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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The Smallest Among Us: Your Guide To Pocket Pet Care

pocket pet careAlthough they are unlikely to replace dogs and cats as the most popular companion animals, pocket pets have solidified their place in our society (and our hearts) over the years. Although hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, (along with others such as mice and lizards) are often thought of as being easier to care for than larger pets, this is often not the case.

Pocket pet care is not a one size fits all equation. Each type of pet has its own requirements for optimal health, safety, and comfort. Before you bring home one of these sweet little guys or gals, make sure that you can provide the type of environment that will support his or her overall wellness and longevity.

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