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5 Key Points - Bringing an Exotic Pet Home

When you know that a kitten or a puppy is a pet that will not satisfy your needs, then learning everything you can about owning an exotic animal is paramount. Your new friend needs you to understand how he or she lives, what foods are best, how to provide cold, warm, hidden, or moist areas depending on the pet needs, and what stresses them out.

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Learning about your first exotic pet

  • Research the history of your pet

  • Find out what stressors and triggers to avoid

  • Learn diet, habitat, and pet care tips that will help you protect your new exotic animal

Where do you want to purchase your new friend?

  • Make sure your pet comes from a reputable source

  • Choose a rescue organization or licensed breeder that is reputable and well-known

  • Check your pet over before taking them home to make sure they are alert, clean, and in apparent good health

Before buying exotic pet items

  • Understand the habitat and environment your animal needs whether in a tank or cage

  • Ensure any toys, heat fixtures, lights, or perches are appropriate for the size and type of exotic you select

Bringing exotic pet home for the first time

  • Give the animal time to adjust

  • Keep the room quiet and minimize guests

  • Introduce other family members one at a time

  • Let your pet rest

How to keep your pet healthy

  • Get an initial exotic pet exam

  • Call your vet with any questions you may have

  • Watch your animal for any signs of distress

When bringing exotic pet home, you want to give him or her the time and space to be happy and safe. Learn how long it takes for your pet to adjust to new environments. When you are not sure or want to schedule the first visit, please call LIBEVC at 516-482-1101.

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