When most people think exotic animals, they probably get the image of tiger cubs or maybe even a bear hiding out in someone’s garage. The truth is that in the veterinary world, exotic pets are basically anything out of the normal scope of canine and feline pets.
Ferrets, hamsters, birds, lizards, birds, rabbits, and guinea pigs are all considered exotic pets. And that is just to name a few. Unfortunately, these animals often have emergency needs at times when other clinics are not open and that’s where our team is here to help.
What Are the Most Common Emergency Veterinary Services for Exotic Animals?
Since the category for exotic animals is pretty far-reaching, it can be difficult to pin down exactly one type of emergency situation that happens the most often. However, there are a few indicators that exotic pet parents should look out for to signal trouble.
- Lack of eating or drinking
- Problems urinating or defecating
- Broken bones
Further, we can look at breed specific issues a little closer. Our team at Hawkins Pet and Exotic Animal Clinic is trained to assist with all of these exotic animal emergency situations and is available to guide you on what to do when they occur.
- Birds: Weakness, staying at the bottom of the cage, struggling to lay an egg, discharge from the eyes or beak.
- Ferrets: Diarrhea, lack of appetite, pawing at the mouth, vomiting.
- Rabbits: Lethargy, refusal to eat, extreme panting.
- Guinea Pigs: Rolling of the head, decreased stool production, head tilt.
- Reptiles: Paralysis, extreme cold body temperature, unusual eating, or drinking compared to normal habits.
What to Do If Your Exotic Pet Experiences an Emergency
If you believe your exotic pet is in the middle of an emergency, please contact us at Hawkins Pet and Exotic Animal Clinic as soon as possible. There are numerous things we can do to help ensure your animal, reptile, or bird’s health and wellness, but that all really starts with proper veterinary care.
We’re Here to Help with All of Your Veterinary Needs
No matter what time day or night, our team is here to help with all of your veterinary needs. Please give us a call at (903) 769-2331 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment or to discuss your emergency situation.