At Pekin Veterinary Clinic, our veterinarians treat exotic pets including reptiles, birds, and small mammals such as hamsters, guinea pigs, and rabbits from across Tazewell County and the Peoria area.
Care for Birds, Reptiles & Mammals in Tazewell County
At Pekin Veterinary Clinic, we provide wellness and preventive care services for your bird or other exotic pet. We can also treat exotic pets for medical or behavioral concerns.
While birds and other exotic pets are absolutely unique animals, one thing they have in common with cats and dogs is that they benefit from regular veterinary care to help them live long, happy and healthy lives. Our veterinarians are trained in the unique care requirements and veterinary treatment of these species.
Please note: While we treat birds, exotic mammals, and reptiles, we do not treat amphibians.
Exotics We Treat
At Pekin Veterinary Clinic in Tazewell County, we are equipped to provide dedicated, advanced veterinary care for exotic pets including:
Backyard poultry, parrots, canaries, finches, and others.
Hedgehogs, ferrets, sugar gliders, gerbils, pot-bellied pigs, hamsters, chinchillas, guinea pigs, and others.
Snakes, lizards, tortoises, turtles, and others.
Have more questions about care for your small mammal, reptile, or bird? Take a look at our FAQs for more information.
Small Mammal Care
- What is an exotic mammal?
Guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, ferrets, chinchillas, hedgehogs, mice, gerbils, and hamsters are classified as exotic mammals. Because many exotic pets are prey species in the wild, they can consequently be very good at hiding signs of illness until it has advanced, which is why preventive veterinary care is so important.
- What can I expect at an exotic appointment?
When you attend a routine exam with your exotic mammal, we will assess your pet's overall health.
The vet will perform a thorough physical examination, recommend the appropriate preventive care, and answer any questions you may have about your pet to help ensure their long-term health and longevity.
- What are reptiles?
This class of animals can include turtles, snakes, lizards, tortoises, and iguanas. These air-breathing vertebrates have special skin made of hard scales, bony plates, or a combination of both. They regularly shed an outer layer of skin.
Reptiles are air-breathing vertebrates. Covered in special skin made of bony plates, hard scales, or a combination of both, they regularly shed an outer layer of skin.
To allow your pet reptile the best chance at a healthy life, diet and habitat must be meticulously maintained, and preventive care is critical to longevity and well-being.
- What can I expect at my appointment?
To help your reptilian companion live a long, healthy life, it's critical to bring them in for routine veterinary care. At each visit, the vet will perform a physical exam and any required diagnostic tests.
Appropriate preventive care will also be provided. Finally, the veterinarian will take time to answer any questions you may have about your exotic pet's health, at-home care, nutrition, or other aspects of ownership.
- What is the avian species?
The avian species covers any and all things related to birds. These small exotic mammals have become popular pets for people looking for affectionate, intelligent companions with unique personalities.
Since many birds are prey species in the wild, they may hide signs of illness as a defense mechanism against predators. This means that consistent, qualified preventive veterinary care is critical to their overall health and well-being.
- What can I expect at an avian veterinary appointment?
When your avian friend comes in for an appointment, the vet will perform a thorough routine exam to assess the general health of your pet.
We'll recommend appropriate preventive care, complete any tests that may be required, and answer any questions you may have about at-home care.