Avian and Exotic Pets
If you already share your home with an exotic pet or are considering adding one to your menagerie, we want you to know that we can handle all your avian and exotic animal veterinary medical needs. Adding an exotic pet to your household is not a decision that should be made lightly. While certain small caged pets are often great for smaller homes and apartments or even younger family members, their care is not always as simple as one might think. There are many factors to consider, including husbandry and socialization requirements, expected longevity, and possible financial constraints. We encourage you to research your potential pet's needs prior to purchasing. We would be happy to counsel you on this decision during an appointment with one of our experienced veterinarians.
We provide veterinary care for all species of birds; small mammals such as mice, rats, hedgehogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, and chinchillas; reptiles such as iguanas, bearded dragons, geckos, and turtles; as well as amphibians. Services include annual examinations, preventative health care and blood screenings, spay and neuter surgeries, wing and nail grooming, emergency care, and behavior consultation.
We strongly believe in creating the best environment possible for your exotic pet in order to avoid common husbandry related diseases. If possible, bring your pet to your visit in his or her regular enclosure or cage so that we may evaluate and improve upon the environment. If this isn't possible, please be familiar enough with your pet's enclosure to adequately convey to your veterinarian the size and type of enclosure, type of substrate used, type of diet offered and eaten, lighting and heating sources, and cage furniture where appropriate. Long term health needs a strong foundation to build upon, and we will discuss the specific dietary and husbandry needs for your pet species that will support that foundation.
As with any pet, there are diseases or parasites that some exotic pets may carry that may be transmissible to humans. As a part of your interaction with your veterinarian, you will learn what those diseases are and how to avoid exposure. Again, due to these potential zoonotic diseases, we recommend that you research your exotic pet choice thoroughly prior to purchase.
Bringing an exotic pet into your household can be both entertaining and educational. We want to help you make decisions that will lead to long and healthy relationships with your pet. Trust the expert veterinarians at Meyerland Animal Clinic to assist you with all your exotic pet healthcare needs.
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