Pet Columns

Bird Basics: Proper Parakeet Husbandry

Mar 24, 2014 / General Care / Birds / Exotics

Parakeets make very good pets, and they are suitable for someone who hasn’t had a pet before. Ever think about getting a bird, but aren’t quite sure what caring for one entails? “Parakeets make very good pets, and they are suitable for someone who hasn’t had a pet before,” says Dr. Kenneth Welle, a veterinarian...

Probiotics May Help Pets

Jan 21, 2013 / General Care / Cats / Dogs / Exotics / Horses

Good bacteria are essential to the health of the gut. In recent years, the popularity of foods and supplements containing probiotics has grown amid claims that consuming these products improves health. Dr. Maureen McMichael, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, says there is good evidence to suggest that our...

Wanna Iguana? Do Your Reptile Research First!

Dec 17, 2012 / General Care / Exotics

Size, longevity, and commitment requirements may point you in the direction of another reptile companion. Just look at that adorable, bright green lizard! Only four inches long and inexpensive, too. Ready to buy a baby iguana? Not so fast. Bring this scaly guy home only if you are willing to made a commitment of 20...