Exotic Pet Care
Our veterinarians are experienced in the care of a variety of exotic companion animals, including birds, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, iguanas, rabbits, and snakes. We provide general care, as well as diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical services for these special pets.
Our favorite feathered friends need proper care and nutrition to live long, healthy lives. We recommend you bring your bird in for an initial check-up, then come in once a year to make sure he or she is still doing well. During your yearly visit, your veterinarian will examine the beak, nails, and feathers for signs of concern. When you prioritize regular visits, you help your veterinarian catch diseases and problems early, when then tend to be the easiest to treat.
If you notice any concerning signs at home, call us as soon as possible. A bird that isn’t grooming itself correctly, appears ruffled, or has missing or unruly feathers is probably sick. Other signs of illness are changes in eating or sleeping habits, difficulty breathing, and abnormal droppings. It can be hard to tell if a bird is sick, so if you notice your feathered friend acting unusual or things just don’t seem right, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us.
We offer a wide range of avian medicine services, including:
- Nutritional counseling
- Health assessments
- Grooming assistance
- Fecal parasite testing
- Annual physicals
- Wing clipping
- Toenail trims
- Beak trims
If you have any concerns about your rabbit’s health, contact us right away. Our veterinary team is prepared to treat a variety of diseases and conditions, including overgrown teeth, hairballs, parasites, and cancer. Rabbits are quite good at hiding signs of illness or pain, so contact us if your rabbit shows any of the following signs:
- Discharge from the eyes or nose, runny stool, or a gurgling stomach
- Elevated or low temperature
- Drooling, scratching at the ears, or sneezing
- Starts tilting his or her head
- Bald patches in the fur
- Abnormal behavior, such as refusing to eat or appearing unusually quiet
We also highly recommend spaying (female) or neutering (male) your rabbit. Even if you only have one rabbit, spaying or neutering has many benefits, such as:
- Decreasing the risk of several types of cancer
- Reducing or eliminating aggression
- Preventing unwanted mating behaviors, including spraying, mounting, chewing, and biting
Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters
Even our smallest furry friends can benefit from regular veterinary attention. Gerbils, guinea pigs, and hamsters all can suffer from health issues that can often be resolved with a little extra care from a trained veterinarian. Please call us if your pet stops eating, loses weight, appears quieter than usual, has discharge from the eyes or nose, or develops a lump on his or her body.
We also provide teeth trimming for pets that require it, as teeth never stop growing in gerbils, guinea pigs, and hamsters. In addition, we can recommend appropriate chew toys to help keep the teeth worn down.
Just like other pets, you can keep your ferret healthy by bringing him or her in at least once a year for a wellness check-up. Regular visits help us detect any changes in your pet’s health so that we can prevent or catch diseases early. Ferrets can also benefit from vaccinations and monthly parasite preventatives. Your veterinarian can help you decide if these options are right for your pet.
We also strongly recommend spaying (female) or neutering (male) your ferret. Spaying or neutering your ferret has many benefits for their health and behavior.
Ferrets can suffer from a variety of health problems, including gastrointestinal disease, parasites, and cancer. Please contact us if you notice any concerning changes in your pet’s health or behavior. This includes:
- Hair loss
- Lack of appetite
- Trouble breathing
- Black ear wax
- Discharge from the eyes or nose
- Unusual lumps or swelling
- Increase in aggression or sexual behavior (especially in neutered males)
Our veterinarians are highly experienced in the treatment of many of these conditions and are committed to helping your ferret feel happy and healthy again.