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Exotic pets and birds need examinations.

Why should I bring in my exotic pet?

New pet are fun, especially when they are uncommon. The veterinary staff at Adams County Animal Hospital want to take a moment and explain why exams on exotic pets and birds are so important.


Exotics pets and birds, while fun, can hide dangerous health risks. Arvada veterinarians warn that these risks, although not always seen with the naked eye, can  lead to various health risks. Veterinarian staff recommend that you schedule an appointment for your new pet as soon as possible. At your visit, the vet will perform a full head to tail examination.

What does the vet recommend?

The veterinarian will give a head to toe exam to check for any physical issues may be seen. The veterinarian may recommend other tests to check for the hidden risks. These tests may includ:

  • blood tests
  • fecal tests
  • skin swabs and other body swabs

What is the reason for these tests?

Parasites and bacteria can be seen or grown in a lab setting from these samples. Some of the parasites and bacteria that are a concern are:

  • Toxoplasmosis
  •  Cryptosporidium
  • Salmonella
  • Tuberculosis
  • Brucellosis
  • Hookworms
  • Psittacosis
  • Giardia

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