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Furry, Feathery, Scaly Pets!

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What is a pet? When we hear the word pet we often think of a fluffy, little puppy or kitten.  While this is true, I want to introduce you to other pet options that are just as amazing!  Reptiles, small mammals, birds, and fish can make wonderful family members as well.

leopard geckoAre You A Good Match?

The most important thing to do when considering a more exotic pet is to do your research first. That is actually the most important thing to do before getting any pet. This allows you to see if you have the ability and lifestyle to accommodate what that particular animal needs to give it the best life possible. 

For example, many people do not know that reptiles need supplemented with minerals, as well as a special kind of lighting.  They also need heat to help them metabolize the minerals to stay healthy. Without proper light and supplementation reptiles can became very sick, which can sadly result in death. 

Reputable Sellers = Healthier Animals

The second important thing is to ensure that you acquire your exotic pet from a reputable source.  Items to take note of when evaluating a seller include the origination of the animal(s), the genetic line of the animal, and taking note of how the animals are housed at the facility. Are enclosures clean and do all animals look healthy? Take your research with you and ask the person selling the animals some basic questions about care and diet. If they do not know the answers, I would recommend buying elsewhere.

parrotCheck In for a Healthy Start!

After you purchase your awesome new pet, you need to take it to a veterinarian within that first week of the pet coming home. The veterinarian can examine your pet to make sure it appears healthy, as well as go over some of their basic medical needs. This is also a good time to go over any questions you may have. 

Unfortunately, many exotic pet owners are under the impression that veterinarians will not see these type of patients or that these patients do not need to see their vet unless they are sick. Both of these assumptions are false. Veterinary care options available include both general practitioners and board certified specialists. They can provide wellness services, medications when indicated, as well as maintenance treatments such as beak and nail trims for birds, nail trims for some reptiles, and dental occlusion correction for small mammals.

I am one of those general practitioners who is passionate about helping you provide optimal care for all your furry, feathery or scaly pets. Please call our office today to set up a wellness appointment for your exotic friends.  I can't wait to meet them!

- Dr. Mary Koelsch

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