Cockatiel

About Cockatiels Cockatiels are among the most popular pet birds. Small parrots with a variety of color patterns and a crest, they are attractive as well as friendly and easy to tame. Because of their small size, cockatiel care and taming is easier than some other parrot species. They are capable of mimicking speech, although…

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About Betta Fish Betta fish, also known as siamese fighting fish are surface breeders that are most comfortable to live in small pockets of water. With their vibrant colors and long, flowing tails, Betta fish are thought by many to be some of the nicest looking freshwater fish around. Max Size: 2-3 Inches Life Span:…

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Bearded Dragon

About Bearded Dragons Bearded Dragons make a wonderful pet for both beginners and advanced reptile keepers. Sleep Pattern: Diurnal Max Size: 12-18 Inches, half of which is tail. Life Span: 3-10 Years with proper care. Habitat Requirements for a Bearded Dragon The adult should live in at least a 40-65 gallon breeder tank. One side…

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Ball Python Snake

About Ball Pythons Named because of the way they coil up into a tight ball when they feel threatened. Fairly docile and easily handled, they can become stressed so make sure they have a safe haven to hide. Sleep Pattern: Nocturnal Max Size: 3-5 Feet, 1 foot per year for the first 3 years. Life…

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Aquariums give us the opportunity to bring a vibrant yet tranquil ecosystem into our homes.  Kids and adults alike enjoy watching the fish as they effortlessly glide through the water.  Science has even shown that at home, aquariums have several health benefits, including reducing stress.  Live or Artificial Aquarium Plants When deciding how to set…

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01How To Prevent Dehydration02Stay Cool While Having Fun03Tip Top Health04Flea & Tick Prevention Summer has finally arrived in Chicagoland and we can’t wait to indulge in some fun in the sun with our furry friends! When we feel the heat, it is easy to remember what to do to keep ourselves safe under the sun.…

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Dog in flower field scratching his ear.

The days are just barely getting longer and the weather a little warmer- SPRING IS ON ITS WAY! As we begin to daydream about spending more time outside, it’s important to remember that we aren’t the only ones who enjoy the spring weather. Insect populations – including FLEAS and TICKS – begin to flourish, which…

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It is nearing the end of winter in Chicagoland, which means everyone is getting a little bored and stir crazy being cooped up inside- including our pets. You might have noticed that Fido has been a little more destructive lately or getting into things that normally go untouched. Or maybe Fluffy has been clawing up…

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Dog giving owner kisses.

There is just something special about sweet puppy kisses that’s most people just can’t seem to get enough of. But what if your dog’s breath has taken a turn for the worst? Those sweet, sloppy kisses have turned into a lick of swamp breath. Sometimes a temporary change in breath odor can be related to…

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Dog in grass and scratching

Itch & Irritation Relief There are shampoos like Zymox or Clinical Care that can offer some topical relief. They contain hydro-cortisone and lidocaine to relieve itching, scratching and pain due to hot spots and irritated skin. If your pet opens the skin, this can lead to staff and fungal infections.  A product like Clinical Care…

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Enter Our Dirty Dog Contest Below! As we enter a season of snow and cold (or rain on warmer days), our dogs still have to go outdoors for their business. The problem then comes when they return inside and bring in more of the outside than you ever wanted in your home! Whether they’ve gone…

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Armadillo Girdled Lizard

About Armadillo Jones Lizards Subtropical lizard often found in South America. They are docile and tolerate handling, the more you handle them the better. This is best with warm hands. They are a social lizard so having one male with more than one female is often done. They bear live young, an unusual trait in…

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Summer Heat Can be Very Dangerous to Your Pets! Summertime means outdoor activities, and we like to spend time with our pets at the same time. But we need to be careful about how the heat affects our dear pets. Dogs and cats do not have the efficient ‘cooling system’ that us humans have: sweat.…

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Love Bird Care

Lovebirds are a small, stocky variety of parrot, generally growing to be 5-7″, with a large beak. They usually live up to 10-12 years, but have been recorded to live as long as 25 years on occasion. Lovebirds are best kept in pairs, as they are very social and affectionate. If only raising one lovebird,…

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Sulcata tortoises grow rapidly for the first 5-10 years, and then their growth slows with age. They can live more than 70 years. At full maturity, tortoises can exceed 70, 90, even 100 lbs. The Sulcata tortoise is also known as the African spurred tortoise. It is recommended that you soak baby sulcata tortoises in shallow, warm water…

