Avian and Exotics
At St. Marks Veterinary Hospital, we provide complete veterinary care for a variety of exotic pets including:
- Pocket Pets
- Guinea Pigs
- ...and more
...just to name a few. The veterinarians at St. Marks Veterinary Hospital love providing veterinary care to exotic and avian pets. Due to their extensive experience in this area, they are very in tune with the particular needs that these creatures have.
St. Marks Veterinary Hospital is affiliated with a number of avian and exotic pet organizations and we regularly attend continuing education courses to stay up-to-date on exotic pet medicine. We provide our clients and their pets excellent diagnostic services and state-of-the-art treatments. We are also equipped to provide intensive care and hospitalization services, using temperature controlled incubators that provide oxygen delivery and nebulization of medication.
Since most exotic pets are able to hide signs of illness as a result of their status as prey out in the wild, the team at St. Marks Veterinary Hospital strongly recommends annual physical examinations for each pet. These exams are used to check for health conditions and abnormalities, as well as nutritional needs and weight changes. Often, by the time a physical change is obvious to the owner, the health condition of the pet has already advanced. Birds, in particular, have a very high metabolic rate so they can drop substantial amounts of weight quickly. Our annual physical examinations help us to identify problems before they've advanced too far.
New Pet Exams
Have you recently added an exotic or avian pet to your household? We recommend scheduling a post-purchase examination as quickly as possible so that we can begin determining a baseline of health for your pet. This initial exam includes:
- Complete physical
- Husbandry and nutritional consultation
- Disease screening
- Laboratory testing, as needed
We recommend getting these examinations immediately so that you can determine your new pet's health before adding them to your household. If a pet carries a disease, it can be dangerous for your family and other pets!
St. Marks Veterinary Hospital provides house calls for many of our avian owners. We know that birds often get stressed about leaving home and we can help to offset this concern by coming to you. We are able to perform complete check-ups as well as blood draws at your home. Please keep in mind that if x-rays are required for your bird, these must be performed at our hospital.
Exotic Pet Dentistry
Rabbits and rodents are prone to dental problems. St. Marks Veterinary Hospital provides exotic pet dentistry to identify and treat dental disease. Our exotic pet dental services include:
- Radiographic interpretation
- Grading of dental disease
- Incisor removal
- Abscess treatment
- Preventative maintenance
Nutrition and Husbandry Counseling
We provide individualized education on all of your nutrition and husbandry questions that you may have about your exotic pet. We are also able to provide avian behavioral counseling.
Exotic Pet Surgery
At St. Marks Veterinary Hospital, we are equipped to provide both routine and major surgery for a large number of exotic species. Some more common surgeries performed at our hospital include:
- Spays and Neuters for small mammals
- Abscess removal and treatment
- Fracture repair
- Crop biopsies
- Prolapsed cloacal repair
- Foreign body removal
- Surgical sexing
- Air sac cannulation
We use specialized anesthesia monitoring for exotic pets, and most of our surgeries are performed using a state-of-the-art surgical laser unit. This advanced technology offers us many added benefits, including safer surgeries for birds, less blood loss, faster recovery for all patients, and decreased risk of self-mutilation at the surgical site.
Avian Blood Sexing
Unlike mammals, it is usually impossible to identify a bird's gender visually, with the exception of a few bird breeds which are sexually dimorphic. We are, however, capable of performing advanced DNA sexing for gender identification. This test is performed using as little as a single drop of blood. This sample can be easily and safely obtained from a vein causing minimal stress for the bird. A genetic picture is produced, analyzing the bird's sex. The results are available in 3-4 weeks and the results are extremely accurate. Like human DNA, bird DNA is unique and this test can be performed on birds of all ages.