June Offers

Angell Pets June offers are now in store and available on line too. These offers can sell out quickly so don’t delay.

pet munchie chicken strips

Pet Munchies Dog Chicken Strips 90g ONLY £1.49  RRP £2.99

pet munchies duck strips

Pet Munchies Dog Duck Strips 90g ONLY £1.49 RRP £2.99

Dentaflex medium

Pedigree Dentaflex Medium 9 Pack ONLY £7.49  RRP £12.89

Hollings tripe bag

Hollings Tripe Sticks Bag 500g ONLY £5.99  RRP £7.99

barking heads tllc

Barking Heads TLC 12kg ONLY £39.99  RRP £54.99

Eukanuba Adult Dog Medium Breed 12kg ONLY £27.49  RRP £42.99

Go Cat Tuna

Go Cat Tuna, Herring & Veg 10kg ONLY £16.49  RRP £24.60

Go Cat Chicken

Go Cat Chicken & Duck 10kg ONLY £16.49  RRP £24.60

beta puppy chicken

Beta Puppy Chicken 2.5kg ONLY £5.49  RRP £7.99

Whiskas pouch fish

Whiskas Pouch Fish In Jelly (40 for the price of 32) ONLY £7.49  RRP £8.99

Whiskas pouch poultry

Whiskas Pouch Poultry In Jelly (40 for the price of 32) ONLY £7.49  RRP £8.99

VETIQ Breath & Dental cat

VETIQ Breath & Dental Cat Treat 65g ONLY £0.99  RRP £1.99

VETIQ Hairball remedy cat

VETIQ Hairball Remedy Cat Treat 65g ONLY £0.99  RRP £1.99

VETIQ Urinary Care Cat

VETIQ Urinary Care Cat Treat 65g ONLY £0.99  RRP £1.99

Fiprotec Cat

 

Worm Clear Cat

Fiprotec Cat Spot on 3 Treatment & WormClear Cat 2 Tablets Buy Both for £9.99 save £6 (Only available in store or on telephone orders)

Sanicat Classic 30L

Sanicat Classic 30L ONLY £8.39 RRP £11.39

Tetra Pond sticks

Tetra Pond Sticks 100g ONLY £2.69 RRP £4.05

Natures Feast Forage Hay 1kg

Natures Feast Forage Hay 1kg ONLY £3.99  RRP £4.99

Supa Turtle Food

Supa Complete Turtle Food 60g ONLY £4.99  RRP £5.99

 

The Angell Pets Team

May Offers

Angell Pets May offers are now in store and available on line too. These offers can sell out quickly so don’t delay.

nylabone puppy starter set

Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit ONLY £6.99  RRP £9.99

Chewdles Bonibix Assorted

Chewdles Bonibix Assorted Mini 1.5kg ONLY £2.99  RRP £4.65

Chewdles Gravy Bones

Chewdles Gravy Bones 1.5kg ONLY £2.99  RRP £4.65

Perfect Fit Dog Adult <10kg Chicken 2.6kg ONLY £5.99  RRP £9.00

Perfect Fit Dog Adult >10kg Chicken 2.6kg ONLY £5.99  RRP £9.00

Perfect Fit Cat Adult 2.8kg ONLY £8.99  RRP £12.99

OMEGA TASTY ORIGINAL

Omega Tasty Original 15kg ONLY £15.99  RRP £20.99

winalot shapes

Winalot Shapes 2kg ONLY £2.69  RRP £3.69

Burgess dog beef

Burgess Adult Dog Food Beef 15kg ONLY £16.49  RRP £21.71

Burgess dog chicken

Burgess Adult Dog Chicken 15kg ONLY £16.49  RRP £21.71

Kong tennis shoes Zebra

Kong Tennis Shoes Zebra Small ONLY £4.49  RRP £6.99

arden grange lamb

Arden Grange Lamb & Rice 2kg ONLY £5.49  RRP £9.50

arden grange lamb

Arden Grange Lamb & Rice 12kg ONLY £29.99  RRP £44.82

Selective Timothy Hay 2kg ONLY £5.99  RRP £8.99

Selective rabbit

Selective Rabbit 1.5kg ONLY £2.99  RRP £4.49

Fiprotec dog

 

WORMCLEAR

Beaphar WormClear Dog Up To 40kg 4 Tablets RRP £8.99

Firprotec Medium Dog 3 Treatment RRP £12.00

Buy both for £13.99 Only available in store or on telephone orders.

