Do Ferrets Need Vaccines?
Veterinary Center Blog
by AndreaT
8M ago
Few of the exotic pet species that we see at The Veterinary Center require vaccinations, but ferrets are one of them. Ferrets are susceptible to rabies and canine distemper virus—two diseases that can be fatal if contracted, but which can be easily prevented with vaccines. Rabies is mainly transmitted through contact with saliva from infected animals, usually through bite wounds. Because rabies has a high mortality and it can also affect humans, it is required by law in NY to vaccinate certain domestic animals (e.g. cats, dogs, and ferrets) against rabies. We recommend vaccinating young ferret ..read more
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Rabbit Dos and Dont’s in Westchester County, NY
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by CarlK
1y ago
Whether you’re a new rabbit owner or an experienced one, all rabbit owners should know what your rabbit needs to life a healthy and happy life. In general, rabbits need a healthy diet and spacious enclosure in order to be happy and healthy. When caring for your rabbit, rabbit owners should always make sure their rabbits have the following: Unlimited access to hay (alfalfa for young and some senior rabbits, timothy hay for adult rabbits) Toys and enrichment A pelleted diet recommended by your veterinarian Fresh produce daily (such as romaine lettuce, carrot tops, other leafy greens) A “rabbit ..read more
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Importance of Hydration in Westchester County, NY
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by DanielVK
2y ago
With summer temperatures approaching, water is especially essential to your pet’s health. Hydration is needed to regulate internal body temperatures, waste filtration, and processing nutrients through your pet’s body. Regardless if your pet is furry, feathered, or scaly, water must always be offered in your pet’s enclosure. Certain pets can hydrate themselves differently based on their species, so always consult your veterinarian to ensure you are offering the appropriate husbandry in your pet’s enclosure. Signs of dehydration in your pet can present itself as the following: Lethargy Panting ..read more
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Why Calcium is Important for Your Reptile in Westchester, NY
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by DanielVK
2y ago
Providing a complete and balanced diet is essential when you are keeping any pet. When it comes to reptiles, a complete and balanced diet is crucial to their health, as they can decline quickly when proper nutrients aren’t offered daily. Not doing so can result in irreversible health consequences. Calcium is the most important nutrient for your reptile. When your reptile is deficient in calcium, their bones weaken over time which can lead to fractures and severe weakness. How do I know if my reptile is getting enough calcium daily? Bringing in your reptile for regular exams with your veterina ..read more
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The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet in Westchester County, NY
Veterinary Center Blog
by DanielVK
2y ago
Do you travel with your bird or other exotic pet? Do you take him or her outside? If so, the Veterinary Center would recommend microchipping your pet. At the Veterinary, we offer microchipping for most exotic pets. A microchip is a tiny computer chip with an identification number programmed into it, and the chip is enclosed within an inert material that is safe for your pet. When we microchip your pet, their chip is connected to an identification number that is registered online. If your pet is lost and ends up at an animal shelter or veterinary clinic, staff can use a microchip reader, unive ..read more
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Rabit Dos and Dont’s in Westchester County, NY
Veterinary Center Blog
by AndrewZ
2y ago
Whether you’re a new rabbit owner or an experienced one, all rabbit owners should know what your rabbit needs to life a healthy and happy life. In general, rabbits need a healthy diet and spacious enclosure in order to be happy and healthy. When caring for your rabbit, rabbit owners should always make sure their rabbits have the following: Unlimited access to hay (alfalfa for young and some senior rabbits, timothy hay for adult rabbits) Toys and enrichment A pelleted diet recommended by your veterinarian Fresh produce daily (such as romaine lettuce, carrot tops, other leafy greens) A “rabbit ..read more
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Why You Should Get an Exotic Pet
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by AndrewZ
2y ago
  Birds and other exotic pets are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. While most households have a cat or dog, more people are opting for exotic species. Exotics can be great for different lifestyles, and some species make wonderful pets for children. Here are a few simple reasons for choosing an exotic pet: There are so many varied species that owning an exotic animal can be an incredible learning experience. Exotic pets are fascinating. With their unique behaviors and incredible social interactions with each other and with us, they really can teach us all sorts of new in ..read more
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National Bird Day
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by AndrewZ
2y ago
National Bird Day Happy National Bird Day! At the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics, we are fortunate to be able to care for your beloved feathered friends. From parrots to chickens, waterfowl, and backyard birds, we are honored that you have chosen us to care for your companions. With the warmer weather peeking around the corner, it’ an ideal time to address some important bird care topics. One important bird care topic is proper husbandry at home. Whether you are a new bird owner or you’re adding a new flock member to your family, getting a bird is always exciting , but there are man ..read more
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Pet First Aid Awareness in Westchester County, NY
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by AndrewZ
2y ago
Pet First Aid Awareness in Westchester County, NY               Do you have a first aid kit at home for your pet? If not, how prepared are you and your pet for an emergency? Although we always recommend contacting  your veterinarian if you think your pet is having an emergency, it’s important to know what steps you can take immediately to keep your pet stable while you are determining whether they need medical attention. Make sure you have a first aid kit close by that all family members are aware of. What should you keep in ..read more
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The Intelligent African Gray Parrot
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2y ago
Known for their incredible ability to learn human language and speak words, often in correct context, African gray parrots are perhaps the most intelligent species of bird commonly kept as a pet. They have unique personalities and can be very entertaining as they speak sentences and even sing complete songs. As such intelligent, highly social birds, African gray parrots need a great deal of socialization to thrive as pets. They need to spend a minimum of an hour or two every day out of their cages, interacting with their human “flock-mates,” plus they need activities (including toys to interac ..read more
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