Birds and Exotics Reception
Our hospital has been specially designed to cater to the needs of our patients. It is divided into three main areas, each of which has a separate air/heating system with specialized filters to minimize mixing of airborne particles. The temperature can be adjusted in each area according to our patients’ needs.

The entire hospital has epoxy-sealed tile flooring that does not harbor bacteria, viruses or fungal growth. All of our cages and runs are made out of stainless steel, which can be thoroughly disinfected. Specialized lighting is found throughout the hospital to better examine all of our patients. Intensive care units with individual controls for temperature and humidity ensure the comfort of our hospitalized patients. Around-the-clock oxygen supplementation and nebulization therapy are available if needed.

Why see a specialist?

Traditional veterinary education usually does not adequately prepare veterinarians for the care of unusual pet species. Mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians all have their own anatomy and physiology, and treating their illnesses requires knowledge of this diversity. When veterinarians attempt to treat these special species as if they were cats and dogs, serious harm can occur. Veterinarians treating exotic and non-traditional pets must make the commitment to learn about these special species, and spend continuing education time keeping up on the latest advancements in exotic pet care. At Exotic Vet Care, our focus on these species allows us to provide the highest and most advanced level of care possible. It’s what we do all day, every day.

Why should I take my pet to the veterinarian if he is not sick?

Most exotic pet species are masters at hiding illness from owners. Most are prey species, and an important survival trick is to hide injury and illness to prevent predators from targeting them. Therefore, regular veterinary visits are important to help detect early indications of illness. During a normal well pet visit, the staff will go over many aspects of pet care, discuss ways to detect early disease and minimize preventable illness, and share any new advances in exotic pet care that might benefit your special pet. All new pets go home with written care instructions.

What about anesthesia?

Anesthesia in exotic pets should not be taken lightly, and should only be performed by experienced veterinary professionals.

  • The use of sedation to reduce anxiety and manage pain is imperative.
  • Temperature regulation is critical before, during, and after anesthesia.
  • Mechanical ventilation can reduce mortality dramatically and requires specific training and knowledge.
  • Intubation is imperative to have a well-controlled anesthesia. We offer endoscope-guided intubation for pets who challenge conventional techniques.
  • There are several factors that can make anesthesia in exotic pets more complicated and difficult, but with the appropriate training, skill, and experience and with adequate monitoring and advanced equipment, our staff is able to perform complicated anesthetic procedures successfully and safely every day.

What is an exotic pet?

In this context, exotic pet refers to any pet not commonly seen in traditional canine and feline practice, and includes pet birds, reptiles, rabbits, rodents, exotic cats, small hooved stock and sometimes zoo species. Although a rabbit is probably not considered “exotic” by most, care of these species requires special knowledge and training.

Exotic pets we see include:

  • Amphibians, including frogs, toads, newts, salamanders, and Axolotl.
  • Birds, including canaries, finches, parakeets cockatiels, parrotlets, lovebirds, conures, parrots, pigeons, lories, lorikeets, caiques, cockatoos, macaws, toucans, mynahs, ducks, geese, swans, chickens, peafowl, guinea fowl, birds of prey, and many more.
  • Fish, including tropical, salt water, goldfish, koi, Siamese fighting fish (Bettas), oscars, African cichlids, pond, aquarium, marine invertebrates, aquatic invertebrates, etc.
  • Nonhuman primates (New World monkeys only, doctor’s approval required)
  • Small Mammals, including rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hedgehogs, hamsters, rats, mice, gerbils, prairie dogs, degus, Patagonian cavies, sugar gliders, coatimundis, kinkajous, fennec foxes, small exotic canines and felines (servals and savannah cats under 20 pounds), opossums, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, and mini pigs under 50 pounds.
  • Spiders, including tarantulas.
  • Reptiles, including lizards like iguanas, geckos, bearded dragons, chameleons, skinks, Uromastyx, monitors, frilled lizards, basilisks, tegus, crocodilians, chuckwallas, anoles, etc; all types of nonvenomous snakes including pythons, boas, corn snakes, king snakes, rat snakes, and more; turtles, tortoises, and terrapins of all types.
  • Native animals kept as pets

If you do not see your pet listed, call us at 843-216-8387!