Miramar/Destin area pet owners – Barry Veterinary Hospital now accepts exotic pets, pocket pets, rodents, birds and other exotic species as patients.
WHAT IS AN EXOTIC PET?
“Exotic pet” includes to any household pet other than the traditional dog or cat:
- Small Mammals (rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats, mice, hamsters and other rodents)
- Reptiles (snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises)
- Birds (parrots, cockatoo, canary, waterfowl, etc.)
- Amphibians (frogs, salamanders, newts, etc.)
- Invertebrates (tarantulas, scorpions, hermit crabs, etc.)
NEW EXOTIC PET
We recommend newly acquired exotic pets be kept separate from other pets for one month. They should also receive an initial health evaluation by an experience exotic pet veterinarian prior to introduction to your other pets. During this veterinary visit, we will discuss how to care for your new exotic pet and answer any questions. Many pet stores offer a warranty on newly purchased animals that lasts for 2-3 weeks, and it is ideal to schedule a veterinary visit within this time frame. These measures are vital to ensuring that you have obtained a healthy pet free of diseases or infections that may be introduced into your collection.
BRINGING YOUR EXOTIC PET TO BARRY VETERINRAY HOSPITAL
If possible, your exotic pet may be more relaxed if brought in its regular enclosure. This will be helpful to assess your setup and make any recommendations. It is also best not to clean the enclosure prior to bringing your pet in. This will allow your exotic pet to be surrounded by familiar smells and will also retain samples for diagnostic testing to better evaluate your pet. For reptile patients, it is best to bring them with some sort of heated transport, such as a warm towel or hot water bottle.
EXOTIC PET WELLNESS EXAMS AND PREVENTATIVE CARE
The health and well-being of exotic pets benefits greatly from regular checkups and wellness visits. The development of health issues in exotic pets can be gradual and difficult to detect by even the most diligent pet owner, underscoring the importance of regular veterinary examinations. During these visits, your pet receives a full physical exam and health checkup, thorough evaluation of husbandry practices, and recommendations for improvement where necessary. We offer a wide array of wellness services for exotic patients at Barry Veterinary Hospital including:
- Parasite Screening/Fecal Exam
- Oral Exam / Dental Exam
- Weight Checks
- Blood Screening
- Sex Determination
- Spay/Neuter Procedures
- Behavioral Counseling
- Nail, Beak, and Wing Trims
MEET YOUR DESTIN EXOTIC PET VETERINARIAN
Dr. Macy Trosclair, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Macy Trosclair received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from LSU in 2014 and before joining Barry Veterinary Hospital she worked at Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge. Dr. Trosclair has a strong interest in zoological medicine, particularly avian species and large carnivores, and exotic pet medicine.
As a veterinary student, Dr. Trosclair was one of the two LSU veterinary student caretakers for “Mike the Tiger” the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation mascot. She was also a Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Scholar, conducting research on alternative methods of GI parasite control in exotic ruminant hoof stock at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.