Are You Ready to Adopt an Exotic Pet?

Does the pet of your dreams look a lot more like a snake or ferret than a dog or a cat? Exotic pets like these and many others can make great additions to many households, but there are a few extra considerations to keep in mind before you adopt. If you’re thinking about making an exotic pet part of your family, it could be helpful to have a talk with a veterinarian before the adoption so you understand what’s ahead. Just confirm first that your veterinarian is one of the few who will treat non-traditional pets. If so, then here are some other indications that you’re ready to become the caretaker of an exotic animal.

You know what is legal.

States all have regulations about what animals are not legal to own as pets, and local ordinances can further impact what you can and can’t own. If you don’t do your research, you could be facing legal charges, and your animal may be confiscated and euthanized. These laws vary from place to place but often cover reptiles and animals considered to be potentially dangerous. A local veterinarian may be able to offer advice.

You understand the care demands.

Unfortunately, some people adopt exotic animals and find out that they were unprepared for the level of care involved. Some people in the past have apparently released problem exotic animals into their communities in order to get rid of them, which is dangerous for both the animal and the people living in the area. Research your exotic animal carefully and ensure you have the time, patience, facilities and equipment required to take proper care of your pet. Many non-traditional animal pets do not like strangers and do not do well when they are re-homed, so you will need to be the central caregiver for the duration of the animal’s life.

You have found a vet.

Not all vets can or will treat exotic animals. Before you adopt, make sure you have access to an animal clinic that welcomes exotic pets and is experienced with treating them. You should also find out if emergency vet care and boarding is available for exotic pets in your area.

The Chastain Veterinary Medical Group welcomes exotic pets to our pet hospitals in Dallas & McKinney. Make an appointment with an experienced vet for your exotic animal by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

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