Complete Small Animal, Reptile & Exotics Pet Care From Experienced Dallas Vets
Many reptile and small mammal owners are surprised to learn that their pets need to be seen by a veterinarian regularly. Your Summertree veterinarians recommend exams at least twice a year for small and exotic pets, for two good reasons:
- Since most reptiles and small mammals don’t live as long as people, getting an exam only once a year is like you going to your doctor every five to ten years. That is too long to wait for pets to be checked by a veterinarian.
- Early detection and treatment of disease is important for the best prognosis and is less expensive than treating a serious problem.
Regular veterinary care is necessary to ensure your pet lives a long, healthy life.
The Wellness Visit
The wellness visit at Summertree includes a complete physical exam, blood work, and other tests, as well as a thorough discussion of proper feeding, housing, care, and grooming of your pet.
While our veterinarians have a basic protocol for the twice-yearly wellness exam, various tests may be recommended to keep your pet healthy. Depending upon the species of pet, the tests performed, and the temperament of your pet, we may recommend performing some of these tests under short-acting gas anesthesia. This may also be done during dental care for small mammals such as rabbits and guinea pigs.
Your wellness visit may include the following components:
- Physical examination—Our veterinarian willrecord your pet's weight, general appearance, and mobility, and palpate the body and organs; any abnormalities or changes since the previous visit may indicate the need for specialized testing.
- Blood testing—May include a complete blood count and serum biochemical profile.
- Fecal analysis—Allows us to detect intestinal parasites.
- Microbiological testing—Testssuch as cultures or skin scrapings may be needed to diagnose specific problems.
- Radiographs—DigitalX-rays help reveal abnormalities, screen for masses such as tumors, diagnose abnormal fluid accumulation, and check the bones and joints.
Before bringing in your reptile, fish, or amphibian pet, we suggest you complete our Reptile Care and Husbandry History form.
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Exotic Pet Information
- The AAHA Healthy Pet website offers articles concerning exotic pets—rabbits, rodents, ferrets, birds, and more.
- The House Rabbit Society is an international nonprofit organization that rescues rabbits from animal shelters and educates the public on rabbit care and behavior.
- The ARBA is an organization dedicated to the promotion, development and improvement of the domestic rabbit and cavy.
- The American Ferret Association promotes the domestic ferret as a companion animal through public education.
- Melissa Kaplan, author of Iguanas for Dummies, provides extensive information on the captive care and behavior of green iguanas and other reptiles and amphibians.
- Guinea Lynx is a comprehensive medical and care guide for guinea pigs.