Small Mammal, Reptile, Exotic & Avian Vet Services in Libertyville, IL
GreenTree Animal Hospital is pleased to be able to offer exotic pet & avian vet care to the Libertyville, IL, pet community! Our veterinarian, Dr. Marina Jaworsky, has a special interest in small and exotic animal medicine and surgery and has quite the experience with these pets! Whether you have a feathered, furry, scaly, or slimy friend, our exotic pet & avian vet is able to give them the care they need to live long, healthy lives.
Common Animals We See
Exotic pets come in a wide array of species! Some of the more common animals we see include:
- Guinea pigs
- Sugar gliders
- Potbelly pigs
The Importance of Wellness Exams
Exotic pets require routine wellness exams in order to remain healthy, just like your cat or dog. Exotic animals are typically prey animals, which means they are naturally inclined to hide any sign of illness or injury to avoid appearing vulnerable in the wild. Due to their secretive natures, it can be hard to tell when they are ill until the disease is advanced and more difficult to treat. With yearly wellness exams, we can stay on top of your pet’s health by establishing healthy baselines and more readily recognizing signs of illness so we can treat them as soon as possible.
Unique Care for Unique Pets
Each exotic pet has its own unique needs in order to stay healthy. Understanding what those needs are is essential to ensuring your special companion lives a stress-free, healthy life.
Here are some considerations we’ll discuss with you during an exam:
- Habitat. For many exotic pets, it’s essential that their environment in your home matches as closely as possible to their natural environment in the wild. Reptiles, for example, require a UVB light and temperature gradient in their enclosures and thrive in humid (but not too humid!) conditions. Meanwhile, chinchillas, as desert animals, thrive in a dryer climate. Do your research into your species’ requirements so you can give them an environment that is both comfortable and encourages natural behavior.
- Diet. Each animal’s diet should meet their nutritional needs, whether they are on a pelleted diet or one that more closely resembles their natural diet. Again, it’s important to do your research to ensure your pet gets all the nutrients they need to be healthy!
- Socialization. Not all pets are social butterflies! Make sure to match your pet’s situation with their natural socialization behavior. Reptiles, for instance, are often better left to their own enclosures in order to avoid territorial conflicts. Meanwhile, birds, and many small mammals like rabbits and sugar gliders, are much better off with company of the same species!
- Handling. Handling refers to you and your human family’s interaction with your pet. Many small mammals are happy and accepting of regular human handling. Yet, reptiles can be a little more stressed over it. When handling reptiles, it’s important to support their full bodyweight and only allow one or two other people in the room to reduce stress. Birds, also often enjoy human company, but some can form obsessive attachments if handled inappropriately. Make sure to do your research into your pet’s specific handling preferences!
If you ever have any questions about your exotic pet’s care, please don’t hesitate to reach out to use at (847) 680-6543! We’re happy to help guide you in making the best decisions for your pet’s care!