1. What You Should Know Before You Get a Chameleon

    Everyone loves a good exotic pet. Okay, not everyone, but you know who you are. And if you’re the type of person who’s considering adding a cool reptile, bird, or amphibian to your home menagerie, it’s important to know the facts. While it’s really great having an exotic pet at home, it’s important to know that they often have a lot of specific care requirements. This couldn’t be truer…Read More

  2. How Training Leads to a Healthier, Happier Dog

    We’re going to make a bold claim and assume that you probably love your dog and want the best for them. That much is obvious, right? Dogs are so cute and loving and compassionate that’s impossible not to want the very best for them. As veterinary professionals in Philadelphia, we treat dogs on a regular basis and it’s touching to see their owners who are concerned about their health and happ…Read More

  3. How to Stop Your Cats From Scratching Up Your Furniture

    Cats, by and large, are pretty low-maintenance pets. For the most part, they’re easy-going. They do what they want, they don’t demand a ton of your attention, and they take care of themselves without training as long as you provide their food and keep their litter box clean. However, there is one trademark habit of cats that countless owners struggle with: their propensity to rip your furnitur…Read More

  4. 6 Fun Facts About Pet Birds

    Owning a pet bird can be an immensely rewarding, but challenging experience. Depending on the species, caring for your bird can feel like a full-time job, but they also provide a special type of company that no other pet can replicate. At 2nd Street Animal Hospital, we love all kinds of animals, which is one reason why we offer exotic pet veterinary services — but birds have a special place in o…Read More

  5. 5 Easy Ways to Become a Better Dog Owner

    Anyone who’s ever had a dog probably already knows one fundamental truth — owning a dog isn’t like owning a cat, or any other animal. Dogs, in just about every way, are more high-maintenance than other household pets. While this may be a turn-off to many, dog owners will always testify that the benefits of having a close canine friend far outweigh the costs, whether those costs are time, mon…Read More

  6. Why Black Cats Need Your Love, Especially in Fall

    Summer has officially ended, and as we move into this exciting season of pumpkins, spooky ghosts, turkeys, and Christmas decorations, it’s time to take a moment to talk about a certain type of pet who needs your love this year — black cats. Did you know that black cats are estimated to be overlooked compared to other kitties? Did you know that Halloween can actually be a dangerous season for t…Read More

  7. Understanding Your Cat’s Body Language

    Cats don’t get enough credit. Cats, for whatever reason, have earned a reputation among many as being mischievous, conniving, or just plain “evil.” For a pet who is truly loyal, friendly, and oozing with personality, many people look to dogs due to the unfair reputation that cats have among many people. What a lot of people don’t understand, however, is that a lot of the problems people ha…Read More

  8. Owning a Reptile – The Pros and Cons: Part 2

    In our last post, we explored some of the advantages to owning an exotic reptile pet. From snakes to turtles, reptiles can be a cool and fascinating pet for your home. They have their own unique pros, but they’re also not without their cons. Let’s take a break from the sunshine and rainbows to look at some of the more unsavory truths to owning a reptile. The Cons of Owning a Reptile Their Habi…Read More

  9. Owning a Reptile – The Pros and Cons: Part 1

    At 2nd Street Animal Hospital, we love all pets. We embrace animals of every kind, which is one reason why we have exotic pet vet services. Every animal deserves a shot at love, and we’ve seen countless owners who have a bond with reptile pets. Indeed, reptile pets can be a blessing to your home in the same way that a dog or cat can, but they are also much different, and caring for them is hardl…Read More

  10. People Foods That Are Toxic to Dogs

    Dogs, it seems, will eat anything. Unlike cats who are significantly more picky in their dietary choices, most dog owners have had at least one moment where they’ve seen their dog eat the unthinkable. Because of this, many dog owners are sadly cavalier about what they feed to their dogs. While dogs can stomach a lot more than humans can (like their own droppings), that doesn’t mean that they s…Read More