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The world of exotic pet care is highly specialized and nuanced. Birds, reptiles, rodents, amphibians, and rabbits round out the typical list of exotic pets, but there are numerous breeds of each species of exotic pets available for legal adoption. The list of possible exotic pets is by no means exhaustive. As such, we are happy to see and treat all exotic pets, and look forward to sharing best practices for the special care they require. 

Traditional and/or Exotic Pets

Some exotic pets live in households shared by the more traditional pets, like cats and dogs. Other exotic pets are solo or members of an all-exotic home. With time, practice, and careful planning, exotic pet care can become straightforward, easy, and deeply gratifying. If thorough research and preparation aren’t priorities before adoption, exotic pet care can quickly grow challenging or even insurmountable. 

Our guide to essential exotic pet care aims to support responsible ownership of these incredible animals. 

Simulating Nature

Even if an exotic pet was bred in captivity they still require a standard of living that mimics their natural, or wild, environment and lifestyle. Creating a safe, comfortable, enriching habitat is crucial to their well-being. 

  • Be sure to invest in an enclosure that supports proper growth and development, or graduate to larger sizes when appropriate. 
  • Find items that allow your exotic pet to dig, burrow, climb, forage, hunt, or whatever natural behaviors they instinctively tap into. 
  • Have an understanding of their needs for humidity, light and heat. 
  • Be prepared for lots of noise at night if nocturnal, and don’t expect a lot of play during the day. 
  • Clean and disinfect their enclosure on a regular basis and rotate in new supplies.

Excellent Eaters

It is so exciting to watch exotic pets eat, and their diet is an incredible opportunity to ensure their health and wellness. Because each type of exotic pet has unique nutritional needs, we recommend conducting some research to know how best to provide their meals. Live bait or prey not only satiate hunger but trigger hunting skills

Developing a Friendship

One of the best ways to bond with an exotic pet is to provide them with attention, affection, interaction, and enrichment. Some exotic may be more sociable than others but that doesn’t mean they want complete solitude. 

While you spend time together, maximize the opportunity by checking their nails, teeth, beak, feather or coat. Do what you can safely to clean and trim them, or schedule an appointment for help. 

Exotic Pet Care

We are available to see and treat ill or injured exotic pets, but just like cats and dogs, these special creatures benefit from routine veterinary care, as well. We customize every exotic pet care exam to each animal, and we’re proud to work closely with exotic pet owners toward disease prevention, behavioral support, and more. Whether your pet needs vaccinations, parasite prevention, dental care, nail trims, or wing trimming, we are always here to support your exotic pet. 

Modesto Exotic Vet

Some small rodents may live a couple years, other exotic pets, such as large avian species, live upwards of twenty years (or more). Whichever wonderful exotic pet you choose, we hope to be able to help you enjoy a long, happy, healthy life with them. 

Please call Veterinary Medical Associates at (209) 527‑5855 with any questions or concerns about exotic pet care.