Avian & Exotics


Most avian and exotic pets are prey species and do not show clinical signs of illness until they are very sick. If you are concerned that your exotic pet needs emergency care, it is often best to have the pet evaluated by a veterinarian as soon as possible. What symptoms are considered an emergency?

  • Anorexia >12 hours in small mammals or >24 hours in birds
  • Persistent diarrhea or blood in the droppings
  • Straining to urinate, defecate, or pass an egg
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Unresponsive or inappropriate mental state
  • Seizures
  • Trauma including bite wounds, self mutilation, or fractured bones
  • Active bleeding or recent blood loss
  • Prolapsed tissues
  • Toxin exposure (topical or ingestion)
  • Respiratory distress
  • Bloated abdomen

Our hospital is available 24/7 for exotic emergencies and has a 24-hour monitored critical care unit. Stable patients requiring additional care are hospitalized in a temperature-controlled, quiet, exotics-only ward.

If you’re having an emergency, please call


Emergency Information