Exotic Pet Care

At Adana we have the special expertise and experience needed to provide veterinary care for exotic pet species. Birds, reptiles, rabbits, rodents, ferrets, hedgehogs and sugar gliders have special requirements for their housing, feeding, handling, grooming and behavioral health. It is common for medical problems in “exotic” species to be unrecognized since they tend to mask any signs of illness.

Dr. Gry Wildenstein preparing to trim the beak of a turtle

Routine preventative veterinary care (annual wellness examinations and laboratory screening as appropriate for the species) can help to ensure that optimal care of these animals will minimize the risk of medical problems.

Medical care

In addition to preventative care, we provide medical care for sick and injured exotic pets. This can include husbandry review/modification, laboratory testing (bloodwork, urinalysis, fecal testing), x-rays, ultrasound, prescription medications, surgery, laser therapy and more.

Dr. Marla Lucy-Lender examining a snake

Special expertise

Adana is fortunate to have Dr. Lucy-Lender on our team. She has 14 years of experience providing medical care for exotics, and routinely attends professional seminars to increase and update her knowledge. Dr. Lucy-Lender works in conjunction with the Exotics Service at Cornell University Hospital for Animals that often refers patients to her. She also consults with the department in case of severe and/or complicated cases.

Exotic Mammals

Pet goose ready for exam

Minimizing stress when transporting your exotic pet

We strive to minimize the stress of our exotic patients as much as possible during their visit, starting with how the patient is transported to our office. It is crucial to protect your exotic pet from temperature extremes during travel. In the winter start by warming up your car in advance.


When bringing your pet for an appointment, please transport him/her in an appropriate sized carrier. A towel or blanket should be used to cover bird cages or any carriers that may be drafty or allow for too much visual stimulation that may be stressful to an animal. Absorbent bedding should be placed in the bottom of the carrier as appropriate for the species. Do not provide water during transport, as it may spill. Aquatic (water) turtles should be transported in a dry container.

Exotic reptiles