Trick or Treat?

Although many pets can rock a costume, candy and chocolate is not a healthy treat for any animal. Reward your little boy or ghoul with a snack made just for them!

 

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Rabbits love veggies, but most of their diet consists of hay so treats should be given in moderation. Although raw pumpkin is a tasty seasonal treat, balance it out with some pumpkin shaped carrots. Tutorial at 

http://www.littledairyontheprairie.com/carrot-pumpkins/

Pets that crave a more protein based diet like hedgehogs, bearded dragons and skinks might appreciate a creepy crawly plate of worms as their Halloween treat! Be sure to give your animal the right sized treats so they don't get hurt eating them. 

Myth-busting Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs may have quills- but they are not related to porcupines like many people think. Here's a few more hedgehog facts that might surprise you!  

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1. Hedgehogs are related to moles, and share their super sense of smell. 

2. Heghogs are nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day. At night they are very active and will rn around 10 miles in a night!

3. Hedgie a are mostly carnivorous, they get their high protein diet from insects in the wild. However, cat food is suitable for a pampered hog. 

4. Hedgehogs need baths! Sometimes it's hard for them to clean all their quills and little feet so we use a toothbrush and a tiny dab of baby shampoo to help keep our furry friends squeaky clean! 

5. Even shy hedgehogs can open up to you eventually with enough gentle handling, patience, and treats!  

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Teacher's Pet

 

School is almost back in session! During the year, many classrooms enjoy having a class pet. However, depending on the age and workload involved, one type of animal friend might be a better fit for you and your students than another.

 

Here is some basic information about some popular class pets!

- Guinea Pigs: A great starter pet for even younger kids. Guineas love companionship, and are easy to hold sitting down using gentle hands. They also love vegetables and might inspire picky kids to try new foods! However, they might start to squeak if they smell someone snacking on carrots in class! 

 

- Rabbits: Although fluffy and often friendly, bunnies require more frequent cage cleanings and male rabbits can even spray their urine outside of the cage. They are fascinating to watch hop around, but they also love to chew wood, cords, and sometimes plastic- so make sure to bunnyproof the room before letting your furry friend out! 

 

- Lizards: The friendliest and easiest lizard for a class pet is a Bearded Dragon. They are usually very comfortable being handled and enjoy the heat from warm hands. Beardies are omnivores so students can have fun feeding them greens and worms! 

 

And if your classroom is already too full for a permanent resident- Tiny Tails to You loves visiting classrooms to teach kids of all ages about the wonderful animals we work with.  

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