Animal Education

Sorry Teacup Pigs Do Not Exist

By Sandra Krug While the word pig usually invokes images of life on a farm, potbellied pigs are increasingly popular as domestic pets. These pigs can be great companion animals. But pigs are not the right choice for everyone. Sometimes people adopt a pig without thoroughly researching their behaviors and care requirements. As a consequence, these intelligent animals end up surrendered to sanctuaries across the country. Most pigs are surrendered for not being a “teacup”

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Rabbits as pets

by Sandra Krug Kids often wish for pets more than parents. Kids think animals are cute and fun to have. Grown-ups know the work required. But, owning a pet can make a home complete. Let’s look at rabbits as pets. Like all pets, rabbits need specific care. Speak with a vet about rabbit care and any questions you may have before purchasing a rabbit. Be sure to find a vet with rabbit experience. Don’t forget

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Ferrets as Pets

by Sandra Krug Ferrets are often considered a unique pet to own. Many ferret owners turn to the ferret for its curious, playful, and social qualities. Ferrets love to play and explore with others and their owners and on their own. So, you need to know a few things about taking care of a ferret. First, you must ferret proof your home before you establish them as pets. They will crawl around the house, on

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Guinea Pigs as Pets

By Sandra Krug If you are contemplating a pet for your home, you might want to consider a guinea pig. Guinea pigs are lovable, furry little creatures that will give you a lot of happiness. In addition, guinea pigs can be a great first pet for kids because they are relatively simple to care for and more cuddly than gerbils or fishes. Let’s discuss some more information to help you decide whether a guinea pig

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Happy National Pet Day

By Sandra Krug Did you know April 11th was national pet day? At FANS we believe every day should be national pet day. Check out why having a pet in your life can be beneficial to you and the animal you choose. Living with and caring for an animal (pet) involves a lot of responsibility. But there are so many advantages of keeping a pet that I think everyone ought to think about it. The

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Did You know? Fun and Interesting Facts about Sloths

By Andreana Benitez Did you know there are two types of sloths?  There is the three-toed sloth and the two-toed sloth and they make up five different species, including the Pygmy three-toed sloth, the Maned sloth, the pale throated three-toed sloth, the brown throated three-toed sloth and Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth.  All of the sloth species live in the lowland tropical forests of Central & South America high up in the forest canopy.  Let’s see what

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Kangaroos, Wallaroos and Wallabies, Oh my!

By Andreana Benitez How many of you believe that a Wallaroo is a cross between a Kangaroo and a Wallaby?  Unless you are Australian (or Kangaroo Jack) you would be wrong.  This is the biggest misconception about Wallaroos.  So how can you tell the three apart?  Let’s explore the similarities as well as the differences between these three beautiful animals. First off, all three are native to Australia.  This is their home.  They are also

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Owls, Bats & Black Cats, Oh My!

Bats, black cats, ravens, crows, and owls what do these creatures have in common? They are all associated with Halloween as evil or bad omens. Truth is, each of these creatures has many good qualities and, in some cultures, revered as symbols of good luck. Take the Black cat, in Western culture; they are viewed as a symbol of bad omens, especially if one crosses your path. This is not a new notion and dates

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Tortoise vs Turtles

by Sandra Krug What is a tortoise anyway? Is it just a fancy way to say “turtle”? Well, there is a difference. “Turtle” is the umbrella term for all 200 species of the Testudines group, which includes turtles, tortoises, and terrapins. All tortoises are turtles—that is, they belong to the order Chelonia, reptiles having bodies encased in a bony shell from which their head and limbs protrude—but not all turtles are tortoises. Reptiles are cold-blooded,

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Pets and COVID-19: What You Need to Know

Pets and COVID-19: What you need to know by Sandra Krug, RRT, ARNP, CRNA About the coronavirus and COVID-19: Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people, while others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels, and bats. Some coronaviruses, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals and do not infect humans. Public health officials and partners are working hard to identify the

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