Exotic Pet Services

Let’s face it: some pets need extra special care! Exotic pets may not be the traditional choice, but they are certainly just as deserving of care. These birds, small mammals, reptiles and other critters have very specific needs. Without the right diet and home environment, they may become ill or develop a disease. A veterinarian who specializes in exotic pets will prevent, diagnose and treat injuries and health issues that may arise.

Furry, Feathered and Scaled Friends

Exotic pet vets specialize in:

  • Birds
  • Rabbits
  • Ferrets
  • Chinchillas
  • Guinea pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Gerbils
  • Snakes
  • Lizards
  • Iguanas
  • Bearded dragons
  • Skinks
  • Chameleons 
  • Hedgehogs
  • Rats and mice
  • Spiders
  • Frogs and toads
  • Tortoises and turtles
  • Sugar gliders
  • Pot-bellied pigs

Although some veterinarians possess experience caring for various exotic species, you can also search for someone who frequently cares for your type of pet. For example, one veterinarian may have more experience with birds in particular, or with bearded dragons, or with rabbits, etc.

Exotic Pet Veterinary Services

Veterinary services suited to non-traditional pets include:

  • First-time health exam after pet adoption or purchase
  • Routine wellness exams
  • Diagnosis of health conditions or injury
  • Diagnostic imaging, including x-rays and ultrasound
  • Husbandry/habitat/diet guidance 
  • Anesthesia
  • Sexing (identifying male or female sex)
  • Toenail trims
  • Wing clipping
  • Beak trimming
  • Emergency care

An especially important exotic pet appointment is a wellness checkup right after you adopt the animal. This visit allows the veterinarian to establish the baseline health and any current medical needs of your pet. Establishing a baseline helps the vet monitor your pet’s health in the years ahead.

Guidance for Exotic Pet Husbandry

Husbandry refers to the care and management of your pet’s diet, health, habitat, living environment, etc. Most exotic pets have very specific requirements related to diet, climate, light, socialization and grooming. Of course, books and the internet are great places to start researching your pet’s needs. But the veterinarian can provide you with the latest information and make sure you know how to give your exotic friend the best life possible. Exotic species can live quite a long time, so you are making a multi-year, possibly multiple decades-long, decision. Making sure your pet is set up for a long, healthy and happy life will be a positive thing for you and your bird, reptile, rodent or other exotic creature.

Get Started Today

If you have an exotic pet, contact an experienced veterinarian to keep it happy and healthy. Whether you are looking for a first-time wellness check, treatment of an injury or illness, or have some other need, the veterinarian can assist you.

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