Exo Terra prices coming down

Exo Terra, one of the most popular brands in the trade and makers of some excellent products have reduced their prices. This came without any fanfare from the manufacturer or the wholesalers and is just another manifestation of the current “negative inflation” trend.

Over the last few months we have been able to reduce prices of a number of stock items as a result of negative inflation. These have included bird seed bulk sacks, small animal accessories etc. Also we have frozen prices on Royal Canin  and other pet foods even though the manufacturers have put up their prices (we thought it unfair given the current downward trend in price). We are pleased we can now include a range of Exo Terra products in these reductions. We already had promotions on a number of Exo Terra products, including  glass terrariums and the excellent turtle terrarium kit and we are now in the process of reviewing all the products and reducing prices where appropriate.

We are pleased we already reduced prices on a lot of  Exo Terra products. I won’t include them all here, the range is too big but here are some examples of products that have dropped in price this week as well as some promotions we have on.

Exo Terra Solar Glo UVB basking lamp

exo terra solar glo

Exo Terra feeding dish

exo terra feeding dishes

Exo Terra water bowl

exo terra water dish

Exo terra glass terrarium

exo terra glass terrarium

Exo terra turtle terrarium

exo terra turtle terrarium

Our website and our shop contain a lot of Exo Terra products. As we play catch up with the recent price changes, look out for many more reductions.

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.

 

reptile boarding

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.

 

Angell Pets are moving!!!

Angell Pets has been based in Abbeymead for the last 5 years. Sadly our landlord saw fit to serve us with a notice to quit because he says he wants to put in an estate agents (virtually next door to the existing one!). Anyway we didn’t hang around but found ourselves a new premises right next to the Quays in Gloucester.

Angell Pets Pet shop Gloucester

We are moving to 168 – 170 Southgate Street, on the corner of Llanthony Road and Southgate Street. We are hoping to have the new shop OPEN by 24th November 2014. We will continue to trade from our existing Abbeymead store up until Friday the 21st. Over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd we will be taking orders over the telephone or online through our webstore.

We appreciate the support our local customers in Abbeymead have given us over the past five years and offer FREE local delivery so we can still support those customers who cannot make it into the new shop. You can order online, over the telephone and if ordering over the telephone can pay by card or cash on delivery. Deliveries will be Monday to Friday and normally in the evening, although as the popularity of this service grows we may have to start putting on some deliveries during the day as well.

Any change, especially one forced upon you, is difficult to manage. We will try to ensure stock levels are maintained during the move but I am sure there is plenty of scope for some items to run a bit low. Restocking only normally takes us a couple of days if this does occur however.

We have thousands of lines plus all the shelving, animals and cages to move so it is not going to be easy but in the long run the extra space and cheaper rent and rates in the new shop is going to allow us to offer new services and promotions to our customers so hopefully the forced move will turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

Please pop in the Abbeymead shop during November as we will have some fantastic offers on as we reduce stock levels so there is less to move. Of course we would love you to visit us in our new premises after the 24th of November as well. Hopefully we will see you there.

 

The Angell Pets Team

FREE local delivery area widened to include Cheltenham

FREE local delivery with any order has been on offer from us at Angell Pets for quite some time.

We are now able to extend this FREE service to Cheltenham and the surrounding areas. Delivery of any item in the GL1,2,3,4,50,51,52 and 53 areas is now FREE.

Orders can be placed over the phone or from our on line web store. Orders on line are by card but COD is available for telephone orders.

free local delivery

This also means we are now able to offer livestock deliveries to these areas, as all FREE local delivery runs are with our own vehicles (we do not post or courier animals). Simply choose from our stock on line and call to arrange payment and delivery. This gives us the opportunity for us to check you have thought through your purchase and for you to check us out and be sure of what you are buying.

If you need to arrange FREE local delivery at a specific time, call us at the shop and order over the telephone and we will try to arrange delivery at a time that suits you. Unless it is really busy we can usually accomodate. Please note we do not usually deliver at weekends. I work seven days a week and do FREE local delivery in the evenings during the week. My wife insists I have some time off!

So sign up on our on line store to receive FREE LOCAL DELIVERY of all your animals needs.

The Angell Pets Team

Angell Pets Easter Opening Times

Angell Pets are open as usual all over the Easter weekend.

Angell Pets

Angell Pets

The opening hours for Angell Pets for the weekend are as follows:-

Good Friday – 10am – 4pm

Saturday 19th April – 9am – 6pm

Sunday 20th April – 10am – 4pm (normal Sunday hours)

Easter Monday – 10am – 4pm

Tuesday 22nd April – back to normal hours – 9am – 6pm.

