Exotic Pet Care

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Do you prefer your animal family members to be covered in feathers or scales? Is the company of an exotic creature something you relish?

At the Animal Hospital of Richboro, we know that not everyone chooses a dog or cat as their pet. We also understand that birds, reptiles, amphibians, rabbits, ferrets and other exotic pets have special needs and requirements to keep them happy and healthy. Our doctors and staff are fully trained in exotic animal care. We can answer any questions you may have about a new or existing pet.

In addition to providing basic wellness exams for exotic animals, we also provide the following:

  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Behavioral Counseling
  • Specialty Surgery
  • Dental Care
  • Advanced Diagnostics
  • Emergency Services

The various types of exotic patients we routinely treat, and the services available for each category are as follows.


Small pet lizard (lepidosauria)

Our team is equipped to care for a variety of reptiles and amphibians including:

  • Chelonia/Testudines
  • Tortoises and Terrapins
  • Serpentes (Snakes)
  • Lepidosauria (Lizards)


Our specialized reptilian/amphibian health care services include:

  • Treatment and counseling for metabolic bone disease
  • Shell repair in turtles and tortoises
  • Medical and surgical management of reproductive disorders
  • Beak adjustment
  • Husbandry adjustment and consultation


Pet Parrot (Psittacines)

Animal Hospital of Richboro treats a variety of avian patients including:

  • Parrots (Psittacines)
  • Perching birds (Passerins: finches, canaries, etc.)
  • Chickens and turkeys (Galliformes)
  • Pigeons and doves (Columbiformes)
  • Birds of prey

Our aviary health care services include:

  • Infectious disease testing and treatment (mycobacteria, chlamydophila, PDD, polyoma, PBFD)
  • Medical and surgical treatment of egg binding and other reproductive disorders
  • Evaluation and management of feather-destructive behavior
  • DNA sex identification
  • Avian anesthesia and surgery
  • Diagnosis and treatment of heavy metal toxicity
  • Workup and treatment of metabolic diseases
  • Metal band removal
  • Beak and nail trims

Small Herbivorous/Omnivorous Mammals

Small Pet Hedgehog

Our team sees a variety of small “pocket” and other exotic mammals, including but not limited to: 

  • Rabbits
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Chinchillas
  • Rats
  • Sugar Glider
  • Hedgehogs
  • Hamsters

Our small mammal veterinary services include:

  • Rabbit hemorrhagic diarrhea vaccination
  • Gastrointestinal stasis medical management
  • Routine and emergency surgical procedures of the reproductive tract (spaying/neutering)
  • Management of oral and dental disease
  • Incisor and molar crown reduction, occlusal adjustment
  • Tooth root abscesses
  • Medical and surgical management of gastrointestinal obstruction
  • Surgical management of cystic ovaries (guinea pigs)
  • E.cuniculi testing and treatment (rabbits)
  • Elimination of external and internal parasites
  • Management of chronic ear disease
  • Management and treatment of pododermatitis (sore hocks)
  • Surgical and medical management of urinary calculi and sludge


Pet Ferrets

The team at Animal Hospital of Richboro is also experienced in the treatment and care of ferrets. These specialized services include, but are not limited to:

  • Management of hyperadrenocorticism (adrenal disease)
  • Hormone therapy (Lupron®, Suprelorin®)
  • Emergency management
  • Management of insulinomas
  • Chemotherapy for lymphoma
  • Heartworm disease prevention and treatment
  • USDA licensed rabies (IMRAB®3) and distemper (PUREVAX®) vaccinations
  • Emergency surgery including foreign body removals

Choosing to own an exotic animal requires a special kind of owner, one who can afford to commit the time to provide the appropriate care. These kinds of pets make very rewarding companions but it’s important to remember that they have special needs. We can provide the guidance, advice and support you need to help your unique pet thrive.

Please feel free to give us a call and ask our experienced team of animal lovers any questions you may have about exotic pets.

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