Establishing a good working relationship with a veterinarian can be a challenge for any pet owner, but is a special challenge for the exotic pet owner. The exotic pet owner must find a vet who is willing to see their pet, knows something about their pet, and has the knowledge, facilities and equipment to treat their pet.
A vet with an interest in exotics doesn't necessarily have the knowledge for treating them. Such specialists can be hard to come by. We have the training, credentials and memberships in specialty organizations such as the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) or the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV).
Most importantly, you should not wait until an emergency to find a vet. If your pet should get sick, you will want a veterinarian with whom you feel comfortable and who is comfortable dealing with your pet. This will help make the situation less stressful. For this reason, an initial checkup is well advised for any new pet. This is a good chance to see how a veterinarian handles your pet and how comfortable they are with your pet, and also to see if you and the veterinarian make a good match - sometimes there is a personality clash and you won't develop a good rapport with a certain veterinarian. We are familiar with exotics, and we will spend a good deal of time discussing the care of your particular pet, as many problems with exotic pets are related to improper diet or other aspects of care.
Finding the right vet can be a challenge and may not seem that important when your pet is healthy, but the effort will be well worth it if your pet should fall ill! Call us for your exotic pet's veterinary needs.