Avian & Exotics

Avian & Exotics

Rabbits

When rabbits are not feeling well, they tend to hide signs of pain or illness. These furry creatures are also susceptible to other issues including cancer, hairballs, parasites and overgrown teeth. Please contact PAVG if you notice your rabbit:

  • Has low or increased temperature
  • Gurgling stomach
  • Runny stools
  • Discharge from the nose or eyes
  • Begins tilting their head
  • Has bald patches
  • Has a loss of appetite
  • Shows any other abnormal behavior

Rabbits should also be seen for regular dental checkups to make sure that their teeth are healthy to avoid any serious, life-threatening conditions. We also suggest that you have your rabbit spayed or neutered (this does not affect their personality), especially since they can have up to 14 babies at a time and can potentially give birth once a month.

Other benefits of spaying or neutering include:

  • Protection from different types of cancer
  • Less aggression
  • Eliminates spraying, mounting, biting and destructive chewing

For any additional questions about rabbit care, please contact us at PAVG.

Ferrets

Ferrets, like other pets, need yearly exams to stay healthy. This lets us keep track of any changes and helps us detect diseases as early as possible when they are easier—and cheaper—to treat. Regular blood tests will help determine if your ferret has kidney, liver or pancreas issues, and common problems we see include cancer, parasites, gastrointestinal disease and ingestion of foreign objects.

When you bring your ferret in for an exam, we will discuss vaccinations and monthly preventives—we also ask that you bring a stool sample so that we can test for internal parasites.

PAVG recommends spaying or neutering your ferret (unless you plan on breeding). Female ferrets that haven’t been spayed will stay in heat until they breed—this could potentially cause anemia (a decrease in red blood cells), which can be fatal. For male ferrets, neutering reduces their body odor, prevents marking and reduces aggressive behavior.

Also, please note the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hair loss
  • Breathing troubles
  • Black ear wax
  • Nasal or eye discharge
  • Lumps
  • Swelling
  • Increase in aggression or sexual behavior

If you notice any of the above, please contact us immediately.

Birds

When you clip a bird’s feathers, you protect them as well as protect your home. Wing clipping is a non-painful process that keeps your bird safe and prevents them from chewing holes in your doors and window frames. This procedure limits your bird’s ability to fly, which helps keep them safe from injuries.

When your bird’s feathers get professionally clipped, this ensures that the correct feathers are removed that don’t irritate the skin. Improperly clipped wings will cause your bird to chew or pluck its feathers, and inexperienced wing clipping could potentially result in a blood feather being trimmed on accident, which can become life-threatening.

Along with these services, PAVG also safely performs toenail and beak trims which preserve your bird’s aesthetic appearance. Please contact us if you have any questions, or if you’d like to set up an appointment for this procedure.