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Exotic Animal Medicine Reisterstown
Reisterstown, Maryland, please bring us your pet ferrets, rabbits, reptiles, and rodents in addition to your cats and dogs. At TLC for Pets Veterinary Hospital we pride ourselves on providing tender loving care for a broad range of pets, including many kinds of rodents such as chinchillas, gerbils, Guinea pigs, hamsters, mice and rats.
Definitions of exotic pets vary. For example, at least at present, we do not treat birds or fish. Many veterinary hospitals include them in their definition of exotic companion animals. TLC for Pets also does not treat wild animals.
Popularity of Exotic Pets
Statistics from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) show that ferrets, rabbits and hamsters -- in that order -- are among the most popular exotic pet mammals in the U.S.
At TLC for Pets, we understand that a pet owner can be as attached to an exotic pet, such as a hamster, as to a larger companion animal. So we offer many veterinary services for these members of your family, including wellness checkups, geriatric care, medical treatment, nutritional consultations and surgery.
Our veterinarians also provide advice about exotic pet behavior and special needs, such as environmental heating requirements for a healthy reptile habitat. We educate owners about many kinds of pets.
Although some exotics have naturally short lifespans, others die much too young due to lack of owner education.
One common problem for owners of exotic pets -- which can be resolved with education -- is an overabundance of unwanted babies. Often this occurs because you are misinformed about a pet's sex by a pet store or another pet owner.
For example, you might obtain two mice that you think are both the same sex and discover that one seems to be getting fat. Wrong diagnosis! Then, if you don't separate a litter at the right time, littermates may begin to have babies, and you have a mouse population explosion.
No Wild Animals, Please
We do not treat wild animals. TLC for Pets Veterinary Hospital is not a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility. Similar to the ASPCA, our clinic does not support keeping wild animals as pets. However, we can help put you in touch with licensed rehabilitators who return wild animals to their native habitats once they are healed.
Illegal Exotic Trade
In its August 2015 issue, Duke Law Journal notes animal smuggling is the "third-largest illegal trade in the world" exceeded only by drugs and guns. When purchasing any exotic animal, seek a federally licensed dealer.
Appointments & Hours
Seven days a week TLC for Pets Veterinary Hospital devotes itself to making life healthier and happier for Reisterstown pets and their owners. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, we're open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Wednesdays and Fridays, we close a bit earlier at 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, we are available from 9 a.m. to noon.
Please call or email us for an appointment. We want to meet your exotic family members!