Caring for an exotic pet is incredibly different from a cat or dog. However, it is a labour of love! Exotic pets cover a range of shapes, sizes, and species. Hedgehogs, ferrets, lizards, and sugar gliders are some of the most popular examples. We can support you in caring for your exotic pet's housing, nutritional, and medical needs.
Do exotic pets get sick?
Exotic pets, like any other animal, can get sick. However, the ways they behave when they have an illness might look different in comparison to other pets. Hiding their pain is a defensive mechanism they use in the wild to protect them from predators. This trait is less helpful when a pet owner is trying to determine signs of an illness. Try your best to closely monitor your pet, paying close attention to subtle changes in their typical behaviour. Routine wellness exams can also help us detect early signs of health concerns before they worsen. Exotic pets should have a routine visit at least once a year. Senior exotic pets should see us at least twice per year. Routine veterinary care helps us provide your pet with the best possible quality of life. To book your pet's next wellness exam, please contact us at 709-256-3891.
What does a wellness exam include?
During your pet's wellness exam, we'll often ask questions about their daily routines, perform a physical exam, and share recommendations on how to care for them at home. For example, your pet's cage or tank should be modelled after their natural habitat. If your pet is expected to get bigger, investing in housing that grows with them will be a more comfortable environment in the long term. For the most part, you should avoid giving your pet human food, excluding cooked meats, fresh fruits, or vegetables. It's always best to mention foods you could be unsure of with our veterinary team. During your pet's physical exam, we assess their:
- Activity level
- External body parts