Exotic Pet Care

At Adana we have the special expertise and experience needed to provide veterinary care for many furry, exotic pet species.  We see furry exotic pets such as rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets, guinea pigs, rats and mice etc. They all have their special requirements for 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.

We currently do not see birds, reptiles, snakes or sugar gliders until further notice.

doctor with ferret

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 and surgical care

In addition to preventative care, we provide medical care for sick and injured furry exotic pets. This can include husbandry review/modification, laboratory testing (bloodwork, urinalysis, fecal testing), x-rays, prescription medications, surgery, laser therapy and more. We are experienced and comfortable in safely performing routine spay and neuter procedures for rabbits, and neutering of guinea pigs as well.

exotic pet patients


rabbit recovering after surgery

Garnet recovering after her spay.

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.

Tyler with rat

When bringing your pet for an appointment, please transport him/her in an appropriate sized secure carrier. A towel or blanket should be used to cover any cage or carrier 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.