BB Dog Cologne

BB Dog Cologne 100ml ONLY £4.99  RRP £6.56

K9 Dog Cologne

K9 Dog Cologne 100ml ONLY £4.99  RRP £6.56

Kennel 5 Dog Cologne

Kennel 5 Dog Cologne 100ml ONLY £4.99  RRP £6.56

Old Spike Dog Cologne

Old Spike Dog Cologne 100ml ONLY £4.99 RRP £6.56

BM wormer cat

Bob Martin Clear 2in1 Wormer for Cat & Kitten 2 Tablets ONLY £3.99  RRP £5.49

Better than super market prices as usual.

 

The Angell Pets Team

 

Ferrets 2017

The first litter of ferret kits this year was born on 24th of April. Allowing seven weeks for growth and weaning and a few days to collect them from the breeding centre and we will have them available for sale in the shop from 24th June.

ferret kits

Previous seasons kits

We have been breeding ferrets for a long time (50 years in my case!) and due to our reputation for quality and customer service, we know we will sell all of this years kits quite quickly. We already have quite a long waiting list for this years litters.

Ferrets will be sold on a first come first served basis (don’t worry if you are on our list, you will get first refusal) and we will not be reserving any until we have them in the shop. This is so the new owners get to see the kits before making a decision to buy and we can satisfy ourselves that you know how you are going to look after them. Also by then we will have had enough time to be sure that all the kits are fit and healthy.

If you have already contacted us to ask about ferrets and left your number we will contact you as soon as we are in a position to confirm we have what you are looking for.

Pet shop Gloucester ferrets

Other colours

Please do not call and ask what gender or colour the ferrets are at the moment. We will not even go into the nest until after three weeks (any earlier and the mother could be induced to kill the litter). From that age they will start to be handled and the colours will start coming through and obviously we can check the gender. Until then all I can say is that some have been born, so it is a waste of everyone’s time to call us and ask questions that cannot be answered. We will contact you as soon as we know.

 

The Angell Pets Team

Giardia In Ferrets

Last week we unfortunately had a serious issue with some of our breeding ferrets, Fatso, The Cow and The Little One – that’s just what they have become known as, what can I say? I just thought I would do a blog so anyone else keeping ferrets can recognise the symptoms and it will hopefully help them get prompt treatment.

The main infection turned out to be Giardia. Giardia is a protozoan parasite that can infect the gut of most mammals. The symptoms are quite severe and include violent and often bloody diarrhoea, excessive gas and bloating, painful stomach and abdominal cramps and nausea. The infection also causes the villi in the gut (microscopic “finger” projections that significantly increase the surface area of the nutrient absorbing gut lining) leading to poor nutrient uptake and lactose intolerance (although that’s not relevant in our case as ferrets should not be fed milk anyway). Without treatment of the symptoms, after infection and recovery, the parasite can remain in the gut and the animal can become a carrier. Some symptoms, such as lactose intolerance, can persist.

The symptoms of Giardia infection are quite severe and as we found out last week, can have a very sudden onset. I went out to our ferret compound on Saturday to feed and water them and to check on their bedding status as they have a tendency to empty it out all over the exercise area and they were fine; trying to escape as I refreshed the food as usual, tucking into it straight away etc. On Sunday they were still asleep when I went out in the morning (not unusual) so I didn’t see them. On Monday Albert went to clean them out and it was like a scene from a horror film. Three very sick ferrets, out in the open, barely able to lift their heads (one was better than the others but even she was obviously in a bad way) and covered in blood and faeces and only barely able to drag themselves along without the use of their back legs. When I saw them I honestly thought I was going to lose all three.

