Care for Non-Traditional Pets
Aside from cats and dogs, which make up the majority of our patients, we’re more than happy to see avians, exotics, pocket pets, and even reptiles at our animal hospital in Marinette. No matter what they eat or what they look like, all pets deserve high quality veterinary care, and we’re pleased to provide that for them. When it comes to caring for non-traditional pets, it’s important to do your research and maintain open channels of communication with your veterinarian. We can give you all the information you need to keep your furry, feathered, or scaly companion happy.
Avians, or birds, can make wonderful pets, but they require a lot of work. As with cats and dogs, we’d like to see your feathered friend for a checkup as soon as possible once you’ve adopted them, and then once every year after. During their wellness visit, we’ll examine their eyes, beak, feet, feathers/skin, and mouth to make sure they’re in good shape, and discuss:
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Exotic pets include ferrets, sugar gliders, and chinchillas, and reptiles such as snakes and iguanas. Whichever of these unique pets you own, you should bring them to us once a year for a wellness check. It’s not always easy to notice illness in these animals, and routine wellness checks allow for the early detection of disease.
Reptiles require special enclosures and climate settings to be comfortable, and must have a proper diet to sustain their growth. Along with the wellness exam, we can also perform blood work as needed to evaluate their condition. Our veterinarians will be glad to answer your questions about housing, diet, behavior, grooming, and more for your exotic pet.
Pocket pets include mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, and gerbils. Naturally, these cute critters are very small and fragile, and usually only live a few years—which is why we prefer to see pocket pets twice a year for checkups. Pocket pets may be small, but they still need considerable space to run around. We’ll provide recommendations for proper housing, diet, and climate (pocket pets are quite sensitive to temperature changes). Other topics we can discuss with you include: