How to find medical and special care for exotic pets – Part 1

There is a wide range of exotic pets but before you consider buying one you need to ensure the laws in your country allow you to keep one. Exotic pets have some characteristics which may be dangerous and they can carry some infections which can be passed onto humans. The importance of the risks and the precautions to take for preventing the spread of these infections may not be underestimated and it is necessary to inform about medical and special care for exotic pets before you get one.

Most of the exotic pets are wild animals and many of them are not suitable to keep as pets. A tiger, a lion, a chimpanzee may seem cute when they are young but they have an aggressive character which may cause damage and be a danger for yourself and people in your environment. These exotic pets may not be good pets and are mostly not allowed to keep them as pet.

There are certain exotic pets (for example Guinea pigs, exotic birds, reptiles, amphibians, sugar gliders and some others) which can easy be kept if you inform about their habits, how to care for them, vaccinations and everything which may be important to keep them as pet.

Here are some tips which may help you to find medical and special care for exotic pets:

* Choose the right vet:

A vet will likely help to treat your exotic pet but it is important to check if he has experience with exotic pets. A good relationship between you and your vet is necessary to get the necessary help and information you need. The treatment of an exotic pet is not comparable with pets like cats or dogs. Exotic pets are used to live in another climate and may need other vaccinations and treatment. It is recommended to inform if he/she has a special training related to your exotic pet and if he often treats exotic animals.

* Sources of information

There are many sources available where you can get information about exotic pets (for example : What you need to know about exotic pets. You can browse through the different Internet sites to find information about your exotic pet or you may want to visit the library and consult some books where they inform about the lifestyle, their habits, the vaccinations they need, the food or any other information which can be useful.

* Consulting organizations specialized in exotic pets

There are several animal organizations which are specialized in exotic pets. It is recommended to check in the area where you live which ones are located there. The Animal Medical Center, the Association of Avian veterinarians (AAV), Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians are a few of them.

* Visiting a zoo

You will find in a zoo some experts who can give you information about medical and special care for exotic animals. They can inform you about the food, vaccinations, recommendations of a vet and any other information which can be useful for you.

Finding medical and special care for exotic pets is an important issue if you are considering buying one. It is wise to inform about all their needs and if you can give them the necessary attention. Maybe they require more space than you have in your home or their habits don’t fit your requirements. Many people make the wrong decision because some of them seem cute when they are small but they can grow to big animals.

It is recommended to get all the necessary information about health care and special care before you buy one. Relying on Internet sites only is a bad habit because some sources can give wrong information and you can better inform by a vet or a specialized organization. Talking with friends and relatives who have a similar exotic pet can help you too and prevent you against unwanted surprises.

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