Exotic Pet Care Services in Thomasville

Give your exotic pet the medical care and attention it needs to live a long, happy life. Our veterinarians at Thomasville Veterinary Hospital Urgent Care + Surgery have years of experience with a wide range of exotic animals.

Exotic Pets, Thomasville Vet

Exotic Pets

From birds to rodents, reptiles, and spiders, exotic pets are wonderfully eccentric additions to your family if you're looking for something less conventional than a cat or dog. 

Just as with any pet, exotic pets have their own personalities, needs and quirks, and require years of love and care. They are as unique as their owners, and can offer a lifetime of love and companionship. While owning an exotic pet can be a uniquely rewarding experience, they also require a long-term commitment and need special conditions to thrive.

Have questions about exotic pet care or need to book an annual physical exam? Come see us. 

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What is an Exotic Pet?

Exotic pets are considered rare or unusual. Examples include:

  • Birds
  • Rodents (hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats, mice)
  • Rabbits
  • Ferrets
  • Hedgehogs
  • Sugar gliders
  • Reptiles (snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises)
  • Amphibians (frogs, toads)
  • Spiders

Considering an Exotic Pet?

Click the links below to read more information on picking certain species.

  • Birds

    Birds can be fascinating pets. Learn more about choosing a pet bird.

    Selecting a Pet Bird

  • Rabbits

    Rabbits are relatively clean pets that offer hours of entertainment and affection. Learn more about choosing a pet rabbit.

    Selecting a Pet Rabbit

  • Rodents

    There are several different types of rodents that can be kept as pets, including rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and gerbils. Learn more about choosing a pet rodent.

    Selecting a Pet Rodent

  • Ferrets

    Ferrets are intelligent, social, and playful pets. Learn more about choosing a pet ferret.

    Selecting a Pet Ferret

  • Reptiles

    From snakes to lizards and turtles, the needs of reptiles can be quite different from other types of pets. Learn more about choosing a pet reptile.

    Selecting a Pet Reptile

  • My dear old cat went in for a teeth cleaning - they were very attentive to her age. They also worked within the time constraints I had for pick up. They were considerate to let me know when she went to recovery and gave me a "surgery" report over the phone. I was given specific instructions for that evening. She is perky and back to her old self as she shows off her pearly whites.
    - Keri B.

Veterinary Care for Exotics

Exotic pets need yearly checkups as well!

Annual examinations can prevent illness and allow our veterinarians to discover diseases and other health problems early.

One of the most common issues we see with exotic pets is malnutrition, so your vet will also discuss diet and housing requirements for your particular pet to make sure their basic needs are being met.

During annual checkups, we will also ensure your pet is up to date with their vaccinations, if required, as well as fecal testing for parasites and overgrowth of bacteria.

Some species require more routine visits, such as rodents for teeth and nail trims, and birds for beak, wing, and nail trims.

Any changes in your exotic pet's behavior or eating habits warrant a trip to the vet immediately as these pets can decompensate quickly without medical intervention.

If your pet is sick, we can discuss performing diagnostics such as radiographs and bloodwork.

Special Considerations

People often purchase exotic pets because they believe that these animals are “cool” or believe that because they are smaller, they are easier to take care of and more budget-friendly.

These are the two biggest misconceptions about exotic pet ownership!

Read below to understand some of the considerations you have to remember before purchasing an exotic pet.

The key to being a successful exotic pet owner is to do as much research as possible on the species you are considering bringing home. Your veterinarian is the best resource.

  • Lifespan

    Some of these pets live longer than dogs and cats. Therefore, owning an exotic pet is a real long-term commitment, and the novelty of owning a “cool” pet will wear off quickly.

  • Diets

    Some species eat very particular diets (insects and live rodents, for example). Proper feeding for these animals may not be for everyone and this is something to consider before committing to an exotic pet.

  • Environmental Conditions

    Many of these species live under very special conditions and require lots of work to maintain the proper environment (temperature, humidity, etc.). This can become very costly from a financial standpoint and very time-intensive.

  • Legal Ownership

    Be sure to check that your local government does not have any sanctions against certain species for pet ownership.

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New patients always welcome!

Whether you need urgent care for your pet or you're looking for a vet in Davidson County, we welcome you to our family at Thomasville Veterinary Hospital Urgent Care + Surgery.

Referrals may be required for some specialty services. Please contact us to learn more.

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(336) 475-9119