Just as in dogs, cats, and people, regular medical care for your exotic animal family member is an important part of keeping your pet healthy. In fact, visits to your exotic animal veterinarian are often even more valuable, as exotic animals are adept at hiding signs of illness.
Husbandry/care and diet problems frequently underlie health issues, so starting out correctly can prevent more complex and costly problems down the road. In addition to a complete physical examination, the initial visit to your exotic animal veterinarian usually involves an in-depth discussion about your pet’s environment and diet. Screening diagnostic tests may be recommended depending on your pet’s species and history. This might include blood work, fecal analysis, and/or additional disease testing. In the event of detectable abnormalities or illness, more advanced or specialized diagnostic testing may be recommended.