Albert cleaned them up and gave them a bath (they were filthy) and dried them and I booked them straight into the vets. A sample was taken from each of them, they received rehydration treatment (intravenously) and an immediate course of antibiotics was started as a precaution, whilst we waited for the test results. I brought them to the shop, to keep a closer eye on them in our isolation area upstairs. The first day they were not capable of eating or drinking (no energy at all) and again I thought they would not make it (I later found out the vet thought the same). The only upside was that it was easy to administer an oral medicine to them that, I subsequently found out, they really did not like.

The next day the vet called me with preliminary results. They had two gut infections Clostridium (a bacterial infection, often carried in low numbers in the gut with no symptoms) and Giardia. The vet supposed the Clostridium to be secondary to the Giardia infection. Luckily I was able to report that the antibiotics had begun to work almost straight away and there was a marked improvement (although they were still very ill). They were at least now drinking unaided. We suspect this was due to the reduction in Clostridium numbers from the anti biotics. The vet prescribed an alternative medication (metronidazole) now that we knew Giadia was involved and this was started immediately.

giardia in ferrets

Fatso, still feeling sorry for himself but recovering well

They have been receiving treatment for a week now and have pretty much fully recovered. We have to complete the course for another week. After another fortnight we will take a stool sample and have it tested. If Giardia is still present then it’s another two week course of treatment. I hope this is not necessary because they don’t like the taste of the medicine and now they are back to their normal selves it’s  difficult to administer (I am covered in splashes of medicine as I type, where they have all shaken their heads to try to spit it out ).

Of course, an important factor with Giardia is that it infects humans as well (zoonotic). Hygiene and bio security is very important at all times whilst keeping any animal but particularly when they are sick. We always wash our hands and F10 everything (including our clothing) every time we handle them. I have had salmonella (which has similar symptoms) and I don’t want to go through something like that again.

This just leaves how they caught the infection in the first place. Our ferrets are well looked after and kept very clean. I have had these ones for a few years without any issues so it is unlikely one of them was a carrier. The likely culprit is probably either a mouse (we have had them come in the garden after wild bird seed) or a rat (not seen one of these around the garden before but it is a possibility). I am afraid if little Jerry or Roland is the culprit, he is going to get his just desserts. The thought of one (or both) of the dogs getting explosive, bloody diarrhoea just does not bear thinking about!

The Angell Pets Team

Angell Pets January Offer

The New Year is well underway and our January offers are in the store (and on line) and proving very popular (we are having to restock with some products already).

Here is a list of this months offers with price comparisons where possible.

burgess excel adult

Burgess Excel Adult Rabbit Nuggets 2kg ONLY £3.49 SAVE £1

Pets At Home price £5.50 (our normal price is over £1 less than this!)

hills science plan no grain chicken

Hills Science Plan Feline No Grain Adult Chicken 2kg ONLY £1.49 SAVE £6.50

Couldn’t find this size anywhere. Pets at Home only do the little bags.

Arden Grange Salmon and Rice

Arden Grange Adult Dog Salmon And Rice 12kg SAVE OVER £10

Pets at Home Price £42.99. You can save £8 if you buy two bags but that’s still only a saving of £4 a bag compared to our huge £10 a bag without having to multi buy!

 

pedigree dentastix

Pedigree Dentastix Dog Dental Chews Small 56 Stick Pack ONLY £7.99 SAVE MIN 33%

Pets at Home price £11.79. 

pedigree dentastix medium

Pedigree Dentastix Dog Dental Chews Med 56 Stick Pack ONLY £8.99 SAVE MIN 33%

Pets at Home Price £13.79

pedigree dentastix large

Pedigree Dentastix Dog Dental Chews Large 56 Stick Pack ONLY £9.99 SAVE MIN 33%

Pets at Home Price £17.49. Cheapest I could find in any other supermarket was £10.

