August is Exotic Wellness Month
The large number of exotic species prevents us from going into much detail about the care and medical needs of each, but following general guidelines can be a good start if you find yourself drawn to the “out of the ordinary” type pet.
Knowledge: If you are keeping exotic species, including birds, snakes, reptiles, amphibians, sugar gliders and other marsupials, hedgehogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, etc. etc….you need to have a source for information on proper feeding, housing, and medical care. We here at Dublin see and treat all of the above and always recommend bring these critters in for exams and health checks.
More exotics come to us with illness or injury due to a lack of proper housing or husbandry than any other cause. Calcium deficiency in iguanas and sugar gliders, too much fat in bird diets, parasites on hedgehogs, teeth problems in rabbits and rodents due to lack of chewing material, and skin problems due to the wrong humidity, overheated hot rocks or lamps, or dirty conditions in reptiles all come to mind. Finding good sources of information on a pet’s care and learning as much as you can even before you get your exotic pet is one of the best things you can do.
Call us to schedule an appointment today 719-593-1336