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Understanding the Needs of Exotic Pets

By October 20, 2021April 7th, 2022No Comments

Exotic pets can be exciting and fun. Many exotic animals, including birds and small mammals, make great pets. However, before acquiring such a pet, you need to ensure that you can properly care for it and meet its needs. Otherwise, you may find yourself overwhelmed. At Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke, VA, our veterinarians care for some exotic pets (limited to small mammals) and will guide you on how to keep your animal healthy.

Exotic Animals as Pets

There’s a reason that cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other animals are commonly kept as pets. These animals are typically easy to care for and are generally friendly towards humans. Often, exotic pets aren’t domesticated and aren’t as friendly with people. Some are also hard to care for. These attributes explain why exotic pets are rare in the first place. That said, exotic pets, including tropical birds and pocket pets, can make for great companions or interesting animals to watch if you know how to care for them.

Caring for Exotic Pets

As great as exotic pets are, without proper care, they can develop health complications. When taking care of an exotic pet, it’s important to understand it’s nutritional requirements and figure out the proper diet to feed. A diverse, balanced, good quality diet is recommended to ensure your pet receives the proper nutrient and calorie requirements. One should also consider the cost to feed an exotic pet as well.

Many exotic animals, especially reptiles, are sensitive to temperature. An environment that is too hot or too cold by just a few degrees could cause harm, illness or be fatal depending on the species. Lizards and snakes, for example, require heat lamps, a thermometer and a regulated temperature.

Space, environmental and behavioral requirements also need to be considered. The pet’s enclosure should have sufficient space for sleeping, feeding, burrowing, climbing. Other considerations may include: what type of bedding is required – sand? pellets? wood shavings? Water bowl or bottle? Places to hide in or structures to climb on? Some pets are also nocturnal and should have a place to rest or hide during the day.

Visit Our Veterinarian in Burke, VA for Exotic Pet Care

At Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke, VA, the exotic pets that our veterinarians treat are limited to small mammals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats and ferrets. We partner with area veterinarians to provide care for reptiles and pet birds. Call us today to schedule an appointment should your little furry friend need care!

COVID Notice

When you arrive for your appointment, please call our office at 703-978-8655. At this time, we require anyone visiting the office to be fully vaccinated and properly wear a mask. Additionally, we ask that only one person accompany their pet.

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