Exotic Pet Medicine and Surgery

Snakes can suffer from a number of diseases, some of which can cause serious respiratory, gastrointestinal, and liver problems. They also commonly harbor internal and external parasites like mites, ticks, hookworms, and roundworms.
If you've recently just gotten a new snake, we recommend you bring it in for an initial exam so we can make sure it's healthy. Although snakes don't need vaccinations, there are other benefits they can receive from routine exams and check-ups that will help your snake live longer. If your snake does need veterinary attention, or may in the future, we'll be able to have a baseline to compare.
If you notice any of these illnesses or irregularities happening to your snake, we urge you to give us a call as soon as possible:
• Vomiting or regurgitation
• Loss of appetite or weight
• Diarrhea
• Weakness or loss of energy
• Wheezing
• Mucus or bubbling around the nostrils
• Any notable changes around the mouth (inflammation, red spots)
• Changes in the skin
Iguanas and Other Lizards
We offer an initial check-up for new lizard owners to help identify current or potential medical problems they may face and, if necessary, begin treatment. We can also help provide you with the proper information for appropriate enclosures, environmental requirements, disease prevention, sanitation, and much more.
Iguanas and other lizards commonly suffer from nutrition-related disorders and diseases, so we can help you keep your lizard healthy by setting up a nutritional consultation.
Rabbits can suffer from a variety of different diseases and health conditions, including hairballs, parasites, overgrown teeth, and cancer. They're also known to hide any signs of illness or pain, so it's difficult to tell if your rabbit is suffering.
Below are some signs that we want pet owners to be aware of if they notice this behavior:
• Has an extremely high or low temperature
• Has any discharge from the eyes or nose
• Has runny stool or a gurgling, noisy stomach
• Begins drooling, sneezing, or excessively scratching at the ears
• Starts developing bald patches in their fur
• Stops eating and shows a dramatic change in behavior
We also highly recommend getting your rabbit spayed or neutered. This won't change your rabbit's behavior and it can benefit their overall health by preventing reduced aggression, destructive chewing, biting, and more.
If you have any other questions about how to best care for your rabbit, just let us know and we'll be happy to help with diet, grooming, and other necessities.
Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, and Hamsters
Even though they're small, they still need as much care and attention as your larger pets. Their teeth can become overgrown and can cause health problems, so we can provide them with dental trimming and recommend appropriate chew toys that can help keep their teeth worn down. 
Let us know if your small pet stops eating, loses weight, or is displaying abnormal behavior.
Common health problems that ferrets experience are gastrointestinal disease, parasites, and cancer. Because ferrets are naturally inquisitive, they can frequently ingest objects that they shouldn't, which can cause problems with kidneys, livers, and pancreas. We recommend bringing them in for regular blood tests just to determine these issues.
Ferrets can also benefit from receiving vaccinations and monthly preventives. We also recommend that your ferret is spayed or neutered since there are multiple benefits like reduced body odor, reduced aggressive behavior, and more.
Hair loss, vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of appetite are all signs that your ferret may be experiencing illness or pain. Please contact us right away if you're noticing any abnormal or unusual behavior.
Other Exotic Animals
While there is countless information on how to care for exotic animals online, it's important to consult a veterinary professional to ensure that you're giving your exotic pet the right care and treatment they need. Our team has extensive knowledge of mice, rats, hedgehogs, pot-bellied pigs, and other exotic pets so we can pass that information onto you, the pet owner.
Not only can we provide the right medical assessments and perform the necessary surgical procedures, but we can also help prevent diseases and ensure your exotic pet is getting the proper nutitrion so they live a long and healthy life. If you're interested in getting an exotic pet, please schedule an appointment or consultation with us so we can give you all of the preliminary information and help you on your journey towards a new addition to your family!
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