Exotic pets are wild animals that include primates – such as monkeys, apes, and prosimians. Unusual mammals – such as bats, foxes, kinkajous, and sloths. Birds- such as parrots, mynahs, and finches, Reptiles – such as crocodiles, tortoises, snakes, and lizards. Amphibians – such as frogs, newts, and salamanders. Fishes- such as eels and rays. Invertebrates – such as crabs, crayfish, insects, spiders among others. Ownership of exotic pets involves special risk to the health of the animal keepers and the health of those around them. We should maintain conditions conducive high levels of health on sanitation, sterilization, washing the pets, cleaning their habitat with soaps, trimming trees, cutting grass, lawn mowing , driving stagnated waters, vaccination among others.
Maintaining a good standard of hygiene is important no matter what kind of animal you have as a pet. Because exotic pets occupy our homes, germs are quickly spread around surfaces, clothes, door handles and other items. Pets stores and people who work in these stores are great avenues for contamination. Hygiene measures such as hand-washing, when performed thoroughly and with right chemicals, can significantly reduce the number of germs and reduce risks of passing them to others.
Essential Hygiene Measures to Observe
Anyone handling an exotic pet or an object that may have been in contact with the animal should wash their hands afterward and thoroughly. Washing hands should be done with antibacterial water and soap and followed by applying alcohol-based cleaning agents.
If you touch an exotic pet, avoid further touching your hair, clothes, and other items. Wash your hands immediately and thoroughly after feeding your exotic pet and after handling frozen and defrosted food. Be guided by the local authorities, vets and doctors on health risks associated with domestic animals.
At all times, children should be under a close watch, so that they do not put their mouths close or kiss exotic animals. Do not use kitchen sinks to bath exotic pets or wash their cage and equipment. Dispose the waste water and droppings down the toilet and not in the sink or bathtub.
Choosing the Right Exotic Pet for your Child
Finding the right exotic pet for your child may require a little effort. The perfect pet requires the minimum amount of attention, should be easy to handle and live in a habitat that is quick to clean. Understand that your child may quickly lose interest in a pet that doesn’t like to be frequently handled. Parents need to educate themselves about the care requirements, behavioral needs and health risks a particular exotic pet possess for a better interaction with your child.