Exotic Animal Care at Seneca Animal Hospital
Exotic veterinarian services are becoming more needed as a growing number of people are now becoming owners of exotic and non-traditional pets. While most people think veterinarians work exclusively with dogs and cats or livestock, exotic veterinarians have specialized training in treating exotic pets, such as birds, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals. With all types of exotic pets, we are able to provide minor surgery of various types, issue vaccinations if appropriate, and perform basic emergency medical care.
Types of Exotic Animals We Treat at Seneca Animal Hospital
Every type of rare, exotic, or slightly out-of-the-ordinary pet can have unique medical needs. We treat the following types of exotic pets on a regular basis here at Seneca Animal Hospital.
From macaws to cockatiels, from lovebirds to budgies – every type of parrot has its own special nuances when it comes to nutritional needs, housing, and healthcare. Make sure your feathered friend gets a visit to the exotic veterinarian annually for an overall wellness check, but birds may also need:
- Routine beak and nail trims; routine wing clipping
- Help for behavioral issues like anxiety and plucking
- Fecal tests to monitor for parasites
- Treatment for species-related lice or mites
- Sex-determination testing
Also known as pocket pets, small exotic mammals include rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, ferrets, and other small creatures. While a joy to have around, these small pets can need periodic veterinarian attention to stay healthy. Your pocket pet should get an annual checkup, but may also need to see the exotic veterinarian for:
- Spaying or neutering
- Screening for illnesses and diseases
- Assistance with grooming, including toenail and teeth trimming
Please note that we do not treat sugar gliders or wildlife.
Reptiles & Amphibians
Reptiles and amphibians, such as lizards, snakes, turtles, and frogs, have their own important specific housing and nutritional needs. A routine reptile/amphibian exam is a full checkup from head to tail. The vet may recommend performing additional tests to assess the health and status of your reptile, including:
- Checking for internal parasites through a fecal analysis
- Sex determination (species-specific)
- Blood test screening
- Radiographs to check for any injuries or metabolic bone disease (MBD)
- Microbiological testing to look for bacteria and yeasts
We love working with exotic pet owners during their pet’s exam and, if needed, provide habitat and nutritional counseling. If you have specific animal husbandry questions about your exotic pet or want to schedule an annual wellness exam, call our office in Seneca to get in touch with us! We look forward to meeting you and your exotic pet!