Happy Holidays! Do you have a hedgehog, chinchilla, or another exotic pet? These little guys are very cute. However, this time of year can be dangerous to them. A Pasadena, MD veterinarian discusses keeping your exotic pet healthy and happy during the holidays below.
Who says you can’t have some fun with your pet’s cage or tank? Give your little buddy a comfy seasonal throw blanket or pillow. You may also be able to find cute decorations that work as hidey-holes, such as little igloos. You can also add things like plain paper snowflake chains. Just be sure to put safety first. While every type of animal has their own unique care needs, there are some things that aren’t safe for any of them. Anything small or sharp is a danger, as are items with strings or threads. Ask your vet for more information.
Don’t forget to get your cute pet something! Toys and treats are at the top of the list for many pets. Sugar gliders and chinchillas may like things like hammocks, hanging toys, or climbing branches, while hedgehogs or other smaller pets may enjoy pet tents or new hide-boxes.
It can get cold very quickly at this time of year. While some exotics, such as chinchillas, are better suited to cold temperatures than warm ones, others get chilly quite fast. Do some research, and ask your vet for specific advice. Don’t put your pet’s home near fireplaces or heating vents. That just isn’t safe!
Many exotic pets are quite curious and playful, and love to explore. Keep your little buddy in mind as you hang decorations. Many holiday plants, such as poinsettias, holly, ivy, and mistletoe, are toxic to these little guys. Tinsel, ribbon, pine needles, and lights are also a concern, especially for animals that like to chew a lot. Keep a close eye on your little buddy, and keep anything hazardous in spots they can’t reach.
Many smaller pets, like hedgehogs and sugar gliders, are prey animals in the wild. These little guys are often quite timid by nature, and are easily frightened. If you’re having people over for the holidays, keep your pet in a spot that’s away from the commotion, such as a quiet back bedroom.
Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your local Pasadena, MD pet hospital, if ever we can be of assistance!