Suburban Small Mammals and Exotics
Knowing how to properly care for your pet and feeding him or her a balanced diet lays the groundwork for a long and healthy life. At Suburban Animal Hospital, we can help you do both!
We offer premium wellness care for birds and other exotic pets. As with any puppy or kitten, you should bring your new exotic pet in for a visit as soon as possible. We strongly recommend twice yearly exams since it can be difficult to determine when an exotic pet is ill. In the wild, these animals normally conceal when they’re sick or in pain. As a result, medical issues may go unnoticed for a long period of time. This allows conditions to worsen, leading to poor health outcomes and prognoses. With bi-annual exams, we can detect problems before they become too serious.
During your wellness visit, we perform a thorough physical exam and review proper nutrition and husbandry. Knowing the right way to handle and care for your animal is central to your role as a responsible pet owner. We also discuss behavior, exercise, and special environmental factors that may be unique to your pet. Of course, wellness exams are also a great time for you to ask questions and raise any concerns.
At Suburban Animal Hospital, we provide comprehensive services for all our patients. Should your exotic pet need surgical care or require hospitalization, we have the resources, equipment, and training to care for and treat your companion properly.
Caring for Your Small Companion
Although small mammals make wonderful pets, they’re not for everyone (just like owning a cat or dog isn’t for everyone). We encourage you to do your research and ask questions before making a final decision. If you end up with a new addition to your home, we recommend scheduling an appointment with us as soon as possible. Each small mammal pet has unique needs, and special consideration should be given to matters such as exercise and cage structure. Although it may be convenient to ask questions at the local pet store, it’s always best (and safest) to first consult our team.
Comprehensive Services for Small Mammal Pets
Our knowledgeable veterinarians can provide diet and husbandry advice, along with:
- Wellness/preventive care
- Dental/oral care
- Habitat consultation
- Behavioral counseling
- Nail trims
- Spay/neuter services
- Surgical procedures
At Suburban Animal Hospital, we provide comprehensive, high-quality care for a variety of different animals, including:
- Rabbits (behavior guide)
- Rabbits (food pyramid)
- Guinea Pigs
If you do not see your pet listed here, please contact us.
Birds and Reptiles
Birds and reptiles are beautiful animals and can make ideal pets. At Suburban Animal Hospital, we’re in the business of caring for all types of animals, including ones that may not be seen by traditional practices.
Before Getting Your Pet
Acquiring a bird or reptile as a pet requires much thought and planning. Asking yourself the following questions is a good place to start:
- Are there any laws or regulations regarding the exotic pet you wish to own?
- How will other members of your family handle this new pet (kids, seniors, others)?
- How much time can you dedicate to care for your exotic pet properly?
- Who will watch your pet if you’re gone for an extended period of time?
- How much are you willing to spend on veterinary expenses and proper care?
- How big will your exotic pet become as an adult?
- What are the health risks associated with bringing this type of exotic pet into your home?
Please contact us to discuss these and other considerations before making a final decision.
Schedule an Appointment
After welcoming a new bird or reptile into your home, be sure to schedule a wellness visit with us. As you can imagine, an exotic pet’s needs are quite different from those of a cat, dog, or small mammal pet. Routine appointments allow us to regularly check to discuss nutrition, behavior, grooming, cage cleaning, and other proper husbandry topics. Wellness visits also aid in early detection, so we can catch problems and prevent them from becoming major issues. Remember, it’s difficult to determine when birds and reptiles are sick, so regular exams are crucial to keeping your pet healthy and extending his or her life.