If you have an exotic pet, you are probably used to things being a little different to what you would experience with a common household animal such as a cat or dog. However, it is just as important that your exotic pet has regular check-ups with a qualified and experienced exotic pet vet in Cedar Park TX. Illness and disease can affect all species of animals and since our pets are unable to tell us that they are unwell themselves, they are completely reliant on us being observant and conscientious owners. By identifying, diagnosing and treating any underlying disease promptly, it is possible to prevent your exotic pet from being put through the unpleasantness of painful and debilitating symptoms, reduce the likelihood of permanent damage to her health, minimize the amount of treatment she will need and protect yourself from extensive and expensive veterinary bills.
What can I expect to happen at my exotic pet’s annual exam?
If you haven’t had a pet in the past, you are probably flying blind when it comes to understanding what will happen during your creature’s annual veterinary exam.
First, is important to note that this annual check-up requires significantly longer than a standard vet appointment. You should allow time to be in our offices for at least an hour, although realistically the exam should only last around 45 minutes. During this time we will:
- Undertake a physical examination of your exotic pet
- Talk to you about husbandry of your exotic pet. This means asking questions about what she eats and how often, what physical activity she gets, how well she interacts with other animals or humans in the house and more. As well as listening to what you tell us, we will also offer valuable advice to help you ensure that your animal is getting the best care possible at home.
- Undertake a blood test. This is a form of screening that checks the composition of her blood, including her red and white cell count, and the chemicals it contains. Blood samples can tell us a great deal about the health of your exotic animal.
- Run urinalysis and fecal testing. Again, by testing her urine and feces, your vet may be able to determine the condition of her health and wellbeing.
- Talk to you about vaccinations (if necessary) and other preventative medications that could help stop your exotic pet from contracting infectious illnesses.
Most vets in Cedar Park TX will recommend that your pet attends these wellness examinations on an annual basis. However, as she gets older, she is more likely to suffer from health problems, as this may mean that she needs to be monitored more closely. We strongly recommend that you follow the advice of your vet with regards to wellness appointment frequency.
If your exotic pet is not currently on any sort of wellness exam schedule, our friendly and experienced team is on hand to offer their support. For more information on wellness testing for exotic animals, please don’t hesitate to contact our animal hospital in Cedar Park, TX and call 512-957-3490 to speak with us or to schedule an appointment.