Exotics Wellness Exams
Like all pets, exotics and pocket pets should have annual wellness exams. Most exotics do not need to be bathed more than once a year, if at all. To help with their hygiene, bedding should be washed and changed on a weekly basis.
Birds need regular trimmings on their wings, beaks and nails. Birds have blood feathers, requiring special care. It's best to always consult a veterinarian. Life spans differ depending on the breed. Our vets can discuss any issues with your pet's breed that you should be aware of, as well as answering questions about their daily activities.
Hamsters, Gerbils and Guinea Pigs
These pets need regular nail trimmings and should be checked yearly for lumps and dental issues. Guinea pigs' bodies do not produce Vitamin C. As a result, they need to have regular doses of a Vitamin C supplement. Life spans are usually 3-5 years, but occasionally longer.
Rabbits need regular nail trimmings and occasionally teeth trimming. Handle with care, as rabbits backs are very sensitive and tend to break easily. They are very social animals and require interaction with their owners and/or other rabbits. A rabbit's life span varies by breed, but is usually 8-10 years.
Chinchillas should also be checked yearly for lumps and nail trimmings. These furry friends should have regular access to bathe in dust. Like rabbits, they are very social and like interaction with other chinchillas and humans. Chinchillas live to about 15 years, but its not uncommon for them to live past this age.
Ferrets need yearly vaccines for Rabies and Distemper. Vaccines should be administered only by veterinarians. Since ferrets tend to have high vaccine reactions, we suggest giving Benadryl before these injections.