Exotic Animal Services

We treat a wide variety of exotic pet species. This page will give an overview of some of the services available for exotic pets. It would be impossible to give a complete listing of all the exotic animal options, but a short list of some more common procedures is listed below. Dr. Kim has a special interest in ferret medicine, rabbit medicine, and pet birds. We have special reference charts for medications that can safely be used in exotic species. We also have access to the veterinarian at a major metropolitan zoo, whom we consult when necessary, for those critters that don’t fit neatly into our reference books.

Diagnostics

Many of the same diagnostic tests available for our companion animal species can be tailored for use in exotic pet species.

  • Ultrasound
  • Digital Radiographs
  • Intestinal parasite screening
  • External parasite screening
  • Complete blood count
  • Diagnostic and pre-anesthetic blood profiles
  • Urinalysis
  • Bacterial culture and antibiotic sensitivity
  • Histopathology

Ferrets

Most ferrets are spayed or neutered and “descented” prior to delivery to pet stores for resale. If the female is not spayed, she must be kept with a male and bred immediately when she cycles, or she will develop a potentially fatal condition known as estrogen toxicity from a persistent heat. In the event a ferret is purchased unaltered, Dr. Foster can do the procedure.

We also do:

  • Ferret specific vaccination programs for kits and adults with wellness exams
  • Dental care: preventative and therapeutic procedures
  • Nail trims

Rabbits

Routine rabbit services include:

  • Wellness exams
  • Spays & neuters
  • Specialized rabbit dental equipment

Rabbit Dental Care

Rabbit teeth grow continuously throughout their life, therefore good dental care is a must. If the teeth and jaw are not properly aligned, the teeth won’t wear evenly and can prevent the rabbit from eating, leading to malnutrition or even starvation. Preventative dental exams can save your rabbit’s life.

Guinea Pigs and Small Rodents

  • Specialized dental equipment for small rodents
  • Digestive issues in Guinea pigs
  • Guinea pig C sections
  • Tumor removals in small rodents

Birds

This category includes pet birds (parakeets, cockatiels, parrots, cockatoos, etc) farm birds (chickens, ducks, geese, swans, turkeys & peacocks) and wildlife (injured hawks, owls, bluejays etc). Wild birds cannot be kept as pets, due to state game regulations. After critical injuries are treated, wild birds are sent to a licensed rehab facility to prepare for reintroduction into the wild.

  • Nail trims
  • Beak trims
  • Wing trims
  • Wellness exams
  • Treatment of injuries and respiratory illnesses
  • Parasite treatment

Snakes, Lizards, & Turtles

Snakes must be of the nonpoisonous variety and are usually seen for feeding injuries or illness.

Lizards, such as iguanas, are usually seen for illnesses or injuries resulting from improper diet or improper housing/lighting.

Turtles are also primarily seen for illnesses related to dietary issues and injuries.

The reptile pets have special diet considerations and UV light requirements. If the proper diet and environment aren’t provided for them, they are more susceptible to illness and can develop gout or fractures from poor calcium metabolism and malnutrition. We can provide dietary counseling or point you toward reliable resources.

The Unique & Unusual

We see many squirrels for a local licensed squirrel rehab facility. Other unusual visitors to our office have included: Llamas, rheas, emus, ostriches, bobcat, tiger, raccoon, nutra rat, chinchilla, sugar gliders, deer and even a baby alligator.

While in her senior year at veterinary school, Dr. Kim was also privileged to assist her employer with veterinary care on an exotic farm with zebra, elephants, camels, and wallabies.