harringtons cat chicken and rice

Harringtons Cat Chicken And Rice 2kg ONLY £3.49 SAVE 30%

Morrisons OFFER price £5, Asda £4.50, Sainsbury £5.50

harringtons cat salmon and rice

Harringtons Cat Salmon And Rice 2kg ONLY £3.49 SAVE 30%

Morrisons OFFER price £5, Asda £4.50, Sainsbury £5.50

pedigree complete beef and vegetable

Pedigree Complete Dry Dog Food Beef And Vegetable 12kg ONLY £13.99 SAVE £7

Couldn’t find this size bag anywhere

Pedigree complete chicken and vegetable

Pedigree Complete Dry Dog Food Chicken And Vegetable 12kg ONLY £13.99 SAVE £7

Couldn’t find this size bag anywhere

barking heads fat dog slim

Barking Heads Fat Dog Slim 2kg ONLY £7.99 SAVE £4

Pet Supermarket price £11.39

barking heads tender loving care

Barking Heads Tender Loving Care 2kg ONLY £7.99 SAVE £4

Pet Supermarket price £11.29

vetzyme high strength flexible joint

Vetzyme High Strength Flexible Joint Tablets 90 Pack ONLY £9.99 SAVE £4.50

Pets at Home price £16

simple solutions training pads

Simple Solutions Training Pads 56 Pack ONLY £15.99 SAVE £6

Pets At Home price £23.00

Pro Plan Medium Dog

Pro Plan Adult Medium Dog Chicken 3kg ONLY £9.99 SAVE OVER £5

Pets At Home price £15.39

Coachies Naturals training treats

Coachies Training Treats Naturals 200g ONLY £1.99 SAVE £1.50

Pets At Home price £4.00

king british goldfish flake

King British Goldfish Flake 55g ONLY £2.49 SAVE OVER 35%

Pets At Home price £4.50, Jolley’s price £3.89

burns penlan farm chicken and vegetables

Burns Penlan Farm Chicken 6x400g ONLY £8.49 SAVE OVER £1.75

Pets At Home price £11.99

burns penlan farm lamb and vegetables

Burns Penlan Farm Lamb 6x400g ONLY £8.49 SAVE OVER £1.75

Pets At Home price £11.99

burns penlan farm multi flavour

Burns Penlan Farm Multipack 6x400g ONLY £8.49 SAVE OVER £1.75

Pets At Home price £11.99

gourmet perle country medley

Gourmet Perle Country Medley In Jelly 12x85g ONLY £3.49 SAVE 34%

Pets At Home price £4.69. Jolley’s price £5.30, Morrisons price £4.80, Sainsbury price £4.80

gourmet perle ocean delicacies

Gourmet Perle Ocean Delicacies 12x85g ONLY £3.49 SAVE 34%

Pets At Home price £4.69. Jolley’s price £5.30, Morrison’s price £4.80, Sainsbury price £4.80

Enjoy this months offers. Don’t forget we do FREE LOCAL DELIVERY (minimum order only £5).

The Angell Pets Team

 

Christmas period orders

The run up to Christmas has begun in earnest and customers are getting their orders in to carry them over the holiday period.

We are getting extremely busy with our FREE local delivery service to Gloucester, Cheltenham and Painswick and will only get busier this week and next. With a few days out for the holidays it means we are cramming more and more deliveries into fewer days.

To avoid disappointment (and running out of pet food over the holidays) please get your orders in as soon as possible. To add to the urgency, some of our suppliers have restricted deliveries to us over Christmas and New Year so the chance of us running out of some of our lines is increased. Nearly all have added at least a day to their lead time to us already and that’s on top of existing days off.

We currently have some space on each nights deliveries but it is getting tight on the more popular nights (Mondays and Fridays) so please book as early as you can.

Here’s a link to our normal delivery schedule and our Christmas opening hours and delivery schedule as a reminder.

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.

pet shop gloucester cornsnake

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.

rankins-dragon
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.

hog island boa
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

November Offers

New Angell Pets offers now available for the whole of November including Beta, Arden Grange, Pedigree, Burns, Barking Heads and many more. Stocks of some of the more popular items do sell out quickly as they are better than supermarket pries so don’t hang around if you want to grab a bargain this month.

beta-adult

Beta Adult Chicken 2.5kg ONLY £4.99 RRP £7.49

Beta Puppy

Beta Puppy Chicken 2.5kg ONLY £4.99 RRP £7.79

Sanicat clumping cat litter

Sanicat Clumping 20L ONLY £5.99 RRP £7.99

Arden Grange Adult Lamb & Rice 2kg ONLY £5.49 RRP £8.80

arden grange adult lamb and rice

Arden Grange Adult Lamb & Rice 12kg ONLY £31.99 RRP £41.50

Any 3 for £3.00 on the following pedigree products (Only available in store or on telephone orders):

Pedigree Jumbone

Pedigree Jumbone Beef Medium 2 Piece

Pedigree Rodeo chicken

Pedigree Rodeo 8 Stick Chicken

Pedigree Schmacko

Pedigree Schmacko’s 20 Stick

More offers also available in the web store.

