Exotic Pet Care

Do you prefer your animal companion to be covered in feathers or scales? Is the company of an exotic creature something you relish?

At Summertree Animal and Bird Clinic, we recognize that not everyone chooses a dog or cat as their pet. We also understand that birds, reptiles and exotics have special needs and requirements to keep them happy and healthy. Our doctors and staff are fully trained in exotic pet care. We can answer any questions you may have about a new or existing pet.

Exotic Wellness Care

Many reptile and small mammal owners are surprised to learn that their pets need to be seen by a veterinarian regularly. We recommend exams at least twice a year for small and exotic pets, for two good reasons:

  1. Since most exotics don’t live as long as people, getting an exam only once a year is like you going to your doctor every five to ten years. That is too long to wait for pets to be checked by a veterinarian.
  2. Early detection and treatment of disease is important for the best prognosis. It is also less expensive than treating a serious problem.

The extensive list of exotic pet care services we offer includes, but is not limited to:

  • Boarding
  • Wing, beak, and nail trims for birds
  • Wellness exams
  • Emergency and critical care
  • X-rays and blood work
  • Habitat setup and maintenance
  • Dietary needs and supplements

At Summertree Animal and Bird Clinic, we see all kinds of exotic animals including but not limited to the following. Please click on each animal/category for more information.

Birds/ParrotsChickensDucks/WaterfowlSnakesLizardsTurtles/TortoiseAmphibiansRabbitsGuinea PigsChinchillasRats/MiceFerretsSugar GlidersHedgehogsLemurs, Marmosets and Other New World PrimatesPot Bellied Pigs

Many owners are surprised to learn that birds need an initial visit to an avian veterinarian as well as a wellness exam at least once a year. Regular veterinary care is necessary to ensure that your bird lives a long, healthy life. Not only do routine visits help us prevent illness, but they also allow us to keep up with changes to recommended nutrition and husbandry.

The most important visit is the first one, right after you acquire your pet bird. During this visit, the veterinarian will perform a physical examination. We may also perform various diagnostic tests to determine your bird’s state of health and identify any diseases that require treatment. This visit also includes a thorough discussion of proper feeding, housing, care, and grooming of your new pet.

While avian protocols vary, diagnostic testing may be recommended to keep your bird healthy. Please note: we do not anesthetize birds to draw blood samples, but in some cases to reduce stress we may recommend a sedative.

What to Expect

Every visit begins with a thorough physical examination. During this exam, the veterinarian will:

  • Record your bird’s weight, general appearance and mobility
  • Palpate various parts of the bird’s body
  • Listen to your bird’s heart and lungs
  • Gender typing can be performed if unknown
  • Note any abnormalities or changes that have occurred since the previous visit

The doctor will also discuss routine grooming of nails, wings, and sometimes the beak. Due to the use of artificial lighting, birds molt differently in captivity than in the wild. If you wish to keep your bird’s wings trimmed, we will schedule routine wing trimming two to four times a year. Nails are trimmed to allow for comfortable perching and regular nail trims may also be needed.

Findings at this exam may indicate the need for specialized testing.

Diagnostic Testing for Birds

Early diagnostic screening often includes a complete blood count (CBC) to examine the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelet count. We may also perform a chemistry panel to measure organ function and overall health (cholesterol, triglycerides and calcium levels).

Additional diagnostics may include testing for chlamydiosis (also called psittacosis, a disease that is transmissible to other birds and people), polyoma virus, psittacine beak and feather disease, avian herpes virus and avian influenza.

  • Fecal testing involves a microscopic examination to detect internal parasites such as coccidia and roundworms.
  • Microbiological testing called Gram’s stains allow examination of the cloacal and choanal regions of your bird. We use these stains to determine the presence of abnormal bacteria and yeasts. Depending upon findings, additional culture and sensitivity tests may be needed to identify the type of bacteria or yeasts and formulate the appropriate treatment.
  • X-rays allow us to examine the inside of your pet for abnormalities in the size, shape, and position of internal organs. X-rays also allow us to screen for masses such as tumors or granulomas; help us identify abnormal fluid accumulation; and evaluate the bones and joints.

