General Exotic Care
All exotic animals require regular veterinary care to monitor general health. Exotic pets are even more sensitive to habitat and diet than our dogs and cats. Veterinarians can make sure you are providing the appropriate habitat, including level of humidity, UV light supplementation, and proper temperature regulation as well as an appropriate and varied diet.
Your exotic pet should be examined every year to find any abnormalities early in the course of the disease and address changes that need to be made. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are common health concerns for exotic animals and can be life threatening if they go undiagnosed. Feel free to call anytime to schedule a visit.
Birds require regular wing, nail, and beak trims. These can be performed without an examination. Monitor your bird’s beak for excessive flakiness, misalignment, and overgrowth. These all require care by a veterinarian if seen. Trimming a birds wings should only be performed by an experienced person. Trimming the wrong feathers and trimming them too short can lead to falls and broken bones.
A bird will naturally gravitate toward a seed diet but a seed only diet is lacking in many essential vitamins and is too high in fat. Seeds can be offered as treats but should not comprise the maintenance diet. A well balanced high-quality pellet diet should be fed, such as Harrison’s (offered at Academy Pet Hospital) and Lafeber’s. Your veterinarian can walk you through transitioning a bird to a pellet diet. Never stop feeding seed and only offer pellets without a structured transition period.
There are many safety concerns when it comes to taking care of a bird. Predatory animals in the home, lead based paints and metal, non-stick pans, air fresheners, strings, and food toxins are only a few of the potential dangers. We can sex your bird with feather testing if you would like to know if he is a female or male. This can affect how you care for you bird and whether egg laying will be a concern.
All reptiles and amphibians are very sensitive to the habitat provided for them. They can become very ill and have life threatening complications from not being provided appropriate humidity, temperatures, UVA and UVB supplementation, and substrate.
The main cause of illness in captive herps is improper husbandry (habitat and diet). Please bring any newly acquired reptile or amphibian in for an exam and to discuss care right away. You can save your pet from many illnesses if you provided the proper care from the start. If you have had your pet for a long time it is never too late to improve their care. A wellness exam can be scheduled to address all aspects of care.
Exotic Mammal Care
Our exotic mammals seen at Academy Pet Hospital range from sugar gliders, hedge hogs, pot-bellied pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, sugar gliders, ferrets, and rodents. Each species varies in what they require for vaccination (ferrets, pigs), diet, and housing. Some of these mammals benefit from spaying and/or neutering. You can schedule a wellness exam to discuss the care you are providing at home and any surgical procedures. An estimate for spay/neutering can be given at the time of examination. Feel free to call with any further questions.