The number of exotic animal pet owners have been growing steadily over the past decade. Many people have found exotic pets can be a charming and affectionate companions, similar to the cat or the dog. What most of these pet owners do not realize, is that there is Veterinary care that is strongly recommended for these pets as well.
An exotic pet is normally considered to be any pet outside of the typical cat or dog. They are not barn-yard animals like horses, cows, pigs, chicken, etc. Usually exotic pets are your reptiles, amphibians, turtles, mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, and the like.
What most new exotic pet owners do not realize is the fact that many of these exotic animal species need a high level of husbandry, dietary and companion needs. Reptiles can be some of the hardest pets to actual care for. They require a very specific diet and habitat, that without they will not strive or survive.
Most exotic pet owners realize the need for Veterinary care, only after their beloved critter becomes ill. The sad part, is that many exotic vet visits are usually after the pet has been sick for a while. Most of these small critters mask their symptoms or illness due to their survival sense. Many of these pets in the wild are considered to be snacks for larger animals. Any sign of illness or weakness would make them a quick meal for predators, or may cause their family/siblings to turn away from them, causing them to usually lose shelter or food.
If you are considering rescuing or adopting an exotic pet into your family, you should arm yourself with as much research on the needs of the pet prior to the purchase. Get a sense of what the daily husbandry needs are. Are you considering a gecko? They require specific lighting and a strict diet. What about a cute bunny? Did you know that they have back molar teeth similar to you or I? What about a bird? Some bird species require hours of daily interaction with their owners to not develop behavioral issues like feather picking.
Once you have researched your desired pet, make sure there is a Veterinarian that is local enough to treat your animal for wellness, as well as sick visits. You are urged to schedule a visit with your local Exotic Animal Veterinarian as soon after obtaining your new pet, as you can. Exotic Animal Vets are well educated on the proper needs of these fascinating species, and they will help ensure that your new pet will have everything it needs to strive in your home.
Many Exotic Animal Vets will recommend a yearly exam of your pet to help ensure your pets health, as well as head-off any illness that may be masked.
Owning an exotic pet can be a great reward. Coupled with a great Veterinarian and the proper needs for your pet, your exotic pet can live out its life in comfort and well being.