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Please bring your pal, the Boa Constrictor and your feathered friend, the Cockatoo to their yearly check-up as soon as possible!!
Yes, we have Exotic Animal Vet Services here at Lantana-Atlantis Animal Hospital and our resident Exotic Expert is Dr. Kirsten Love, she has owned tarantulas, scorpions, snakes and worked with the Minnesota Herpetological Society. Many exotics hide illness so exams 1-2 times per year are recommended.
Advance notice is required for venomous animals. We do not see primates at this time.
Beak, wing, and nail trims are done routinely by our staff so if your favorite critter has scales, feathers, fur, or a shell, Dr. Love is very comfortable treating these types of pets. Known to be more delicate than the cats and dogs that we see, exotics of all types need that extra special care and a good eye to determine perfect health. These animals are very crafty at purposely hiding illness because some of these species are animals of prey and illness to them is a sign of weakness that they don’t ever like to show. We can’t stress to you enough to get your exotic animals to the vet early and never take a “wait and see” attitude. Dr. Love will always be excited to see our community gerbils, hamsters, rats, guinea pigs, sugar gliders, reptiles, birds, rabbits, and ferrets.
EXOTIC DOG AND CAT BREEDS....
Something we know a thing or two about!
Did you know that Dr. Kirsten Love is also very knowledgeable in handling the care of all types of exotic dog and cat breeds? These are the types of animals that you don’t see very often unless you like to watch all the fancy dog or cat shows on the Animal Planet channel. These animals not only require a vet that knows how to treat an exotic but one that also can pick up on breed-specific issues before they become huge problems.
Exotic Dog Breeds
Breeds such as the Chinese Crested, Portuguese Water Dog, Briard, Vizsla, Chinese Shar-Pei, Basenji, Pharoah Hound, and Komondor are just a few examples of dogs that you really don’t find lingering around at the dog park everyday. These breeds are very hard to find, and are not common to pet stores or shelters. They may also have very specific health requirements that only an exotic vet like Dr. Love would know about. Here are some things to consider about some of these rare breeds…..
A lot of these exotic dogs require special attention to exercise and dietary needs
Some of them have different hair, fur, or some have no hair or fur at all! This means that they may require special needs as far as bathing and grooming.
Training. Some exotic breeds are more stubborn and strong-willed than other more common breeds. Let our vets help you get a solid training plan in place for your exotic breed dog.
Orthopedic and genetic medical conditions need to be watched in these delicate breeds. Thorough, yearly check-ups by an exotic vet are a must!
Allergies are common in such rare dog breeds and it is usually to several foods, environmental factors and even certain textiles such as carpet and bedding!
Exotic Cat Breeds
Anyone who has ever laid eyes on such cats as the Persian, Manx, Sphinx, Oriental, and Exotic Short hair knows that these are not your ordinary domestic tabby cats. With such features as adorable pushed-in faces, no tails, angular jaw-lines, large triangle-shaped ears, or no fur at all……these breeds get noticed right away in a crowd! They also need special care from a vet that has knowledge about these rare felines. To own a cat of any kind is divine. To own one of these exotic cat species means you have a very eclectic pet! Some things that owners of rare cat breeds must pay attention to are…
It is a known fact that Exotic cat breeds mature later in life than regular breeds. Spaying and neutering does not have to be done as early. Check with our vet first.
Long-haired breeds need special attention to bathing and grooming. Brushing your long-haired exotic will need to be a daily event.
Sphinx, a hairless breed, requires weekly baths to help remove excess oil that a cat’s fur would usually soak up.
Hairless breeds also need extra warmth provided for them in cold temperatures and will need sunscreen applied to their bodies when out in the sun.
Tail-less breeds like the Manx need special veterinary attention to watch for any genetic spinal problems that can often affect this rare breed.
If you are currently one of the lucky owners of an exotic breed dog or cat, or you are thinking of owning an exotic breed, please know that Lantana-Atlantis Veterinary Hospital has the proper knowledge and staff to take care of your rare breed companion at all stages of it’s life. It’s one of our specialties!
Bring them one and all!
Thank you for being there for my little girl this past week. Had the chance to work will all 3 doctors throughout this week (and many techs/front desk girls) and even though I felt like a crazy dog mom calling every 5 minutes to check on her, this team took the time to be there for me and my little girl. Can't tell you how much you made these past couple days less stressful. Glad to have her home, and glad your team was on her side! Thank you, you'll never know what you gave me back.