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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Are There Such Things as Safe Pet Toys?

You’d think that commercially available pet toys would be vetted to ensure they’re not only fun, but also safe. Some manufacturers go the extra mile, but it’s incredibly common for dogs to destroy toys that are intended to last a long time (or at least longer than 24 hours!).

Since dogs love to chew, their owners are highly invested in finding the right products. This begs the question: are there indestructible toys? If so, does this mean they can be considered safe pet toys?

Safe Pet Toys

After rounding up all your pet’s toys, there could be a few that shouldn’t be there. Take a look at this go-to checklist to see if your pet’s toys pass the test:

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Dogs Behaving Badly: All About Small Dog Aggression

Have you ever wondered if your small dog thinks she’s bigger than she is? Sometimes small dogs seem to have more attitude than seems sensible, given their size. And this begs the famous stereotype – that small dogs are more aggressive than big dogs.

Small dogs have the reputation of being ankle biters, yappers, and more excitable and anxious than big dogs. But is small dog aggression real? Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital explores this common thought.

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A Growing Concern: Dog Bite Prevention

Over 70% of us consider our pets to be a part of the family – and we couldn’t agree more! This means that many of us are bringing our pets with us wherever we go. A dog friendly patio breakfast followed by the dog park and a stroll around town are common outings, and the makings of a perfect Sunday.

But this begs the question – since we are likely meeting more and more dogs out and about, are we well versed in dog bite prevention? Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital thought it time to explore further.

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