Bird Boarding

If your bird will be boarding with us, please take a moment to review our avian health requirements. Please advise our staff if your bird is boarding elsewhere, so the correct diagnostics are performed. A boarding certificate will be faxed to that facility once the necessary diagnostics are completed.

Backyard chickens can make wonderful companions; however, they require long term care in order to keep them well. At Summertree Animal and Bird Clinic, we offer comprehensive care for hens, roosters and other kinds of domesticated poultry.

General Care

To stay healthy, chickens require daily attention, food and clean water. They also need adequate shelter to protect them from temperature extremes and keep them safe from predators. Coops should be well-ventilated and insulated, with straw bedding for added comfort and warmth. Additionally, hens need an enclosed space for nesting. For the health of the chickens and food safety of the eggs, coops and hen houses must be kept very clean at all times.

Vet Care

Just like cats and dogs, hens and roosters require periodic veterinary care. It’s not uncommon for chickens to carry intestinal parasites, and these birds are also susceptible to illness and injury. It’s imperative that you not only invest in the ongoing health care of your chickens, but also that you choose a veterinarian experienced in treating poultry.

Nutrition

Chickens require a balanced diet, beyond the basics like corn kernels. We recommend feed that has been specifically formulated by aviary nutritionists. Keep in mind that as chickens age, their protein requirements change, so it’s important that their diet is age-appropriate. Chickens also enjoy grains, vegetables, fresh fruits and even insects. Laying hens need access to a supplemental source of calcium.

Our team of experts will provide you with all the information and guidance you need to ensure that your chickens receive the most nutritious, balanced diet.

Ducks and other waterfowl can make a lovely addition to any family, providing much enjoyment and plenty of entertainment. It’s important to note, however, that these birds need regular veterinary care in order to enjoy long, happy and healthy lives. At Summertree Animal and Bird Clinic, we offer comprehensive avian care, including the treatment of ducks and other waterfowl.

General Care

Ducks require housing that can meet their physical and behavioral needs. They are social animals that enjoy living in groups. They are also very intelligent and curious so they need plenty of space to roam and explore. Ducks should have access to plenty of water, which they need to keep their eyes, bills, feathers and feet in good condition. Housing that offers plenty of shelter and shade from the sun is best.

Vet Care

Ducks can suffer various ailments and are also prone to injury. For this reason, having a veterinary partner who is experienced in avian medicine is critical. We can assist with everything from routine checkups and parasite control to diagnostics and other advanced medical care. Together, we can help your feathered friend enjoy many years of wellness.

Nutrition

Pet ducks should be fed commercially prepared, age-appropriate food as their primary diet. You may also offer some green vegetables and non-citrus fruits as a supplement. Worms are also suitable. As part of our commitment to keeping your duck healthy, we’d be happy to work with you to develop a nutritionally sound diet.

Snakes make excellent pets and can provide many years of enjoyment. Caring for snakes requires a certain degree of commitment to their wellbeing, including proper husbandry and adequate health care. Contrary to popular belief, snakes can benefit from routine veterinary care. In fact, ongoing wellness care from an experienced reptile veterinarian can extend and improve the quality of your scaly friend’s life.

General Care

Snakes require specialized care, including the use of proper enclosures, various heat sources to regulate body temperature, proper diet and more. It is absolutely imperative that you take the time to learn about the specific care needs of your particular chosen species of snake. Our staff is highly skilled in the care and treatment of snakes. We can help you create a healthy environment in which your pet will thrive.

Vet Care

Snakes should be thoroughly examined as soon as they are purchased. This allows us to verify that your new pet is in good health and establish a baseline against which to measure your snake’s ongoing wellness. We can also perform gender typing during an exam if the gender is unknown. We strongly recommend bringing your snake in for a checkup at least once a year.

