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Avian, Reptiles & Exotic Pets

Reptiles & Amphibians

Snakes, iguanas, turtles and other reptiles are becoming increasingly popular as pets. Certain reptiles canTurtle - Elk Rapids Animal Hospital live long, healthy lives as pets, but proper nutrition, care and husbandry are essential. This means that pet owners need the most accurate and reliable information available to help ensure the health and well-being of their pet.

For example, do you know the best things to feed your reptile, and how often? Do you know how much UV light is optimal, and which type? Should you get a heat rock? Do you know how to tell if your reptile is sick? Do you have questions about proper cage cleaning or any other aspects of care and husbandry? Our staff of skilled professionals are well trained in the care and husbandry of reptiles and can give you the information you need to keep your exotic pet looking and feeling great!


Birds

Birds - Elk Rapids Animal Hospital

Those who share their lives with pet birds know these charming animals make great companions. Not only are many birds covered with beautiful colors, but their songs make a home come alive and their “human-like” voices and antics can amuse people for hours. In addition, many pet birds can live for over 50 years, providing decades of joy for those who choose these wonderful pets.

Like other kinds of pets, birds have unique needs. Many bird owners may need help understanding how to provide their birds with proper nutrition, training, hygiene, grooming, and how to facilitate social interactions with other pets and family members. Birds can develop many of the same medical conditions that dogs and cats develop, as well as a variety of illnesses unique to birds. However, birds are well known for being able to hide signs of illness, which adds to the challenge of diagnosing their medical problems.

Regular wellness visits are an important way to help ensure the overall health and longevity of pet birds. Wellness visits offer you an opportunity to ask us any questions about your birds and give us a chance to examine your bird for signs of health issues. We may also recommend wellness screening tests to help us assess your bird’s health.


Pocket Pets

Pocket Pets - Elk Rapids Animal HospitalRabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats and other small mammals have become popular pets as increasing numbers of pet owners come to understand the unique bond that can form with one of these special creatures. But did you know that small mammals need some of the same routine wellness care that dogs and cats need? Do you know if your pet should be spayed or neutered? Do you know if any vaccinations are recommended to help maintain good health? Do you have questions about proper nutrition, cage cleaning, grooming, or any other aspects of care and husbandry? Our staff of skilled professionals are well trained in the care and husbandry of small mammals and can give you the information you need to keep your “pocket pet” looking and feeling their best!

*Schedule an exam for your exotic pet(s) with Dr. Rachel Starr and Dr. Ashley Schroeder*

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