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Old 10-02-2011, 04:40 PM
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what does everyone feel about pets at home selling reptiles etc?

after talking to a few reptile shops they have had a large influx of people coming in say 'i bought this from pets at home, now how do i look after it?'

i feel that although pets at home do bring reps too the public some of there advice is shockingly bad.

i did a little test of my own and have been into 3 stores, posing as someone who knows nothing about reps asking advice on care etc, one of which selling snakes and they all gave terrible advice. saying that corns can be kept on a heat mat with NO stat
thats not even that start but i would just ramble on

i just want to know your thought and feeling about PAH and if you think they could threaten out hobby and many reputable reptile shops and your experiencs with them?
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Old 10-02-2011, 04:44 PM
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Can't say I have seen the reptiles in that store. But as a former Marine tank keeper I found there stock of marine fish shocking!!! Hundreds of fish cramped into a tiny tank with plenty of dying fish and dead ones for company. Haven't been back since.
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I dont think many people are going to want to spen £80.00 for a bearded dragon
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Every PAH I've visited can't look after more "basic" pets properly. Until they train their staff in the proper care of small rodents I can't imagine them ever having staff with the training to look after reptiles. And as long as they source cheaply and in bulk from mass breeders with health and temperament as unimportant side issues, they will not source responsibly. After all they just put the ill and bitey ones in their rehoming section when they don't sell, and lie about them being rescues to get donations for their awful care and sourcing practices.
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Every PAH I've visited can't look after more "basic" pets properly. Until they train their staff in the proper care of small rodents I can't imagine them ever having staff with the training to look after reptiles. And as long as they source cheaply and in bulk from mass breeders with health and temperament as unimportant side issues, they will not source responsibly. After all they just put the ill and bitey ones in their rehoming section when they don't sell, and lie about them being rescues to get donations for their awful care and sourcing practices.
I hope they dont as i had a rabbit from the rehome part
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I just stay far away from them aswell as reptile shops which the staff or owners have little or no experiance in keeping snakes.. reason why is because i have a short fuse & cannot control my anger but im working onit
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I hope they dont as i had a rabbit from the rehome part
It's where they put all the ones they can't sell before they're too big to sell as babies. Also they put the returned pets in there, the ones they send out bitey and unhealthy that come back.
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Every PAH I've visited can't look after more "basic" pets properly. Until they train their staff in the proper care of small rodents I can't imagine them ever having staff with the training to look after reptiles. And as long as they source cheaply and in bulk from mass breeders with health and temperament as unimportant side issues, they will not source responsibly. After all they just put the ill and bitey ones in their rehoming section when they don't sell, and lie about them being rescues to get donations for their awful care and sourcing practices.
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and what makes me really laugh is 100 questions you get asked if you want to purchase an animal,when you,or i could prob teach them and tell them more things about the rep in question.... jesus they near enough want a home visit when you buy fish

there so over priced,there setups are never ever right,i got my first rep from a petshop,but now i use private classifieds.which i guess most folk would end up doing so i personally wouldnt feel threatened.
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to answer the thread title... no, are they're rubbish.

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and what makes me really laugh is 100 questions you get asked if you want to purchase an animal,when you,or i could prob teach them and tell them more things about the rep in question.... jesus they near enough want a home visit when you buy fish

there so over priced,there setups are never ever right,i got my first rep from a petshop,but now i use private classifieds.which i guess most folk would end up doing so i personally wouldnt feel threatened.
In the Bradford one, they are so bad with the fish they rarely have a tank without dead or dying fish in. They also state that you need a common plec for every 6 inches of tank you have - can you imagine!! Can't imagine anyone passing their questions when all they talk is utter shite (dumbo rats are a different species and can't live with topeared rats, that's the best one!).
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