Exotic pets are becoming more and more popular in certain sections of society
for a number of reasons. These range from their "uniqueness" value to the more
mundane realities of limited living space which makes keeping more traditional
pets like cats and dogs problematic.
For our purposes here, we will define an exotic pet as any animal that is
kept as a pet but is not a dog, cat, pig, goat, sheep, horse or bovine.
That definition of course means that every other creature in creation falls
under the "exotic" category! While this is extremely wide, we can still
outline, in general terms, what you need to do to protect the health of your
Irrespective of the exotic species that you might acquire for a pet, the
requirements for sound health remain the same as for any other pet. While
there might be slight species variation, the basic functioning of the
remains the same. Provision of the basics underpins a healthy and alert
immune system that will in turn support great pet health.
Having said that, I think it is also true to say that if you intend becoming an exotic pet
owner, then you are going to have to do your homework properly!You need to really
get to know what that particular species needs in order to maintain a robust immune system
and good health.
You need to be careful about who you get this information from. Some exotic pet owners
have gone about gaining their knowledge by trial and error and sometimes you will be
told some fairly far fetched stuff. Don't take anything at face value - check it out from
several different sources before you put any suggestions into effect.
Another factor to keep in mind is that not all vets will necessarily know a lot about
your particular exotic pet. You need to establish upfront if your vet is prepared to
learn about the species in order to be able to make informed pet health decisions, or
you need to find a vet who is already involved and interested in your particular species.
The more rare the exotic pet species, the smaller the choice of vets you are likely to have. However,
vets with expertise in a particular species are generally well known in the community
of people who keep the species and thus getting good advice need not necessarily
be that difficult - it might just not be face to face.
If all else fails, get hold of the vet at any large zoo and they will in all likelihood be able
to point you in the right direction
While the decision to acquire ANY pet should not be taken lightly, this is especially the case