Exotic Pets

This show is for people who have — or are curious about owning — any of the birds, snakes or small mammals who are considered exotic pets — from bunnies to iguanas, and parrots to ferrets. Dr. Karen will help you understand the physical requirements of these animals and how to avoid most of the medical problems these pets can develop once you understand the often challenging proper environment and correct diet that are essential to their welfare. Co-host Karen Rosenthal, DVM, MS, has an impressive professional history, from being Director of Special Species Medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by years focused on Avian and Exotic pets at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She is now Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. Matthew's University in the Cayman Islands, British West Indies.

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner, Karen Rosenthal

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Cricket Shortage Affects Exotic Pets

Exotic Pets (04-20+-2015) #210: Dr Karen talks about the recent cricket shortage in Hawaii — pointing up the unique food needs of exotic pets, which are not “convenience” pets! Advice on why to never feed a commercial cricket unless it is “gut loaded:” you have to put them in a box of oatmeal, sprinkle with calcium powder, so as the cricket grooms itself it will ingest the calcium and be “ready to serve” in a week!