Category: Pet Health

The Top Reasons Why It's Great To Be An Exotic Pet!

Dr. Laurie Hess discusses all of the reasons why it's great to be an exotic pet! Exotic pets are all those animals - birds, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and some more unusual species, like sugar gliders, hedgehogs, pot-bellied pigs, and some others - that fall in the realm of “exotic” because they are not dogs and cats but can make great pets if kept properly.
January Is National Adopt a Rescued Bird Month!
January Is National Adopt a Rescued Bird Month!
Dr. Laurie Hess gives you the information you need to welcome a new bird into your home. For more great pet tips, be sure to visit Dr. Laurie's Facebook page! You probably didn't know this, but January is National Adopt a Rescued Bird month, a great time to bring a new feathered friend into your home.
Wintering with Horses
Wintering with Horses
Just as the summer months bring fly spray, bathing, sunscreen, and heat protection, the winter months bring their own special care requirements for our horses. Fortunately, preparing for winter can be an easy task as long as you plan ahead. Most people assume that horses need to be blanketed in the winter.
Choosing an Excellent Boarding Facility
Choosing an Excellent Boarding Facility
In an ideal world our horses would always be just a few steps away. We could walk out the back door and ride off into the sunset whenever the urge struck us. Unfortunately, in the real world, it's just not always feasible to house your horse in the yard. Horses need space, and lots of it. As a result, a surprisingly high percentage of horses in America are boarded year round.
The Top Reasons Why It's Great To Be An Exotic Pet!
The Top Reasons Why It's Great To Be An Exotic Pet!
Dr. Laurie Hess discusses all of the reasons why it's great to be an exotic pet! Exotic pets are all those animals - birds, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and some more unusual species, like sugar gliders, hedgehogs, pot-bellied pigs, and some others - that fall in the realm of “exotic” because they are not dogs and cats but can make great pets if kept properly.
Exotics 101: Picking Your Perfect Pet
Exotics 101: Picking Your Perfect Pet
Dr. Laurie Hess, our avian and exotics expert, contributes regularly on the Pet Health Network about all things exotic. It happens in malls across America every year. Somewhere between Build-a-Bear and the food court, an eight-year-old child races up to the pet store window, presses his face up against the glass, points to the large parrot perched inside, and shouts, “Mommy, Daddy, can we get him, PLEASE?
Tips for Keeping Your Exotic Pet Safe During Cold Weather
Tips for Keeping Your Exotic Pet Safe During Cold Weather
Storms and cold temperatures are never fun to deal with, but if you live any place where the seasons change, you will undoubtedly have to face inclement weather at some point this winter. How do you keep your bird or exotic pet healthy when the temperature plummets? Here are a few tips to help keep your bird or other exotic pet safe.
Parrots, Problems, and the Power of the Positive
Parrots, Problems, and the Power of the Positive
It happens every year. Birds scream. People scream back. As the days get longer and temperatures start to climb, the screaming gets worse. Some pet parrots scream all year long, but many scream louder when their hormonal clocks get wound up in spring as they are looking to mate. The fact is that birds in the wild scream.
Bunny Care 101
Bunny Care 101
There's no doubt: bunnies are adorable. In fact, they are maybe one of the most adorable animals there are - so cute and fuzzy. Some of them actually look like toys, which is perhaps why so many people want them as pets. Rabbits can be super pets when taken care of properly, but they are not right for everyone.
Rodents: More Than Just Vermin
Rodents: More Than Just Vermin
Dr. Laurie Hess is our resident exotics expert and contributes regularly on the Pet Health Network. For more from Dr. Hess, find her on Facebook! When I tell people I treat rodents, often their initial reaction is, “You treat what?!” I know that at this point, they're thinking about pesky vermin that get into the trash in your garage or that run through the subway.
Why Choose an Exotic Pet, Anyway?
Why Choose an Exotic Pet, Anyway?
