580 West Main Street
Hendersonville, Tennessee 37075
Phone: (615) 824-0580

Exotic Pets & Pocket Pets

New Exotic Pet or Pocket Pet in Hendersonville?
The term “exotic pet” applies to any household pet other than the traditional dog or cat:
• Small Mammals (rabbits, ferrets, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs – often called “pocket pets”)
• Birds (parrots, budgies, passerines, waterfowl, etc.)
• Reptiles

We recommend newly acquired exotic pets be kept separate from others pets for one month and receive an examination by Dr. Perkins at The Animal Clinic prior to introduction to your other pets. During this vet appointment, we will discuss how to care for your new exotic pet and answer questions. Many pet stores offer a warranty on newly purchased animals and it is ideal to schedule a veterinary visit within 2-3 weeks to ensure have obtained a healthy pet free of diseases or infections.

Bringing Your Exotic Pet or Pocket Pet to The Animal Clinic The Animal Clinic recognizes that coming to the animal hospital can be stressful for any pet, particularly our exotic patients. If possible, your pet may be more relaxed if brought in its regular enclosure. It is also best not to clean the enclosure prior to bringing your pet in. This will allow your exotic pet to be surrounded by familiar, comfortable smells, and will also retain samples for diagnostic testing to better evaluate your pet. For reptile patients, it is best to bring them with some sort of heated transport, such as a warm towel or hot water bottle in a carrier.

Wellness Exams and Preventative Care The health and well-being of exotic pets and pocket pets benefits greatly from regular checkups and wellness exams. Health issues in exotic pets can be gradual and difficult to detect so regular vet exams are necessary. We offer a wide array of wellness services for exotic patients and pockets pets at The Animal Clinic including:
• Full physical exam by veterinarian
• Vaccinations
• Parasite screening - fecal exam
• Dental exam
• Weight checks
• Blood testing
• Gender determination
• Spay/neuter surgery
• Behavioral counseling
• Nail trims

How to Tell When Your Exotic Pet is Sick The best treatment for any health issue is catching it early, before they are showing signs of illness. Exotic pets and pocket pets are skilled at hiding problems. Unfortunately, this means that when they finally do let us know that there is a problem, it is often advanced and more difficult to resolve. Signs to watch for include (but are not limited to):
• Decreased Activity
• Decreased Appetite
• Weight Loss
• Changes in Stool or Urine Production or Appearance
• Ocular or Nasal Discharge
• Any Sign of Blood on the Animal or in its Enclosure
• Muscle Twitching, weakness
• Fluffed Up Appearance, Sitting on the Cage Floor, or Tail-Bobbing in Birds
• Wing Droop
• Changes in Respiratory Rate or Effort