There are a number of factors that you should take into consideration, for example housing, how much time you can commit to it and access to appropriate veterinary care. Here are our top things to consider before getting an exotic pet.
We would always recommend finding out as much as you can about any pet species whether it’s a cat, dog or exotic animal before you bring it home. This will help to ensure you have all the necessary supplies and equipment ready, as well as preparing you for caring for your new pet.
Inappropriate housing, environment and diet are some of the most common health issues we encounter with exotic pets. Learning as much as you can about your pet can help reduce these issues.
Housing & Specialist Equipment
Think about the type of housing your new exotic pet requires. How big is your new pet likely to grow? Is it a species that liked to climb, in which case they will require more vertical height than ground space? You are also likely to require specialist equipment for some housing, e.g. ultraviolet lighting, hygrometers for humidity and thermostat-controlled heating sources.
The cost of housing, special equipment, veterinary care and food will all add up and end up being much more than the initial cost of your new pet. Think about what you will be able to afford during your research phase, as well as looking into good pet insurance.
Size Of The Animal
How big is your new pet likely to grow? The larger the pet, the more space and exercise it is going to require. It may also be more difficult to manage and handle as it gets bigger, for example an iguana can grow up to 6ft long and is incredibly strong - is this something you would be able to safely manage?
Caring For Your Exotic Pet
Are you after a pet that can be held and enjoys human interaction, or would you prefer to own one that doesn’t require much handling? Similarly, some pets will require more regular exercise and be much more active.
Many exotic pets will require a diet of freshly prepared foods, which may vary dependent on their age. This is likely to include items such as fresh vegetables for herbivores, live insects for insectivores frozen mice and chicks for carnivores.
Do you own other animals? Before bringing a new pet in to your home think about how well it is likely to get on with other pets that you already have.
Not all vets are able to deal with and treat exotic pet species. Do you have a vet lined up that is able to deal with and treat exotic pets?
Exotic animals can live a very long time and are a life-long commitment. Animals such as tortoises and parrots will often outlive their owners so provisions should be made for them in your will.
Some exotic pet species carry zoonotic diseases. These are diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Take this into consideration If there are members of your household that have vulnerable immune systems.
We have a number of vets who have a specific interest in the care of Exotic pet species. Call us on 01332 678333 to book an appointment