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Birds, Reptiles, and other Exotic Pets
Although you may not think your pet is "exotic," that is the term used to describe an unusual pet. The most common exotic pets include birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, and reptiles.
Exotics and Illness
The most common reason we see exotic pets is for husbandry deficits. This means that the basic care required for health is lacking. There are countless sources of incorrect information including, but unfortunately not limited to, internet sources and retail pet store employees. Keep in mind that an experienced veterinarian is always the best source for care information. Without the proper diet, temperature, and humidity (to name a few!), exotic pets can become ill and even die. It is very important to have a wellness visit with a vet experienced in exotic care to ensure basic needs are being met.
Reliable Husbandry Sources:
The Veterinary School at The University of Wisconsin Madison has a "special species" department staffed with veterinarians with a specialization in the care of exotic pets.