Exotic Pet Care
I’ve always loved animals and I’ve had several different types of pets, many of which are considered exotic. Each comes with their own unique set of problems with regard to living conditions, food, health and exercise. The best thing you can do before getting an exotic pet is to read about them and ask your veterinarian for advice.
- All pets need their cages need cleaning daily and their water and food bowls also need daily cleaning. They need living spaces with good ventilation, but not drafts. Most reptiles need a heat stone with enough space for them to get away from the heat as well. Damp conditions can lead to health problems so make sure their cage stays dry and clean. Many small mammals are more active at night so you need to give them time to sleep during the day and be prepared to put up with their night activities.
- Know what food your pet needs and buy quality foods. Food needs to be free from dust and mold/mildew. Check this before you feed it to your pet. Different birds eat different types of food and what is good for a parrot would starve a canary. Change the food out every day for any of your pets. Many reptiles eat insects and small mammals. Geckos and some lizards are susceptible to calcium deficiencies and should be supplemented. Wild caught insects give variety but the commercially raised grubs are usually dipped in a calcium solution. Feed small mammals food designed for them and avoid human, dog or cat foods.
- All animal thrive better with daily exercise. Even fish. Play with your pet at least once a day. This goes a long way to keeping your pet healthy.
- You should also find a veterinarian that specializes in exotic pets since they have many problems and diseases that the general practitioner doesn’t see or have experience dealing with.