Exotic Animal Medicine
Dr. Parker treats a wide variety of exotic and small pocket pets. However, she does not treat birds or fish. Some examples of exotics she treats are as follows:
- Small mammals: rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hedgehogs, gerbils, rats, ferrets, sugar gliders, etc.
- Reptiles: lizards, snakes and turtles.
Dr. Parker developed an interest in exotics as a young girl while taking care of a wide variety of animals including hamsters, lizards and newts. During her undergrad years, she worked at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, and later went on to work with the St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network while attending vet school at Ross University. During her clinical rotations at Oklahoma State University, she conducted additional clinical rotations with exotics as well.
Examples of some of the services we offer for exotics include wellness and sick exams, spays and neuters, as well as mass removals.
The most common problems we see with exotics stem from improper husbandry practices. It is always very important to understand and research the specific needs of any exotic animal you are considering adopting. As always, it's a good idea to have your new friend examined by a veterinarian shortly after adopting, so you can work with your veterinarian on a health plan to ensure the best care possible.