All birds and exotics are examined by Dr. J.C. Burcham. She has the experience, compassion, and dedication to provide the best care possible for your non-traditional pet! Dr. Burcham is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) and Association of Reptile & Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), and she regularly attends CE specifically regarding these species. There is a lot to know when treating these non-traditional pets, and we are dedicated to providing the best care possible.

Birds

Examples of birds treated at Mariposa include all kinds of parrots (cockatoos, African Greys, Amazons, macaws, Poicephalus spp., conures, and many others), finches, canaries, toucans, birds of prey, and just about anything with feathers. Services include: comprehensive physical exams, wing trims, nail trims, beak trimming, blood work, fecal analysis (gram stains and direct exams), DNA sexing, microchipping, and testing for various diseases and toxicities. We can also perform laser therapy (see photo–Dr. Burcham is treating an extensive bruise on the bird’s back, which was the result of trauma), which we do regularly for our own resident parrot, Jolly!

Ferrets

We understand the special nature of ferrets and the range of medical problems they can develop. We offer comprehensive physical exams for all ferret life stages, and we recommend routine bloodwork to screen for various problems. Treatments available for ailments such as adrenal disease include Lupron injections and deslorelin implants, as well as surgery.

Rabbits

The unique needs of rabbits requires that a veterinarian have familiarity and experience with their physiology and behavior. Dr. JC Burcham has the experience and bunny compassion that all vets who treat this species should have (but unfortunately, not all do!). Preventive care (including examination of the teeth to check for abnormal molar or incisor growth) and proper nutrition are the key to keeping your bunny healthy, and we would love to discuss these needs further with you.

Rodents

Guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats, hamsters, and other rodents all have specific needs regarding their diet, cage set-up, and environment. Wellness exams and preventive care are a must to ensure a long, happy life. Every exam includes thorough examination of the teeth, as dental care is especially important in these species!

Reptiles & Amphibians

Snakes, geckos, bearded dragons, iguanas, chameleons, turtles and tortoises, monitors, tegus, salamanders, frogs–these are just a few of the types of unusual species we see at Mariposa! As with most exotics, a review of proper husbandry (cage setup, heating, lighting, diet–including feeding methods) are a necessity when it comes to providing the best comprehensive care. Review our “Reptiles” posts for examples of care sheets and more.

Other Exotics

Sugar gliders, hedgehogs, and exotic cats don’t fit into the categories above, but all are welcome here. Don’t see your type of pet listed in the above categories? Call us! Just about the only kinds of animals we don’t treat are: fish, venomous snakes/lizards, pot-bellied pigs (though we can provide a referral for you–just call us), and primates.

Resources

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