Our Guide to Pet Tortoise Care

Human holding a tortoise with a chunky hard shell.

There are many reasons why an individual decides to live with a pet tortoise. Aside from being quiet and peaceful animals, they are truly fascinating to observe and engage with. In other words, they add value to an owner’s environment and bring loads of joy and satisfaction to boot. However, as with all pets, caring for a pet tortoise requires careful planning and preparation. 

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Loving and Caring for Pet Goats

Kids playing with three pet goats in a backyard.

Goat ownership is rising in popularity. This could be explained by their enormous, cost-effective contributions to landscaping control, or perhaps their delightful, charming personalities that keep  people curious. Keeping goats is a fire-wise choice for many Californians, but there’s so much more to owning pet goats than providing land for them to clear. 

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5 Things to Know Before Adopting a Mini Pig

A mini pig smiling.

Mini pigs are adorable exotic pets to add to a family. Before you run out and adopt one, though, you want to be sure that you have what you need to safely have pigs as pets in your space. Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is here to help you decide if a mini pig is the right pet for you and your family:

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Mine, Mine, Mine! Microchipping Birds and Exotics

When it comes to above and beyond care for your pets, Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is happy to be your partner in achieving greatness. If you know anything about us, you know that this dedication for us extends way past just dogs and cats. We are proud to be your resource for the best care for your more non-traditional pets as well. 

From wellness care to surgery to dentistry, your pets deserve the best. One area many of our pet owners have questions about is microchipping birds and exotics. We are happy to provide this service and explain why we feel passionate about it.

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What the Cluck? Raising Backyard Chickens in LA 

Los Angeles Backyard Chickens

Urban homesteading is a growing trend and for good reason. Many people are growing their own food in their yards and raising a variety of livestock. Backyard chickens are an especially good choice for smaller yards for those who want to raise them for free-range eggs, amazing compost, and as wonderful pets. (Yes, chickens make awesome pets.) But there are several things to know about raising chickens, so that you can keep them successfully.

The team at Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is here to explore the topic of backyard chickens in LA and what you need to know to make your new brood happy and healthy.

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Eat Like a Bird: The Avian Diet Demystified 

Feeding your bird right can make a huge difference in their health and happiness. Of course, most birds don’t come with an instruction manual to tell you what and when to feed.

Good thing Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is here to help you decode the best practices of a healthy avian diet! 

Bird Breakfast Basics

In the wild, different birds have evolved to thrive on different diets. Some are carnivorous (think vultures), dine on insects, prefer grains, nosh on nectar, or even fish for their food. 

There are some avian diet basics, though, that are important for pet bird owners to understand.

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The Microscopic Menace: Salmonella in Reptiles and Exotics

There are many wonderful things about owning a reptile or other exotic species as a pet, and Shiloh Veterinary Hospital knows this more than any other. Caring for these special animals does come some extra responsibility, however. From having an intricate understanding of their dietary needs to supplying the right amount of environmental stimulation, exotic pet ownership doesn’t come lightly.

Understanding the risk of Salmonella in reptiles and exotics is also an essential part of enjoying your pet. No one wants to get sick, and Salmonella is a very real problem

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A Whole New World: Safe Toys for Birds and Exotics

Can you imagine living out your entire life in one room? It sounds crazy, but this is often what we ask of our birds and exotic pets. Environmental enrichment is so important for every species. Without it, behavior and health problems often arise.

Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is all about keeping our pet patients happy and healthy. While environmental enrichment is vital to this goal, it is also important to do it safely. Keep reading for ideas for safe toys for birds and exotics that are sure to keep them engaged.

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Danger at Home: Household Bird Toxins to Know About

What better way to keep our feathered friends safe than keeping them inside our secure, climate-controlled houses? Bird lovers can sometimes forget that there are dangers for our avian friends indoors, too. 

Keeping our pets safe and healthy requires research, effort, and a little forethought. Shiloh Veterinary Hospital reminds you that we are here to help you do this and wants to bring your attention to those household bird toxins that you may not have thought about before.

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Pot-Bellied Pigs as Pets

It is more and more common for us at Shiloh Veterinary Hospital to see people with pets other than dogs and cats. No matter the species, we think that your animal family members deserve the best in veterinary care.

Pot-bellied pigs as pets are an increasingly popular choice and they can make absolutely amazing additions to the crew. They aren’t for everyone, though. Before considering a pot-bellied pig as your next pet, it is important to do your research.

Learning the Basics

Before committing to a new porky addition, there are a few basic requirements that you  need to be sure that you meet. Find out the following: 

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