Did you know that companion animal veterinarians provide care for all animals, not just cats and dogs? The other furry and feathered friends in your household do have options for medical care and at Hudson veterinary hospital, we can provide it.
It is important to have nearby resources when an exotic pet is sick. Many of these species are extremely sensitive to temperature extremes and stress, all of which is not helped by a long car ride. Most of these animals also hide symptoms very well and are at an advanced stage of their illness when we notice there is a problem, making them even more susceptible to the perils of a long voyage.
Should your bird, mouse or lizard get sick, please make sure that the car is cooled or heated, their transport is well insulated and hidden from drafts, and that the atmosphere in the car is as calm as possible: turn down the radios, avoid loud conversation and try to drive as smoothly as possible. Once you arrive at the hospital, please keep your pet away from other animals and we will attempt to direct you to an examination room rapidly.
You will likely be visiting your veterinarian for one of two reasons: an annual health exam or an illness. Before coming to the hospital, DO NOT clean your pet’s cage. A significant portion of the information we need to assess general health is done by observing the animal in its habitat, being able to assess the stool and urine and look for any other external signs of a problem.
The physical exam is usually done rather rapidly and without much interaction with the owner. We want to avoid handling (and therefore stressing) the animal for an extended period of time and so generally will try to be as efficient as possible when evaluating your pet. It is not always possible to examine the pet fully, as if we see signs of stress, we will stop what we are doing and given the animal a break.
It does happen that we choose to sedate or anesthetise your pet for certain procedures if the stress is too much.
Blood tests, X-rays, ultrasounds and surgeries: all are possible on your exotic pet and often applied. Interpreting a case with just a physical exam is much more difficult than for cats and dogs, and complementary testing is often proposed. Finally, adapted medications for your pet are available, be it injections to treat a turtle or fruit flavoured antibiotics for your rabbit.
Please do not hesitate to give us a call for more information.