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Should you get another bird? If you're the happy owner of a pet parrot, you've probably pondered the possibility of getting it a cage companion. But are two birds twice as nice or double the trouble? That depends on many factors, say the experts. Ask Mina Tweti, the Los Angeles-based author of the newly published "Of Parrots and People'' (Viking, 2008), and she'll tell you that getting anot...

Petland
(954) 668-2750
356 North University Drive
Pembroke Pines, FL
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Pet's Raw Edge LLC
(305) 386-6556
11500 sw 131 ave
Miami, FL

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PetSmart
(786) 275-8300
8241 W Flagler St Ste 101
Miami, FL
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Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

PETCO
(305) 665-7335
6200 South Dixie Highway
South Miami, FL
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Monday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
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PetSmart
(305) 573-8026
3101 N Miami Ave, Suite 110
Miami, FL
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Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
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PetSmart
(954) 920-7658
4101 Oakwood Boulevard
Hollywood, FL
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GreenDoggieBags.com
(954) 873-2701
Biscayne Blvd Suite 403
Aventura, FL

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PetSmart
(305) 448-4403
3301 Southwest 22nd Street
Coral Gables, FL
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Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

PETCO
(305) 468-9012
1635 NW 107th Avenue
Doral, FL
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Monday: 10:00am-9:00pm
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PETCO
(305) 531-1678
1121 5th Street
Miami Beach, FL
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Should You Get Another Bird?

By Erik J. Martin for WebVet

If you're the happy owner of a pet parrot, you've probably pondered the possibility of getting it a cage companion. But are two birds twice as nice or double the trouble? That depends on many factors, say the experts.

Ask Mina Tweti, the Los Angeles-based author of the newly published "Of Parrots and People'' (Viking, 2008), and she'll tell you that getting another feathered friend for your bird is a usually good idea, provided you choose the second parrot carefully and have the time and temperament to care for two birds properly.

"Research shows that the single best enrichment for a pet parrot is another parrot,'' Tweti said. "From the moment a parrot hatches in the wild until the day they die, they are typically never out of eyesight or earshot of another parrot, which is why their voices are so loud. They're always surrounded by their flocks, mates and family unit.''

Kristen L. Nelson, DVM, Veterinary Creative, in Scottsdale, Ariz., agrees that acquiring a companion bird for your pet parrot is a good idea.

"I believe birds like having other birds around for company,'' Nelson said. "I advise clients to get two birds, although most live in separate cages. If they are of the same species, they may be introduced.''

When two's a crowd

Not all bird experts agree that pairing a parrot with another is the best decision, however. Dr. Greg J. Harrison, DVM, said that it's "not critical to get a second bird for y...

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Opinion Corner
Pet Owners in Florida shared their opinions about Pet Owner Survey
Do you own any pets?
Yes: 93%
No: 6%
What type(s) of pet(s) do you own? (Select all that apply)
Dog: 73%
Cat: 38%
Bird: 8%
Small pet (e.g. rabbit, hamster, ferret): 9%
Exotic pet (snake, lizard): 9%
Fish: 17%
Horse: 1%
Pig: 0%
Other farm animal: 0%
Other: 2%
What types of pet information do you most frequently seek out on the Internet? (Select all that apply)
Health-related symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, limping, etc.): 40%
In-depth information about your pet's health (allergies, ticks and fleas, nutrition, etc.): 42%
Cute pet pictures or funny videos: 38%
Pets in the News (hero stories, photo contests, etc.): 21%
Breed information or place to adopt a pet: 26%
Finding a vet for your pet: 21%
Alerts (pet food recalls, seasonal alerts, etc.): 26%
Other: 13%
How important is it that the medical/health-related content you find is veterinarian-approved?
Not at all important: 1%
Not that important: 6%
Neutral: 22%
Important: 42%
Very important: 28%
Source: Survey.com
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