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Product of the Month

Reptile Products – Keep your pet healthy and happy with the latest products for reptile care, available at the Veterinary Center:

  • Heaters
  • Lights
  • Thermometers
  • Nutritional Supplements

Spring Bird Discount

The Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics is offering a 10% discount for all new bird examinations this spring. Check out our flyer to learn more!

Rabies Vaccine Clinic for Ferrets

Did you know that ferrets are very susceptible to rabies – the same virus that all dogs and cats get vaccines to protect them against? Did you know that NY State requires that all ferrets be vaccinated against rabies, not only to protect people if they should get bitten, but also to protect your ferret in case he/she was exposed to a rabid bat, raccoon, fox, skunk, or other animal?

All ferrets – even pets that don’t go outside - should be vaccinated against rabies particularly if he or she accidentally nips a stranger, and that person reports the bite to the health department. If your ferret is vaccinated, the authorities will be much more likely to simply quarantine your pet, rather than to confiscate it for testing, if he/she is vaccinated, and you have a veterinary certificate to prove it.

Often ferret owners are concerned about their ferrets potentially reacting to the vaccine. These days, fortunately, we at the Veterinary Center see very few reactions because we administer Benadryl before giving the shot, making reaction much less likely.

So, don’t wait! Come on the 1st Thursday of every month, starting Thursday, May 1st, to the Veterinary Center’s low cost ferret vaccine clinic to get your ferret vaccinated against this fatal disease. Just call the Veterinary Center to schedule your ferret’s appointment, and cross rabies virus off the list as a concern in your ferret’s healthcare.

Special on Rabbit Spay Package

It’s spring, and bunnies are reproducing like….well…rabbits!

Unlike many other species, female rabbits are very prone to developing uterine cancer, with some studies reporting that more that 80% of unspayed female rabbits develop this disease after age 3. So whether your rabbit is a mating machine or is simply not yet neutered, spaying is critical to preventing this fatal disease. To help ensure all bunnies avoid this completely preventable illness, the Veterinary Center is offering a special reduced cost spay package this spring. It’s never too late to try to prevent cancer. So, if your precious bunny isn’t spayed yet, call the Vet Center today to schedule your pet’s life-saving surgery.

Holiday Boarding Reminder

Easter and Passover are right around the corner. If you’re wondering who you can trust with your bird, ferret, rabbit, rodent, reptile, hedgehog, sugar glider, pot-bellied pig, or other exotic pet when you’re away? We provide exceptional boarding services for avian and exotic pets, ensuring that they are comfortable and treated with the same care and kindness they would receive from you at home! Leave town with the peace of mind that your pet will receive the same attention you would give from licensed professionals trained specifically to care for these unique species. Plus, bring toys, food, bedding, and other items to make your pet feel at home. Enjoy your trip, worry free, while your pet receives excellent care from our team. Call us to schedule their stay: (914) 864-1414.

Spring Examinations

After a long, cold winter, spring has finally arrived, and with spring comes the birth of many new exotic animal babies. Whether it’s birds, bunnies, or bearded dragons, many new little exotic pets are born in spring, and all new pets should have a check-up to help ensure they are healthy and receiving the most up-to-date, proper care. So, whether you are the proud parent of a new exotic pet baby, or the parent of an older exotic pet that you were afraid to bring in over the winter due to the extreme cold, spring is a perfect time for a check-up. So call the Veterinary Center (www.avianexoticsvet.com) today at 914 864-1414, and schedule your pet’s check-up. Plus, if you mention this email, you’ll get 10% the cost of the examination fee. Happy spring!

Making Sure Your Pets Have What They Need

After months of cold, dreary days, finally we’re starting to get the hint of warmer weather and sunshine. With such extreme cold, many parrots and reptiles that need ultraviolet light to stay healthy have been inside – away from natural sunshine – for months. Hopefully, in a month or two, it will be warm enough to bring these pets outside for a daily dose of the ultraviolet light (UV) they need. Ultraviolet light is critical in helping birds and most reptiles make vitamin D in their skin, so that they can absorb calcium from their food. Calcium is essential in maintaining a healthy body and in forming eggs – something many birds and reptiles do every spring, even when they have no mates. Without adequate UV light, these pets (especially the egg-layers) are at huge risk for becoming egg-bound, a life threatening condition where eggs get stuck inside them. Don’t let this happen to your pet! Call the Veterinary Center today to find out about proper UV light for your bird or reptile and about other tips to prevent egg-binding.

Pets Who are Super Sexual in Spring

Spring has arrived – the time of year when many species mate. It’s also the time of year the Veterinary Center staff sees a big increase in egg-laying. Wild birds and reptiles generally lay eggs in response to warmer temperatures, longer day length, and increased availability of food. Pet birds and reptiles don’t always follow this rule, but they do tend to increase reproductive activity in the spring. This is fine for most pets but can become a problem for those that lay many eggs in a row and are not on diets rich in calcium, vitamin D, protein, and other nutrients critical to egg formation. These animals may deplete their nutrient stores, become weak, fracture bones, become egg-bound (eggs get stuck inside them), and even die. Fortunately, the Veterinary Center now has 2 commonly used hormones – Lupron and Deslorelin – that can be administered safely to chronic egg-layers that are developing signs of illness to temporarily stop egg-laying and to allow their bodies to recover. So, if you bird or reptile is super sexual this spring and has become an egg-laying machine, call the Veterinary Center to find out more.