These regular visits will involve a complete physical examination, including a check of the mouth, scales, heart and lung. Deworming and other preventative measures may also be necessary to avoid the development of disease and ensure long-term health. We will also discuss with you dietary and environmental requirements.

Nutrition

Snakes are carnivores (meat eaters). Depending on the species, a snake’s diet may include everything from rodents and birds to fish, amphibians, invertebrates and even other snakes. Most domestic snakes are fed a diet of mice or rats. We advise against feeding live prey, as it could result in serious injury or even death to your snake. Most snakes are fed once weekly, though some may only accept food every few weeks.

Managing your snake’s nutritional needs is a critical component of his or her wellness. Our team can help get your slithery friend on the ideal diet for a long, healthy life.

Lizards come in many different shapes, sizes and varieties. Most lizards make excellent pets, providing lots of enjoyment and entertainment. What many lizard owners don’t realize, however, is that these creatures also need regular veterinary care in order to remain happy and healthy. At Summertree Animal and Bird Clinic, we offer complete care for all species of lizards.

General Care

Generally speaking, most lizards should be housed separately in their own individual enclosures. Specific housing requirements vary widely according to species. Likewise, habitats may also vary greatly based on the type of lizard you own. For instance, some lizards require branches for climbing, others need low moisture and still others require high humidity levels. We can advise you on the recommendations for your particular chosen species of lizard.

Vet Care

All lizards should be examined by an experienced exotic animal vet initially after purchase. From there, we recommend annual wellness checks. These routine visits will allow us to monitor and manage your lizard’s ongoing health as well as take appropriate steps to prevent illness. We will also go over the dietary and environmental needs of your chosen species to ensure a long, healthy life.

Nutrition

Similar to their housing and habitat variances, different species of lizard have different dietary requirements. Some lizards are herbivores (plant eaters) while others are carnivores (meat eaters). Still others are omnivores, meaning they eat both plant and animal matter. Lizards need certain nutrients in order to thrive. The frequency of feeding also varies. With all of these differences, it’s important to discuss your chosen species with a trained professional. Together we can develop a diet that will meet all of your companion’s needs.

In general, turtles and tortoises are intelligent, outgoing and surprisingly active animals. Because of this, they are enjoyed by many as long-term pets. What many owners don’t realize, however, is that turtles and tortoises require routine veterinary care just like dogs and cats. At Summertree Animal and Bird Clinic, we are experienced in the comprehensive care of these special creatures.

General Care

Like most exotic pets, turtles and tortoises come in a wide variety of species. For instance, there are aquatic turtles that live in water and semi-aquatic turtles that live near water. Tortoises tend to live in drier habitats, and some species can grow to be quite large in size. Because of the many differences in varying species, each animal should be evaluated on an individual basis. Our team of experienced professionals can provide advice and guidance on how to best care for your pet.

Vet Care

All turtles and tortoises should be thoroughly examined by a skilled exotic animal veterinarian just after they are acquired. This initial exam helps us to identify any potential health problems and establish a baseline for future visits. We recommend bringing your pet in for a checkup at least once a year. With adequate care and attention, turtles and tortoises can live many years. Ongoing wellness and preventative care, as well as prompt attention and treatment of illness can help improve the odds of a long, healthy life.

Nutrition

Similar to the vast differences in environmental needs of turtles and tortoises, each species’ nutritional and dietary needs may be unique as well. For instance, most tortoises are herbivores (plant eaters). Some species of turtle are as well, but others are carnivores. Likewise, different species may also require certain supplements in order to maintain ongoing good health. Our team will work with you to develop a diet that will help your turtle or tortoise achieve optimum wellness for many years to come.

When it comes to amphibians, there are almost as many species as there are shapes, sizes and colors to choose from. Whether you prefer frogs and toads or salamanders and newts, you’ve certainly got your pick of options. One important thing to note about keeping an amphibian as a pet is that veterinary care is something every creature needs. At Summertree Animal and Bird Clinic, we’re here to assist with all aspects of caring for your amphibian friend.

