Exotic Pet Care
Exotic pets are becoming increasingly popular additions to many households. An “exotic” pet is simply a companion animal that is not a dog or cat. Popular exotic pets include rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents, ferrets, birds, reptiles, and fish. These animals often have very specific needs (nutrition, housing, etc) that must be met in order to maintain their health and well being. Establishing a relationship early on with your veterinarian, through routine wellness visits, can be a critical step in preventing illness down the road.
If you are considering whether an exotic pet may be right for you, it is important to seek out information about the specific animal you are interested in before making that purchase. Many exotic pets can live as long or longer than a dog or cat, and like a dog or cat, are entirely reliant on their owner to care for their needs. Taking an exotic pet into your home is a significant commitment. Your veterinarian can be an excellent resource in determining whether to make that addition to your household.