On line orders will processed as normal but deliveries will obviously be affected by the Easter break.

So pop in and see us at Angell Pets over the weekend for everything for your pet. For dogs and cats, birds, small mammals and rabbits, fish, reptiles, spiders and other invertebrates, accessories, enclosures food and more. If you can’t see it, we can probably get it in for you. Alternatively visit us at Angell Pets online.

The Angell Pets Team

Angell Pet care sheets page

Angell Pet give advice on all aspects of the animals we sell and on others we don’t. In addidtion tyo the advice given to prospective pet owners we have a page devoted to care sheets on this site which is constantly being up dated and expanded.

angell pet care sheet page

Just click on the Angell Pet Caresheet tab for a page of sheets and articles on mammals, birds, reptiles, invertebrates, fish and additional sheets on hygiene, handling and treatments.

The care information for each animal will also be added to the description on our Angell Pet webstore over the next few months.

We also have additional advice on our Angell Pet You Tube channel.

The Angell Pet Team

Does your lamp fitting need replacing?

Reptile lamps (heat and light, not UVB) are normally incandescent, filament bulbs. Halogen are becoming a bit more popular but are still quite pricey so the traditional heat lamp remains the top seller. They produce light, with heat as a waste product (because they are inefficient at producing light – hence the move to energy efficient lamps in the home). Due to the way they work, heating a thin metal filament in an inert gas to prevent burning, they have a relatively short life span, somewhere in the hundreds of hours. Poor care during transport, couriers throwing boxes around for example, can reduce this life further. However one thing that is almost guaranteed to shorten the life, right down to a few seconds in some cases, is a poorly connected or maintained lamp fitting.

ceramic lamp fitting

Lamp fittings usually come with the advice something along the lines of “must be fitted by a qualified electrician”. This is often viewed as a covering strategy by the manufacturer. If there is a problem and damage is caused they will always ask for proof that it was fitted correctly. However it is actually essential that fittings are installed by someone who knows what they are doing. In extreme cases, when fitted incorrectly it can lead to electric shock (and potentially death!) or fire. In less extreme cases a poorly connected fitting will result in shortening the lifespan of the bulbs.

Apart from knowing which wire goes to which terminal, a good electrician will also know that the terminal will have a hole for fitting the wire that is bigger than the diamenter of most wires used. This extra space needs to be filled with as much of the wire as possible, so the ends of most will need to be properly trimmed of insulation and doubled over to fill the space (and the trimming of the insulation needs to be done properly or the wire can be weakened). It is normally at this point that problems occur with a lot of fittings. Any looseness, gaps or weakness in the wire or pulling pressure on the terminals will result in a poor connection. What can happen then is electricity will “jump” across any tiny gaps or heat up the connection or wire at  points of stress. This can lead to heating and cooling of the connection when the lamp is switched on and off, which can make the situation even worse over time. Fittings can become very hot and if the terminal becomes too loose, can start to spark. Once this happens the voltage generated when the spark occurs is enough to blow any bulb instantly.

We obviously sell lots of bulbs and occasionally one will blow before its time. However when this happens repeatedly it is nearly always down to faulty fittings or pulling out a plug without turning off the switch first (ever noticed the spark when you do this? That’s a very high voltage pushing the electricity across the gap created by pulling the plug away from the terminals and this shortens the life of the bulb.)

So if you find that you are going through more bulbs than you think you should, have a serious think about replacing the the fitting (you may be able to see discolouration, even burning, on the terminals). It will save you money in the long run and possibly even your house! It’s worth checking them from time to time anyway, especially if you have an animal that can get to the cable and put strain on it.

 

The Angell Pets Team

Pet supplies and livestock new in.

Pet supplies ranges continually change over time. We have new ranges and a lot of new livestock in for January. I have just spent two days putting new stock onto the system and the webstore and moving livestock round to make room for the new animals.

