Lone Tree Veterinary Medical Center can also provide generalized care of your unique, exotic pets. We perform preventive care exams and regular checkups for rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, and other small animals outside of the typical canine and feline families.

If your exotic pet is sick or we determine that their needs can be met best by an exotics specialist, we will refer you to a high-quality exotic pet veterinarian. We want your pet to be happy and healthy as much as you do, which is why referrals are sometimes necessary.

Grooming for Birds

Our veterinary professionals have a lot of experience when it comes to the cosmetics and grooming required for birds. In order for your pet bird to feel great and remain healthy, there are certain cosmetic procedures that should be performed when needed.

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For all pet birds, we recommend wing clipping and beak trimming. Wing clipping helps birds avoid dangerous situations in your home. For example, indoor life poses new dangers for birds, such as windows, doorways, ceiling fans, ovens, and toilets. With clipped wings, your pet bird will have limited access to these perils. Also, birds are usually less aggressive and more reliant when their wings are properly clipped.

Beak trimming is important because if the beak grows to be excessively sharp or misshapen, your bird can cause injury to you, other animals or itself, and have difficulty eating and drinking.

Experts at Hiding Illness

Most exotic pets are experts at hiding illness. This is why regular examinations are necessary. When your exotic pet is receiving consistent care and evaluation, there is a better chance for illness to be detected early on.

Here are common signs of illness that you should watch for:

  • Behavioral changes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness

If your exotic pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call us for a referral.

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