Are you looking to get an exotic pet?
Exotic pets are becoming increasingly popular, especially for those who enjoy having those unique pets. The problem with owning exotic pets, people don’t do the research that is involved with taking care of them. Yes, a lizard may not need the attention a dog or cat require (or do they?), but they still require a lot of care including special lights, calcium supplements, and more. Exotic pets include reptiles and birds, some mammal species could be considered exotic though most are considered pocket pets. There are certain restrictions and regulations to owning exotic pets depending on the state you are in, here in New York State there are stricter rules than in some other states. Having an exotic pet can be quite a responsibility, but they are also very fun and can sometimes be less time consuming than a dog or cat. Now exotic animals can require just as much attention as a dog or cat, depends on the animal and also how far you are willing to go with them. A snake, lizard, chinchilla that you want to be able to handle needs to be handled and worked with on a daily basis. Birds, especially parrots, are even needier than dogs and cats, it is like having a small child in your home depending on the species. Please, please, please do your research on any pet you want to acquire no matter the species, they all require special treatments and needs. There are so many people who get a pet without knowing how much work, time and money go into having them.
Is your rabbit not eating well? Does your bird need a nail or wing trim? Does your hamster, guinea pig or lizard have a lump? All pets are important and sometimes they need to see the veterinarian on a regular basis, yearly or every few years. We are happy to see any type of pet that needs veterinary assistance even if it just a yearly check up to make sure all is well.
We see rabbits to get their teeth trimmed, most rabbits wear down their teeth naturally, but sometimes they don't and for this reason they need to come in on a regular schedule to get them trimmed. Rabbits that have overgrown teeth, have problems eating and can lose weight fairly quickly. We have also seen a hamster with the same problem, a lot times this problem stems from genetics, but sometimes this problem is caused by them not having food or toys that they can grind down their teeth.
Dr. Nachbar has performed lump removal surgeries on guinea pigs, hamsters, and even geckos! We also spay and neuter rabbits, for those that were told they got two males and one of them ends up being a female and you don't want a larger rabbit family.
For birds, we mostly see them for wing, nail and beak trims when they are needed. These tasks can be done at home, but sometimes birds don't want to cooperate or owners aren't comfortable with doing it at home. If you need to make an appointment with your bird, we recommend asking for our assistant Melissa to be there since she has a lot of experience working with birds.
While we don't see many reptiles often, we do see them on occasion if they are having issues or just a general check up to make sure everything is going well.
Here we see many rabbits with chronic teeth problems, this is Cinnamon, one of our patients that came in on a regular basis for us to trim his teeth.
We see many parrot species here for nail, wing and beak trims. This is one of our newest patients, Beaker the Sun Conure, who was very happy to sit on our assistant Melissa's hand.
Dr. Nachbar removed two cysts from a Leopard gecko's eye region in October 2017 and then removed another growth in the same region a few months later.
Dr. Nachbar also works with wildlife rehabilitators that will bring in injured wildlife that need veterinary treatment. The owl pictured came in with a foot wound that didn't allow the owl to close his foot properly, after several months of rehabilitation the Great Horned owl was released back into the wild.
We had a Bald eagle come in February 2017 that had a puncture wound on its shoulder, Dr. Nachbar sutured together. Unfortunately the eagles injuries were too significant and he was humanely put to sleep a few months later.