General Care

There are many different species of amphibians, and each has its own unique care requirements. For instance, there are a variety of different housing and habitat options. Similarly, there are various recommendations for which types of amphibians can live in pairs or groups versus which should be kept separate. Because of these variances, the best way to ensure that your amphibious friend stays happy and healthy is to consult with an experienced vet.

Vet Care

To help your amphibian thrive and reduce the chances of potential illness, having a skilled reptile and amphibian vet in your corner is the key. We can provide all the care your pet needs, from checkups to diagnostics and more. We’ll also provide you with the necessary information to manage your pet’s dietary and environmental needs.

Nutrition

Just as there are many differences in the habitats of various species of amphibians, their nutritional needs also vary. Some amphibians are carnivores. Others are herbivores. What’s more, different species have different preferences on what they eat. We can provide advice and guidance on the exact nutritional needs of your chosen species.

Rabbits have become increasingly popular as pets in recent years, and for good reason. These fuzzy little critters are gentle, intelligent, sometimes shy but always entertaining. In order to keep your pet rabbit happy and healthy, it’s imperative that he or she receives regular veterinary care. At Summertree Animal and Bird Clinic, we are rabbit pros! We’d love to help that big-eared guy or gal enjoy a long, healthy life.

General Care

While there is only one species of rabbit, there are over 50 different kinds of breeds. They are not rodents, and like dogs and cats, rabbits will answer to their name. Well socialized rabbits will enjoy physical affection, including being held and pet. They also love to explore their surroundings and play with rabbit-safe toys. For your rabbit’s habitat and general care, we recommend having a discussion with one of our experienced team members.

Vet Care

Similar to other conventional domestic animals, rabbits require routine veterinary care. We recommend bringing your rabbit in for a thorough checkup at least once a year. These visits include the following important services:

  • Physical exam
  • Dental exam
  • Weight assessment
  • Baseline blood work
  • Parasite check
  • Review of diet and environment

We also recommend having your rabbits spayed or neutered by the age of six months to reduce the risk of cancer and prevent unwanted behavior.

Annual vet visits are essential because rabbits are susceptible to a number of illnesses and diseases, some of which can shorten their life. For instance, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory disease and reproductive/urinary tract conditions are all common in rabbits. Additionally, dental problems are also very prevalent in these animals. All of these things require the care and attention of a vet that is experienced in the treatment of rabbits.

Nutrition

Generally speaking, all breeds of rabbits should be provided with an unlimited supply of timothy grass hay. Their diet should also include a variety of dark green leafy or dark yellow vegetables and a limited amount of high fiber pellets and certain fruits. We will work with you to develop a diet that meets your rabbit’s nutritional needs and helps to maintain a healthy weight.

Guinea pigs make lovely pets, however, they need a great deal of care to keep them happy and healthy. Like other small domesticated mammals, guinea pigs require a habitat, environment and care that are distinctly different than that of cats and dogs. Yet, similar to conventional companion animals, guinea pigs need regular veterinary care to help manage their wellness. The team at Summertree Animal and Bird Clinic is prepared to assist with all of your pet guinea pig’s health care needs.

General Care

Guinea pigs are social creatures and do well in pairs or trios. They are also perfectly content living solo as well. When properly cared for, guinea pigs can live up to seven or eight years of age. Guinea pigs should be kept in safe, secure enclosures where they will be protected from other household pets and cannot escape. There are a variety of different options for caging, bedding and other habitat-related items. We can provide professional recommendations for helping your small pet thrive.

Vet Care

Guinea pigs should receive routine checkups from an experienced exotic animal veterinarian at least once a year. This can help us to avoid common illnesses and prevent injury, enabling your pocket pet to enjoy as long a life as possible. Guinea pigs are susceptible to a number of ailments, including scurvy and gastrointestinal disease. They are also prone to hair, skin and foot problems, respiratory issues, reproductive/urinary conditions, dental problems and obesity. Regular veterinary care can help prevent these problems before they occur.

