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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Brooding About Backyard Chickens?

Yes, backyard chickens in Brooklyn are a thing!Inexpensive, high-quality eggs became widely available in supermarkets across America in the 1950’s, about the same time that a sleek, modern suburban lifestyle was embraced. In spite of this, many people in cities continued to raise chickens because of their relative ease, affordability, and the great return on initial investment. Now, with the sustainable, locavore, and organic movements, citizens in all New York City boroughs can raise as many backyard chickens as they like.

Hens, No Roosters

Raising chickens can be very satisfying, but it’s critical to avoid creating situations where they become a nuisance to others. Because of their propensity to crow throughout the day, roosters are classified as illegal. While there’s no limit on the amount of hens one can keep, any smells, noise, flies, etc. must not have a negative effect on neighbors, as the city takes complaints seriously. Continue…

Those Ears! That Nose! All About Rabbit Health

Quality veterinary care is important to rabbit healthThere are few things more adorable than the wiggle of a bunny’s nose or their soft, puffy tail. These days, pet rabbits are much more common and are making their way from the backyard into our homes. House rabbits are often free-roaming and can even be taught to use a litter box, which is why they’ve become one of the most popular exotic pets.

While they certainly make an exceptional pet, rabbits do have special needs. The team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital is happy to provide a crash course in rabbit health and connect you with the tools and information to successfully raise your rabbit companion.

Bunny Basics

Rabbits are wonderful pets and can offer owners a world of affection and entertainment. However, in terms of husbandry, rabbits do have very specific needs that can lead to sickness or injury when left unmet. Here are a few things you need to know when it comes to rabbit health:   Continue…