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Exotic Pet Services Offered at Lombard Veterinary Hospital

At Lombard Veterinary Hospital, we know that pets come in all shapes and sizes, so we are happy to treat exotics pets. As with dogs and cats, exotic pets benefit from physical exams for the early detection of health issues. Our experienced veterinarians, can track a pet’s baseline vital statistics and detect if changes in those vitals indicate a health issue that should be followed up on. We recommend exams on a bi-yearly basis. Various types of health issues that arise in exotic pets can be due to their unique husbandry needs. When caring for an exotic pet, the owner must research the proper environment and diet for the pet. It is important for us to note that our Exotic Veterinarians will not see primates, fish, birds, or wildlife. If you find an injured wild animal, please get in touch with Willowbrook Wildlife Center for further assistance. We will see a wide variety of exotic pets, including the following; Chinchillas, Ferrets, Guinea Pigs, Hedgehogs, Lizards, Rabbits, Rats, Snakes, and Turtles/Tortoises. However, the type of exotic pet that we will see is not limited to this list. If your pet is not listed, please contact us to find out if we can care for your exotic pet. Reptiles and small mammals require the same yearly wellness examinations and emergency care as our more traditional canine and feline companions. We have compiled a list of the most common reasons exotic pet owners brought their pets to LVH for their medical concerns. 


Types of Exotic Pets Seen at Lombard Veterinary Hospital

Exotic Veterinarians Near Me SnakesSnakes

Snakes will benefit greatly from visits to the vet. Snakes can contract a wide variety of diseases. In turn, can cause gastrointestinal, liver, and respiratory issues. Other common health issues can be parasites (both internal and external), difficulty shedding, and even in some cases mouth rot, also known as stomatitis. 

Exotic Veterinarians Near Me RabbitsRabbits

Pet rabbits are sweet, intelligent, and social animals that were domesticated from the European rabbit. They are very athletic pets that love to run and jump and can live 10+ years with appropriate care. They do experience health issues such as gastrointestinal disease, respiratory infection, and even parasites.

Exotic Veterinarians Near Me Pocket PetsPocket Pets

The term Pocket Pets casts a wide umbrella over multiple species of animals, that happen to be on the smaller side. That list includes animals such as mice, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, rats, and even chinchillas. However, even though they are small, they could always benefit from wellness visits.

Exotic Veterinarians Near Me LizardsLizards & Geckos

Lizards and Geckos come in all various shapes and sizes, each one uniquely different than the other. If your pet falls into this species grouping, bringing them to the vet will allow our doctors to do an exam to make sure that they don't have any health problems such as bone disease, poor shedding, parasites, respiratory disease, and even a decreased appetite.

Exotic Veterinarians Near Me Turtles & TortoisesTurtles & Tortoises

Turtles and Tortoises can be great pets and live a long and healthy life with proper care. It is beneficial to bring your pet turtle or tortoise to the vet for a wellness check-up and especially if they are showing signs of sickness. Some of their health issues include ear abscesses, respiratory disease, poor shell, and other types of infections. 

Exotic Veterinarians Near Me FerretsFerrets

Ferrets are entertaining and interactive small carnivores, that were domesticated from the European polecat. They are characterized by their long lengthy bodies and variety of fur colors. Pet ferrets are independent and friendly pets that live about 5-8 years in captivity with appropriate care.


When Should You Take Your Exotic Pet To The Vet?

As it is mentioned above, small mammals and reptile pets need yearly wellness exams and sometimes do have emergencies that need to be attended to as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment for your exotic pet. If we are not able to see your exotic pet here at Lombard Veterinary Hospital, please contact either one of the below local exotic hospitals.

Ness Exotic Wellness Center 

1007 Maple Ave, Lisle, IL 60532

Phone Number: (630) 737-1281

Midwest Bird & Exotic Animal Hospital

7510 W. North Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707

Phone Number: (708) 453-8181