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Dr. Laurie Hess on Pet Life Radio

In this show, exotic pet vets Dr. Laurie Hess, Dr. Kristin Britton, and Dr. Amanda Marino – all veterinarians at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, NY, an animal hospital that specializes in the care of birds and other exotic pets – discuss all aspects of the care, behavior, and potential medical problems that are specific to exotic pets. The animals that will be covered include everything from “pocket pets” such as guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice, and gerbils to rabbits to ferrets to reptiles (turtles, tortoises, lizards, and snakes) to amphibians (frogs and toads) to less familiar pets such as sugar gliders, hedgehogs, pot-bellied pigs, prairie dogs, wallabies, monkeys, pygmy goats, pet skunks, and others.


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Episode 2 - Hazards for Small Mammals in your Home

In this show, we tackle the common hazards encountered by small mammals (including bunnies, guinea pigs, ferrets, small rodents, and unusual exotic pets such as hedgehogs) in our homes. There are many dangers lurking at home including loose wires, lead paint, predatory dogs and cats, active children, toxic house plants, and human medications. If you are going to have one of these pets in your household, you won’t want to miss this episode that may actually save your small mammal’s life!

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Episode 1 - Choosing an Exotic Pet that is Right for You

In this show, the exotic pet vets will share their thoughts and experiences about how to select the best exotic pet for your living situation, including factors such the amount of time, space, and financial commitment a potential pet owner is willing to make. 


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