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Video: Want a Pet Snake? Here’s What You Need to Know

Snakes may not be your typical cuddle buddies, but as snake owners will tell you, their pets recognize them and respond to their voices. They’re fascinating animals, but they have very specific environmental and dietary needs that must be met to keep them happy and healthy. If you’re considering a snake as a pet, here’s what Dr. Laurie Hess says you should know before you bring one home.
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New York Metro Reptile Expo on Sunday April 19th

Join Us at the NY Metro Reptile Expo in White Plaines, NY Sunday April 19th  10:00am- 4:00pm Westchester County Center 198 Central Ave White Plains, NY Just off of I-287 Exit 5 Corner of Central Park Avenue (Rt. 100) and Tarrytown Road Click here for directions Admission- cash only Adults: $10 Children 7-12: $5 Under 7: free Housing Reptiles in NY A reptile’s housing can impact its health. In general, a glass tank (vivarium) is appropriate housing
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How to Keep Your Exotic Pet Safe When a Hurricane Hits

Thinkstock Hurricanes are phenomena no one can be completely prepared for, as demonstrated by the devastation to people and property caused by some of the powerful storms that have hit the United States in the past few years. There are so many things to think about when getting ready for a major storm that it can be overwhelming. It’s difficult enough for families to secure food and shelter for themselves in the wake of a
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10 Tips for Stress-Free Exams for Birds and Exotic Pets

Annual checkups are as important for birds and exotic pets as they are for dogs and cats. Many bird and exotic pet owners know this, but are reluctant to bring their animals to the vet because they think the experience will be too stressful. However, any stress your pet may experience is generally outweighed by the benefits of a thorough veterinary examination. Here are 10 strategies you can use to help reduce stress when taking
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People and Exotic Pets: Medical Problems We Share

Age is not a disease. Veterinarians commonly say this in response to pet owners’ comments that animals are sick just because they’re old. While certainly age isn’t a disease, it’s clear that with aging comes disease. This is true for both people and pets — and for certain exotic pets, such as large parrots and many reptiles, who can live as long as many people, the parallels between disease in people and animals are clear.
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Why birds and exotic pets need to see the veterinarian

“He’s never been sick before, so I’ve never had to bring him to a vet.” This is the answer I commonly hear from bird and exotic pet owners when I ask them whether their animals have ever been treated by a veterinarian. Actually, all exotic pets, regardless of species, should have regular veterinary checkups. Why Annual Wellness Exams Matter Environment: Many exotic pets have specific requirements regarding heat, light, temperature and cage bedding. There are
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Holiday travel is here: boarding birds and exotic pets when you’re away

It’s holiday time, and you have planned an exotic, or perhaps not so exotic, getaway for you and your family. Tickets are booked, hotel plans are made, then you are stuck with the question – what do I do with my beloved exotic pet? Some owners bring in a pet sitter who will come once or twice a day to visit, feed and clean their pet in their home. While there are benefits to having
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New thoughts on reptile care

Attention reptile owners! It’s that time of year again – time to check your cage set up – now that the weather is getting cooler and drier. As winter approaches, you should check your tank temperature and humidity to ensure that you don’t need to add a heat source or increase your pet’s misting/soaking, particularly if you live in an area where there are radical temperature changes when winter begins. Having just returned from the
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Dr. Google May Be In, But Not Everything You Read Is True

Just because it’s written doesn’t mean it’s true! That goes for what’s written on websites, on Facebook, in magazines, even in literature created by people claiming to be experts about particular subjects. This is particularly relevant when it comes to bird and exotic pet care. When cats and dogs get sick, the first place that most pet owners turn to is their trusted veterinarian. With birds and exotic pets, however, very few pet owners even
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Could your pet have parasites? Indoor pets get worms, too!

So often, at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics, we hear owners say that their pets could never have parasites because they don’t go outside. Not true. Many pets – mammals, birds, and reptiles – are never outside their families’ homes, yet they carry parasites in their intestinal tracts and can shed these microscopic parasites in their stool. Once the stool dries up in their cages, small bits of dry stool can blow around
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May is National Allergy Month

Terrific Allergy Free Exotic Pets Achoo! What to do? You want a pet, but you’re allergic. So, what can you do? Get an exotic pet, of course! If you’re allergic, don’t despair. There are still terrific pets available that are allergy friendly. Here are just a few: 1. Reptiles: If you’re allergic to fur and feathers, you can always resort to scales. Snakes, turtles, tortoises, and lizards of all kinds – all of these pets
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