The phrase “Exotic Pets” encompasses a wide net of species from rodents, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, to a wide range of small mammals. Exotic animals might stand out from your standard dog or cat, but they require just as much home and veterinary care.
1. The Basics of Home Care
The key to your pet’s health begins with you. Before adopting one of these special species make sure that you can provide them with the proper pet-friendly environment, a variety of healthy foods, and a great deal of home engagement. Exotic rodents can be particularly challenging and can range variably from rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and chinchillas, to mice and rats. These exotic pets must have annual checkups due to the sensitivity of their guts. For example, rabbits are curious trouble makers at heart who are known to have one of the most sensitive guts of all the rodent species. Rabbits require regular checkups to ensure that their tummies can handle their reckless eating habits and that their nails are trimmed and will not snag on carpets. They cannot throw up anything that they ingest and their digestive system will not reveal any visible signs of gut torment, but if your pet’s appetite has drastically decreased you need to visit your local vet office as soon as possible. A regular vet visit will provide you with the knowledge necessary to maintain their energetic spunk that you first fell in love with.
2. Maintaining a Balanced Environment
Exotic pets are often adept social creatures, which require a seemingly endless amount of engaging activities to keep them occupied and entertained, but deep down they are creatures of moderation. Without adequate play time your pet will get bored and chew anything from paper and plastic to their owner’s belongings if they are not provided with pet-proofed toys and a large area to explore. This is often a sign that your animal’s routine is off balance. Remember that your pet requires a regular meal schedule, dedication, and attention each day, and a regular morning and bed time routine. Think of your pet as a toddler who acts out when their routine is out of balance. The more regular their routine, the healthier your pet will become.
3. The Annual Checkup
There are many reasons to take your exotic pet to the vet while they are still happy and healthy. Small exotic mammals often require neutering or spaying to keep them from developing wild habits such as courting, nipping, or hiding. If your pet has drastically changed personalities and has attributed one of these qualities it might be time to take them in for a visit and your pet will be back to normal in no time. Another reason to visit your vet regularly is because exotic animals are often a species of prey, so they will often hide their illnesses for protection from predators who prey on weaker animals. By attending your annual vet visit your vet will also be able to reassure you that their health is being properly maintained and will be able to annually monitor their appetite, weight, and energy level to ensure they are being properly cared for and are living their healthiest life.