Having an exotic animal can be a rewarding experience. However, it comes along with additional responsibilities for its basic care, grooming, and medical treatment that some potential pet owners do not consider. At Aliso Beach Animal Clinic in Laguna Beach, CA, we have cared for exotic animals for many years.
Basic Care of Exotic Animals
Whether you unexpectedly acquired an exotic animal in your care or are looking to purchase one, it's up to you to provide an environment that fulfills its needs. That could mean anything from monitoring the status of your fish's water tank to giving an avian companion the freedom to stretch its wings. A poor environment can stifle growth, cause lethargy, exacerbate health issues, and other problems.
You can't pour a bowl of dog food into your lizard's dish and expect them to be happy, either. Not every animal has labeled and processed food at the pet store, so look for nutritional counseling based on your animal's species. If the cost of the particular food they need is too high for your budget, it will help to know before you commit to its care.
Grooming Exotic Animals
Proper grooming goes beyond just letting your pet look its best. Like clipping a dog's nails or adding shoes to a horse's hooves, some animals need additional care to account for the changes humans cause in their typical life patterns. Failing to do so can lead to further health issues down the road. Some exotic animals will have similar hair and nail grooming needs, but you may miss out on essential aspects of pet care without the advice of someone knowledgeable about that specific animal.
Proper Veterinarian Care
Every animal has its anatomical setup and health concerns that need to be considered when providing veterinary care. In an emergency, you will want to contact a veterinarian who knows your animal and has the skills to care for them without delay. Aliso Beach Animal Clinic is staffed by veterinarians ready to respond to the emergency needs of exotic animals at any time for pet owners in Laguna Beach, CA, or the surrounding area.
Are You Ready to Own an Exotic Animal?
If you've read this and are still prepared for the commitment, you're not ready yet. Continue to do research and contact veterinarians who will give you a full picture of what care your intended animal will require. Call us today at (949) 499-4190 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.