Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital

30 Old Quarry Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877

(203)438-8878

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Exotic Pet Care

We treat a wide variety of exotic pets at Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital—rabbits; guinea pigs; hamsters; hedgehogs; frogs; bearded dragons, iguanas, turtles, and other reptiles; all sorts of birds, from cockatiels and parakeets to ducks and chickens; and more.

Our exotics enthusiast is Dr. Diana Chang, VMD. She has an especially keen interest in exotic pets and she’s committed to the special attention and research required to give them the very best care.

Exotic Pet Wellness Visits

We recommend routine wellness checkups for exotic pets. Monitoring their overall wellbeing helps us keep them healthy and catch any signs or symptoms of illness early, when treatment is most effective.

Our exotic pet wellness services include:

  • Blood screening
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Fecal exam & testing
  • Oral exam
  • Evaluation for external parasites
  • Husbandry review and recommendations
  • Behavioral counseling
  • Nail trimming
  • Sex determination
  • Spay & Neuter procedures
  • Vaccination
  • Weight check

You can book a wellness appointment by phone or through our Pet Portal.

Dr. Chang draws blood from a bearded dragon

Exotic Pet Sick Visits

How can you tell when your exotic pet isn’t feeling well? Disguising illness and injury comes instinctively to them, but early detection is often vital to recovery. Some signs and symptoms to be aware of are:

  • Blood on the animal or in its habitat
  • Change in respiration
  • Change in stool or urine production or appearance
  • Decreased activity
  • Decreased appetite
  • Discharge from the eyes or nose
  • Muscle stiffness, twitching, or weakness
  • Observed or suspected injury
  • Weight loss

You know your pet’s habits best. If you observe any of the above symptoms or if you believe he or she needs a veterinarian’s attention, please give us a call or schedule an appointment online with our Pet Portal.

Becky holds a bunny while she recovers in our treatment room

Visiting Us with Your Exotic Pet

Whether your companion has fur or feathers or spines or scales, Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital’s doors are open!

Please bring your exotic pet into the office in a cage, carrier, or tank. We recommend transporting their regular habitat, if possible. Traveling in an enclosure that smells familiar may help your pet feel more comfortable and secure. It also allows us the opportunity to evaluate your pet’s habitat firsthand and to collect diagnostic samples from used bedding, if necessary.

Our small animal scale is designed to weigh small pets accurately, safely, and comfortably. We also have a custom perch for weighing birds.

Bozo, a Senegal parrot, visting the vet in his regular enclosure

Exotic Pet Boarding

Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital offers boarding services for all our clients, including those who have exotic pets. We understand that every exotic pet has unique environmental, dietary, and care needs.

We ask that you bring your pet’s own enclosure because it’s the safest and most comfortable place for him or her to stay. We’ll set up their cage, crate, or tank in a space that’s separate from dogs, cats, and other boarding pets. If it’s not possible to bring their usual enclosure, please let us know! We’ll be happy to work with you and your pet.

We also ask that you supply your exotic pet’s food and provide detailed feeding instructions.

Please call our office to talk about accommodations and diet and to book your pet’s boarding reservation!

Peaches the hedgehog having a checkup at Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital