Small Pets: What Are Pocket Pets?

small animal pocket pet in shirt pocket

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.

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Lyme Disease In Dogs: What Every Owner Should Know

A dog in the forest.

In Austin, we see a lot of pests, including bed bugs, termites, ants, scorpions, spiders, and of course, ticks. These hard-shelled, ectoparasites are often grouped with fleas and mosquitoes because they each pose significant threats to pet health and well-being. As such, we recommend year-round parasite prevention for companion animals. Without a doubt, these bugs wreak havoc, but the fact that they spread harmful disease deserves attention. Lyme disease in dogs is just one of the dangerous effects of ticks, but there are ways to reduce exposure and prevent illness.

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The 5 Most Common Pet Birds

A human in a red sweater with a white pet bird.

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:

  1. Parakeets 

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.

  1. Cockatiel

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.

  1. Finch

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.

  1. Lovebirds

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.

  1. Dove

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.

Is An Avian or Exotic Pet Right for You?

Avian pet care.

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. 

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The Best Avian and Exotic Pets for Kids

Family with exotic pet visit the veterinarian.

When it comes to a first pet for their children, many parents turn to options smaller than a cat or dog. Not all avian and exotic pets make good choices for kids, though. BEEVET Animal Hospital is here to help sort out how to make a smart choice for your family. 

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How To Maintain a Healthy Weight for Your Dog

Healthy weight for dogs.

It’s not easy for any of us to keep our weight in check. Waffles with syrup, whipped cream, and strawberries sound pretty good right now, right? Your dog agrees.

His soulful stare means to manipulate, and you’re about to slip him a tasty bite when you remember what the vet said; the fats in your breakfast could make your pup sick.

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What Are Some Safe Human Foods For Dogs

Two hungry dogs sitting at the table.

Pet owners love to share everything with their dogs, including food! As a pet parent, it can be tempting to give your dog a piece of the food off your plate as a small treat, or to show your love for them. Before you do, it’s important to know which foods are safe for your canine friends, and which could be potentially dangerous. 

Dogs metabolize and digest food differently than humans do, which is why some foods may be perfectly safe for them as an occasional treat, and some may be extremely toxic. The team at BEEVET Animal Hospital has put together this helpful list of human foods that are safe for your dogs, so you can give your pet a well-deserved treat and avoid a potential pet poisoning

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Common Bulldog Problems & Solutions For Summer

A bulldog with its tongue out on a dock near a lake.

Those cute faces mean unique challenges for this breed. At BEEVET Animal Hospital, we’ve got your go-to list of tips on how to make this summer a happy one for you and your furry friend by keeping common bulldog problems at bay!

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Say What? Deciphering the Reverse Sneeze in Dogs

A brown dog experiencing a reverse sneeze.

Dog owners are used to some pretty crazy noises coming from their pets. Snorts, sneezes, grunts, and gurgles can be the norm. When your pet makes a new sound outside of their regular repertoire, though, it can be concerning.

BEEVET Animal Hospital is no stranger to calls from clients worried about the noises their pet is making. One of the most common suspicious sounds is the reverse sneeze in dogs. This scary but usually harmless noise is one every pet owner should know. 

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Just Breathe: Understanding Cat Asthma and Other Feline Respiratory Problems

Cat with asthma laying down under blanket.

Breathing problems in our pets are one of the scarier animal emergencies that an owner can experience. While there are many causes for respiratory distress in cats, feline asthma is a common offender. Cat asthma can be a serious condition of which pet owners should be aware. 

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