Emergencies in Exotic Pets

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Exotic pets tend to mask any sign of illness. Due to their fragile state and high stress level, it is important to recognize subtle signs of illness at home and know when to bring your pet in to see the veterinarian.

The following symptoms should be considered emergencies in exotic pets:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Open mouth breathing
  • Collapse
  • Seizures
  • Prolapse of ANY organ from the body
  • Dystocia (trouble delivering young)
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating

In a rabbit or rodent the following are also considered emergencies:

  • Not eating or drinking for the past 24 hours
  • No stool or urine production for the past 24 hours
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Neurologic signs
  • Grinding Teeth
  • Bloating

In a reptile the following are considered emergencies:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Open mouth breathing
  • Bubbles, foam or excessive mucus coming from the mouth or nose
  • Egg bound
  • Cloacal prolapse
  • Burns
  • Neurologic signs
  • Muscle tremors

If any of these symptoms are seen, please bring your pet in to see the veterinarian as soon as possible.

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