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Your Toledo Resource for Veterinary Care for Exotic and Pocket Pets

exotic_pets_treated_at_trilby.pngIf your idea of a pet stretches beyond the ordinary choice of a dog or cat, then you have probably grown interested in getting an exotic or pocket pet. A pocket pet is pretty much any animal that will fit in a pocket, while “exotic” refers to any animal not normally domesticated and kept in the household.

A small lizard, for instance, would count as both an exotic and a pocket pet. Exotic/pocket animals that attract pet owners include birds, mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, lizards, snakes, turtles and other fascinating creatures. But while you can find many of these animals in pet stores, you may not know where to seek skilled veterinary treatment and pet wellness care for them. Fortunately, you can find that skill and training right here at Trilby Animal Hospital.

The more unusual the animal, the more unusual his veterinary needs may be. For example, the sugar glider -- a small marsupial with a wing-like membrane that allows him to glide from tree to tree -- often suffers from nutritional deficiencies when fed common pet-store fare. These creatures eat eucalyptus sap and insects in their natural habitat, but that doesn’t mean you can simply feed them sugar and protein. Their diets require a precise balance between calcium and phosphorus to ensure good health. 

Rodents may love to nibble on the nuts you feed them, but they will become grossly overweight if you feed them nothing else. Turtles may only eat the food you give them when the temperature reaches a certain level. Our animal hospital can provide professional advice on exactly what and how to feed your pet.

Exotic and pocket pets may be extremely vulnerable to environmental challenges. Small birds such as canaries can be fatal with minute concentrations of cleaning agents or other airborne chemicals that might never bother a dog or cat. Snakes may get caught in the skin they are trying to shed, with the unshed portion cutting off circulation to the tail. And just like dogs and cats, non-traditional animals can suffer fractures, cuts, tumors and a wide range of viral or bacterial illnesses. Few facilities have a veterinarian with the proper training or experience to cope with these situations -- but our animal hospital does.

Pet Wellness at Our Toledo Clinic

Whenever you purchase any new exotic or pocket pets, bring them to Trilby Animal Hospital for important pet wellness care and advice. Either veterinarian at our clinic, Dr. Moore, will make sure your pet is healthy, provide any necessary treatment, and counsel you on how to feed, house and care for your new pet properly. We can also work out a pet wellness schedule to keep your new exotic and pocket pets healthy and happy for life. Contact our office at 419-474-5403 to schedule an appointment for your pet today.


Canine Influenza Update October 2017

There has been a recent outbreak of cases of canine influenza virus (CIV) in the greater Toledo area this month. The virus can present as either of two strains, and is highly contagious. Virtually all dogs are susceptible to CIV regardless of breed or age. Symptoms range from coughing, sneezing, fever a runny nose and even a life threatening pneumonia. Typically, a dog will act like it's having kennel cough. A dog is most likely contagious before showing any signs. The Canine Influenza virus does not persist in the environment for very long, but it does spread easily between individuals, usually transmitted through direct contact with a contagious dog's saliva or nasal secretions. Treatment for CIV involves supportive therapy: antibiotics to prevent secondary bacterial infections, cough suppressants, or anti-viral medication. Sometimes fluid therapy is necessary depending on how long the dog has been sick. Dogs that go to day care facilities, boarding kennels, dog parks or training classes are at higher risk for exposure to CIV. If dogs spend most of their time at home or rarely come into contact with other dogs, they will likely have lower risk. There is no evidence that this virus is transmissible to people. We now carry a vaccine that helps protect dogs from outbreaks caused by both strains of the Canine Influenza Virus. The vaccine aids in the control of disease associated with CIV. The vaccine can be given in dogs at 7 weeks of age or older. A second dose is given 2-4 weeks later. A minimum of two doses is required for primary immunization, and annual vaccination with one dose is recommended. Please let us know if you have any concerns regarding your dog's possible exposure to CIV or if you anticipate vaccinating your pet against the virus.

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a full-service animal hospital, offering medical, surgical, and dental
veterinary care. Our mission is to provide the highest level of veterinary
care for your pets in a friendly environment. Our friendly and courteous
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