Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital

Exotic Pet Care

Dr. Lynn Buonasera is experienced to offer general wellness care for exotic pets at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Buonasera will see birds, rodents, and small mammals of all types. She will also see some farm animals and wildlife. Please give us a call and ask if you are unsure if your pet can be seen at our veterinary facility. Available services include wellness visits, sick exams, diagnostics and viral testing, and wing, claw, and beak trimmings.

Wellness Visits

Birds, rodents, and small mammals require different care than cats and dogs; however, regular wellness visits are equally as important! In fact, Dr. Buonasera’s first tip to all exotic pet parents is to schedule routine annual or semi-annual check-ups.

Wellness visits are preventative and keep pets healthy and thriving. This is especially true for exotic pets because these animals oftentimes hide symptoms of disease, or common signs of illness are unrecognizable to their caretakers.

Plus, bringing your exotic pet to see Dr. Buonasera at least once a year gives exotic pet parents the opportunity to ask questions about their pet’s health and unique needs, such as specific environmental and nutritional requirements, behavioral concerns, parasite prevention, dental care, and more.

We ask that you please bring a fresh stool sample and any medical information you have to your exotic pet’s wellness visit. Please also come ready to discuss your pet’s environment, such as cage size, cage temperature, and bedding brands, as well as nutritional information such as diet, food brands, medications, etc.

Sick Exams

Exotic pets experience different species-specific signs of illness. Dr. Buonasera is trained to detect signs of illness early on that may indicate a health concern in your furry, feathered, or scaled friend.

If your pet is feeling under the weather, we will assess their vitals, skin condition, pulmonary health, bone and joint health, dental health, and more to pinpoint the root of the concern. In some cases, diagnostic imaging and viral testing may be necessary to make the most accurate diagnosis.

If you are concerned about your exotic pet’s health or notice a sudden change in appearance or behavior, please do not hesitate to call and schedule an appointment.


Dr. Buonasera is happy to perform nail, beak, and wing trimmings to keep your exotic pet comfortable, as well as safeguard other people and your home.

Grooming exotic pets is not always an easy task, but it is important to their wellbeing. It prevents physical discomfort, and helps Dr. Buonasera to identify potential parasites, skin conditions, and more.

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Located directly East of Oakhurst Bay and Crossing at the Narrows on the corner of Park Blvd N and Oakhurst Rd.

Phone: 727-391-9784

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Kennel Phone: 727-397-8844

Grooming Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday: 7:30am-5:00pm

Boarding Hours:
Monday-Friday: 7:30am-5:30pm
Saturday: 7:30am-5pm
Sunday: 3pm-4pm (pick-ups only)

Daycare Hours:
Monday-Friday: 7:30am-5:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed