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Before Adopting An Exotic Pet

The title “Exotic Pets” refers to a huge range of animals birds, reptiles, small mammals, and even insects. There are a few general ideas that can be applied to all of these “special species” to better manage their needed care.

When choosing an exotic pet, know what you are getting into by learning all about the care of your potential pet, before you decide on getting one. You need to do a lot of research to see what the animal really needs, because there are some issues you need to consider. A huge portion of exotic pets’ health problems are the result of owners not providing the correct care for the animal.

All exotic pets need enclosures/cages, food, shelter, water, special lighting, chew toys, enrichment in the form of handling, exercise, time outside the cage, wheels to run on and other activities that need to be included to get someone off to a good start with their new pet.

There may be laws pertaining to what sort of pets you may keep in the area that you live, so be sure to check the laws before buying your new pet. We recommend you have a veterinarian who can – and is willing to – treat your exotic pet. It is best to do this before you get your pet, or at least before an emergency arises so you don’t have to scramble to find a vet if you need one quickly.

Many exotics need to be spayed or neutered when of age, have a fecal examination performed to make sure there aren’t any zoonotic intestinal parasites and booster any vaccinations that may need to be given.

Ongoing veterinary care may also be needed for annual check-ups or health conditions that specific exotic pets are prone to.