Services for Exotic Animals
Nowadays, people keep much more than just cats or dogs as pets. It’s common to hear about pet birds, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, and even ferrets, hedgehogs and sugar gliders! These are all considered “exotic animals.”
Reptiles (snakes, lizards, turtles, iguanas, geckos, etc.) also make fascinating pets, but it’s important to know that they have relatively demanding habitat and dietary needs. Every animal needs an environment and a varied diet that is tailored to its specific needs.
Feel free to ask us for advice—we’re here to help!
When to visit a veterinarian
You should come in for a veterinary examination after you buy your new pet. After this initial visit, we recommend annual checkups.
What to expect during your pet’s annual exam
The annual exam is the time for your veterinarian to perform blood work and stool analysis to check for intestinal parasites. They may also take X-rays to confirm whether your animal’s growth and development are on track.
Could my exotic animal be carrying a disease like salmonella?
The vast majority of reptiles (90%) are carriers of bacteria, including salmonella. These bacteria won’t make your animal sick, but they can be dangerous for young children, pregnant women, the elderly or anyone with a weakened immune system. You should always thoroughly wash your hands after handling reptiles, their habitat or anything they’ve come into contact with.
For more information about reptiles :
- Bearded Dragon
- Boa Constrictor
- Box Tortoise
- Crested Gecko
- Golden Tegu
- Green Iguana
- Leopard Gecko
- Nile Monitor
- Pink Tarentula
- Red-eared Turtle
- Red-eyed Tree Frog
- Royal Python
- Water Dragon
- Wheat Snake
- Yemen Helmet Chameleon