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Harvey Animal Hospital - Detroit, MI - Exotic Pet Health
Exotic pets are special in many ways. They have specific and special needs when it comes to their care at home and in regards to their health and medical care. Exotic and pocket pets are notorious for hiding illness and disease symptoms. Which is why we strongly advise routine wellness exams and health consultations to detect problems early so you can prevent an issue before it even start. We discuss your unique pets health and their specific needs given their specie to help you take the best possible care of your pet. All of our patients are treated with genuine kindness and concern whether they have fur, feathers, or scales! We are passionate about providing the best health care possible to all pets including exotic animals.
Exotic pets are unusual and fun, but it can be challenging to care for them without proper information and guidance.
Harvey Animal Hospital offers comprehensive exotic pet care by experienced veterinarians, including:
Exotic pets (for our purposes here, anything other than a cat or dog) typically require special handling and exceptional care. To give you the best recommendation for proper husbandry and nutrition, we need to know as much as possible about their current living environment.
Bring a Picture
It is helpful to have a photograph of your pets’ living quarters at home for the veterinarian to review and include in the medical record. If possible, snap several photos, print them out, and bring them along, or send the photos to us via email.
For birds, the day before your appointment, place clean cage paper on the cage floor. Fold up and bring the newly soiled paper to your appointment. We will use this sample to evaluate the visual condition of your bird’s stool, as well as possibly performing a microscopic evaluation for intestinal parasites.
For reptiles, if your pet voids a fresh stool sample within 24 hours of your appointment, please place it in a small sealable bag and bring it along to your appointment. We will use this sample to evaluate the visual condition of your reptile’s stool, as well as possibly performing a microscopic evaluation for intestinal parasites. A small sample of the cage bedding is also helpful.
In addition, bring a small sample of your pet’s most commonly fed dry food (pellets, seeds). It is also helpful if you can provide the brand name of the feed.
Protect from Cold, Heat, and Other Stress
Don’t forget to protect your pet between the car and hospital. Pre-warming or cooling your vehicle is a good idea. Use towels or other cloth covers over carry cages to avoid drafts or heat and cold stress.
Large reptiles may benefit from adding a warm—not hot—water bottle to their travel container, to help maintain normal body temperatures. You may use a clean, one-quart plastic milk or soda container, and secure the bottle to prevent rolling. For smaller reptiles, a temporary “waterbed” consisting of a sealable plastic bag of warm water, with a small towel covering the bag inside the travel container.
Whenever bringing exotic pets in for an appointment, use an appropriately sized pet carrier or secure travel container to maximize safety and minimize environmental stress.
Ferrets should be in a small size carrier with a blanket they can hide and stay warm in.
If you have any questions, please give us a call! 313-882-3026