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Exotic Pets 

Care for your exotic pet is coming soon to Foothills Animal Hospital!

Contact us for more information.

No different than your cat or dog, your exotic pet requires routine preventative care too! Is this your first exotic pet? Or maybe you’ve had this pet for a while, but could use some reliable advice. Dr. Hilary Rondot would love to meet with you to discuss some or all of the following things:

Proper husbandry

How and where your exotic pet lives really matters! We can help you choose the correct cage or enclosure for your pet, or help you make adjustments to your existing set up to make your exotic pet more comfortable. 

Diet and Nutrition 

Choosing the correct diet and supplements for your exotic pet can be daunting. With so many options available, let Dr. Hilary help guide you in the right direction.

The Sex of your pet

Knowing the correct sex of your pet can help you understand some of his or her behaviours or actions. It may give you an indication if there is a specific gender related health issue.

Disease prevention

Proper nutrition, housing, environmental enrichment, and routine health care can help  prevent disease in your pet and encourage a long and healthy life for your exotic.  We can help you implement preventative measure that will promote wellness in your pet.

Behavioural expectations

Why does your rabbit thump her foot at you? And why is she eating her droppings?! Is it normal for your parrot to scream at you? What about your ferret dunking his whole head in his water bowl? Understanding what is normal behaviour for your exotic pet can help you identify if they are healthy or ill.

Illness detection

Do you know how to tell if your exotic pet is ill? Often, exotic pets will look ‘normal’ even when they aren’t well. Small changes in behaviour and routine are often your first indications that something could be wrong. Let us coach you in what to watch for in your species of pet.


Exotic pets we’d love to see:

  • All birds, from parrots to chickens and everything in between
  • Most reptiles
  • Rabbits
  • Tortoises
  • Degus
  • Sugar Gliders
  • Chinchillas
  • Hedgehogs
  • Ferrets
  • Guinea pigs and all other small pocket pets like hamsters, mice, and gerbils

Exotic pets that we need to refer elsewhere:

  • Poisonous snakes
  • Fish
  • Crabs
  • Water Turtles
  • Salamanders
  • Frogs
  • Toads
  • Newts
  • Potbellied pigs

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