Nutrition

Guinea pigs require a diet that is high in fiber and also rich in vitamin C. Proper nutrition for a guinea pig should include low calcium-containing hay, fresh vegetables and high fiber guinea pig pellets. They may also require supplemental vitamin C and can receive a small amount of high fiber fruit, provided they aren’t overweight. Our team of experienced professionals can develop a diet plan that will meet all of your pet’s nutritional requirements.

Chinchillas have become an increasingly popular pet over the years. They are curious, highly social and typically love to be held and cuddled, which makes them excellent companions. What many owners don’t realize, however, is that chinchillas also need regular health care in order to keep them happy and fit. At Summertree Animal and Bird Clinic, we love chinchillas, and we welcome the opportunity to help your furry friend enjoy many healthy years.

General Care

Chinchillas are nocturnal in nature, which means they’re mostly active during nighttime hours. As such, these creatures require a place where they can hide, sleep and enjoy some quiet time during the day. Chinchillas are smart – they can even be trained to use a litter box. Unlike other small mammals, chinchillas need to bathe in dust one to two times a week in order to keep their coats healthy. Bathing dust is available for purchase. Chinchillas require cooler temperatures and dryer environments.

Vet Care

All chinchillas should be examined by an exotic animal veterinarian at least once a year. These visits allow us to closely monitor and manage your small pet’s health. During a checkup, we’ll weigh your pet, test for parasites, examine his or her teeth and deliver preventative care to guard against potential health concerns. We’ll also discuss proper diet and housing to ensure that your companion is receiving optimal care.

Nutrition

The main component of a chinchilla’s diet should be low calcium hay. They may also be provided with small amounts of pellet food that’s been specifically formulated for chinchillas. Small amounts of low calcium, high fiber green vegetables can also be provided. Sugary treats and foods that are high in fat should be avoided. Fresh water should always be available. Need help with your chinchilla’s diet? We can create the perfect plan for his or her needs.

Rats and mice are intelligent, affectionate and surprisingly social creatures that enjoy being handled. In fact, the more they are handled, the tamer and friendlier they become. For that reason, these little critters make great pets. Contrary to popular belief, however, mice and rats benefit greatly from regular veterinary care – just like cats, dogs and other companion animals. The team at Summertree Animal and Bird Clinic is ready to help your little friend live a healthy, happy life.

General Care

Rodents should be housed in clean, well-ventilated and safe enclosures that are escape-proof and furnished with suitable bedding material. Rats and mice love to explore their surroundings and should be provided with plenty of toys to keep them entertained and stimulated. Cardboard and wooden chew sticks can help to keep their continuously growing front teeth ground down. They can also be let out of their enclosures regularly to exercise, but should never be left unsupervised. We can advise on the proper type of bedding and environment for optimal living.

Vet Care

Mice and rats should be examined by an exotic animal veterinarian at least once a year. During these visits, we will provide a thorough physical examination, including a check of the teeth, weight and respiratory tract. We may also test for parasites, deliver appropriate preventative care and review diet and habitat requirements. With proper wellness care, mice and rats can live several years.

Nutrition

Rats and mice are omnivorous, which means they eat both plants and meat. Appropriate diet should consist of commercial pellets that are formulated specifically for either mice or rats. All-seed or seed-pellet combination diets are not recommended, as they can lead to obesity, vitamin and mineral deficiency and other health concerns. Supplemental fruit and vegetables can be offered in small quantities. The vet will discuss with you the ideal diet for your pet’s needs.

Did you know there are over eight million domesticated ferrets in the United States? Without question, ferrets are one of the most popular pets and given their intelligence, curiosity and unique personalities, it’s easy to see why. A well-cared for ferret can live up to 12 years, assuming they receive regular veterinary care. The Summertree team would love to help your furry friend enjoy a similarly long, happy life.

General Care

Ferrets are social, high-energy pets that live best in small groups. They can also do well as a solo pet, provided they are given enough attention and stimulation. Ideally, ferret cages should contain multiple levels and include a dark enclosure, such as a hut. Towels and fabric make great bedding, but must be washed frequently. Because ferrets are curious, they can get into mischief. We can provide guidance on how to properly “ferret-proof” your home and keep your pet safe.

Vet Care

Ferrets are prone to a number of serious and sometimes life-threatening ailments, including insulinoma, adrenal gland disease, heart disease and gastrointestinal conditions. They also frequently experience dental problems. Because of these risks, it is imperative that ferrets see an experienced exotic animal vet at least once a year – particularly after age three.

These visits include a comprehensive physical exam, weight management and nail trim, review of diet, vaccinations and routine laboratory testing. Investing in regular medical care can help keep your pet happy and healthy for many years to come.

Nutrition

Ferrets require a diet that is high in fat and protein but low in fiber. Dry, high quality ferret food is recommended to help prevent the build-up of tartar on the teeth. Some treats, like cheese, may be fine for ferrets, but sugary treats should be avoided. We’ll work with you to discuss and develop a diet that will meet all of your ferret’s nutritional needs.

Sugar gliders are social, playful and entertaining animals, which is why they’ve become increasingly popular as exotic pets. They are from the marsupial family, which means they have babies that develop in a pouch on their abdomen, just like possums and kangaroos. In order to help them reach their full life expectancy of 12-14 years, sugar gliders should receive regular veterinary care. At Summertree Animal and Bird Clinic, we are experienced in all aspects of caring for and treating sugar gliders.

General Care

Sugar gliders are very social and as such, should be kept in pairs or small groups. They are also nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day and are active at night. Cages with horizontal bars that are no more than ½ inch wide are ideal for housing sugar gliders. This allows them to climb while also preventing escape. Other habitat items include toys, exercise wheels, branches, ladders, ropes, nest boxes and/or glider pouches. Human interaction is important for bonding with your sugar glider.

Vet Care

Sugar gliders should be thoroughly examined by a vet as soon as they are acquired. From there, annual checkups are recommended to ensure ongoing wellness and prevent illness. During your pet’s yearly visit, we will perform a physical exam, check for parasites and review dietary and environmental requirements. Working together, we can help your pet sugar glider enjoy many happy, healthy years.

Nutrition

Domesticated sugar gliders should be fed a diet that includes pellets, various chopped fruits and vegetables, insects and hard-cooked egg yolks. Any foods containing refined sugars, such as chocolate, as well as fatty items like nuts and seeds should be avoided. We can recommend a specific diet plan that will help your sugar glider thrive.

Hedgehogs are shy, solitary creatures who prefer quiet, dim environments and are generally more active at night (nocturnal). Their backs are covered with short, pointy spines which are one of their defense mechanisms. Some hedgehogs don’t mind being held and the more they are handled, the tamer and friendlier they become. They also require regular veterinary care in order to enjoy long, healthy lives.

General Care

Hedgehogs can be housed in well-ventilated, smooth-walled enclosures or plastic-bottom, coated wire cages. Inside the enclosure, there should be appropriate bedding that enables digging, a shallow water pan for bathing and a hide box. To prevent possible hibernation, the temperature of your hedgehog’s enclosure should be carefully maintained year-round.

Hedgehogs are prone to obesity so regular exercise and social interaction is important. They should never be left unsupervised. To ensure an optimal living environment, we recommend discussing your pet’s needs with a member of our team.

Vet Care

Hedgehogs should be examined by an experienced exotic animal veterinarian at least once per year. During this visit, we will examine your pet and check his or her weight and teeth. Dental scaling may be necessary to remove excess tartar from the teeth. We will also review your hedgehog’s diet and environment. Since hedgehogs are susceptible to a number of serious health problems, proper preventative medicine is strongly recommended.

