American Veterinary Hospital

2109 Tapo Street #3
Simi Valley, CA 93063

(805) 581-9111


Monday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am-3:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Friday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Saturday: 8:30am-4:00pm

Tips for Choosing an Exotic Pet

Are you drawn to exotic and unusual pets? Exotic pets, like ferrets, hedgehogs, chinchillas, and some reptiles, can make great animal companions. Adopting a new is a big decision, though, so you want to be sure to think things through carefully before making your decision. If you’re considering adopting an unusual pet, read on for some great tips from a Moorpark, CA vet on choosing an exotic pet.

Do Your Research

Some exotics have very specific care requirements, and require quite a bit of daily work. They can also be quite expensive to care for. Before adopting an exotic pet, make sure that you can provide that animal with great care, a good diet, a comfortable habitat, and proper veterinary care. Do plenty of research before you make a final decision! Ask your vet for specific advice.

Buy Responsibly

Unfortunately, the sale of exotic animals is not always done responsibly. While there are some reputable sellers and breeders out there, others are much more concerned with making a profit than with doing what’s in the animal’s best interests. In fact, many animals are cruelly taken from their native habitats, and offered for sale illegally. This is bad for both the pet and for fragile ecosystems! Get your pet from a conscientious breeder or store.

Find A Veterinarian

Our animal companions all need proper veterinary care in order to thrive. Make sure that you will be able to provide your pet with regular care from a qualified local veterinarian.

Consider The Commitment

Adopting an animal is a lifelong committment. Before making a final decision, make sure that you can commit to caring for that pet for its entire lifespan. While this applies to all pets, it’s particularly crucial with exotics, as they can be very difficult to rehome. It’s also important to find out what your potential pet’s expected lifespan is. Some animals may only live a few years, but that isn’t always the case.

Don’t Buy On Impulse

If you love animals, like us, it may not take much for a cute pet to melt your heart. However, adopting an exotic pet is definitely not something to take casually. After all, an animal’s life and well-being are at stake! Take time to think things over.

Do you have questions about caring for an exotic pet? Please contact us, your Moorpark, CA pet hospital, anytime.

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