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Join us for the reptile 101 Class on February 28th!
Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics will be hosting a reptile class on Saturday, February 28th from 1:30-2:30pm. We will be addressing your reptile questions along with the following:
- Proper reptile care & nutrition
- Early signs of reptile illness
- Reptile housing needs
- ...and more!
We are also going to send you home with species-specific information about your pet, and a coupon to bring back for 10% off of your reptile's wellness exam!
Space is limited, so please call in advance to reserve your spot for the class. We hope to see you there!
Rabbit Spay Discounts, Now Available!
At the Veterinary Center for Birds and Exotics, we utilize the safest anesthesia available for our patients. When your rabbit is undergoing surgery, we also use a breathing tube to help ensure that their surgery is as safe as possible. We are currently offering a rabbit spay special that includes discounts on certain supplemental processes necessary for surgery. Please contact us for more details!
Product of the Month
Reptile Products – Keep your pet healthy and happy with the latest products for reptile care, available at the Veterinary Center:
- Nutritional Supplements
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.
Holiday Boarding Reminder
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.
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.