We Excel at Treating Non-Traditional Pets
Welleby has become the go-to hospital for the medical care of exotic species. We have extensive knowledge and experience in caring for reptiles, exotic small mammals (pocket pets), and birds and collaborate with numerous wildlife and exotic animal agencies. Wellness visits for these non-traditional pets usually involve a thorough physical exam and a discussion about husbandry. Our outstanding veterinary team in Sunrise can offer personalized recommendations to help you care for your non-traditional pet and spend as much time with them as possible.
Avian Pet Care
Birds are social and intelligent creatures, and require regular physical and mental exercise. They need lots of attention and proper toys to play with for enrichment, and a large enough space in which they can spread their wings and fly. We recommend keeping their enclosure in an area that sees a lot of family activity, while also providing a secure safe feel for them. At our hospital, aspects of their care include discussing and implementing the following:
- Physical exam (annual)
- Annual wellness bloodwork
- Routine screening for disease
- Environment reviews
The physical exam is the most important part of your bird’s healthcare because it allows us to look for and identify abnormalities in their appearance and behavior. If you happen to notice any such abnormalities at home, let us know right away.
Reptiles also need to be examined on a yearly basis in order to stay healthy. Your veterinarian will be happy to answer your questions regarding the care of your pet, and offer feeding, housing, and handling recommendations.
If your reptile is showing any abnormal signs such as weight loss, abnormal skin shedding, or difficulty breathing, schedule a consultation with us immediately. Reptiles can develop infections, oral inflammation, and other harmful conditions. A thorough reptile exam may include:
- Physical exam (annual)
- Fecal testing
- Annual blood testing
- Microbiological testing
Exotic Mammal and Pocket Pet Care
Common exotic mammal and pocket pets include rabbits, ferrets, hedgehogs, sugar gliders and chinchillas. Like all pets, these critters need to visit us on an annual to bi-annual basis to keep in good health; they hide their illnesses well. Your veterinarian will help you develop a customized treatment plan to ensure their longevity. Along with the physical exam, their treatment may include:
Special Exotic Species
It is often difficult for keepers of the more unique exotic species to find qualified veterinary care. We are trained to see all species, including primates, exotic canines/foxes, exotic cats, skunks, kinkajous, and crocodilians. As people who have these animals know, each species has its own unique needs when it comes to their veterinary and routine care. We understand that the safety of your animal, as well as the owner and health care team is paramount. Please call to schedule an appointment so that we can ensure that you and your animal have the best possible experience with us at Welleby Veterinary Hospital.
What Can We Do for Your Exotic Pet?
Your non-traditional pet will receive exceptional care and attention from our dedicated veterinary team. We make it our mission to stay at the forefront of the latest developments in exotic pet medicine, because all pets are important and deserve quality, life-long care. Keeping an avian or exotic pet can be challenging, so we encourage you to consult with us regularly to discuss their health.