Your exotic pet should be seen by a doctor more often than once a year. Dr. Bradley Bays advocates bringing your pet in for a routine check-up once every four months to ensure that there have been no changes in their medical condition.
During a routine wellness visit, your veterinarian will perform a comprehensive physical examination to better understand your exotic pet’s general health. Additionally, depending on his/her medical history and unique species considerations, your pet may receive important diagnostic testing including bloodwork, x-rays, and intestinal parasite tests. Depending on the type of exotic animal, you should expect your veterinarian to talk about some of the following important preventative care options:
In addition, our experienced exotic species doctors will go over your particular exotic species’ common illnesses and health problems. An overview of your pet’s ideal diet and environment will also give you a better idea of how to keep your unique pet healthy and happy.
Some owners wonder why such tests and examinations are important. The simple answer is that since your exotic pet is unable to communicate when something is wrong, test results are the next best way to ascertain their condition. Also, most exotic species are prey species and therefore may hide signs of illness until they are very sick. If a questionable trend is identified in the bloodwork results, or if parasites are present in their system, a quick response with the appropriate treatment can save your pet from painful, debilitating and expensive illnesses.
If you have any questions at all about Belton Animal Clinic & Exotic Care Center’s general wellness protocols, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have!