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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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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Small Bites: Proper Pocket Pet Nutrition

A large part of taking good care of less traditional pets is feeding them correctly. Each species has its own unique nutritional needs and requirements, and sometimes it can be hard to know if you are doing it right.

Proper pocket pet nutrition is extremely important for your pet’s health and well-being. Thankfully, you aren’t alone when it comes to feeding these smaller critters correctly, Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital is here for you and your pet. 

Knowing is Half the Battle

When you choose to bring a pocket pet into your family, you take on the responsibility for learning how to properly care for that animal. Different pocket pet species have different characteristics and needs – it’s not one-size-fits-all!

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Cute, Furry, and Oh-So-Smart: The Care and Keeping of Pet Rats

Rats haven’t had the best reputation throughout history, but the domestic variety (also called “fancy rats”) can make truly wonderful pets. Pet rats have been bred since the late 19th century, and these smart, curious, cuddly, and surprisingly clean rodents can be excellent companions for children and adults.

Rat Care 101

Caring for a pet rat is fairly straightforward, but you want to make sure to provide the right environment, nutrition, veterinary care, and entertainment. Before bringing home a new little buddy, take a moment to read up on rat care and make sure you have what it takes.

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