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A hermit crab can live up to an astounding 25 years! They begin about the size of a marble and can grow to be the size of a baseball. Hermit crabs are happiest and best-kept in pairs at the least, as they are actually quite social. They should not be kept in captivity with other…

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An adult corn snake can grow to be 4-6 feet in length and live, on average,  6-8 years, but in captivity can live to be up to 23 years old. Habitat Adult corn snakes need a cage at least the size of a 20-gallon long aquarium. 85° F is perfect, and room temperatures (low 70s) are…

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Adult females are typically 7 to 8″ in total length, and males are 8 to 10″ total length. A healthy male Jackson’s chameleon will likely live 8-10 years. The females, however, will only live approximately 4-5 years. Habitat Screen cages are ideal, and should be a minimum of 3 foot tall by 2 foot square. Ficus tree, pothos,…

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A Veiled Chameleon will live approximately 5 years in captivity, possibly 8 years for males. Adult males can reach 18-24 inches in total length (about 12 inches snout to vent length), while females tend to be quite a bit smaller at 10-13 inches (just 4-6 inches in snout to vent length). Habitat A very tall enclosure…

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Adult anoles grow to be 5-8 inches long, both males and females. In captivity they can live about 7 years Habitat Being a smaller lizard than most of the geckos, an anole will be comfortable in a 10 gallon screen-top tank. We recommend the use of Eco Earth (made from coconut fiber) or Jungle Mix…

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Adults can live for 10 years or more. Golden geckos reach an adult length of around 7-8 inches, though females tend to be a bit smaller than males. Habitat A 20 gallon tall terrarium is sufficient for a golden gecko. Reptile bark or shredded coconut fiber bedding are great for the bottom of the enclosure.…

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Adult Crested Geckos grow to be about 8 inches long, with a snout-to-vent length (SVL) of about 4 to 4.5 inches. In many cases, they can live 15 to 20 years in captivity. Habitat An adult crested gecko should be housed in a 20-gallon tank with screen top. Temperature should be maintained at 78 to…

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Giant Day Geckos are active mostly during the day. Adult males can reach 1 foot in total length, females are typically 1 – 2 inches smaller. Average lifespan is between 6 and 8 years. Habitat Screen and glass enclosures measuring 24″ tall by 24″ long by 12″ wide will comfortably house an adult pair. Bamboo has been a long-time…

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We Want YOU to Foster a Rescue! ATTR, Alsip to the Rescue is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization! While we are still partnering with them and their biggest supporter, they are now a separate entity, operating independantly of our stores. To date ATTR has saved the lives of over 1800 dogs and cats! Fostering is…

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So many people have asked us what they can do to help with our rescue cause, which has since inspired us to create Alsip to the Rescue! Adoption Center T-shirts. They are now on sale in-store and online for a $16.99 donation. All of the profits go towards the health and rehabilitation of deserving dogs and…

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“Nevaeh” Saturday May 17, 2014, Alsip Home and Nursery was filled with carts filled with plants and pet supplies.  What I thought to be a regular day in the Pet Department was about to change in a matter of a second. With the turn of a door handle it became the most beautiful heartfelt moment one could…

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Two of Alsip pet department employees took “Alsip to the Rescue “ to a whole new level. This past week our rescued Lab Mix “Mama” found an awesome new family. For the first time she actually played with another dog, walked outside without cowering, and she even stayed out of her security crate for an…

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About Beautiful turquoise bodies with orange spots and big gold eyes make the Tokay look very appealing. They are very vocal and make sounds similar to “to-kay” as to where the name derives. They are not friendly like the more common Leopard, Day or House gecko species. In fact they will let you know who…

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About Commonly bred in captivity as they are considered threatened in the wild. An adult red tailed boa can weight up to fifty pounds.  Habitat 10-20 gallon aquarium for juveniles and 10 square feet of floor space for an adult. A very secure lid is a necessity. Use a large water dish as they often…

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About The Plated Lizard is a calm lizard, found in Africa. It is very easy to accustom to frequent handling. This lizard will lose its tail to ward off predation and is skilled at wedging itself in tight spaces for escape. They are quick despite their stubby legs. Max Size 12-18 Inches Life Span 4-10…

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