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South Coast Veterinarian: Adoption & Care for Exotic Pets in MA

exotic-pets-adoptionAre you thinking about adopting an exotic pet? Already have a pet and need information on proper care and nutrition? The best thing you can do is to bring your exotic pet into a local general care and emergency veterinary hospital. Every new pet should include a trip to the South Coast veterinarian for an exam, vaccinations and information on care and feeding that will help you to provide your new pet with a healthy start.

Pets can be great companions for children and adults alike, but there are a lot of things that you need to do to keep your pet healthy and safe. Whether you need tips on winter care for reptiles, summertime ideas for birds or basic information on keeping small rodents at pets, you can get everything you need at Anchor Animal Hospital in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Which Pet is the Right Pet for You?
Figuring out what type of pet can be difficult. However, you should base a lot of your decisions on how much care and attention the pet will require to live a happy and healthy life, as well as the amount of time that you will have both now and in the future to provide it to him or her. There’s nothing worse than someone who adopts a pet and then neglects it because of their busy schedule. Make sure that you choose a pet that will fit into your lifestyle so you can provide all of the care it requires.

Keeping small rodents as pets means having the right habitat, bedding, substrate, balanced nutrition, toys and other accessories required to keep them happy and healthy. Bored rodents can lead to break-outs from cages or tanks, so it is important to give them “something to do” in addition to providing them with care. Bringing your pets to an emergency veterinary hospital in the area that specializes in small rodents is also important, just in case anything were to ever go wrong.

Another thing that you need to consider is how much money you have to invest into the pet. For example, winter care for reptiles means maintaining a warm temperature, lighting and food sources all throughout the coldest months in New England. Having a backup source of power for heat is essential to the survival of reptiles. They can’t just sit tight while you wait for the power to come back on after a particularly heavy blizzard or storm. Making sure that you have the live food sources that they require is also important, especially if you are snowed in or otherwise unable to get to a pet store for live food.

What are Pocket Pets?
A common term used by veterinarians and pet stores alike, pocket pets are any type of small pet that could very likely fit into your pocket. They usually include small rodents as pets, such as rats, hamsters, gerbils, mice and sometimes Guinea pigs and Chinchillas. It can also include small reptiles, such as toads, turtles and lizards, depending on the South Coast veterinarian that you see.

In most situations, pocket pets are easy to take care of, don’t take up a lot of space, won’t cost a lot of money and the things they need to live happy and healthy are readily available at local pet stores. Take time to learn about the pet ahead of time, what they need in the way of habitat, food and other necessities and accessories. The more you know, the better equipped you will be to provide proper care.

Small rodents as pets can be a great choice for a child’s first pet, as long as the child is mature enough to handle the responsibilities required for taking care of that type of pet. Each child is different, so it is important to evaluate whether your child would be gentle enough with these small pets to ensure that they don’t get hurt in any way. If you aren’t sure, speak with your local veterinarian to find out what they recommend.

Exotic & Pocket Pet Specialists
If you own an exotic pet or one of the pocket pets mentioned in this article, and are in need of veterinary care or want to visit a local emergency veterinary hospital for a regular check-up, consider visiting Anchor Animal Hospital in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Our office can provide you and your pet with all of the care, preventive treatments, vaccinations, nutritional suggestions and other support information that you need. Give us a call at 508-996-3731 to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment with our Southeastern Massachusetts veterinarian team.