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All newly purchased or adopted birds and exotic pets should have complete check-ups to help ensure that they are healthy. As all pets can carry disease without necessarily showing signs of illness, new pet exams are important not only to determine whether a new pet is healthy, but also to help maintain the health of other pets and of people at home who will be exposed to this new pet.
Birds and exotic pets, such as rabbits, ferrets, rodents (guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, degus), reptiles (lizards, turtles, tortoises, snakes), amphibians (frogs and toads), sugar gliders, hedgehogs, and other exotic species have very specific needs when it comes to nutrition, housing, and behavior.
At a new pet examination, our veterinarians and staff perform a complete physical examination on your pet and recommend species-specific blood and stool tests for your pet to help ensure your pet’s wellness. If you have a bird, we may recommend blood testing to determine gender. We also teach you about the appropriate food, cage set up, cage bedding, environmental temperature, light, vaccinations, socialization, and other factors your exotic pet needs to stay healthy.
We educate you about recommended surgery (such as spaying, neutering, and dental cleaning), review necessary grooming techniques (such as nail trims for all exotic pets and wing trims for birds), talk about the interaction of your new pet with other pets in your home, and discuss your new pet’s health requirements for boarding at the Veterinary Center, should you decide to let your pet stay with us while you are away.
Our veterinarians will generate a detailed financial estimate for any tests or procedures they recommend before they perform them. They will work within your means to provide the best medical care possible for your bird or other exotic pet. Our goal at your new pet exam is to teach you as much as we can about your pet so that he or she stays healthy and you both are happy.