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Birds and Exotic Pet Care

Your exotic animals and birds need quality veterinary care just as cats and dogs do. Not all vets have the expertise to care for these exotic animals, but at Sheehy Animal Hospital in Livonia, we will take care of your reptiles, small mammals, and birds.

Birds and Exotic Pet Care

Challenges of Owning Exotic Pets or Birds

Whether you own an iguana, chinchilla, parrot, hamster, or another exotic animal, finding the right means of keeping your pet comfortable and healthy can be challenging. Your companion may not get all the nutrition it needs from a standard small animal food from a pet store. Talk to our veterinarian to get recommendations for nutritional supplements or food alternatives that will keep your animals happy and healthy.

In addition to nutrition, many of these animals come from naturally hot climates and may find the Michigan winters too stressful. For example, cold-blooded reptiles need a constant source of heat from a sun lamp. If you've never owned exotic animals such as these before, ask us for suggestions about how you can prepare your home.

My Bird Won't Stop Screaming and Other Behavior Issues with Exotics

As cute as they are, some exotic animals come with unexpected behaviors. Parrots scream and need constant mental stimulation to prevent serious behavior problems. Hamsters may keep you up at night by running on their wheel. Your snake may not be as active after a meal. While these actions are normal, if you feel any concern for your animals' behavior, let us know. Many animals have behavioral changes when they get ill or injured, and their actions could be the only clue you have to take them to the vet.

Shots, Veterinary Exams, and Preventative Services

Yes, small animals and birds need the same regular visits to a veterinarian as cats and dogs. Without scheduled checkups, a chronic condition could develop silently until it becomes too late to treat. At our Livonia animal hospital, we'll help you with any preventative care, checkups, and treatment your bird or other pet needs.

We'd Love to Meet Your Exotic Animal

Bring in your reptile, small mammal, or bird to our Livonia animal hospital for veterinary services. We'll do everything we can to make you and your animal feel well cared for. To make an appointment, contact us at Sheehy Animal Hospital. If you prefer to call our Livonia area number, it's (248) 615-7670.

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  • "I love this veterinary clinic. Dr. Sheehy and staff are all friendly and seem to take pride in their jobs. I enjoy taking my three rats there and would recommend them to everyone I know."
    Cheyenne H / Livonia, MI

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