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Creating the proper habitat for your exotic pet

At Tampa Veterinary Hospital, we see lots of different types of pets. Naturally, the most popular pets are dogs and cats, but we also see birds, non-venomous snakes, lizards, amphibians, ferrets, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, sugar gliders and a variety of other exotic... Read more

Cleaning your reptile’s habitat

In my recent blog, I detailed the importance of following some simple rules on how to minimize the risk of spreading Salmonella when handling reptiles and amphibians. I hope you found that article educational and helpful. If you missed it, or want... Read more

Your first pet snake- the best choices

In another one of my recent blogs, I shared with you my thoughts on which lizards make for good pets for people considering their first reptile. If you missed that blog, you can read it here.   In this blog, I want... Read more

Choosing your first lizard for a pet- what’s the best choice?

If you’ve never really considered yourself a dog or a cat person- you’re not alone. In a recent survey, it was found that 9.4 million people in the US have reptiles as pets. It’s far down on the list from those who... Read more

Can my reptile make me sick?

I’m sure you’ve heard the fairy tale of the Frog Prince, where the princess kisses a frog and breaks the wicked spell placed upon him, turning him back into a prince.  The tale has been told many times, and spawned the popular... Read more

Proper diet for rabbits

Saturday morning cartoons sure have changed since I was a child. Armed with a bowl of sugar loosely disguised as cereal, I remember gluing myself to the TV watching Daffy, Bugs, Foghorn Leghorn and lots of other funny and memorable characters keeping... Read more