Most dog or cat owners know that their pet needs to see a veterinarian at least once a year to update an exam and vaccines, and get needed heartworm and flea preventatives. But many people have other exotic pets – guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, birds, snakes and other lizards, etc. – that are often looked over for vet visits. So why should these little critters see a veterinarian?
First and foremost, many exotic pet owners are not offered a good education on how to care for their pets when they acquire them. Good husbandry is important to keeping these pets healthy. When you visit Grafton Animal Hospital with your exotic pet, we will ask you about your pet’s cage and environment, what kind of bedding and litter you use, and what you are feeding your pet. We will make sure your pet has enough space to grow and that he/she is not eating too much junk food. We can also talk about problems that your pet may be predisposed to just because of his/her species.
We also see sick exotic pets, and unfortunately, many pet owners wait until their pets are sick before they bring them in. Some exotic pets, especially birds, are normally prey animals in their natural environment. So, they will often mask symptoms of pain or illness that would make them seem vulnerable in the wild. This means your pet can be really, really sick before you realize it. Annual wellness exams can help find problems before they develop into something worse.
The doctors at Grafton Animal Hospital have years of experience and attend annual continuing education to stay up to speed on the healthcare of your exotic pets. Give us a call at (757) 898-8433 to schedule an appointment for your exotic pet today!