Read This Before Considering Hedgehogs as Pets

Someone waiting to hold an African pygmy pet hedgehog.

New Haven Pet Hospital is all about exotic pets. Dogs and cats are great, but there are so many other great options out there. Bringing an exotic into your household, though, definitely requires some research. If you are considering options and looking into hedgehogs as pets, read on to learn our advice to you.


Choosing Between the Best Pet Lizards

Smiling lady holding a bearded dragon lizard.

Lizards are among the most interesting animals out there, and some make excellent pets for beginners. Available in all sizes, colors, and dispositions, lizards can find a home in many kinds of households. With an equal dose of proper planning and thorough research, you can provide top-notch care for a new scaly friend. We’ll help you get started on this memorable, gratifying experience with our suggestions of the top 5 pet lizards for beginners. 


Exotic Pets: Our Favorite Pet Birds

Exotic pet bird sitting on a girl's head looking to her sunglasses.

We love exotic pets at New Haven Pet Hospital, and birds are at the top of our list for amazing companions. Read on to learn if pet bird ownership is for you and find out more about these incredible creatures. 


Are You Ready to Adopt a Pet Reptile? 

A horned lizard on a shoulder

There are definite barriers to pet ownership for many people, but depending on your set-up, there is probably at least one type of animal you could share your home with.

Whether you’re allergy-sensitive, live in an apartment, or simply want to try something different, owning a pet reptile might be the perfect choice. 

It’s Habitual

Despite the common perception that they are “low maintenance” pets, reptiles require a great deal of consideration. Reptiles can be absolutely perfect pets, but it’s important to resist the impulse to adopt one before you conduct extensive research about their daily needs and health care requirements. Many reptiles can live for a couple decades or more! As such, it’s critical to choose wisely.


Hop Into Spring with Rabbit Care

A woman with her rabbit

It is starting to feel like spring has actually sprung here in Indiana, and what better way to celebrate than talking about bunnies? Rabbit care happens to be one of our specialties here at New Haven Pet Hospital – let us be your official source for information about all things that hop!

Bunny Bits

Rabbits can make great companions, but just like with any other pet it is important to know a little bit about them before jumping into a big commitment. Rabbits don’t fit in to every household, but lagomorph lovers everywhere will tell you that they are great for a lot of people!

A few fun facts about rabbits as pets:

  • Rabbits are herbivores and will add to your weekly produce budget!
  • They require room to move and can get themselves into trouble. Areas they have access to will need to be rabbit-proofed.
  • Rabbits require gentle and quiet handling and are often stressed by young children.
  • Bunnies are crepuscular, meaning their highest levels of activity are at dawn and dusk.
  • They need daily activity (about an hour) and regular social interaction.
  • Healthy, well-cared for rabbits can live ten years or more.
  • Bunnies are social critters, meaning more than one is usually ideal.
  • Domestic rabbits do not have the skills to survive outdoors like a wild rabbit would – once you have made a commitment to one, it is your responsibility to keep it healthy and safe.

All About Proper Rabbit Care

Once you have decided to jump off the deep end into bunny love, there are some important components of good rabbit care that you should learn about.

Rabbit nutrition — Proper care of any pocket or exotic pet often begins with good nutrition. Of course rabbits should have unrestricted access to fresh water at all times. Hay is a huge part of a healthy rabbit’s diet. Timothy or grass hay should also be freely available (pelleted hay is also an option), with alfalfa being only a very small and occasional treat. Fresh fruits and veggies are also important, the average rabbit needs about a cup of vegetables per four pounds of body weight each day. Vitamin A in the diet should come from veggies such as beet tops, broccoli, kale, or pea pods.  Most veggies will do, but there are a few to avoid, including iceberg lettuce. Fruit should be considered a treat.

Home is where the hop is — A proper home is also important for good rabbit care. Be sure that your rabbit’s enclosure is large and tall enough for play and to stretch out. It should have a solid floor and good air circulation. Direct sunlight and drafts should be avoided. Be sure to provide chew toys and other safe but stimulating toys. Daily exercise is encouraged. Be sure that your rabbit’s play space if free of electrical cords, house plants, and other dangers.

Veterinary value Rabbits also require veterinary care. Spaying or neutering is an important part of good rabbit ownership, as well as regular nail trims and dental care.

We are passionate about rabbit care and urge you will call us if you need any help when it comes to bunny ownership!

All About the Fantastic Pet Ferret

A white ferret on a harness

Did you know that New Haven Pet Hospital offers the same excellent care you’ve come to know for your dogs and cats to the pocket pet community? While we could never choose between all of the amazing species that we see, ferrets hold a special place in our hearts.

Learn how these magnificent mustelids have weaseled their way into our favor as we spotlight the fabulous pet ferret.

Ferret Facts

The pet ferret is, in fact, a member of the weasel family as you may have suspected. They are closely related to other animals such as badgers, mink, and wolverines.

These friendly and curious creatures enjoy interacting with people and can make great pets. Many people aren’t familiar with the pet ferret, however. They are really very interesting critters. You might be surprised to learn that: