EXOTIC PET CARE in horn lake
Horn Lake area pet owners – Horn Lake Animal Hospital now accepts exotic pets, pocket pets, rodents, birds and other exotic species as patients.
What is an Exotic Pet?
"Exotic pet" includes to any household pet other than the traditional dog or cat:
- Small Mammals (rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats, mice, hamsters and other rodents)
- Reptiles (snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises)
- Birds (parrots, cockatoo, canary, waterfowl, etc.)
- Amphibians (frogs, salamanders, newts, etc.)
- Invertebrates (tarantulas, scorpions, hermit crabs, etc.)
New Exotic Pet
We recommend newly acquired exotic pets be kept separate from other pets for one month. They should also receive an initial health evaluation by an experience exotic pet veterinarian prior to introduction to your other pets. During this veterinary visit, we will discuss how to care for your new exotic pet and answer any questions. Many pet stores offer a warranty on newly purchased animals that lasts for 2-3 weeks, and it is ideal to schedule a veterinary visit within this time frame. These measures are vital to ensuring that you have obtained a healthy pet free of diseases or infections that may be introduced into your collection.
Bringing Your Exotic Pet to Horn Lake Animal Hospital
If possible, your exotic pet may be more relaxed if brought in its regular enclosure. This will be helpful to assess your setup and make any recommendations. It is also best not to clean the enclosure prior to bringing your pet in. This will allow your exotic pet to be surrounded by familiar smells and will also retain samples for diagnostic testing to better evaluate your pet. For reptile patients, it is best to bring them with some sort of heated transport, such as a warm towel or hot water bottle.
Exotic Pet Wellness Exams and Preventative Care
The health and well-being of exotic pets benefits greatly from regular checkups and wellness visits. The development of health issues in exotic pets can be gradual and difficult to detect by even the most diligent pet owner, underscoring the importance of regular veterinary examinations. During these visits, your pet receives a full physical exam and health checkup, thorough evaluation of husbandry practices, and recommendations for improvement where necessary. We offer a wide array of wellness services for exotic patients at Horn Lake Animal Hospital including:
- Fecal Exam
- Oral Exam / Dental Exam
- Parasite Screen
- Weight Checks
- Blood Screening
- Sex Determination
- Spay/Neuter Procedures
- Husbandry Review and Recommendations
- Behavioral Counseling
- Nail, Beak, and Wing Trims
How to Tell When Your Exotic Pet is Sick
The best treatment for any health issue is catching it early, before they are showing signs of illness. Exotic pets are skilled at hiding problems. Unfortunately, this means that when they finally do let us know that there is a problem, it is often advanced and more difficult to resolve. Signs to watch for include (but are not limited to):
- Decreased Activity
- Decreased Appetite
- Weight Loss
- Changes in Stool or Urine Production or Appearance
- Ocular or Nasal Discharge
- Any Sign of Blood on the Animal or in its Enclosure
- Muscle Twitching, weakness
- Fluffed Up Appearance, Sitting on the Cage Floor, or Tail-Bobbing in Birds
- Wing Droop
- Changes in Respiratory Rate or Effort
- Witnessed or Suspected Injuries
Call us as soon as possible if your pet is displaying any concerning signs or with any questions you may have!
Meet our Horn Lake Exotic Pet Veterinarian
Dr. Brett Thomas graduated from Mississippi State University and has worked as a veterinary technician and a veterinary hospital manager. He has a love for exotic pet patients and is a proud member of the Association of Reptiles and Amphibians. He and his wife Erika enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, and mountain climbing. They are parents to a Great Dane, a Boston terrier, and a mustached parakeet.