Regular wellness exams are equally as important for exotic pets as they are for dogs and cats. Dr. McWilliams recommends that exotic pet parents schedule an annual or semi-annual wellness visit for preventative reasons.
It is common for an exotic pet to hid signs of symptoms of disease and illness that may be unrecognizable to their owners. Scheduling a routine wellness exam serves as a powerful preventative for your exotic pet.
Once at the exam, you may ask Dr. McWilliams questions about behavioral concerns, specific environment requirements, nutrition plans, and parasite prevention. We also kindly ask that you allow Dr. McWilliams to handle the animal during the exam and wait to hold your pet until the exam is over.
Prior to coming in for your exotic pet’s wellness exam at Prairie Lane Veterinary Hospital, we ask that you bring a fecal sample along with any other helpful medical records relating to your pet.
If you suspect your exotic pet is experiencing signs of species-specific illness, it’s important to bring your pet in for a sick exam. Our doctors are highly trained and qualified to identify signs of species-related illness early so that we may treat your pet as soon as possible. Signs of illness can include a sudden change in behavior or appearance.
During a sick exam, our doctors will assess your pet’s vitals, skin condition, dental health, pulmonary health, bone and joint health, and may order diagnostic imaging to pinpoint the root of the concern and provide an accurate diagnosis.
Remember, if you feel your pet might be experiencing signs of illness or sickness, please do not hesitate to call us to request an appointment.