5 Facts That Will Change the Way You Think About Rats

The word “rat” for many people immediately conjures up the stereotypical vision of a beady-eyed, pointy-nosed rodent that scurries around at night in the trash. But actually, domesticatedrats can make phenomenal pets and are far from the invasive vermin that people commonly think of when they think of rats. Here are five rat facts you likely don’t know: 1. Rats are superclean. They are fastidious groomers that actually do not like getting dirty. In general, if they get something
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Is Your Rabbit Eating His Poop?

It may seem gross, but rabbits normally eat some of their feces once a day, either early in the morning or late at night. These special feces are called cecotropes, or “night feces.” They are produced through fermentation of food in the part of the rabbit’s digestive tract called the cecum. Cecotropes are soft feces that are nutrient-rich and are passed out of the body like normal stool but then are re-ingested later by the
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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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Are Guinea Pigs Good Pets? Here’s What to Know Before You Bring One Home

Guinea pigs can make great pets, especially for families with children who are looking for an interactive, low-maintenance animal. They tend to be affectionate, hardy and fairly easy to care for. Before you rush out and buy or adopt a guinea pig, take time to learn about their care, so you can be sure a guinea pig is right for you. Dr. Laurie Hess shares what you need to know in the video below.  
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Want a Pet Hedgehog? Here’s What You Need to Know

The popularity of the hedgehog — a small, spiny-looking mammal in the insectivore family — appears to be increasing. When they are handled often and socialized, hedgehogs can make adorable, loving pets who can learn to recognize and bond closely with their owners. At first, it may be easiest to handle your hedgehog with a towel (as we do in the video below) to protect your hands from his sharp spines. Once he gets used
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How to Keep Your Pet Reptile Safe in Winter

When cold weather comes, especially in areas that experience significant climate changes with the seasons, there are some steps reptile owners should take to help ensure their pets stay happy and healthy. With a few minor differences, the concerns for snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises are the same. Keep Them Warm First, all of these coldblooded animals, whose body temperatures adjust to the environment around them, require supplemental heat for proper digestion, immune function and
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Exotic Pets in the Classroom: What’s Best for Kids?

Pets and kids — for many of us they go hand in hand. I can’t imagine growing up without a pet. Pets teach children so many important lessons: how to responsibly care for another living thing, how to love unconditionally, and how to deal with life and death. I am always saddened when I hear a child doesn’t or can’t have a pet. That’s where the classroom pet comes in. Although certain schools have rules about
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Winter Safety Tips for Pet Birds, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and Other Exotics

When cold weather comes, especially in areas that experience significant climate changes with the seasons, there are some steps exotic pet owners should take to help ensure their animals stay happy and healthy. What you should do, of course, depends on what type of pet you have. Let’s take a look at how to safely “winterize” companion birds and small mammals, like guinea pigs and rabbits. Cold Weather ‘Brrrd’ Care Birds are more tolerant of temperature
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Veterinary Events in 2015

It’s no secret that the team at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics enjoys attending veterinary events, both to gain continuing education and to share knowledge with other veterinarians in the field. We are excited to announce that we will be involved in a number of incredible veterinary events this coming year. Dr. Laurie Hess will be speaking at two well-known conferences, NAVC (North American Veterinary Conference) in Orlando, FL, January 17-21 and WVC
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Top 10 Bird Dangers Lurking in Your Home

Do you own a bird? If you do, you may not be aware that there could be hazards lurking in your home that could harm your favorite avian friend. Consider these top 10 household dangers for pet birds: 1. Fumes Birds’ respiratory tracts are much more sensitive than mammals’ to airborne toxins. Teflon or any other nonstick coatings on pots, pans and kitchen appliances (such as stoves and toaster ovens) can be a cause of
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Why Does My Bird Walk on the Floor?

Q. My bird’s wings are not clipped, but she’d rather be on the floor with the dog and cat than up on a table, or window rod, or anyplace high. Why does she do this? A. It’s really hard to say definitively why your bird prefers to be on the floor. She may just be feeling social — as you noted, the dog and cat are down there. Perhaps that makes it more exciting to
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Why Does My Bird Push Her Tail Side Against Me and Cluck and Flap?

Q: My bird will lean her tail feathers against me and flap her wings. While she’s doing this, she makes clucking noises. What’s going on? A: What you’re describing sounds like bird reproductive behavior. Reproductively active birds (both males and females) will demonstrate their desire to breed by performing a variety of activities (including clucking and flapping) designed to attract a mate, often while simultaneously masturbating on a perch, a toy or even an owner’s hand.
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