Exotic pets and birds are also important members of many people’s families and we want to make sure that they are treated with as much love, care, and compassion as our canine and feline family members. We provide state-of-the-art care for a variety of exotics including small rodents, reptiles, guinea pigs, rabbits, and ferrets. Our goal is to provide routine preventative care in a stress-free environment.
Most exotic pets are able to hide the signs and symptoms of underlying disease because it is considered a weakness out in the wild which could increase their risk of becoming prey. This is why our doctors recommend bringing your exotic pets in for annual examinations. These examinations are used to evaluate your pet’s overall health and to check for any abnormalities, weight changes, and varying nutritional needs. When any of these conditions occur and are apparent to their pet parents, the disease has already progressed significantly making it difficult to treat. Birds, in particular, are sensitive to health conditions and will drop weight quickly when something is not right. This initial weight loss may not be visible which makes annual visits so important for their health.
If you are adding an exotic pet to your family, it is important for them to receive a new pet exam because it will help us create a baseline of health for your new family member. This also provides an opportunity to ask any questions and get counseling on the specific needs your new pet will require to obtain and maintain a long and healthy life. The new pet exam would include:
- A complete physical examination
- Husbandry and nutritional counseling
- Disease screening
- as well as any laboratory testing that may be needed
We recommend that you come in for a new pet exam as soon as you add an exotic pet to your family so we can start building a relationship and understanding of your pet’s needs from the beginning.