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New AVMA Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook

From the American Veterinary Medical Association Pet Ownership Sourcebook: Pet ownership is on the rise in the United States, with dogs leading the way and large increases in the number of less traditional pets like poultry and lizards, according to recently released data from the AVMA. The 2017-2018 edition of the AVMA Pet Ownership and Demographics…

Solutions for Pets Afraid of Fireworks; Small Scale Reptile Rescue Needs Your Help

TERRIFIED of fireworks – so many pets are. What do you do? Well, hopefully, you begin now, rather than wait until July 3 or July 4.  Dr. Jennifer Styrsky of CEVA Animal Health and I offer tips HERE on my WGN Radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World. We talk about jollying dogs by putting them…

Leopard Gecko Manual: Third Pet Book of Christmas

The Leopard Gecko Manual, 2nd Edition: Expert Advice for Keeping and Caring for a Healthy Leopard Gecko is the authoritative text for both experienced gecko keepers and those interested in considering this pet. That’s because some of the most knowledgeable people on this topic co-authored the book, the legendary Phillipe de Vosjoli, with Thomas Mazorling,…

Reptile Awareness Day

Reptile Awareness Day was October 21, in case you missed it. Some reptiles make great pets, including Northern Blue-Tongue Skinks. This is our pet skink, Cosette. Other great beginner reptile choices include (but aren’t limited to) Bearded Dragon lizards, Leopard Geckoes and Corn Snakes. Indeed, reptile pets bring a bit of the natural world into…

CPR on a Lizard

This is dramatic video showing a lizard being brought back to life. We can all be heroes. This lizard fell into a pool, swam for a while, but then went under. This family retrieved the lizard, and miraculously brought the reptile back to life.

Unlikely Companions: Dr. Laurie Hess

It was a dark and stormy night. There’s an animal in distress. There’s a loving pet owner also in distress. Dr. Laurie Hess rushes to treat the emergency, and it’s not a sick dog or cat, it’s a sugar glider. Dr. Hess explains in Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of An Exotic Animal Doctor, the human-animal bond…

Pet Reptiles, Where to Get Them

Reptiles can be great first pets, or just great pet reptiles – it’s not only about dogs and cats. However, just like dogs and cats, it’s important where you get the pet reptile from, according to Dr. Susan Brown. Some are shipped from overseas, and suffer as a result – more than you know. One…

Be Careful When Buying Reptiles

Dr. Susan Brown says reptiles, can be great pets; HOWEVER, do you really know what you’re getting into? Listen HERE as Dr. Brown talks about the international trade in reptiles and why buying from pet stores who may be  importers/exporters is  not a good idea. She says about 70 percent of the animals die in…

Unusual Pets: Corn Snake, African Hedgehog, Northern Blue-Tongue Skink

Whoever said dogs and cats should have a monopoly on our affections and the chance to share our homes? For those who like to be different, here are three ideas for unconventional pets — all of which are also good choices for people with allergies. (Then again, so are fish!) CORN SNAKE If there’s a…

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