1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Don’t Believe These Common Pet Myths

    At 2nd Street Animal Hospital, we have a team of experienced veterinarians who are highly experienced in a variety of pet care services. From standard preventative care in dogs and cats to specialized care for exotic animals, our team has done it all. Despite the fact that our Philadelphia vet clinic has only recently opened, our team has extensive experience in the veterinary industry, and you ca…Read More

  7. Myths About Exotic Pet Ownership

    At 2nd Street Animal Hospital, we have the unique distinction of being an exotic pet vet clinic. While we do take “normal” pets such as cats and dogs, we also have licensed professionals who are qualified to work on exotic pets. Whether you have a chameleon, a bird, a snake, or some kind of unorthodox mammal, we can tend to their needs and help them to be happier and healthier with our treatme…Read More

  8. How to Be a Better Cat Owner

    We have absolutely no doubt that you love your cat. Cats are one of the best pets somebody can have, and truly loyal companions despite their unfair reputation for being mean and devious. At 2nd Street Animal Hospital, we know there are countless numbers of people in the Philadelphia area who are attached to their kitties and want nothing but the best for them. Did you know that there are a lot of…Read More

  9. Aquatic Turtle Care

    INTRODUCTION There are a huge variety of aquatic turtles kept as pets. Red-eared and Yellow-eared Sliders are the most common. Depending on the species of turtle, their adult size can vary greatly. Most of these aquatic turtles can live for well over 50 years if given the proper care. HOUSING Cage - Aquatic turtles need a lot of space. Their enclosure needs a swimming area and a basking area. The …Read More

  10. Ball Python Care

    INTRODUCTION Ball pythons are native to central and western Africa. They are very popular pets due to their small size and their shy, but friendly and docile nature. Ball pythons get their name from their tendency to curl themselves up into a tight ball when scared. They come in an array of colors and patterns. They reach about 4-5 feet in length and their average lifespan in captivity is 20-30 ye…Read More