Unfortunately, exotic pets hide their signs extremely well, often until they are sick. They lack the ability to communicate with us clearly which makes diagnosing injuries and illnesses a challenging endeavor. In the event that something about your pet’s condition just doesn’t seem right, it is usually best to bring them in for a visit with our experienced doctors and staff. Our medical team is trained to quickly and accurately diagnose a wide variety of issues that your pet may be suffering from so that they can be treated safely and effectively before a little problem becomes a big one.
If your exotic pet is acting sick or injured, please call our offices to schedule an appointment. Even if you only suspect injury or illness, it’s important that your exotic pet is seen right away–exotics will often appear healthy until their illness is very severe! In most situations, we are able to see your pet that same day.
The health of an exotic pet can deteriorate very quickly, so it’s important for us to get a handle on the situation as soon as possible. Any change in behavior can be a sign of illness or injury, and we advise you to be observant and cautious.
Any change in eating or size and frequency of feces (stool production) is considered serious and can be life threatening. Other serious symptoms include lethargy or depression, difficulty breathing, vomiting, bleeding, seizure, serious trauma, unusual swelling, irregular bowel movements, vocalizing while urinating, acting erratically, has eaten/swallowed a foreign or poisonous object or substance, seems to have lost its sight, or has a swollen abdomen that appears painful when touched.