Exotic Animal Vet

Owning exotic animals can be a lot of fun, but it can also present a number of unique challenges. One such challenge is finding a veterinarian who can take care of your exotic animals and do so for an affordable price. However, you do have options if you are looking for an exotic animal vet in Jacksonville, FL. Hodges Animal Hospital is one of the options that you have if you need an affordable vet for your exotic animals. Our practice offers a variety of veterinary services for your exotic pets and you can find out more about these services by reading on.

Animal Husbandry Advice

It is likely that you have heard the term ‘animal husbandry’ at some point. Animal husbandry is a broad term that involves caring for, feeding, and breeding animals. Many people use this term to mean caring for livestock or farm animals. There are many different kinds of animals that are all considered exotic by veterinary standards, such as chickens, horses, sheep, goats, and cows. 

One big part of animal husbandry is good hygiene. If an animal comes into contact with contaminated water, food, or soil, it can develop severe diseases. Skin issues and fungal infections are two kinds of these serious diseases. Hoof-and-mouth disease is another serious issue that animals can develop because of contaminated water, food, or soil. Thankfully, we have Dr. Kantimahanthi who can provide you with advice about maintaining healthy conditions for the animals you own.  

Preventative care is also a crucial part of animal husbandry. We offer preventative care, such as vaccinations, wellness exams, and pest or parasite control. Those who own farm animals often breed them. However, breeding does make it possible for other health issues like dystocia to arise. Our practice can assist you by monitoring the health of your animal throughout its pregnancy and help you with delivery, too. 

Nutrition Recommendations for Exotic Animals

It is quite common for an exotic animal to have extremely specific nutritional needs. This is one area where it can prove challenging to take care of an exotic animal. Our practice can provide you with nutrition recommendations for all of the exotic animals that you own. 

This does not only mean supplements. We can also give you recommendations for prepared products and raw foods that will help keep your exotic animal healthy, as well. Our practice cares for a variety of exotic pets, so we are knowledgeable about proper nutrition for many exotic pets. 

Exotic Animal Vet FAQ's

Many people want an animal that is more unique than a dog or cat. While dogs, cats, and other common pets are great, having an exotic animal can also provide a lot of enjoyment. Before buying an exotic animal, it is best to understand what you are getting into. If you do get an exotic pet, you will want to see an exotic animal veterinarian. Our veterinarian at Hodges Animal Hospital provides quality veterinary care for exotic animals in and around Jacksonville, FL. Let’s take a look at some of the common questions that we run into regarding exotic animals.

Laws can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and in some cases, certain exotic or rare animals are not allowed as pets. Owning a hedgehog or sugar glider is legal in many locales. Owning a tiger, deer, or bear is outlawed or tightly regulated in many areas. It is smart to speak with a veterinarian if you have questions about what is legal in your area.

Many exotic pets require more care and upkeep than a cat or dog. Some exotic animals are fragile, such as exotic birds. Many animals come from very different climates, which you will often have to emulate at home. Many less-common pets also have very specific dietary needs. Some require a lot of space. Speak with our veterinarian to learn more about what your pet needs.

Exotic animals often cost more than their more common counterparts. Many exotic animals are somewhat rare. A limited supply and high demand tend to drive prices up. Still, not all exotic animals are expensive to purchase.

The purchasing price is just the start. You may need to buy a large cage or an aquarium. Expensive foods may be in order as well. Heating or cooling a space for your exotic pet can increase your utility bills. When it comes to veterinary care, you may be able to find an affordable vet nearby.

Veterinarians have an incredible amount of knowledge of animal health. That said, some veterinarians are more familiar with and have more knowledge of exotic animals. Some vets specialize even further. A veterinarian might be better with birds than rodents, for example. When you are looking for a vet, you will want to find an exotic animal vet. Dr. Kantimahanthi has a considerable amount of experience with rare animals.

Contact Our Exotic Animal Veterinarian in Jacksonville, FL

Care Pet Animal Hospital is your top choice if you want affordable veterinary care for your exotic animals. We are sure you will love the care your pet receives from an exotic animal vet on our staff. We encourage you to stop by our practice in Jacksonville, FL if you need exotic animal veterinary care.

Call Care Pet Animal Hospital today or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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