1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Bearded Dragon Care

    INTRODUCTION Bearded dragons are native to Australia. They are very popular pets because they are social and easy to handle. They also a have wide range of fascinating behaviors. The average lifespan of a bearded dragon is 6-9 years. HOUSING Cage – Bearded dragons require a lot of room. The enclosure should be large enough for climbing, exploration, and basking. Glass aquarium tanks or lightweig…Read More

  5. Chinchilla Care

    INTRODUCTION Chinchillas are rodents with thick, soft, beautiful fur that originated from the Andes Mountain in South America. They are very intelligent, affectionate, and playful animals that can bond quickly with their owners. However, they are very shy and easily frightened and do not make good pets for young children. The average lifespan of a pet chinchilla is 10-15 years. HOUSING Cage – Ch…Read More

  6. Guinea Pig Care

    INTRODUCTION Guinea pigs are native to South America. They are very curious, docile, and friendly creatures that come in a variety of colors and patterns. Their average lifespan is 5-8 years. HOUSING Cage – Each guinea pig should have a minimum floor space of 6-7 square feet. Enclosures can be made of wire, steel, durable plastic, or glass with at least one side open for ventilation. The tops …Read More

  7. Hamster Care

    INTRODUCTION ers are little nocturnal rodents with large cheek pouches and short tails. They come in a variety of colors. The Syrian hamsters are generally gentler than the dwarf hamsters. Their average lifespan is 2-3 years. HOUSING Cage – Hamsters should have a minimum of two square feet of floor space. The enclosure can be made of wire, steel, durable plastic, or glass with at least one side …Read More

  8. Hedgehog Care

    INTRODUCTION Hedgehogs are small nocturnal mammals that are covered in quills. When they feel threatened, they can curl up into a ball and extend their quills. They are very intelligent and each has their own personalities. Their average lifespan is 4-6 years. HOUSING Cage – Hedgehogs are very active and like to roam. The enclosure should be a minimum of 2x4ft and should have a solid cage bottom…Read More

  9. Leopard and Fat-Tailed Gecko Care

    INTRODUCTION Geckos are very docile creatures that require straightforward care making them very popular pets. They grow up approximately 6 inches in length and live about 7-10 years in captivity. HOUSING Cage – Aquariums, Exo Terra enclosures, or plastic containers with a mesh top are commonly used for enclosures. Since geckos are terrestrial, a longer enclosure is preferable to a high one. Juv…Read More

  10. Mouse Care

    INTRODUCTION Mice are highly social animals that make excellent pets for children if properly cared for. They are timid, but if they are raised as pets and gently handled, they will rarely bite. The average lifespan for a pet mouse is 1-2 years. HOUSING Cage – Each mouse requires a minimum of 15 square inches of floor space and at least a height of 5 inches. Cage material can include wire, stain…Read More