Exotic Pets: Tardis the Blue Crayfish with a Case of the Blues.

Five years ago our family was gifted an exotic pet - a large, brown crayfish from our son’s third grade classroom named Clawzilla. He was a great pet, needing minimal care but still enjoyable for the family and 8 house cats to interact with. We would decorate the outside of his aquarium with holiday decorations while [...]

Working Dogs Have a Job to Do: Part One

Three-part series on working dogs that make the world a better place. Part One: Assistance Dogs Assistance dogs not only provide a specific service to their handlers, but also greatly enhance the quality of their lives with a new sense of freedom and independence.  Below is a description of each type from Assistance Dogs International [...]

Dog Bites “The Facts”

Dog bites send nearly 368,000 victims to hospital emergency departments per year (1,008 per day).  According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2006, more than 31,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs. (Centers for Disease Control, Dog Bite Prevention, accessed May 20, 2013.) 16,476 dog bites to persons aged 16 [...]

How Should I Prepare My Exotic Pet for a Disaster?

There are many exotic pet parents out there.  Should a natural disaster strike such as flood, hurricane, power outages, etc., it is important to have a plan of action for pets with special care needs such as birds, snakes, ferrets, etc. Exotic pets tend to be more sensitive to changes in surroundings and have special needs in [...]

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

All dogs even nice ones can bite.  It is proven each year as millions and millions of dog bites are recorded. The best way to prevent it is through education. Each year during the 3rd week of May, we focus on dog bite prevention.  In Montgomery County alone there are a reported 1500-1600 dog bites annually. [...]

Oh, the Exotic Pets We See….Birds, Bunnies, and Snakes…Oh, my!!

Exotic pets have grown in popularity over the past few years for a number of reasons.  Some people enjoy having an unusual pet while others find exotic pets to be easier to care for than a dog or cat.  Check out the following list of some of the popular exotic pets: 1.  Pocket Pets: This group includes [...]

Are You and Your Pet Prepared for an Emergency?

It is important that we have a plan in place for our pets in case an emergency arises. An unexpected event doesn't just have to refer to natural occurrences such as an earthquake. It can be a family emergency such as an owner being hospitalized or a house fire. Do you have a plan in [...]

HomeAgain – Reuniting Pets and People

  HomeAgain Mircochips has a special page dedicated on their website to the found pets.  It is important for us to celebrate with pet owners when they are relocated with their owners.  It is such a special time for both the pet and the pet owner.  Here is a link to the website if you [...]

How to Approach a Service Dog

You walk down the street and see a service dog coming with their handler. Though it may be tempting to treat a service dog just like a family pet… here are some tips from PetMD to make sure you are using the proper etiquette. Speaking to the Service Dog Team That's right, the service dog [...]

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