the nations population, they have an excellent alibi – they weren’t even here (in fact they hadn’t even completed their march across Europe from their Asian homeland by then).

The animal responsible for the major plagues in the UK was actually the black rat (Rattus rattus) or “ship rat”. Black rats (originally brought over by the Romans in ships) are now quite rare in mainland UK, restricted to only two colonies in coastal areas and a population of around 1300. Part of the reason for the decline of the black rat is habitat – black rats like empty buildings with plenty of food, like warehouses and docks, which have disappeared or been converted into flats. Brown rats prefer agricultural land although they obviously do well in urban settings too. Also the black rat is smaller and a lot of predators will selectively feed on smaller rodents (studies show that owls prefer to eat mice and voles and any brown rats taken tend to be smaller juveniles). Cats (over 10 million owned cats in the UK) too will tend to take easier, smaller prey leaving the black rat at a disadvantage. In the end the larger (and more carnivorous – they will kill smaller rodents) brown rat has been able to out compete its smaller, more vegetarian relative.

Brown rats were originally domesticated by the rat catchers. Keen to show they were good at their job and promote their services they would keep one alive in a cage. Obviously they wanted one that wouldn’t try to rip their face off at the earliest opportunity so would select the tamest and breed from them. Over time others took to keeping rats, always selecting for tameness and the domestic fancy rat was born. Now rats are bred for colour, coat, ear shape etc. and fancy rat societies abound.

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So one invasive alien species that arrived around 2000 years ago with the Romans (from India originally) has been largely pushed out by another arriving 1700 years later. Just goes to show that although most would agree that invasive species can cause major problems, sometimes there are potential benefits. After all we don’t really have the plague in the UK anymore and we wouldn’t have one of the best small animal pets there is.

 

The Angell Pets Team

Cool Mats and Chill Out

Cool Mats and Chill Out bones and Chill Out balls to keep your pet cool this summer. We stock a range of products to help combat heat stress in dogs and other pets during hot weather.

The Cool Mats do not need to go in the fridge or freezer but remain 5 – 10 degrees cooler than ambient temperature through the pressure of the pet laying on them. They remain cool for up to an hour of constant use and to recharge simply need to be left unused. The non toxic gel leaves the mat ready to use in one hour.

Cool Mat

Cool Mats come in a range of sizes and can be used again and again and simply wipe clean. Many animals suffer from heat stress in hot weather, particularly dogs and cats but also smaller animals such as rabbits and ferrets. Cool Mats come in sizes to suit all.

 

Chill Out toys are easy to use and can also help your pet stay cool during warmer weather. Simply soak in water, freeze and your ready to go. They will stay cool for several hours, helping reduce heat stress, particularly during play.

Chill Out Ball

Select your toys shape, soak, freeze and play and keep your favourite pet cool this summer.

Chill Out Bone

Cool Mats and Chill Out products DO NOT make it OK to leave a dog in a hot car. NEVER leave a dog unattended in a vehicle.

Cool Mats and Chill Out toys are available now at Angell Pets in store and on line.

The Angell Pets Team

Reptile boarding, small animal and bird boarding takes off at Angell Pets

Reptile boarding was one of the few services we were unable to provide our customers from our old Angell Pets shop in Abbeymead. There simply was not enough space in a secure part of the building to accomodate the necessary enclosures and equipment. One thing we are not lacking in our new premises is space. We now have an entire extra upstairs floor that has enabled us to increase stock holding (we never had any storage space before either) and install a range of vivaria, enclosures and bird cages to enable us to offer reptile boarding, small mammal boarding and bird boarding services to our customers.

 

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One Of Our Reptile Boarders Being Fed

We have built up a reputation as Gloucester’s premier pet shop and were constantly being asked by customers if we could provide reptile boarding for their animals as they trusted us with their beloved pets. Not only had they come to know us and recognise the years of experience we have with a wide range of animals, they also knew that our senior team is the most qualified around. All have completed, as a minimum, either an industry recognised apprenticeship or higher level City and Guilds animal management qualification. Two are also educated to honours degree level in biology and animal science.

We have now completed fitting out  a reptile boarding facility upstairs along with enclosures for other animals and birds and have already taken bookings. We have our first visitor with us at the moment. All reptile boarding facilities are secure and complete with temperature, humidty, lighting and control equipment relevant to the reptile requiring looking after. We are also equiped to take small mammals, inverts and birds. You can use our enclosures or bring your own to reduce the stress on more nervous animals (subject to disinfection upon arrival).

We take bio security very seriously and all enclosures in our reptile boarding facility are scrupulously clean and are disinfected (using F10 and anti mite treatment) between uses (and during longer stays) and staff are trained in ensuring no cross contamination occurs during feeding and cleaning times. No animals are admitted to the facility that show signs of disease or infestation.

