Exotic pets have many unique husbandry and dietary requirements that need to be met to ensure their health. Click here for info on housing, feeding and more.
Exotic pets are masters at hiding signs of illness until they are critically sick. Click here for signs that your pet may be sick.
Click here for information on safely transporting your exotic pet.
Exotic pets are masters at hiding signs of illness until they are critically sick. It is not unusual for exotic pets to present to a veterinarian when their illness is already very advanced. This is why it is important to get your pet checked by a veterinarian if you notice that something is not quite right. If your pet appears healthy, we recommend regular check-ups to maximise the chance of picking up health problems in the early stages.
Below is a list of some clinical signs that can indicate your exotic pet is sick:
If you notice any of these signs or anything that is out of the ordinary for your pet, please seek veterinary attention.
Unexpected illness and injury can happen to any pet, and can place an emotional and financial burden on pet owners. In Australia, pet insurance has been widely available for dogs and cats for a long time. Fortunately, as of a few years ago, pet insurance is also available for exotics.
For peace of mind, please consider pet insurance or setting up an emergency fund for your exotic pet.
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To ensure exotic pets stays safe during transport, they should be transported in secure carriers/enclosures.
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Aquatic animals (aquatic reptiles (eg turtles), amphibians, fish)
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