Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital is proud to be the only veterinary hospital in the Fairbanks area that has the expertise to treat your reptile, amphibian, ferret, chinchilla, hedgehog, guinea pig, rat, mouse, gerbil, hamster and other small pets! Just like dogs and cats, your scaled or small furry pet needs ongoing veterinary care, balanced nutrition, human interaction, and appropriate management of his or her environment. Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital strives to meet the medical needs of all pets. Some of the veterinary care services we offer include:
We Would Love to Meet Your New Exotic Pet!
If you have recently acquired a new exotic pet, we recommend you have your new pet examined within one to two weeks after purchase. This exam will ensure their overall good health, and we will discuss nutrition and behavior issues at your first appointment.
Annual Examinations are Important for Exotic Pets
All pets benefit from being seen by us on an annual basis for a preventative-medicine, or wellness, exam. An annual exam gives us the opportunity to ensure that your pet is healthy, to address subclinical problems before they become significant, and to have baseline records for reference in the event your pet is ever sick. Depending on the type of pet you have, we will make recommendations for vaccinations and baseline diagnostic testing. During this annual exam, you will have one-on-one time to have all of your health, behavior and nutrition questions answered.
Exotic Pets are Masters at Hiding Signs of Illness
Most exotic pets are not domesticated, meaning their bodies and behavior are very similar to what is found in the wild. In the wild, these animals must appear strong and healthy to avoid predators or challenges from other animals. When they are ill, they may not show outward signs of illness. Additionally, signs of illness in exotic pets may be difficult to notice because they are often different from the signs dogs and cats show. An annual exam will help spot these hidden signs of illness to ensure a healthy life for your pet.
Microchipping is an easy procedure that can be performed in most species without anesthesia, and it is a safe form of permanent identification. Microchipping and registration in a national database gives you a reasonable chance of finding your pet again if it gets away, gets stolen, or has to be temporarily housed at a shelter during a forest fire or other emergency.
If your exotic pet exhibits signs of illness, please call right away as it may be an emergency. Learn to recognize signs of a sick pet, and also recognize things that are abnormal for your pet in particular. Some signs of illness include:
The veterinarians and staff at Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital are highly skilled at treating and caring for many types of pets and are pleased to be able to offer medical care as well as recommendations for behavior, nutrition and habitat. Please give us a call today to set up an appointment for your special small furry or scaly family member!