Birds Of A Feather Flock Together: Social Behaviors Of Birds, Part 2

While the bond between an animal and their human is important, considering the relationships between pets—in both interspecies and same species interactions—also is an important part of making sure your home is a happy and healthy environment. Some bird species, including parrots, chickens, canaries, and pigeons, are very flock oriented and are often adopted and […]

Birds Of A Feather Flock Together: Social Behaviors Of Birds, Part 1

Pet owners often form close bonds with their animal companions. Owners of feathered friends might be pleased to learn that this relationship is reciprocal, as birds can form strong bonds with their owners and other non-human members of their household. Debra Turner, aviary manager of the Schubot Center for Avian Health at the Texas A&M […]

Snakes as pets (2018)

If you’re not into furry animals with four legs, perhaps a pet snake might be able to “slither” into your heart. Some people may feel squirmy around snakes, but these reptiles offer company and stress relief for many people. Snakes are also low maintenance; they do not require daily walks and they are quiet during […]

Geese as Pets

If you’re looking into a new pet but don’t want to settle for the usual cat or dog, geese might be a good pet for you. In order to own pet geese, you must have adequate space and check with city guidelines and neighborhood associations to make sure backyard poultry, ducks and geese are allowed […]

Snakes as Pets

Between the puppy lovers, the cat enthusiasts and the furry rodent fans, a whole different category of pet owners exist: reptile lovers. From turtles to geckos, lizards to snakes, taking care of any reptile is a unique experience. With many safe breeds to choose from, snakes are a popular choice for those who are interested […]

Rats as Pets

Although cats and dogs may be the most common types of pets, for many other pet owners, animal companionship doesn’t stop there. In honor of World Rat Day on April 2nd, here are the ins and outs of caring for a rat as a pet. “Rats are probably the most social and interactive of the […]

Parakeets

If you are a fan of movies, you will undoubtedly know that birds play an important role in films that we have grown to love as both children and adults. Cinderella wouldn’t have made it to the ball without the speedy wardrobe assembly from her little winged assistants, and Harry Potter depended on his trusty […]

Bringing Home Your First Rodent

While many may not find a rodent as a first choice for a pet, with some insight and guidance you may be more receptive to the idea of a small hamster or rat becoming a suitable pet for your family. “Rats are probably the most social and interactive of the small rodents,” said Dr. Sharman […]

Exotic Pets: What To Know Before You Buy

We all have that friend, the one that sees a picture or video of a cute exotic animal and instantly thinks that it would be a perfect companion for them. Although owning an exotic pet can be a rewarding experience, most people are not prepared for the responsibilities or expenses that are tied with these […]

Birds as Pets

Four-legged with fur or two-legged with feathers … which would be the best small pet for me? Birds can be included in your lifestyle, but as with most pets, there are certain criteria that should be considered. “Birds can be wonderful pets, but they are high maintenance,” notes Dr. Sharman Hoppes, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian), […]

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