Experienced Care for Exotic, Avian & Pocket Pets
Exotic pets are those that are considered unusual or not native to their environment and include birds, small mammals, amphibians and reptiles. The natural behavior of the animal in the wild is also of concern. Meeting biological and behavioral needs must be the primary goal of any enclosure/exhibit design.
The professionals at Gentle Care Animal Hospital recommend you contact us prior to purchasing an exotic pet to discuss your initial needs when bringing a pet home and the pet’s long-term care and husbandry requirements.
A reptile is an excellent pet choice for those who are allergic to fur or feathers or for those with a busy lifestyle who prefer a less socially oriented pet.
Amphibians are pets that live two lives—in the water and on land—and are cold-blooded, such as frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders. Keeping amphibians as pets can be quite rewarding, but they require very specific care and conditions for optimum health and life expectancy.
Both reptiles and amphibians require regular veterinary care for the health of your pet and your family. Contact us immediately upon acquiring one of these fascinating pets to schedule an exam and receive professional guidance for their care and handling.
Pocket pets are so named for their smaller size and their relatively low cost, such as hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, and ferrets. The cute name is not meant to imply they require less care than other pets, however. These small animals have specific diet, housing, and handling requirements, and they need specific care and attention.
While pocket pets are often considered good “starter pets” for youngsters, they may require a more gentle hand and proper handling than a very young or rambunctious child is able to provide. Adult supervision is necessary for the safety of both pet and child. Contact our office upon obtaining a pocket pet to schedule an exam and receive professional guidance for its care and handling.
Birds are colorful and exotic, and many are quite social pets. They do well with an experienced and knowledgeable owner who is skilled at the specific care and handling requirements.
Birds are sensitive to certain conditions and can become seriously ill quite rapidly. Contact our office if you have concerns regarding the health of your bird.
Exotic and Pocket Pet Handouts
The veterinarians of Gentle Care Animal Hospital have created the following handouts for their exotic and pocket pet owners or those who may be considering such a pet. These handouts are easy to download and read on your computer or to print at home and keep as a handy reference guide.
For information regarding zoonotic diseases—those diseases that some pets can transmit to their owners—visit the CDC Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.