Hermanns tortoise

On Thursday we received new Yemen chameleons, marbled mantids and Hermann’s tortoises. On Friday we got in some lovely new Syrian hamsters (very tame), some new rats and gerbils. These are from a new breeder we are using for the first time and I must say that I am impressed with how well handled the animals all are. Normally it is down to us to tame them down when we first get them in but these ones are already there. We also carry a full range of pet supplies to suit these animals.

hamster

Every year, after the Christmas rush, I like to look at what is around and expand our range of pet supplies with new items. This year is no different and I have ordered new ranges again. The first of these is now in the shop and on the webstore. It was actually in two days ago but since it me who puts items on the system, it has taken this long to put out the pet supplies stock.

dog beds

New in the Happy Pet range of pet supplies are some nice dog beds form their “Tillie and Billie” line. I got these on a discount pet supplies deal so they have gone straight out on offer with up to over £12 off.

dog toy

We have also expanded the range of dog rope toys following the success of the Happy Pet “Knotties” range we started last year. The New “Flossin Fun” rope toys are now available at great prices and joins a growing range of bargain pet supplies.

dog toy

More toys are now on offer with the inclusion to our range of pet supplies of the new “Empty Nester” unstuffed toys and the return of the “Flat Liner” line.

cat bed

Happy Pet also carry the “Little Rascals” line of pet supplies. We have started to stock these too, beginning with some “Little Rascal” kitten teasers and “Little Rascals” Night Night beds for cats and small dogs.

pet supplies

For small animal pet supplies we have again increased the range with the inclusion of the small animal Play Ball in two sizes and the “Natural Playball” in a smaller size. We also have in some old favourites such as the small wood tunnel and “Playstix” that always remain popular and of course the Chinchilla Coco Fun toy that is as popular for parrots as it is for chinchillas.

pet suppliespet supplies

In pet supplies for birds we have some more toys and ladders and the return of the Cozzzy Hut refuges for small and medium birds. We also have some new bird swings and of course we are always on the look out for new reasonably priced parrot toys so we have a new large wooden ladder/toy to add to our ever increasing range. We have also expanded the size range of the Happy Pet Branch perches. These excellent natural perches encourage natural behaviour and are available at very reasonable prices. The largest is only  £3.19. Webstore users also keep a look out for further expansion of this range in the coming weeks. We actually carry a lot more pet supplies than are currently on the site but I am gradually working my way through our stock and parrot toys are the next area for me to look at.

pet supplies

For reptile pet supplies we have strengthened our range with the expansion of the “Canopy” line of decor for the vivarium. The Jungle Canopy now sits alongside the popular Woodland and Rainforest Canopies. We have also included some new substrates for reptiles and invertebrates to compliment our existing range. The new Komodo Invertebed and Tortoise Eco Terrain sit alongside the existing Pro Rep Spider Life and Tortoise Life lines.

For our full range of pet supplies visit us instore, call us or shop online for even more bargains.

The Angell Pets Team

Angell Pets back online

Angell Pets webstore was offline for a few days over Christmas. This was due to technical issues over the transfer of the domain name from our old site to the newer webstore. It appears the job was only half done.

angell pets

After two days of phone calls, emails and banging my head on the desk (it seemed to help!) the Angell Pets webstore is back up and running. Unfortunately if anyone sent us any stock enquiries to info@angellpets.co.uk we would not have received them so I am afraid you will have to send them again or give us a call at the shop.

Sorry for any inconvenience whilst the Angell Pets site was down. Now it is back up you can shop, order and get delivery (FREE locally) of our huge (and growing) range of stock.

Just one more thing. If you can’t see what you want, it doesn’t mean we don’t stock it. It may just be that we haven’t yet got it onto the Angell Pets site. So call us and ask and you may find we can get it for you cheaper than you can get elsewhere.

The Angell Pets Team

Angell Pets Christmas Opening Times

Angell Pets is OPEN over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. We close for only three days a year. Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. We are OPEN every other day of the year.

Angell Pets co

Angell Pets Christmas opening times are as follows:-

Christmas Eve – 9am – 6pm

Christmas Day – CLOSED

Boxing Day – CLOSED (I will be at the shop for one hour from 11am to 12 noon feeding the animals if you are really stuck)

Friday 27th December – 10am – 4pm

Saturday 28th December – 9am – 6pm

Sunday 29th December – 10am – 4pm

Monday 30th December – 9am – 6pm

Tuesday 31st December – 9am – 6pm

New Years Day – CLOSED (again I will be in for an hour at 11am to feed the animals)

Thursday 2nd January – back to normal hours (9am to 6pm Mon – Sat, 10am to 4pm Sunday).

Any online orders will be picked and packed as normal but will be subject to Parcel Force’s own Christmas shutdown. Any Angell Pets online orders for FREE local delivery will be picked and delivered on days (evenings) when we are OPEN.

We will be delivering FREE to GL1, GL2, GL3 and GL4 post codes right up to Christmas Eve. So if you forget some one or need a last minute present or bag of dog food, order online or give Angell Pets a call to place your order and get it delivered FREE.