If you are interested in adopting a hedgehog, it is essential to learn all about their needs long before bringing one home. Initial interest in these curious creatures typically stems from their pint-sized cuteness, but to truly give them the best life possible, you should plan carefully and prepare. If you’re wondering about what it takes to provide for a pet hedgehog, you’ve come to the right place.Continue…
Red-eared slider turtles can be found in wetland areas from Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico. They are fond of calm waters and enjoy sunbathing on rocks or fallen tree trunks, sometimes in groups. They are omnivores, but prefer to eat plants that grow on the water’s edge. While they aren’t always a welcome addition to many different ecosystems, these reptiles can make terrific pets.
If you’ve ever wondered what caring for a red-eared slider turtle is like, we’ve got your bases covered.Continue…
With their adorable fluff and affectionate nature, rabbits make wonderful pets. They are quiet, clean animals that adore their owners and can even be trained to do tricks. However, rabbits require more attention and care than people typically expect, as much as a dog in many ways. With a life expectancy of 7-10 years, pet rabbits are a long-term commitment. Keep reading to find out if a rabbit is the right pet for you and your family.Continue…
At BEEVET Animal Hospital, we love taking care of creatures great and small—from big, slobbery dogs to pint-sized critters that you can hold in the palm of your hand. For many families, small pets fit perfectly into their lifestyles because they don’t take up much space and they don’t deposit pet fur all over the house. And many of these tiny companions make great pets for kids. If you’re thinking of adding a pocket pet to your household, read on for valuable tips from our team so you’ll be properly prepared to care for your new little family member.Continue…
At BEEVET Animal Hospital, we love animals of all species. Our team is excited when our feathered clients come to see us for veterinary visits, and we love interacting with their human families as well. Although we know there are plenty of different pet bird species sharing homes with human families in Austin, we have found that these are the most common:
The parakeet, or the budgerigar, is a fan favorite, especially when it comes to families with children. Since they are smaller than some other pet bird species, they do not require as much space. They do need the same care, however, which means regular visits to the bird veterinarian. Parakeets are known for their distinctive whistle, and some can even learn a handful of words and phrases.
The cockatiel is another pet bird that likes to participate in conversations. Like the parakeet, the cockatiel can learn words, but they usually prefer to mimic sounds like the doorbell. Cockatiels come in an array of beautiful colors and can live for up to 20 years.
The finch is a tiny bird companion who prefers the company of birds to the constant attention of humans. That makes these tiny avians perfect for pet owners who love passively watching their feathered friends without having to spend a lot of time entertaining them. Unlike many of the other birds on this list, finches have softbills and only measure about 5 inches (or less). With regular wellness visits, they can live for about 10 years.
If you love parrots but don’t have a lot of space, you might want to bring a lovebird into your home. These tiny parrots are only 5-6 inches, which makes them the perfect companion for apartment or condo dwellers. With the proper care, lovebirds can live for up to 20 years.
These sweet, calm birds are great for homes with older children or just adults who will not get too excited near the cage. Although they do well on their own, doves do need companionship, so be sure to give them plenty of time outside the cage. Placing mirrors nearby can also help them feel like they’re socializing.
No matter what kind of bird you have, BEEVET Animal Hospital is here to offer them the veterinary care they need throughout their lives. We also see dogs, cats, and exotic pets. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call (512) 263-9292.
Various birds and other exotics—excluding cats, dogs, farm or wild animals—make terrific household pets. Each has unique care needs, so before bringing an avian or exotic home, you want to be sure they’re a good fit for your space and lifestyle. BEEVET Animal Hospital has put together this guide to help you determine if an avian or exotic pet is the right pet for your household.Continue…