Cage Cleaning

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  1. EdgesofTwilight said:

    Cage Cleaning

    My 2 veiled just arrived this past Tuesday and I was wondering when I should clean their cages, since they are still stressed. Also what should I use and the best way of doing this.

    Thanks!
    -Chris

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    1.0 - 14 y/o Yorkshire Terrier (Princey)
    1.1 - Chamaeleo Calyptratus
     
  2. Jason_WER said:
    You can clean them whenever you need to. Not usually a big deal. We like to use nolvasan to clean the cages.
    -Jason

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  3. EdgesofTwilight said:
    What should I do with the chams when I clean the cage? I was thinking of putting them in a tree in the bathtub, not showering them yet though. And then clean the cage out. What is nolvasan and is it available in a local store? I saw a cleaner called WipeOut! in the petstores.

    thanks!
    -Chris

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    1.0 - 14 y/o Yorkshire Terrier (Princey)
    1.1 - Chamaeleo Calyptratus
     
  4. Jason_WER said:
    That is fine. You can try to shower them but they are still a bit small. If you do decide to try make sure there are tons of plants in there and that the water is coming out very lightly.

    Nolvasan can be pruchased through vet supply stores and feed stores usually. You can buy it under the name chlorhexadine too. That wipe out is basically colored water. Save your money, not worth it. You can also use a 5% bleach solution to disenfect cages. Just be sure to rinse several times to get rid of the residue.
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  5. EdgesofTwilight said:
    I'm having a hard time locating nolvasan or generic chlorhexadine solution anywhere locally. The vet supply stores around here will only sell wholesale. I'm going to check on a feed store probably today or tommorow. Would a diluted antibacterial soap(Dial) solution work also? Or can I order the nolvasan online? Thanks!
    -Chris

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    1.0 - 14 y/o Yorkshire Terrier (Princey)
    1.1 - Chamaeleo Calyptratus
     
  6. Jason_WER said:
    If you use anti bacterial soap don't dilute it. Just use it as normal. We use anti bacterial soap for cleaning before the virosan, it works pretty well. I just like the extra kick in the virosan. Yes, you can buy it online. www.proexotics.com sells it pretty cheap.
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    Ed n' Bertie said:
    Hi Jason,

    How non-toxic is the Nolvasan?

    I have use a 1:50 dilution and usually just spray, let sit for a minute then wipe off. But I also use it on all cage furniture and the bend-o-vines. It can't really wipe it off of the bend-o-vines because of their texture and porous material. Do you think this is OK? Is it safe if animals accidentally ingest it? Do you always remove your animals when cleaning with Nolvasan?

    Thanks,

    Ed
    Ed n' Bertie

    Ed 1.0 WC Homo Sapien
    Bertie 1.0 CB Furcifer Pardalis (Ambilobe/Sambava Morph)
     
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    Ed n' Bertie said:
    Hey Chris,

    I got the generic Chlorhexidine here:

    http://www.beanfarm.com/cgi-bin/stor...f&ppinc=health

    It's about $20 cheapear than the Virosan at $30 (and an arm and a leg to ship).

    Later,

    Ed
    Ed n' Bertie

    Ed 1.0 WC Homo Sapien
    Bertie 1.0 CB Furcifer Pardalis (Ambilobe/Sambava Morph)
     
  9. Jason_WER said:
    When mixed at the recommended ratios it is very safe. I have witnessed individuals using it to treat open wounds on some large constrictors and monitors. With that being said, I am still pretty careful with it. We remove the animals, spray and wipe everything down real good and then rinse thouroghly with water. I don't use the bend a vines anymore (I stopped after I saw the silk worms eating the latex as fast as they could off them) but I don't think the virosan would hurt them at all, and I don't think what little residue is left in them would cause any problems for your chams.
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    Cham77 said:
    What vines do you use then?
    -Jolene