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All of our pets deserve the best life possible. Though most people own dogs and cats, we are privileged to treat your exotic pets both in terms of preventive health care and emergency medicine and surgery. First, when you decide you want an exotic animal; research it by going online and talking to pet stores, breeders, and current owners. A pet is a lifetime commitment so you need to be prepared for the care required in terms of time, financial, and emotional. Second, when you purchase or adopt an exotic animal, set up a new pet examination to make sure that it is healthy and that your care is correct. Exotic animals need much more specialized care when it comes to caging, lighting, feeding, etc. Finally, it is tough enough to determine if you dog or cat is sick. Can you imagine how difficult it is for owners of turtles, rats, parrots, or ferrets? Always observe your pets' habits looking for changes that include the following:

  • Increase or decrease in weight
  • Change in personality
  • Limping, coughing, sneezing, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Labored breathing

Exotic pets tend to hide their illness so keep a close watch. If abnormal, call to set up an evaluation. Some exotics need preventive vaccinations or spaying/neutering to reduce disease risk or prevent behavioral problems. Most of our exotic pets should have a stool sample checked for parasites as they can be contagious to people in your home. And of course, all animals can bite so take precautions when handling.

We see a multitude of exotic species, but we will not see wild animals, fish, venomous animals or zoo-type pets without permits. You should always check the legality of each species in your state and municipality. Keep it to the following species if possible:

  • Ferrets
  • Guinea pegs
  • Rabbits
  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Chinchillas
  • Sugar gliders
  • Hedgehogs
  • Snakes
  • Lizards
  • Turtles
  • Frogs/toads
Source: www.rahepvet.com

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