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Here at Oakland Park Animal Hospital, we have more than 24 years of experience giving compassionate, expert care to all the animals that come into our animal vet clinic, from great danes to tiny mice. Our select group of veterinarians are trained to help pocket pets like ferrets, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, mice, reptiles, and birds whenever they need assistance. This page contains basic information for pet owners about caring for more exotic pets, as well as common problems we see here in our veterinary hospital.
At our hospital, we treat all types of exotic pets including rabbits, all pocket pets, reptiles and birds with species specific care. Rabbits need a diet of vegetables, hay, and pellets, a clean cage, exercise and love to stay healthy. Our animal vet clinic often sees rabbits with problems like hairballs and respiratory infections. Hairballs can cause intestinal blockages, so keep rabbits well groomed and on a high-fiber diet. Never use cedar or pine shavings in rabbit cages, as these give fumes that are harmful to rabbits. Our veterinary hospital staff recommends using only aspen, straw, or hay. If a pet rabbit ever shows symptoms of lethargy, fur loss, runny nose and eyes, difficulty breathing, or diarrhea, please come to our emergency pet hospital right away.
Here at Oakland Park Animal Hospital, we often treat gerbils, hamsters, mice and rats. Rodent pets need the proper bedding and exercise space within their cages, as well as the correct diet. Rodents' teeth never stop growing, so we often see painful, overgrown teeth in our animal vet clinic. Rodent owners should always provide the appropriate chew sticks and toys to keep rodents' teeth healthy, and keep their cages clean and dry to prevent respiratory infections. If a rodent pet has diarrhea, a runny nose or eyes, or is sneezing and coughing, bring it to our emergency pet hospital immediately.
Lizards, turtles and snakes are fascinating pets that cannot control their own body temperature, and each particular species has its own very specific heating, hydration, housing, and dietary needs. Pet owners should research their reptile pet's species-specific dietary and housing needs. Some reptile pets develop intestinal blockages if they inadvertently eat their bedding substrate along with their meal, so our veterinary hospital staff recommends feeding reptile pets on a flat, non sandy surface. If a reptile pet exhibits any abnormal activities or behaviors, do not hesitate to call or come in to our emergency pet hospital for an evaluation.
Bird owners should always make sure to keep the birds' cage clean and stick to the birds' dietary requirements. Bird owners who notice their bird suffering from cold-like symptoms of a reduced appetite, cloudy eyes or frequently ruffled feathers should bring their birds to our animal hospital right away as these may be signs of a serious respiratory infection or feather mites.
Call or come into our animal vet clinic anytime a pet exhibits unusual symptoms so that we can treat your furry, feathery, or scaly pet with high quality and experienced care. For additional information, take a look at the Exotic & Pocket Pets FAQ page
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