Choosing an Exotic Pet

  • Exotic PetAvoid rushed decisions/ impulse buys- any new exotic pet is a long-term commitment.
  • Don’t forget to include costs of housing, supplies, food, veterinary care etc.
  • Try to obtain as much information as possible before buying your chosen pet.

Consider some of the following factors before making your choice:

 Some considerations

    • Longevity: Some species are very short lived (eg gerbils / mice ), some may outlive humans (eg parrots / some reptiles).
    • Sociability/Activity Levels: Birds and small mammals tend to be more social, however this can be nocturnal. Reptiles and snakes have much lower activity levels.Exotic Pet
    • Adult Size: This will obviously affect housing considerations as the pet grows.
    • Housing: Certain species especially reptiles can have very specific environmental requirements and will need specialised vivariums with light and heat sources to ensure correct temperature and humidity.

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  • Single vs. Multiple pets: Some species are sociable and should have company whereas others may be territorial and should be kept alone.
  • Wild animals: Is it ethical to keep your chosen pet in the sort of captivity that you are going to provide?
  • Prepare: Finally ensure you have all the necessary supplies and equipment ready before bringing a new pet home to ensure he/she settles in quickly.Exotic Pet

Compatibility within the family

    • Compatibility with children: Obviously some pets will not be suitable for small children. It’s also important to remember that even though a small pet may be purchased for a child, it should ultimately be cared for by a responsible adult.

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  • Compatibility with other pets: Consider how the new pet will interact with any current pets Predated species will be very stressed if housed near potential predators
  • Destructive/Aggressive tendencies: Consider temperament and natural tendencies such as digging/chewing
  • Human health concerns: Some exotic pets may harbour certain diseases that can be transmitted to humans

Where to buy & which to selectExotic Pet

    • Always opt for a good reputable pet shop/supplier especially if your pet needs to be ordered/ imported. This should ensure legality and health.
    • When choosing from a group of animals, particularly small mammals, look for the following traits: active, alert, sociable, clear bright eyes, eating and moving normally.

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  • Avoid the following: Pets with discharge from eyes/ nose, wetness around face, diarrhoea / dirty bottom or any pet housed with other animals showing signs of illness.
  • Once you’ve made the final decision ensure you register your pet with your Veterinary Practice and discuss any preventative treatments required.
  • With all of this in mind you can look forward to a happy, healthy future with your new pet!