Avian & Exotics Pet Vet Treats Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians & Small Mammals
Providing proper medical care for exotic pets such as birds, rabbits, reptiles, amphibians, and pocket pets requires specialized training and skills. The Maywood Veterinary Clinic employs veterinarians who possess experience in the care and treatment of these exotics.
We can advise you as to the dietary, maintenance, hygiene and medical needs of your feathered, furred, or scaled friend.
Birds offer a wide variety of size, color, and capability for those who wish to raise an avian pet. They require regular care and attention, however, and generally do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
All pet birds need a balanced diet, clean water, appropriate caging, proper sanitation, and regular veterinary check-ups. Maintenance of a bird pet can be challenging for some owners and they may be rather noisy.
You will need an appropriate cage for your specific type, size, and number of birds, big enough to comfortably walk around, climb, and fly.
We can advise you about choosing the right type of avian pet. We will instruct you in the health requirements of your new bird such as immunizations, grooming, parasite control, and nutrition. Call our clinic to discuss your options with a veterinarian.
Reptiles & Amphibians
Reptiles and amphibians offer a wide variety of fascinating and unusual pet options such as lizards, snakes, and turtles. This pet choice is excellent for those who are allergic to fur or feathers, or for those with a busy lifestyle who prefer a less socially-oriented or hands-on pet such as a dog. However, that these exotic pets come with unique challenges. If you are squeamish about handling “slimy” animals, those without limbs, or feeding a ‘live’ diet, these pets may not be for you.
Guidelines for raising reptiles and amphibians are unique to each type, requiring very specific care, equipment, and diet. Size is also an important factor in choosing these exotic pets. A snake, for example, may grow to be much too large to contain in your apartment aquarium and a mature iguana may mature to be four feet long.
Owners of these pets run the risk of exposure to the Salmonella bacteria, which can cause illness in humans especially children. Sound education, good hygiene, and regular veterinary care is critical to the health of these pets and owners.
We recommend consulting with us prior to your purchase or adoption of these exotic pets. We are experienced in treating a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians, and we can advise you about veterinary concerns, natural habitat, health and wellness, basic and long-term needs.
Small mammals such as rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, guinea pigs, and ferrets are often called pocket pets. Each of these small animals has unique diet, housing, and handling requirements along with the need for regular veterinary and dental care.
Supplies for these small pets are readily available in most good quality pet stores from safe habitats to dietary needs, to accessories. It is important to remember that many small pets live a very short lifespan and this can be rather disappointing or even traumatic to some children.
Prior to choosing a pocket pet, we advise you to discuss the matter with one of our veterinarians. We are happy to instruct and advise you in the most appropriate fit for your family and lifestyle. Contact our clinic for a consultation today.