Our hospital has been specially designed to cater to the needs of our patients. It is divided into three main areas, each of which has a separate air/heating system with specialized filters to minimize mixing of airborne particles. The temperature can be adjusted in each area according to our patients’ needs.
The entire hospital has a seamless epoxy flooring that does not harbor bacteria, viruses or fungal growth. All of our cages and runs are made out of stainless steel, which can be thoroughly disinfected. Specialized lighting is found throughout the hospital to better examine all of our patients. Intensive care units with individual controls for temperature and humidity ensure the comfort of our hospitalized patients. Around-the-clock oxygen supplementation and nebulization therapy are available if needed.
What is an exotic pet?
In this context, exotic pet refers to any pet not commonly seen in traditional canine and feline practice, and includes pet birds, reptiles, rabbits, rodents, exotic cats, small hooved stock and sometimes zoo species. Although a rabbit is probably not considered “exotic” by most, care of these species requires special knowledge and training.
Exotic pets we see include:
- Amphibians, including frogs, toads, newts and salamanders
- Birds, including parrots, macaws, softbills (canaries, finches, etc), birds of prey, domestic poultry (chickens, guinea fowl, peacocks) and domestic waterfowl (ducks, geese, swans, etc)
- Exotic Carnivores, including coatis, fennec foxes
- Insectivores, including hedgehogs
- Invertebrates, including tarantulas
- Marsupials, including sugar gliders, wallabies, opossums
- Nonhuman primates (New World monkeys only, doctor’s approval required)
- Pot-bellied Pigs (while still young and small, will spay and neuter)
- Reptiles, including lizards, iguanas, geckos, bearded dragons and nonvenomous snakes, turtles and tortoises
- Rodents, including guinea pigs, prairie dogs, hamsters, chinchillas, gerbils, degus, rats and mice
- Wildlife kept as pets, including raccoons and squirrels
If you do not see your pet listed, call us at 843-216-8387!
Why see a specialist?
Traditional veterinary education usually does not adequately prepare veterinarians for the care of unusual pet species. Mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians all have their own anatomy and physiology, and treating their illnesses requires knowledge of this diversity. When veterinarians attempt to treat these special species as if they were cats and dogs, serious harm can occur. Veterinarians treating exotic and non-traditional pets must make the commitment to learn about these special species, and spend continuing education time keeping up on the latest advancements in exotic pet care. At Birds and Exotics Animal Care, our focus on these species allows us to provide the highest and most advanced level of care possible.
Why should I take my pet to the veterinarian if he is not sick?
Most exotic pet species are masters at hiding illness from owners. Most are prey species, and an important survival trick is to hide injury and illness to prevent predators from targeting them. Therefore, regular veterinary visits are important to help detect early indications of illness. During a normal well pet visit, the staff will go over many aspects of pet care, discuss ways to detect early disease and minimize preventable illness, and share any new advances in exotic pet care that might benefit your special pet. All new pets go home with written care instructions.