Exotic pets can be a wonderful addition to any family. When choosing an exotic pet for your family, it’s important to understand that proper care and environment will play a big role in how well your new pet will thrive in its new home. Contact us for more information about bring your exotic friends into the vet clinic.
Some important questions to ask when choosing an exotic pet include:
- Is the pet nocturnal or diurnal? Meaning, do they sleep at night like we do, or are they active at night and sleep during the day? Nocturnal pets, such as hedgehogs and sugar gliders, are wonderful companions but may not be suited for young children or adults who may be kept awake at night or disappointed in the daylight when their pet’s activity level is minimal.
- What type of diet do they require? A large portion of exotic pets will require fresh fruits, vegetables and other specialized dietary requirements. This is especially true with guinea pigs and reptiles, who will likely require vitamin and mineral supplements to insure they remain strong and healthy.
- What kind of environment will my pet need? When choosing an exotic pet, it’s important to provide an enclosure suited to its size and lifestyle. Additionally, it’s also important that the enclosure be located in an area of your home that provides the correct environment for. For example, placing a chinchilla near a heater vent could cause significant overheating and health problems.
Some of the exotics that we care for at Aspen Grove Animal Hospital include:
- Guinea Pigs
- Sugar Gliders