Catsan Hygiene Cat Litter

Catsan Hygiene Cat Litter 20L ONLY £8.49 RRP £11.33

Kong Widgets Bones

Kong Widgets Bones Small ONLY £2.69 RRP £3.99

Kong Widgets Cookies

Kong Widgets Cookies Large ONLY £2.69 RRP £3.99

 

Lick N Chew Chicken Rolls 4 Pack ONLY £4.49

Chicken rolls

Barking Heads 400g Tins 2 For £2.50 (Only available in store or on telephone orders)

Barking Heads Bad Hair Day

Bad Hair Day

barking heads

Fusspot

barking heads

Fat Dog Slim

barking heads

Tender Loving Care

More offers also available in the web store.

burns toy and small breed

Burns Adult Toy Breed ONLY £6.65 RRP £8.68

shavings

Animal Dreams Compressed Lavendar Shavings Large ONLY £3.89 RRP £4.89

rabbit food

Natures Feast Rabbit Nuggets 1.5kg ONLY £2.99 RRP £3.99

guinea pig food

Natures Feast Guinea Pig Nuggets 1.5kg ONLY £3.79 RRP £4.79

 

So get your November deal whilst stocks last.

 

The Angell Pets Team

 

 

October Offers

Angell Pets October offers are now available in store, over the telephone or on line in our web store. Included in this months offers are some excellent products to help dogs and cats with stress over the Halloween and firework periods.

FREE LOCAL DELIVERY is available for orders over £5.

 

active-longevity-chicken

Hills Feline Mature Active Longevity Chicken 2kg ONLY £12.49 RRP £18.39

optimal-care-chicken

Hills Feline Adult Optimal Care Chicken 2kg ONLY £12.49 RRP £18.29

deli-twist

Good Boy Deli Chewy Twists With Chicken ONLY £1.75 RRP £2.99

serene-um

VETIQ Serene – Um – Extra 60 Tablets ONLY £8.99 RRP £13.99

catsan-hygiene

Catsan Hygiene Litter 20L ONLY £8.49 RRP £11.33

 

agail-chicken

Felix AGAIL Individual pouches 3 for £1.00 RRP 50p each

Chicken

Tuna

timothy-hay

Selective Timothy Hay 2kg ONLY £5.99 RRP £8.99

pedigree-fish-oil

Pedigree Mixed Selection With Fish Oil In Jelly 12 Pack ONLY £5.49 RRP £7.39

bakers-beef

Bakers Complete Beef 14kg ONLY £18.49 RRP £27.75

bakers-chicken

Bakers Complete Chicken 14kg ONLY £18.49 RRP £27.75

Bags On Board Rolls 120’s ONLY £3.49 RRP £4.99

patterned

Patterned

scented

Scented

neutral

Neutral

tetramin-tropical

Tetramin Tropical Flake 52g ONLY £4.95 RRP £7.40

calming-spot-on-dog

Beaphar Calming Spot On Dog ONLY £4.75 RRP £5.99

calming-spot-on-cat

Beaphar Calming Spot On Cat ONLY £4.75 RRP £5.99

iams-cat-chicken

Iams Cat Adult Chicken 3kg ONLY £8.99 RRP £16.49

fish-bite

Hollings Fish Bites 75g ONLY £1.49 RRP £1.99

sprats

Hollings Sprats 100g ONLY £1.49 RRP £2.49

duck-drumsticks

Pet Munchies Duck Drumsticks 100g ONLY £1.75 RRP £2.99

venison-sticks

Pet Munchies Venison Sticks 75g ONLY £1.75 RRP £2.99

The Angell Pets Team

Rankins Dragon Care Sheet

The Rankins dragon is the smaller cousin of the bearded dragon. For those who want to own a beardie but don’t have the space requirements, the Rankins dragon could be the one for you.

