Avian and Exotic Pet Care

A normal day at Apple Valley Animal Hospital may mean seeing birds, tortoises, lizards, mice, rats, iguanas, chinchillas, snakes, guinea pigs and even chickens and turkeys come through our door. Dr. Jessen and our staff members are experienced in providing specialized care and treatment for birds and many exotic companion animals. We understand their unique health needs and can provide diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical services, as well as counseling on nutrition, behavior and general care.

Since it is often difficult to determine if an exotic pet is ill, we strongly recommend physical examinations twice a year to check for health problems and annual monitoring to check for nutritional and husbandry-related conditions.

To survive attacks from their predators, exotic animals normally conceal their illnesses in the wild. As a result, their medical problems often go unnoticed for long periods of time. By the time you recognize there is a problem with your exotic pet, the condition is often extremely serious. With biannual medical examinations by a veterinarian at Apple Valley Animal Hospital, problems are often diagnosed before they become serious medical conditions.

After acquiring your new exotic pet, a complete wellness appointment is strongly recommended. This exam includes a thorough physical examination, and husbandry and nutritional consultation. Disease screening and laboratory testing is also available. Before bringing your pet into your home, it is essential to ensure he or she is healthy.

Should your bird or exotic pet need intensive care or hospitalization, there’s no greater relief than being certain your veterinary hospital is specifically equipped to care for your beloved companion. Apple Valley Animal Hospital has the technology, skill and experience necessary to treat your exotic pet.