Happy Holiday Safety for Exotic Pets 

Safety for pets around the holiday season is always a topic of conversation at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital. Oftentimes, our less traditional pets (think feathered, winged, or scaled) are left out of things. Holiday safety for exotic pets is important, too. Read on for our best pointers for a happy season for all animals, great and small. 

Special Holiday Safety for Exotic Pets

Holiday safety for exotic pets is of particular concern, after all, these unique critters are often forgotten when it comes to public education.

During the holiday season, don’t forget that:

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5 Great Ways to Show Positive Reinforcement to Dogs (Without Treats) 

For most, the standard way of rewarding your dog for good behavior is through treats. In fact, it seems to be the only way, since they respond well to it and it can just become automatic. 

Unfortunately, relying too heavily upon food rewards can cause your pet to become overweight or obese. Along with this, changing up your pet’s reward can keep the challenge going and add enrichment beyond the usual dog bone.

The team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital have some creative ways to give your fur friend positive reinforcement. Let’s take a look!

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How Common Is Salmonella in Reptiles and Exotics? 

Salmonella infection, or salmonellosis, is fairly common among a wide range of species. Affecting the intestinal tracts of humans, animals, and birds, the bacteria is shed through feces. While people are often infected through contaminated food (like raw eggs or undercooked chicken) or water, we can also get sick from the pets we love. 

A significant feature of pocket pet care is habitat sanitation, but salmonella in reptiles, exotics, and other small pets can easily spread by incomplete or non-existent hand washing. 

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Cracking the Code of Aggression in Pets

When a pet misbehaves it can be disheartening, especially when it comes out as aggression. Not all aggression in pets is the same, however, and deciphering the underlying cause behind the problem can be a little tricky.

The team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital has some experience in this area, and we are happy to help shed some light on this delicate subject.

Why Aggression in Pets Happens 

An aggressive pet isn’t necessarily a bad pet! When a dog or cat acts out, it’s our responsibility as pet owners to get to the bottom of ‘why’, so we can help keep them and other pets and people safe.

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