Exotic pets, such as rabbits, require special care and attention to ensure they live a healthy and happy life. From providing adequate nutrition to creating an appropriate environment, owners of these exotic pets must be committed to their pet's wellbeing. To ensure the best care for these tiny creatures, BEVS is fortunate to have the collaboration of Dr. Jordan Adair who provides comprehensive care, advanced diagnostics, medical diagnosis and treatment, and more.
It is important for owners to educate themselves on the needs of their exotic pet before bringing them home. This includes understanding what to feed them, how to house them, what type of environment to provide, and if they should be alone or in pairs. Unfortunately, malnutrition is common in exotic pets due to owners not knowing what to feed them. Exotic birds, reptiles and small mammals have precise dietary requirements for healthy and happy lives.
Any changes in diet should be done slowly and with close supervision from a veterinarian. The enclosure for an exotic pet should be large enough to accommodate any exercise needs and safe enough to prevent escape. Additionally, regular visits to the vet are necessary as it can be difficult to notice when an exotic pet is not feeling well until the situation is critical. Enrichment and mental stimulation are also important for exotic pets. While most reptiles aren't as sociable as companion birds or mammals, they still need enrichment and mental stimulation to live their best lives.
Many health problems in exotic pets are directly or indirectly related to a problem with their diet or environment. With the education and commitment of the owners, we can help provide our exotic pets with an excellent quality of life. Talking to your veterinarian who treats exotic pets is a good source of dietary recommendations and other advice on how best to care for your pet.