Caring for Birds and Exotic Animals
At Pekin Veterinary Clinic, we take pride in our ability to provide excellent care to many types of animals, including exotics. While we mostly handle cats and dogs, our doctors and technicians are also well practiced with birds, reptiles, rabbits and pocket pets.
Caring for a bird can be a very rewarding experience. If, however, it is not possible to keep nails and beaks trimmed to a healthy length, more frequent veterinary visits will be needed.
Over the years, our Pekin Veterinary team has treated many kinds of reptiles: ball pythons, leopard geckos, bearded dragons, boa constrictors and anoles to name a few. Just as in birds, illness in reptiles can be hard to spot. If you suspect something is wrong, consider:
Rabbits have quickly become the most popular exotic pet. With this increase has come increased knowledge on husbandry and medicine. Our veterinarians are kept up to date on these new findings to provide the best care for your pet.
An umbrella term, “pocket pets” includes all small, cages animals like gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats and sugar gliders. While all of these animals are different and specific anatomies and disease processes will need to be taken into account, what to look for in illness is surprisingly similar.
If you’re worried your bird or reptile may be sick, please schedule an appointment will us. After entering the clinic, a reception member will greet you, after which you’ll be placed into an appointment room. There, a technician will get a history to allow our veterinarians to better understand the problem. The doctor will then perform a complete physical and ask you a few more questions. If needed, a variety of diagnostics and procedures may be needed, including complete blood count, chemistry panel, urinalysis, fecal staining, radiology and/or ultrasound.
We also regularly perform surgeries on exotics, from routine procedures such as spay and neuter, to more complicated surgeries for mass removals, obstructed bowels and more.