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. 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

  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. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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