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What You Need To Know About Exotic Pet Care

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Exotic Pets Care At Our Utah Veterinary Hospital in American Fork, UT

Whether you have an exotic pet or are considering bringing one into your family, it's important to understand that these animals require special care at home and at the vet. Exotic pets include reptiles, amphibians and “pocket pets,” such as rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, mice, rats, and hamsters. Give these animals happy and healthy lives with these exotic pets tips from our Utah Veterinary Hospital in American Fork, UT.

Caring for Pocket Pets at Our Vet in American Fork

Pocket pets make wonderful family pets because they generally require less attention than cats and dogs, and they require far less space for their habitats. Unfortunately, they usually live shorter lives than canines, felines, reptiles and some amphibians. Because they age so rapidly, these animals require more frequent exams from an exotic pets veterinarian. To care for pocket pets, our vet in American Fork recommends keeping their habitat clean, providing exercise (wheels and tunnels for rodents and a choice of toys for rabbits) and plenty of socialization. Handle your pocket pets regularly, and always keep rodents in same-sex pairs.

Amphibian and Reptile Care

Proper amphibian and reptile care start with a habitat customized for breed and size. For example, most tree frogs can share a 10-gallon terrarium, while the tank for a red-eared slider turtle needs at least 10 gallons of water per inch of shell length, and the terrarium for a ball python needs to be at least 30 gallons. Our cold-blooded pets also need proper heat sources. These animals can be herbivores, omnivores or carnivores, so ensure you are comfortable with their dietary requirements. And because these animals won't tell you when they are ill as sickness would be a sign of weakness to their predators, they need regular exams from an American Fork veterinarian specializing in exotic pets.

Contact Our Utah Veterinary Hospital in American Fork, UT To Schedule an Appointment 

Most vets are not equipped to care for reptiles, amphibians, rodents, and rabbits, but at Utah Veterinary Hospital, we are! Our staff has the specialized training and tools to give your pet the comprehensive care it deserves. Call us today for an exotic pets appointment: 801-692-1563.

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