Nutrition

For optimal health, captive hedgehogs should be fed a diet consisting of high quality pellets formulated for insectivores, a small amount of fresh vegetables and insects. Because hedgehogs are prone to obesity, it’s important to avoid over-feeding or providing a diet that is too high in fat. A member of our staff would be happy to go over the type of foods that are ideal for your pet hedgehog, as well as how much and how often he or she should be fed.

Lemurs, marmosets and other small “new world” primates are becoming increasingly popular as exotic pets. It’s important to note, however, that although they look adorable, these creatures have special physical, mental and emotional needs. If you are up to the challenge, Summertree Animal and Bird Clinic is a veterinary partner experienced in the care and treatment of these animals.

General Care

Pet primates require a good deal of training, patience and perseverance in order to properly domesticate them. They tend to prefer calmer environments and can become easily startled by loud noises and any activities that disturb their peace. Because primates are curious and highly intelligent, it’s important to “primate-proof” your home, similar to how you would with a small child. Before adopting a small primate, we recommend sitting down with a qualified professional to learn exactly what type of care and environment they require.

Vet Care

Small pet primates like lemurs and marmosets can contract, carry and spread disease. This is why vaccination is so important. We also recommend bringing your pet in at least once per year for an annual checkup so we can monitor his or her health. Preventative care can also help to keep illness and injury at bay. All pet primates should be neutered by age six months to reduce aggression. We will work with you to develop a system of care tailored to your pet.

Nutrition

In the wild, small primates feed on fruit, nuts and insects. In captivity, these animals can exist on fruits, fiber sticks and primate biscuits. Since pet primates are less active, they have a tendency toward obesity, so careful consideration should be given to diet. Our staff can develop an individualized nutritional plan to help your pet stay healthy and fit for life.

Pot bellied pigs are highly intelligent, curious and loyal companions. They can even be house broken and trained to walk on a leash. It’s important to consider that adopting a pot bellied pig takes a significant commitment. Not only can these animals grow to as much as 200 pounds, but they can also live as long as 20 years. One of the most important factors in helping your pet pig live to such a ripe old age is regular veterinary care. At Summertree Animal and Bird Clinic, we’re ready to take that journey with you!

General Care

If kept outdoors, pot bellied pigs require a large pen with insulated housing. Indoor pet pigs can be kept in a pig-safe room. Indoor pigs have a greater tendency towards obesity since they don’t get as much exercise. Because pigs are incapable of sweating, it’s important to keep a close eye on temperature. During warmer months, they may need extra cooling, such as fans, mud wallows and plenty of water. When temperatures drop, heaters or warm blankets may be needed. Appropriate bedding includes deep hay or thick blankets. Bedding should be cleaned regularly. Our team can help you create the ideal environment for your beloved pet pig.

Vet Care

Pot bellied pigs should receive regular, routine veterinary care just like dogs or cats. Not only do these visits allow us the chance to monitor and manage your pet’s health, but they also provide the opportunity for preventative care. Vaccinations and parasite control are critical to long-term wellness. Spaying or neutering is also recommended to prevent aggressive behavior and help control odor. Finally, we’ll work with you to help manage your pig’s weight and prevent obesity.

Nutrition

Pigs have earned their reputation for overeating, so it’s important that you keep a close watch on your pet’s diet and food consumption. Diets consisting of pellets formulated for pigs along with small amounts of vegetables are ideal. Pigs have different dietary and nutritional needs at various stages of life. Working with your vet to develop a nutritious, age-appropriate diet is recommended.

Choosing to own an exotic pet requires a special kind of owner, one that can afford to commit the time to provide the appropriate care. These kinds of animals make very rewarding companions but it’s important to remember that because they are not a typical pet, they have special needs. We can provide the guidance, advice and support you need to help your unique pet thrive.

Feel free to give the Summertree team a call and ask our passionate animal lovers any questions you may have about exotic pets.

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