We’re Your Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital
At Arab Veterinary Hospital, we treat pets of all shapes and sizes from Arab, Guntersville, Decatur, and beyond. As an avian and exotic animal hospital, all of your non-traditional pets including birds, reptiles, and small exotic mammals can find a home here with us. Your exotic pet requires just as much (and sometimes more!) wellness care to remain healthy as a cat or dog. Our skilled veterinarians will provide your unique pet with the specialized care they need to live long, happy lives with you.
Why Avian & Exotic Pets Need Specialized Care
Avian and exotic pets have very particular needs that are vastly different from a cat or dog. Their nutrition, habitat, and socialization are all unique to each species. What’s more is that many exotic species such as small rodents, rabbits, lizards, and many birds are prey animals and therefore, experts at hiding illness. It is often very difficult to pick up on their well-concealed illnesses. Yet, as an avian and exotic animal hospital, our experienced veterinarians and support staff expertly discern the subtle hints that point to sickness.
Providing Care for Exotic Species
In order to care for them properly and give them the best life with you, it’s best to do your research (and talk to us!) to learn about your pet’s individual needs. In general, exotic species do best when their habitat in your home matches closely with their natural habitat in the wild. At an exotic or avian pet wellness exam, we’ll begin by asking you about important elements of their home life including:
- Habitat- ideally, it should model their natural habitat as well as provide mental stimulation to deter boredom.
- Nutrition – nutrition should match their natural diet; however, some commercial feed also provides the appropriate nutrients for their long-term health.
- Socialization – some pets are social beings (such as birds and rabbits) and require the company of another of their species for happiness. Others such as many reptiles are solitary and are much more content on their own.
- Handling – each pet has different handling needs according to their individual level of tolerance. Small mammals and birds are typically receptive to human touch while many reptiles prefer minimal handling (yet some, such as bearded dragons and turtles do generally enjoy human company).
Our Wellness Care for Avian & Exotic Pets
A wellness exam for your exotic pet is the perfect time to ask us questions about their health and behavior so you can better understand them and give them the care they need. We also will be able to evaluate them with a thorough physical and may opt to perform routine blood work to screen for any unseen diseases.
To learn more about us and our experience as an avian and exotic animal hospital, please contact us today and set up your pet’s appointment!