rankins

Generally a Rankins dragon requires a smaller vivarium than a bearded dragon as an adult. I would recommend 30” as around the size for one adult although 36” would be better for more dragons. A very young Rankins dragon can at least look a bit lost in a large viv. though and some do seem (at least at first) to get a bit nervous in a large viv. (they will hide away a lot, sometimes to the point of not getting enough UV light) so starting off in a smaller viv is definitely OK, although by no means essential.

If you wish to keep more than a single Rankins dragon (and they seem to be more sociable than beardies) then ensure you only have one male, with a couple of females. Obviously you  will need a bigger enclosure. If you wish to have ore than one male Rankins dragon a much larger space is required and it is not recommended.

Rankins dragon heating

A Rankins dragon requires a good temperature gradient (a “hot end “and a “cold end”) to enable them to regulate their body temperature with the hot spot at the hot end at 35-40 C and the cool end around 25 C (so you are going to need two thermometers). There are a lot of opinions out there on heating a Rankins dragon viv. and I’ll not get into it all here. I use a heat mat combined with a basking lamp (sized to the viv.) to create a hot spot. I have mounted mats on the side and on the bottom of the viv. with equal success. I have seen comments saying never use a heat mat and cannot agree. I have never had a problem, ever and this is over a number of years with a large number of animals. That said, there are alternatives and they are fine too (with the exception of “heat rocks” – they really are a bad idea, if you bought a Rankins dragon starter set up from a certain well known pet supermarket you will have one of these, please throw it away to avoid any risk).

A thermostat will help avoid over temperature. A Rankins dragon can tolerate lower temperatures (i.e. if your spot lamp blows) for quite some time but will suffer quite quickly from over temperature. Even with a thermostat you should always check your thermometers at least daily – thermostats can fail.

Rankins dragon lighting

A Rankins dragon needs relatively high levels of UVB light to manufacture vitamin D3, enabling them to assimilate calcium. You will need a 10-12% UVB lamp on 12 – 14 hours a day. Remember UV light does not travel too far from these lamps so make sure they are not too far from where your dragon likes to bask. I don’t use hides with dragons, sometimes they can spend too much time under it and not get enough UV – not common but best avoided.

A basking lamp will give a bright “hot spot” for a Rankins dragon to bask in when it wants to heat up. Obviously the lamp needs to be a proper basking spot, energy efficient lamps are efficient because they do not give out wasted energy as heat, which is what you want.

Rankins dragon substrates.

Substrate (what your Rankins dragon lives on) is probably the most controversial subject in the hobby. I am not going to tell you what not to use, there is not a substrate currently in use that can’t cause problems. I use beech wood chips (the coarser variety so it cannot fit in the Rankins dragon mouth when small) or desert bedding in the main, although I have used others. I have never had any issues with impaction with a Rankins dragon so I can’t comment on what is worst for this. However I avoid calci sand, as calcium is an essential nutrient for a Rankins dragon, so they will eat as if they feel they need it – why tempt fate? Also, most of my vivs. are front opening,  with sliding glass and the sound of sand in the runners makes me cringe!

rankins dragon

Rankins dragon decor

A Rankins dragon does require a water bowl, although they are rarely seen to drink (I know some individuals seem to love getting in their water bowl see the little Rankins dragon above). Do change the water regularly and keep the bowl clean. It is hot in a Rankins dragon viv. and bacteria will grow very quickly around the rim of the water. A feed dish is a good idea for the veggie component of a Rankins dragon diet, to help avoid the risk of impaction by picking up bits of substrate.

Your Rankins dragon will  love something to climb on, branches, rocks etc. Avoid anything sharp, they may suddenly jump down and you don’t want them to get injured. Anything else in there is up to you. Some people like to put in things to encourage activity and don’t mind what it looks like, so use anything they can find. Others like it to look as natural as possible. It’s really up to you but I would suggest you read a good book for the more advanced aspects of setting up a vivarium both for further advice and for ideas if, like me, you’re not that creative yourself.

