About Florida Pets

Welcome to the Florida Pet Book

Cat Photo by Valerie
Photo: Valerie

Compared to other U.S states, Florida does not have the highest percentage of households that own pets but pet companion ownership continues to grow. The southeastern state is also a top destination to travel with a four-legged friend.

When we decided to completely update this website, we wanted to provide millions of pet owners in the state of Florida with useful information on how to choose the right companion for them and how to properly take care of a pet. The articles can be a valuable resource for people having dogs, cats and exotic pets at home.

Popular Florida Pets

Almost 50 percent of Florida households include a pet. Half of them have a dog. Roughly 63 000 families in Florida own fish as pet, 32 000 keep birds, 12 000 are taking care of rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs and hamsters. Only 6 300 households have chosen lizards, snakes, turtles, and other reptiles for a pet companion. A fascinating fact is that almost 80 percent of people consider their domesticated animals to be an integral part of the family. They call themselves pet parents.

When speaking about popular Florida pets, the traditional favorites are dogs and cats. But there has been a growing interest in adopting exotic animals as pets. For example, reptiles have become increasingly typical as pets.

Specific Requirements

According to Florida legislation, domestic pets need regular tests and vaccines. There are special requirements on taking care of pets. For example, puppies, kitties, and some exotic animals like ferrets must be vaccinated against viruses. Apart from the specific documentation and official certificates of veterinary inspection, canine should be licensed annually.
Domestic animals are allowed to live in residential properties and must wear their tags all the time. Most of the popular pet companions need to have free run of the house. Of course, not all wild creatures can be walked and the giant snakes are among the reptiles that must be kept in enclosure all the time.

Pets are not permitted to range free off your courtyard. Many people claim that domestic pets that walk freely can harm the natural wildlife. If your domestic animals are well-behaved, they can be walked in Florida public parks. They are not permitted on beaches or playground areas.

Health Care

Since the weather in the Sunshine state features high temperatures, it is very important to keep dogs, cats and exotics cool. We strongly recommend Florida pet parents to provide plenty of water available, especially when leaving their companions alone. It is not a good idea to leave a pet in a car in a warm day.

Even in a house, pets like the chinchilla may suffer from heat exhaustion. As the other animals, these fluffy rodents are not able to sweat. If they do not have a fresh air to breathe, they can suffer due to the excessive heat. In summer, Florida pets definitely need to stay in an air conditioned area. If you see any signs of heat exhaustion, you have to seek medical care.

Before you buy a pet, consider the expenditures. Depending on the type of your future pet you will spend money on food (40 percent of the monthly costs), accessories and vitamins (25%) and on veterinary care (35%). Some future pet owners underestimate the costs of pet ownership that is why many animals are discarded later when their maintenance become too expensive. So, do not expect the pet care to be inexpensively.

Where to Buy a Pet?

Many people prefer to buy a pet from breeders. Some people claim that pet stores keep puppies and kittens in poor conditions. If you breed or sell pets, you must have a special license.

Visit our web site for extensive information on Florida pets and their specific needs in this Sunshine state. Use our expert tips for healthier and happier coexistence with your pets. Learn about basic needs of dogs, cats, exotic rodents, reptiles and birds.