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Tips for Choosing an Exotic Pet

January 15, 2021

Are you considering adopting an exotic pet? While dogs and cats are the most popular animal companions, exotic pets are starting to come into the spotlight. However, there are some things to keep in mind before adopting one. A veterinarian lists some key ones in this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your local Boulder, CO veterinary clinic, serving Louisville and surrounding areas.


D  iet

Every type of animal has their own unique nutritional needs. Exotic pets often have very specific dietary requirements. You may not be able to just grab some kibble or a few cans of food at a convenience store. It’s also important to do lots of research, and learn exactly what is and is not safe for your new pal to eat.


Cage Requirements

Many exotic pets live in cages, tanks, or terrariums. This can actually be a plus, as these pieces can make absolutely gorgeous centerpieces. However, in some cases, you’ll need to keep their environmental conditions within specific parameters. This will require special equipment, which could increase your power bill. You’ll also need to have a backup plan, such as a small, dedicated generator, in case of a power outage.


Lifespan

One common mistake people make is not realizing how long-lived many pets are. Some exotic pets can live a decade or even longer. Make sure you know what you are in for before deciding. After all, adoption is a forever commitment!


Laws

This is a big one. Laws on exotic pet ownership vary wildly between different states, counties, cities, HOAs, and landlords. Even if the place you’re living now allows exotics, that doesn’t mean your next home will. That’s really important to consider if you plan on moving.


Other Pets

Don’t forget to consider your other furry friends. If you have three frisky cats, sugar gliders may not be the best option for you!


Veterinary Care

Not all veterinarians work with exotic pets. Make sure to find a great local vet that treats the type of pet you’re adopting. This isn’t just important in case your new pal gets sick. It’s also crucial to have someone you can get great advice from!


Please do not hesitate to contact us here at Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet clinic, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, if there is ever anything we can do for you. We are here to help!

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