Rankins dragon feeding

Your Rankins dragon is an omnivore. They eat a wide range of foods including crickets, locusts, cockroaches and various lavae, vegetables and fruit etc. In captivity they also need vitamin and calcium supplements to ensure continued good health. I feed mine to a regular regime. It is necessary for the health of the Rankins dragon and with the amount of animals I have to feed it is more convenient to stick to a plan and this gives us confidence our animals have received a varied and balanced diet. You will find your own regime that suits you. I will give you mine just to illustrate what a balanced Rankins dragon diet looks like, not to suggest this is superior to any other feeding plan for a Rankins dragon.

Day one – cricket or locusts dusted with Nutrobal vitamin supplement.

Day 2 – salad vegetables.

Day three – crickets or locusts dusted with calcium powder.

Day four – salad vegetables.

Day five – crickets or locusts dusted with calcium powder.

Day six – fruit or veg.

Day seven – crickets or locusts without any supplement.

I vary this further by changing the crickets and locusts for calci worms from time to time and very occasionally wax worms. I don’t use meal worms myself for a Rankins dragon due to the higher level of chitin in the jaws and the consequent increased risk of impaction but occasional meal worms would be OK. I must confess the type of veg I use depends very much on what is on offer at the local supermarket or my garden but favourites of my Rankins dragon are rocket salad or herb salad, grated carrot, romaine lettuce, curly kale and cucumber.  I haven’t had a lot of success with fruit with a Rankins dragon but common ones used are strawberry, mango and banana.

One way of getting veg. into a more obstinate Rankins dragon is to feed the veg. to the insects. Whatever they eat, your Rankins dragon is eating. I do this sometimes but usually I have gut loaded them on a gut load formula any way.  For a very young Rankins dragon I dust every feed to ensure the rapidly growing youngsters are getting enough calcium but I only ever use vitamin powder once a week. The risk of over dosing the Rankins dragon far outweighing the risk of under dosing when using such a balanced diet.

It is important to consider the size of the insect food. It is a bad idea to give anything longer than the distance between the eyes of your Rankins dragon. Too many over large insects will not be properly digested and you will see the half digested remains in the Rankins dragon poop, possibly along with some blood! Alternatively your Rankins dragon may regurgitate the meal, again with the risk of damage to the Rankins dragon digestive tract from the sharp bits of exoskeleton.

rankins-dragon

Things to avoid feeding a Rankins dragon are obviously anything toxic. This sounds really obvious but people have been caught out with plants. The Rankins dragon may not eat the plant but the insects probably will. The Rankins dragon will then eat the now toxic insect.The use of live plants with a Rankins dragon and with bearded dragons is becoming more popular do make sure you know what plant you have and that it is safe. Also I avoid broccoli and cabbage leaves with a Rankins dragon as these contain oxylates that can prevent calcium being available to the metabolism.

Common problems with Rankins dragon feeding include the notorius addiction to wax worms. I have seen a bearded dragon fed these exclusively. Not only is this a bad idea from a nutritional point of view but you often end up with a Rankins dragon that will only eat this one source of food and frequently only when fed by hand! However I have not yet seen the Rankins dragon that cannot be weaned back onto a balanced diet with a little perseverance.

That said, a Rankins dragon can be fussy as they get older. The basic message is that as they are omnivores, it probably doesn’t matter as long as they get a balanced diet.

A reminder about Rankins dragon UVB

UVB lamps are essential to the well being of the Rankins dragon. Unfortunately as soon as you switch one on, the level of UVB output starts to deteriorate. Over time this will drop to zero, so although the lamp is lit, it is providing no benefit at all to the Rankins dragon. The lamps should be replaced between 6 months to 1 year (depending on type and manufacturer). We always replace all our UV lamps every 9 months WITHOUT FAIL. The consequences to a Rankins dragon of not replacing the UV lighting regularly are loss of appetite and metabolic bone disease.

Kept correctly a Rankins dragon should live over 8 years and prove to be a very inquisitive, interactive and easy to handle little lizard.

The Angell Pets Team