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Red Bank Veterinary Hospital - Tinton Falls

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Avian & Exotics

The Avian & Exotics Department at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital provides primary, referral, and emergency services for many exotic pet species. Our staff members are specially trained in caring for exotic pets and responding to their individual requirements.

Pets That We See:

  • All birds

  • All rodents: Rats, Mice, Gerbils, Degu, Hamsters, Guinea pigs, Chinchillas, Prairie dogs, Flying squirrels

  • All reptiles (except venomous snakes): Snakes, Lizards, Turtles, Tortoises

  • All amphibians: Frogs, Toads, Salamanders, Newts, Caecilians

  • Rabbits

  • Hedgehogs

  • Sugar gliders

  • Ferrets

  • Fish

  • Invertebrates

  • Skunks

  • Kinkajous

  • Coati

  • Foxes

  • Small exotic felids (servals, lynx, bobcats)

  • Pot-Bellied Pigs

Services Available:

  • Wellness Exams

  • Preventative Medicine

  • Grooming for Exotic Pets

  • Advanced Exotic Pet Diagnostic

  • Medical Therapy Options for your Exotic Pets

  • Surgery for Exotic Pets

  • Dentistry

  • Behavioral Modification

  • Avian Diet Conversion: Should My Bird Eat Seeds?

  • Medical Boarding for Exotic Pets

  • Health Certificates for Exotic Pet Travel

Exotic Pet Emergencies

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


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