Creatures Great and Small: Exotic Pet Wellness Care for All
It’s not uncommon for us to never meet a client’s exotic pet or pocket pet until something serious arises. Sometimes, however, had we been able to intervene sooner, the outcome might have been different.
At Redwood Veterinary Hospital, we are huge proponents of proactive care, no matter the species or size. Exotic pet wellness care can be a big part of the successful care of our less traditional pets and is a cornerstone of providing them with the best life possible.
Opening the Discussion
Arguably, the most important benefit of providing routine exotic pet wellness care is getting you into our doors with your pet. When we get to know you and your special animal. It truly just opens the door for healthy discussion.
So many of our exotic and pocket pet species suffer from a lack of knowledge about their basic care. During routine wellness visits we can discuss things like:
- Temperature and humidity requirements
- Social and environmental needs
- Bedding requirements
- Exercise recommendations
- Needed preventative care such as fecal screenings
- Recommended procedures such as beak trimming, claw trimming, and dental maintenance
We can’t help a pet we have never seen. By establishing and fostering that relationship with us before your pet is obviously sick, we can often have a very positive impact. Call us today to schedule a wellness visit for your pet if you haven’t had one.
Exotic Pet Wellness Care is Important, Too
Exotic pet wellness care is about more than just meeting you and your pet, though. Most exotic and pocket pet species have very specific preventative medical needs that can help them to be healthier over time.
Take for instance:
Rabbits – When examining a rabbit during a wellness appointment, we are looking for proper grooming, nail issues, and overall body condition. Wellness visits are also a great time to address the nutrition and dental issues that these creatures so commonly are affected by as well as discuss spaying or neutering. Rabbits also benefit from routine screening for intestinal parasites.
Birds – Besides weight monitoring and a diet assessment, when out bird patients visit we are taking note of feather growth, beak status, and the claws to be sure that no care is needed. Routine blood cell counts and chemistries can help to screen for early signs of trouble, and fecal testing for intestinal parasite screening is also important when it comes to wellness care for birds.
Pocket pets – Nutritional screenings, dental care, and claw trimmings are part of proactive pet ownership for pocket pets. Most species need parasite prevention as well. Some, like ferrets, need to be be vaccinated routinely.
Reptiles – A large part of a reptile exam is discussing the proper temperature, humidity, and general environmental appropriate for the particular species. These factors can have a huge impact on their health and are the most common reasons why illness arises. Intestinal parasite screening is also helpful.
Really, any species that you welcome into your home is going to benefit from routine care, but it can be especially invaluable for exotic pets. Most species are very good at hiding illness until it becomes severe, so early detection of potential disease and corrections to husbandry can be life-saving.
As animal lovers we all want any pet that we care for to live a full, happy, and healthy life. Our veterinary team together with you as the pet owner can provide this when we work together for all creatures, great and small.