Internal Medicine for Exotic Pets

The veterinary team at the Bird and Exotic Hospital provides complete internal medicine for our exotic patients, from testing to treatment. We provide appropriate treatment for patients that are ill as well as ongoing monitoring for pets that have chronic conditions.

Signs That Your Exotic Pet May Be Ill 

When an exotic pet is ill, there is no time to delay diagnostics and treatment, as exotic pets are often considered more fragile than larger animals. Many exotics, like parrots, rabbits and guinea pigs, are naturally prey animals so they hide signs of weakness or illness, making diagnostic tests and ongoing health checks essential for their well-being. 

Signs that you may observe to indicate illness in your pet include:

  • Fluffed-up feathers or fur
  • Decreased activity
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loose droppings or other changes in stool
  • Excessive urination
  • Weight loss
  • Picking feathers, scratching or biting skin, or fur loss. 
  • Swellings
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Making odd noises
  • Basically anything out of the ordinary can be a symptom 

Depending on the results of your exotic pet’s physical exam with our veterinarian, we may prescribe diagnostic testing to determine that cause and help us to develop a treatment plan.  

Medication Compounding 

In cases where medication is required for your exotic pet, we have an in-house pharmacy which allows us to compound medications specifically for administration to your unique pet. Smaller pets may need diluted medication- in this case compounding can make reduced strength concentrations more suitable. Also, since it can be difficult to give pills to exotic pets we can create liquid oral formulas that can be easier to administer, as well as adding flavors and sweeteners for more palatability. 

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