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Ask the Vet2017-12-11T14:58:36+00:00
Ask the Vet, Kristin Valdes, DVM

Kristin Valdes, DVM

Every pet owner has questions— and that’s a good thing. The more you ask, the better pet owner you’ll be. Our expert staff is always here for you.

Meet the Vet

Now get even more information from our Ask the Vet feature! Meet Kristin Valdes, DVM, of Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital. She’s got the answers you need to keep your pet happy and healthy.

IMPORTANT — If you have immediate health concerns about your pet, contact your veterinarian or local emergency animal hospital. The Animal Store Blog posts occasional questions to and answers from one of our favorite vets. This column is for informational purposes only, and should not be considered a substitute for regular veterinary care for your pet.

Ask the Vet about Heating Reptile Tanks

by Dr. Kristin Valdez Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital More on Reptiles Heating reptile tanks can be confusing. You need to know exactly what your pet requires. Does it need heat in the day and at night? Should it be from an under tank heater, a hot rock, or a heat lamp, or is sunlight enough? Heating Reptile Tanks Reptiles come from all parts of the [...]

Ask the Vet … about Hamsters

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Russian Dwarf hamster* You asked: What should I know about adopting a hamster? Answer: Dwarf hamsters are solitary or social; Syrian hamsters are solitary  Syrian hamsters and Chinese hamsters, unlike chinchillas, are solitary pets. Syrian hamsters [...]

Ask the Vet … about Adopting Chinchillas

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You asked: What should I know about adopting a chinchilla? Answer: Chinchillas are social. We highly recommend the book Behavior of Exotic Pets by Valarie V. Tynes as a way to begin to understand any [...]

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