Exotic pets are becoming more and more popular. It is important to learn what the different needs of these pets are as a pet owner. At Care Animal Hospital we care for many different types of exotic pets, and we will be happy to work with you to be sure you have all of the information you need to keep your pet healthy and happy.
Avian Veterinary Services
Birds are usually pretty good at hiding their illnesses, so it’s important for the pet owner to pay attention to their behavior. Some common indicators that your bird may not be feeling well include a change in appetite or water consumption, or a noticeable difference in droppings (wetness, color) or physical appearance (fluffed up, less talkative). With birds, time is of the essence when they require medical assistance. That is why it’s extremely important that your feathered companion comes in twice a year for checkups so we can keep them healthy and happy!
Pocket Pet Services
Although small animals like hamsters, guinea pigs, and ferrets may not require much outdoor exercise, they still have the potential to get diseases.
Respiratory (breathing) problems are very common, and also very dangerous since it is through their sense of smell that they can tell where their food and friends are. If you notice your pocket pet experiencing any loss of appetite, diarrhea, trouble breathing, or hiding from other pets in its living space, they may be sick. And if they live with a colony of other pocket pets, there is a significant chance that they may also be infected, which may require that the entire family be treated for the same illness.
Reptile Veterinary Services
Did you know that our exotic pets could contract all the same types of disease as humans? Unfortunately, when they get sick, giving them a box of Kleenex probably won’t help much. Scheduling routine examinations for your reptile will allow our highly trained staff to assess your pet’s current health and identify potential future health concerns. Mild behavior changes can turn into big problems fast, and since reptiles are great at hiding health problems, regular examinations are essential.
It’s critical to your reptile’s health and happiness that they live in an environment with the appropriate light to specifically meet the needs of the species. During your pet’s exam, we’ll be happy to discuss its’ current living space arrangements and provide recommendations to help you achieve the best set up to avoid any problems.
Many reptiles get sick due to a poor diet. Each species has its own special diet and often does not receive the required amount of nutrients needed to maintain proper health that could lead to Metabolic Bone Disease. For this very reason, it is extremely important to not let the reptile choose its own food. We offer recommendations on diets and have mineral and nutritional supplements for reptiles to help prevent any nutritional-related diseases.