Exotic

Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital of Clemmons is an official drop-off location for injured wildlife, but we don’t stop there. We also offer veterinary care for your exotic pets like birds, chickens, snakes, lizards, ferrets, hedgehogs, rabbits, and more! If you’re a new exotic pet owner, you can learn a little more about what veterinary care is necessary for your new feathery, scaly, or furry family member below.

Avian

We see all pet birds including parrots, songbirds, backyard poultry, and raptors used for falconry. Depending on why you brought your pet bird in, and what we find during our physical exam, we may recommend a variety of diagnostic tests.

These tests are designed to help diagnose your bird and screen him/her for illnesses that may be detrimental to your bird, you, or other animals in your house.

We may recommend one or all of the following treatments:

Believe it or not, looking at your bird’s stool gives us a lot of information! For the most part, we look for types and proportions of bacteria and yeast that are in their gastrointestinal tract. We also check for some types of parasites during this exam.

Routine blood work consists of a complete blood count (CBC) and a biochemistry panel, which allows us to look for signs of infection and inflammation or anemia and evaluate kidney and liver function, protein levels, and muscle damage.

An x-ray of your bird allows us to see bones, the respiratory system, the heart, the liver, the gastrointestinal tract, the spleen, the kidneys, and the reproductive tract. We can gather a lot of information about these body systems by examining an x-ray, such as if there are any changes in size and position of organs or the presence of ingested foreign bodies.

Birds can be exposed to diseases in many different ways. In fact, birds from pet stores or fairs, and birds that regularly contact other birds, are more likely to acquire infectious, bacterial diseases. The diagnostic options for the diseases vary, but we always discuss options with pet owners prior to any testing.

We can obtain samples from your bird for culture, such as cloacal culture or choanal culture, to help diagnose specific types of bacterial infections and decide which types of antibiotics should be most effective.

Reptiles

Whether your pet slithers, glides, hops, crawls or swims, we’re here to help with all of your pet’s needs! We treat snakes, lizards, turtles and frogs, and any other of your cold-blooded companions. However, we do not see any venomous animals.

Depending on why your pet came in and what we find during our physical exam, we may recommend a variety of diagnostic tests and treatments.

Here are some things that we offer for your reptile, amphibian, fish or invertebrate’s health:

Depending on what type of animal you have, we can make recommendations for specialized lighting, heat sources, and enclosure types that will benefit your pet and help maintain an ideal environment.

Our reptile patients have lots of special needs, including very particular diets! If you’ve noticed a change in your pet’s behavior, sometimes it can be fixed with a change in their nutrition. We can help you find the best diet for your pet that will help them stay healthy and happy.

With all animals, looking at their stool gives us insight to your pet’s health in many ways. We look for the types of bacteria that are in the gastrointestinal tract and for some parasites that may be causing trouble for your exotic pet.

Routine bloodwork consists of a complete blood count (CBC) and a biochemistry panel.The CBC allows us to look for signs of infection, inflammation and anemia. Then we evaluate your pet’s liver and kidney function, protein levels, muscle damage and pancreas function.

An x-ray of your exotic pet allows us to see bones, the respiratory system, the heart, the liver, the GI tract, the spleen, the kidneys and the reproductive tract. X-rays allow us to gather information about all of these body systems to ensure your pet’s health and wellness.

We obtain samples from your animal for culture, for example from the gastrointestinal or respiratory tracts, to help diagnose specific types of bacterial or fungal infections, and decide what types of antibiotics should be most effective.

Pocket Pets

We love taking care of even the tiniest members of your pet family, including: ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, rats, and so much more! During your pet’s physical exam, we may recommend a variety of diagnostic tests and treatments. These tests will help us design a comprehensive plan with a diagnosis to keep your furry friend safe and well for as long as possible.

During your pocket pet’s yearly exam, we may perform one or all of the following additional treatments:

Unfortunately, dental disease is a common problem in small mammals, and it may contribute to other illnesses. A thorough dental exam can help us keep track of and make recommendations for your pet’s oral health.

Like many exotic pets, our small furry patients have lots of special needs, including very particular diets! We are always available for nutrition counseling for your little furry family member. We help you find the best diet for your pet that will help them stay healthy and happy.

We can learn a lot from your little pet’s stool. During a fecal analysis, we look for the types of bacteria that are in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and various parasites. This helps us diagnose any health problems your pet may have.

Routine blood work allows us to look for signs of infection, inflammation, and anemia. We also evaluate kidney and liver function, protein levels, muscle damage and pancreas function from the results of routine bloodwork.

We prefer taking x-rays for all of our patients because of the wealth of information we can gather from them. They allow us to inspect bones, the respiratory system, the heart, the liver, the GI tract, the spleen, the kidneys and the reproductive tract.

With smaller animals, you may be surprised to see vaccines on this list! But we recommend vaccinating pet ferrets, specifically for rabies viruses. The annual rabies vaccination is actually required for ferrets in North Carolina. At your visit, we will discuss these vaccinations with you and help make the best choices to keep your ferret protected.

Wildlife Animals

Our care doesn’t stop with domestic animals. We have certified staff to care for and rehabilitate local wildlife.

Need to schedule an appointment for your exotic pet?

Just give us a call at 336-778-2738