Exotic Pet Care


Do you prefer your animal companion to be covered in feathers or scales? Is the company of an exotic creature something you relish?

At American Veterinary Hospital, we recognize that not everyone chooses a dog or cat as their pet. We also understand that birds, reptiles and exotics have special needs and requirements to keep them happy and healthy. Our doctors and staff are fully trained in exotic pet care. We can answer any questions you may have about a new or existing pet.

Just as dogs and cats have very different health care needs, other species also have very specific veterinary needs. For instance, a canary has very different care needs than those of a parrot. A sugar glider’s needs are not the same as those of a hedgehog. Hamsters and rats may both be rodents, but their nutritional and veterinary requirements vary. Even the way certain animals are handled and respond to their environments will differ. An exotic animal vet needs specialized equipment to provide adequate care and assistants who are trained in the handling of these special creatures.

At American Veterinary Hospital, we treat all kinds of exotic animals including:

  • Birds
  • Rats
  • Hamsters
  • Ferrets
  • Snakes
  • Lizards
  • Chinchillas
  • Gerbils
  • Guinea pigs
  • Rabbits
  • Sugar gliders
  • Turtles
  • Other reptiles

The extensive list of exotic pet care services we offer includes, but is not limited to:

  • Boarding
  • Wing, beak, and nail trims for birds
  • Wellness exams
  • Emergency and critical care
  • X-rays and blood work
  • Habitat setup and maintenance
  • Dietary needs and supplements

For best results, we recommend bringing your pocket pet, bird, or other exotic companion in for a checkup as soon as possible. This will allow us to verify his or her health and look for any signs of illness.Bringing your new pet in will also provide the opportunity to discuss things like diet, habitat and other important matters. Finally, a checkup for a new pet also protects your health, since exotics can sometimes carry diseases that are contagious to humans.

Choosing to own an exotic pet requires a special kind of owner, one that can afford to commit the time to provide the appropriate care. These animals make very rewarding companions but it’s important to remember that because they are not a typical pet, they have special needs. We can provide the guidance, advice and support you need to help your unique pet thrive. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.


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