All you cat and dog owners, consider yourselves lucky!

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  1. Jay H

    Jay H Producer

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    When your cat or dog get sick, you can take him/her to the vet. No such thing exists with my precious little spiders.
    *sniff* *sniff*. I had a death the family as my B. smithi never seemed to return to her normal self after a molt. She would and could kill crickets but never really ate them and I found her dead after a short trip out. [​IMG] Something not obvious must have happened during a molt a few weeks ago.
    so now my huge B. boehmei has the whole 10 gal to himself until I decide to get another one. *sniff*
    Now where's those tarantula vets when we need one?
    Although I feel good knowing that I was at my father's new house and rescued a whole bunch of spiders and let them go outside to be free.
    Would be cool to get free-roaming tarantulas in the house, except it would scare away most of my friends from stepping inside, actually would probably keep my whole family away too.
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    Sorry about your loss. Losing any pet is hard, especially when you have them a while and get attached.

    Are there any vets who work on pets that do arachnids? I'm sure there must be for zoos that keep arachnids on display. Have you checked with vets in the phone book that have advertisments for them working with exotic pets? I know I had to do that with my bird, because my dogs' and cats' vet and alot of other vets around here only work on dogs, cats, ferrets, farm animals, and other similar stuff. Call around and see. Also ask any pet stores that carry them, or any local breeders.
     
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    I am very glad I have an Avian specialist that is close to me. That is the problem about getting an exotic pet. Most vets only are really up to speed on Dogs and Cats.
     
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    The HTF's very own 'spiderman', Jay I'm sorry about the death of your pet.
    How did you get into the spider pet thingy anyway?
    A friend of mine had a huge pet tarantula in a cage at one time, and when I visited him once he looked sad, I asked him what heppened, he told me his cats had somehow opened the cage and the spider was gone, no trace of it, not sure if the cats had killed it, well you won't believe how quickly I got out of there.
    You might remember I have a terrible fear of spiders (or anything with more than 4 legs). Mein fuhrer fraulein Sandra usually takes care of them while I stand on the sofa holding my toga up (not a pretty sight).[​IMG]
     
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    that's how it goes in my saltwater tank, not a lot you can do for a sick shrimp, fish, clam, coral, or whatever [​IMG]
     
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    Yeah, and for saltwater tanks, it's not terribly uncommon to see fish in the hundred's of dollars. Most of my Ts bought as spiderlings are about $25 max. An adult B. smithi can be about $150 cause it's a CITES II species but I've seen some $1150 saltwater fish at some of the larger saltwater fish stores near me.. Gasp!
    StephanA, most of the medical info on Ts is basically DIY, besides the fact that there is still not terribly much known about them as far as venom and stuff. It's not exactly important to humanity to know and since it's not lethal, most biologists spend their time in more pressing matters.
    Experts/breeders would be the best source but most of what they know probably has been covered in articles and books and most of them would not be on the east coast where there are no naturally occuring tarantulas. Really, the only way I can buy Ts locally is through herp shows and they are few and far between. Honestly, if one didn't have any affection towards them, they are thrown into the category as Cheap to replace and expensive to cure. From what I hear, Germany has a big population of hobbist herp keepers and I know alot of the internet references I find on Ts are in German.
    How did I get into this Spider thing? Dunno, just thought it would be cool at first, I mean I am already allergic to cats and dogs but I would be a cat person first. When researching them on the net, I found out how many different kinds of Ts there are and many were just pretty and fascinating.
    I know when I was a kid, I used to like watching daddy long legs and other webs in my backyard so I guess I've already had a fascination with them. And of course, everybody has a cat or a dog, I have always liked to be different [​IMG]
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