As an exotic animal veterinarian, I am frequently asked why anyone would want an exotic pet (bird, rabbit, guinea pig, chinchilla, ferret, lizard, turtle, snake, hedgehog, sugar glider, or other unique animal) over a dog or cat. My answer to this question is that there is no single answer. Of course, there's nothing wrong with cats and dogs; I love these animals and have several of my own, in addition to my exotic family members.
Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Hamster Healthy
Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Hamster Healthy
Whether you're a hamster veteran or just welcome a new furball into your home, these tips will help you keep your hamster healthy and happy! Let your hamster eat well! However, what they eat is just as important as how much they eat. Hamsters like to pick out the tasty fattening food first out of the dish.
Egg Binding in Birds and Reptiles
Egg Binding in Birds and Reptiles
Dr. Laurie Hess is our resident exotics expert and contributes regularly on the Pet Health Network. For more from Dr. Hess, find her on Facebook! While it is more common for egg-laying animals to follow seasonal cues to breed, such as longer day length, warmer temperatures, and more plentiful food sources, pet birds and reptiles don't always follow these rules.
Reptiles 101
Reptiles 101
Some people love them. Others fear them. Regardless, most of us would agree that they are at least very interesting to look at. Reptiles: they can make fascinating pets if you are a reptile fan. Whether they hop, climb, or crawl, have legs or not, there's a reptile for everyone who is intrigued by these animals.
May Is National Allergy Month: Alternative Pets for Allergic Owners
May Is National Allergy Month: Alternative Pets for Allergic Owners
Achoo! What to do? You want a pet, but you're allergic. So, what can you do? Get an exotic pet, of course! If you're allergic, don't despair. There are still terrific pets available that are allergy friendly. Here are just a few: If you're allergic to fur and feathers, you can always resort to scales.
Sex and the Single Parrot: Insights for Bewildered Bird Owners
Sex and the Single Parrot: Insights for Bewildered Bird Owners
Dr. Laurie Hess is our resident exotics expert and contributes regularly on the Pet Health Network. For more from Dr. Hess, find her on Facebook! According to a recent study, men think about sex 18 times each day, while women think about it 10 times each day. Should we be surprised that parrots that live in very large social flocks in the wild also are obsessed with sex?
Tips for Keeping Your Exotic Pet Safe from Household Toxins
Tips for Keeping Your Exotic Pet Safe from Household Toxins
Dr. Laurie Hess lists common household items and toxins that can be dangerous to your exotic pet. All of us with exotic pets strive to give our pets a safe and comfortable home. But, as we animal lovers know, our pets tend to get into anything and everything, given the opportunity. Here are some important safety tips to help keep our pets out of trouble: Candles - We all love to light those beautiful scented candles, but these should never be burned anywhere near your birds or other exotic pets.
Reptiles: Part 2
Reptiles: Part 2
Dr. Laurie Hess goes in depth on some of the most common reptile pets. For more from Dr. Hess, find her on Facebook! Last week, I went over some common reptiles that make great pets. This week, I'd like to continue that discussion in Part two of my reptile blog. Below are two more great options for anyone looking to add a reptile to their family.
Warm Weather Tips For Exotic Pets
Warm Weather Tips For Exotic Pets
Dr. Laurie Hess is our resident exotics expert and contributes regularly on the Pet Health Network. For more from Dr. Hess, find her on Facebook! Summer - time to go outside in the sunshine, breathe fresh air, picnic with friends, and take our pets outside to enjoy the weather, too. All sounds wonderful, until a pet becomes ill, injured, or escapes.
Horse Grooming 101
Horse Grooming 101
Grooming your horse can be one of the most satisfying parts of horse ownership. This daily routine is not only a bonding time for you and your horse but also a good opportunity to check them over for minor injuries or irritations they may have acquired in their stall or out to pasture. Mane & tail comb Curry comb Body brush (with stiff bristles) Body brush (with medium bristles) Finishing brush Hoof pick Damp cloth or sponge Hoof dressing Mane & tail detangler Thrush treatment Swat (fly repellent) Grooming block Treats Before grooming: Tip: Before grooming be sure that your horse is tied in a safe location (with some type of quick release knot or system), and that your grooming tools/tote are not in a place where they could be accidentally kicked by your horse.