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EXOTIC CARE

SMALL MAMMALS / “POCKET PETS”

  We are currently providing comprehensive medical and surgical care to all small mammals.


Preventative Care

  Exotic pets require routine preventative care too. Here are some of the common needs of these small furry pets:

  • Post purchase exam - Recommended and often required by most sellers within 48 hours to ensure the health of your new pet.  The “new pet” exam is critical to detect signs of disease and help new pet owners get started on the right foot. So many problems are caused by misinformation; the first veterinary visit can help prevent well-intentioned owners from doing the wrong thing and ultimately contributing to the pet’s early death.
  • Annual health exams – Physical exam and fecal check for intestinal parasites.
  • FERRETS – Need to be kept current on rabies and ferret distemper vaccines.
  • Teeth trimming – May be needed in hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, chinchillas, etc that are not able to wear down their teeth naturally for a variety of reasons.
  • Nail trims – Needed on any pet that is not wearing down its nails naturally. Nail trims are often needed on guinea pigs, and rabbits.

How can I tell if my exotic pet is sick?

  Signs of disease in exotic small animals may be specific for a certain disease or organ system. Most commonly, however, signs are vague and non-specific, such as a pet with anorexia (lack of appetite) and lethargy, which can be seen with many diseases including pneumonia, cancer, kidney or liver failure. ANY deviation from normal should be a cause for concern and requires immediate evaluation by your veterinarian.

  Regardless of any signs of disease in your pet, pet store antibiotics are ineffective against diseases of pocket pets and should NEVER be used. Many antibiotics can be fatal to certain types of exotic pets, so it is important that your veterinarian examine the pet and choose an appropriate antibiotic if needed.


AVIAN / BIRDS

  At this time we are offering wing and nail trims ONLY for our feathered friends; we are not accepting SICK birds.

  Wing and nail trim appointments must be made for Mondays between 8:30am and 5:30pm, Tuesdays from 2pm to 4:30pm, Wednesdays between 12pm and 6:30pm, some Thursday mornings, and Fridays from 2pm to 5:30pm.


REPTILES

  We are not seeing any reptiles at this time.


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