Exotic animals present a special challenge because each species has specific diseases and respond differently to insults and therapies. It is important for owners to become very familiar with the normal behavior of their pets. Critically ill exotic animals usually do not exhibit overt signs of illness; therefore, any change in behavior may be a warning sign. Anticipation of complications before they occur is imperative with exotic pets. Appropriate emergency therapy must be sought as soon as a problem is suspected. Make sure you contact a veterinarian that cares for exotic animals. In addition, the Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center is staffed and equipped to treat emergency exotic patients every evening, weekend or holiday.
Safety is extremely important for the owner and pet at the time of an emergency. The most friendly pets can bite or scratch if they are nervous or in pain. It is strongly recommended that owners always exercise proper caution when approaching or handling a wounded or animal in pain.