Mar 07 2019

Beyond Barks and Meows: An Overview of Exotic Pet Care

Some people may be under the impression that pocket pets and birds are easier to care for than other pets, like cats or dogs. However, while they might not whine for walks or purr for cuddles (although some might!), these animals need just as much care and attention as any other pet – if not more so. Avian and exotic pet care comes with a learning curve, but with research and preparation, the process can be much smoother and easier – and more fun!

Same Schedule

Just like cats and dogs, birds and exotic pets benefit from routine veterinary examinations. Instead of waiting until they appear unwell, we recommend staying ahead of any developing issues. Of course, you can’t always prevent a pet emergency, but if we’ve never seen your bird or exotic pet outside of a critical situation, we won’t have any healthy baseline values to reference.

Super Critical

Even though it’s legal to own various exotic pets in most states, these animals must be vaccinated to prevent the spread of illness and to protect other members of your family.

With some exotic pets, intestinal parasites can be very problematic and can be spread to people. Fecal samples should be checked periodically to determine whether your pet is infected. External parasites, like fleas, lice, and mites, must also be addressed.

The Basics

Once you have the basics of avian and exotic pet care down, you can focus on the various elements of behavior and lifestyle.

  • Nutrition – Every single bird and exotic pet species has different dietary needs. By offering complete and balanced nutrition, you’re giving them the best shot at a happy, healthy life. We can help you get this important element of exotic pet care squared away.
  • Environment – Proper cages or enclosures, bedding, perches, and sanitary conditions are crucial to your pet’s health and comfort. Depending on the needs of your pet, you must also provide heat, light, and humidity.
  • Grooming – The nails of birds and different species of pocket pets must be trimmed periodically. This can be very difficult to manage alone, but if ignored, overgrown nails can create havoc at home. Cleaning tartar and plaque off your pocket pet’s teeth is vital to their longevity. Teeth grow continuously in different pocket pets (as well as the beaks of birds), and we’re happy to address the need for trims. Also, clipping a bird’s feathers helps them look and feel great.

Getting to Know You

Birds and pocket pets may behave differently throughout the year in response to outside temperatures and daylight. Even slight behavioral changes may trigger lots of questions, and we’re always here to help.

Birds and pocket pets are particularly impacted by daily interaction with people. If you feel like your lifestyle can’t accommodate enrichment, exercise, and attention, we recommend hiring a sitter.

Lastly, a huge part of avian and exotic pet care is being able to recognize the many different signs of illness. Time is of the essence when birds, pocket pets, and exotics appear ill. Again, having a standing relationship with us helps enormously in the event your pet requires emergency care.

Avian and Exotic Pet Care

Birds and exotic pets live longer and happier lives when they receive the care they need. If you have any questions or concerns about avian or exotic pet care, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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