All animals in our reptile boarding and other animal boarding facilities are checked at least twice a day and fed, watered or cleaned as appropriate. We have a high level of knowledge of most animals and have the back up of one of the best reptile vets in the county.

Reptile boarding or boarding of other animals is arranged by telephone or visiting the shop, although you can see prices etc. on our webstore

Reptile Boarding (single animal)

Reptile Boarding (multiple animals)

Small Mammal Boarding 

Rabbit, Guinea Pig and Ferret Boarding

Bird Boarding

So, if you are lucky enough to be going on holiday or if you need to have a stay in hospital or are going to be working away and you need a reptile boarding service or boarding for other animals please give us a call. You know your animal is going to be looked after by the best professionals around.

Angell Pets Reptile Boarding in particular is booking up fast so please don’t leave it too late. We do have some capacity to expand the service further but it takes time to get all the equipment in place.

 

January Offers

I will be breaking our January offers into two posts this year, simply because we have so many. These offers are our normal monthly wholesalers offers. I will post the Angell Pets offers next.

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Wagg Purrrs cat treats chicken or tuna – Buy any 3 for £2

Excel Rabbit Adult 2kg – £3.49 (normal price £4.39) ANGELL PETS BEST SELLER

Arden Grange Puppy/Junior 2kg – £6.99 (save over 20%)

Gourmet Perle Ocean Delicacies or Chef’s Collection – £3.95 (save over 25%)

Natures Feast Sunflower Hearts 1kg – £3.99 (save 20%)

Kong Puppy Medium – £3.99 (save over 35%)

Pro Plan Adult Chicken & Rice 3kg – £9.99 (save 35%)

Burns Weight Control Chicken & Oats 15kg – £38.99 (save over £10)

Pedigree Dentastix Medium 56 sticks – £9.99 (save 30%)

Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit – £4.49 (Half Price) ANGELL PETS BEST SELLER

Whimzees Toothbrush (48 x XS), Alligator (12xMed), Hedgehog (6xLge), and Stix (24 + 4 FOC Sml) – £5.89 (Less Than Half Price)

Sheba Pouch Fine Flakes Fish Selection or Steamed Tender Mixed Selection (12x85g) – £3.49 (save over 30%)

Petkin Stain Spray 750ml – £3.49 (save over 40%)

Best Pets Shavings Lge – £2.89 (save way over 20%) ANGELL PETS BEST SELLER

These offer usually sell out quite quickly. Whilst we are able to restock during the month, sometimes the wholesaler sells out so get in quick to guarantee a bargain.

The Angell Pets Team

Special offers for August

Special offers this month include Burgess Excel guinea pig nuggets, Whiskas pouches, Johnsons house flea spray and much more.

Click the link for details of this months wholesaler special offers.

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Best Pets special offers August

We also have additional special offers in store a online this month.

Selected Royal Canin 400g  bags 10% off.

Biorb 30L 20% off

Pet Rebellion mats 10% off

In addtion we have several new lines in our reptile section.

Habistat bulbs

Slate pieces (only available in store as sold by weight)

White rock pieces for aquariums and vivariums (£2.99 each)

Habistat substrates

Komodo salad flavour tortoise food

Habistat digtal thermostats

Pop in and see us or check out the webiste to keep up to date with all our special offers in future.

 

The Angell Pets Team

July Offers from Angell Pets

July is here and so are our fantastic summer offers from our wholesaler.

Lots of great discounts at sub supermarket prices and with FREE local delivery as well.

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CLICK THE LINK for the offers or visit us online to place your order.

 

The Angell Pets Team

 

Ferret kits now available

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Ferrets have a defined breeding season, so kits are only available at certain times of year. We only sell our own ferrets in the shop and this means that they are only in stock for short periods of time each year.

The first of this years kits from our breeding group are now available for sale and can be veiwed in store from today. We have a variety of colours available, both Hobs and Jills. We have over 40 years of breeding experience and all our ferrets are hand tame even before they get to the shop. You can view avaiability and price online but please note we do not sell animals online. You will need to visit the shop to view the animal before you buy and for us to ensure you have considered everything first and so are ready to take one away.

ferret kits

Ferrets have been used for centuries for hunting and are intelligent, inquisitive animals that can make excellent pets. Before considering a ferret as a pet though please read our ferret basic care sheet. This outlines several issues to take into consideration first. They will need a lot of stimulation, a good sized enclosure and have important health requirements so you need to include vaccinations and neutering in your plans.

If you do all this you will get years of fun and interaction from your new pet ferret and we will be there for any further advice and assistance you will need.

The Angell Pets Team