Establishing a good working relationship with a veterinarian can be a challenge for any pet owner, but is a special challenge for the exotic pet owner. The exotic pet owner must find a vet who is willing to see their pet, knows something about their pet, and has the facilities, equipment and materials to treat their pet.
An interest in exotics doesn’t necessarily equal proficiency in treating them. I say this from experience, as although I am fascinated with exotic pets, I have no special training in treating them medically. When I was practicing as a veterinarian, except for very routine care, I generally referred exotics to a specialist nearby. Thing may have changed a bit since I went to school, but during my training, exposure to exotics was still very imited even though I sought out extra exposure to exotic pets in my choice of clinical rotations. If at all possible, try to locate a vet who specializes in exotics and has taken specialized training (e.g. a residency in exotic animal medicine, or one who is board certified in an exotics specialty).
Such specialists can be hard to come by, so the next best is someone who has lots of experience treating exotic pets. Ask a potential veterinarian about their training, credentials, and memberships in specialty organizations such as the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) or the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV). At the very least, choose a veterinarian with a real interest in exotic species and who is willing to learn about them and who will consult with a specialist when needed.
Personal recommendation or word of mouth is probably the most efficient way of finding a veterinarian. Friends, breeders, or organizations (e.g. the local herpetological society, other clubs) are good starting points. Other places to locate veterinarians include the yellow pages/phone directories (look for clinics that specifically advertise that they treat exotics), the state/provincial veterinary association directory, or even web pages that have veterinary directories (including the AAV and ARAV sites mentioned above). Several species specific web pages have sections where readers can submit contact information for veterinarians they have used.
Most importantly, do not wait until an emergency to find a vet. If your pet should get sick, a veterinarian with whom you feel comfortable and who is comfortable dealing with your pet will make the situation less stressful. An initial check up is well advised for any new pet and this is a good chance to see how a veterinarian handles your pet and how comfortable they are with your pet, and also to see if you and the veterinarian make a good match – sometimes there is a personality clash and you won’t develop a good rapport with a certain veterinarian.
A veterinarian familiar with exotics will spend a good deal of time discussing the care and husbandry of a particular pet, as many problems with exotic pets are related to improper diet or husbandry. The veterinarian should also appear confident handling your pet.
There are several criteria which can be used to evaluate a practice in general and the following web pages discuss these in detail:
– How to Find a Veterinarian – advice from About’s Guide to Veterinary Medicine on finding and evaluating a vet, with a link to some online vet finder directories.
– How to Find an Avian Veterinarian – helpful tips for finding a veterinarian- geared toward bird owners but also applicable to any exotic species.
For exotics there are more specific considerations, including:
– special training or continuing education related to exotic pet medicine
– how often exotic species are seen in their practice
– special facilities or equipment to handle exotic pets
– experience (personal or professional) and familiarity with the husbandry and medicine of a particular species
Finding the right vet can be a challenge and may not seem that important when your pet is healthy, but the effort will be well worth it if your pet should fall ill!
If you’ve bought a pedigree kitten, it should already have had its shots. If you’re thinking about buying a pedigree kitten, make sure you get paperwork proving that the vaccinations have been given and they’re all up-to-date. If you’re buying a non-pedigree cat, a moggy, then you will need to consider the issues surrounding each vaccination yourself.
All kittens ought to be vaccinated before they are allowed outdoors. This is to build their immune system up. The vaccination program for kitties starts between 6-8 weeks, so it’s possible that if you take kitty home at 8 weeks, he’s already had his first shot. The shots are given 2-3 weeks apart, and there are usually 3 shots in total. As a rabies shot is not always included in the initial kitten shots, if your kitty is going to be going outside, then this is an additional vaccination that you should discuss with your veterinary once kitty is 4 months old.
The shots that young kittens get will cover them against such diseases as:
Rhinotracheitis which is characterized by symptoms such as sneezing, fever, ocular discharge, and coughing.
Calicivirus- which affects the respiratory system, and has symptoms such as pneumonia, diarrhea and even arthritis.
Feline Distemper which is associated with diarrhea and vomiting type symptoms.
Feline Leukemia Virus, otherwise known as FeLV – this destroys the cats immune system and is responsible for many feline deaths as it leads to fatal infections.
Feline AIDS – like FeLV this destroys the immune system of a cat leaving it open to fatal infections.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis, or FIP – this incurable disease attacks the cat’s abdominal area.
Chlamydia – affecting eyes and respiratory area, this disease is both common and contagious.
Some of these vaccines will need to be given annually to ensure that your cat remains immune so check with veterinary clinic to ensure that your cat’s vaccinations are always kept up-to-date.
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There is lots of branded natural food available in market for your pet. However, it is better to consult with your veterinary doctor before feeding canned natural food. Advice of a doctor is very essential before going for an experiment because some canned natural balance dog food are specially for different dog breeds.
Every pet owner feel his pet should good breath, brilliant coat sheen, clean teeth, bright clear eyes and be healthy any time. For this entire thing, the pet should good quality of all natural food because a complete diet can only bring this affect to your adorable pet. One should take care about the health of their so that, pet also live a longer life.
If the pets are properly feed by rich nutrition then it will be prevention against common veterinary disease. It is always suggested to visit a vet to know what kinds of holistic food to give to pet because home made food thus it keep pet away from artificial ingredients.
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There are many vegetable rich in antioxidant such as, dark green and bright orange. By feeding all natural dogs in their meal is just like getting a insurance policy for your loving pet. There is lots of branded natural food available in market for your pet. However, it is better to consult with your Viet nary doctor before feeding canned natural food. Advice of a doctor is very essential before going for an experiment because some canned food is especially kind of breads.
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One should take care about the health of their so that, pet also live a longer life. If the pets are properly feed by rich nutrition then it will be prevention against common veterinary disease.
It is always suggested veterinary doctor to give holistic food to pet because home made food thus it keep pet away from artificial ingredients.