Exotic Pet Services

Exotic Pet ServicesWe are recognized as one of the top veterinary hospitals in the region for exotic pet (birds, small mammals, and birds) veterinary services. In fact, more than 30 veterinary hospitals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware refer exotic pet pet cases to our hospital and Dr. Weiss has lectured on exotic pet medicine and surgery in both the United States and Canada at major veterinary continuing education conferences.

Medical Services

Wellness Healthcare Programs

We offer optimum wellness care programs for most exotic pet species. Since exotic pets often conceal their illnesses, we strongly recommend bi-annual physical examinations to check for health abnormalities and annual monitoring to check for nutritional and husbandry-related conditions.

In order to survive attacks from their predators, exotic animals normally conceal their illnesses in the wild. As a result, their medical problems often go unnoticed for too long. By the time the owner recognizes that there is a problem with his or her exotic pet, the condition is often serious. With bi-annual veterinary medical examinations, problems are often seen before they become serious medical conditions.

Post-Purchase Examinations

Welcome your new exotic pet into your life with a post-purchase exam. The exam includes a complete physical examination, husbandry and nutritional consultation, disease screening and laboratory testing, if necessary. Before bringing your pet into your home, you want to make sure that he / she is healthy. Post-purchase examinations are very important to make sure you are providing the proper husbandry and nutrition for your new pet.

Medical Treatment & Care

We are very active in the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. Through related publications, continuing education conferences, and professional networking with other exotic pet veterinarians, we are able to offer our clients the most current diagnostics and treatments available for exotic pets. Additionally, if your pet needs intensive care or hospitalization, you want to be sure that your veterinary hospital is specifically equipped to care for exotic species. Our specialized exotic pet hospitalization cages provide temperature control, oxygen delivery and nebulization of medications which is critical to assure that your exotic pet will be hospitalized under the optimum conditions.

At All Creatures Veterinary Care Center, we have the equipment, training, and know-how necessary to treat your exotic pet.

Nutrition and Husbandry Counseling

Our knowledgeable veterinarians and technicians can answer your nutrition and husbandry questions. We are also available for avian behavioral counseling.

Dental Services

Rabbit PhotoSince rabbits and rodents are particularly prone to dental problems, we offer complete dentistry services. Treatment of rabbit and rodent dental disease includes radiographic interpretation and grading of dental disease, incisor removal, antibiotic bead abscess treatments, extractions, mechanical filing and preventative maintenance.

Surgical Services

All Creatures Veterinary Care Center performs routine and major soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery for most exotic species.

Some of the more common procedures that we perform include bird, reptile and small mammal spays and neuters; abscess treatment; ferret adrenalectomy; ferret partial pancreatectomy; joint dislocations and bone fractures; cystotomy; crop biopsies; cloacal prolapsed repair; crop burn repair; foreign body; surgical sexing; air sac cannulation; and many more.

In order to provide the necessary care, we have invested heavily in specialized exotic pet surgical and anesthetic monitoring equipment. This equipment includes ventilators, EKG machines, blood-pressure monitoring devices, microsurgical instruments, low volume fluid delivery systems, high-tech magnification head loops and heated surgical water blankets.

We also utilize radio and laser surgery, including endoscopic laser surgery. This new technology allows the veterinarian to perform surgery in situations where normal instrumentation is not feasible. The major advantages to using radio and laser surgery are faster recovery time and less patient discomfort. This lowers the incidence of self-mutilation of the surgical site.

Diagnostic Services

In-House Laboratory

Rabbit PhotoWe utilize our in-house laboratory and specialized exotic pet laboratories that we have partnered with to diagnose many ailments and conditions affecting exotic pets. Our in house laboratory equipment is geared to very small blood sample sizes enabling us to run blood tests on the smallest patients. The specialized outside reference laboratories we utilize know exotics and are invaluable in helping us determine what could be wrong with your exotic pet.

Exotic pets may appear healthy, but can often be hiding symptoms of disease. Routine blood testing helps your veterinarian learn things about your pet's health that cannot be spotted during routine physical examinations.

Radiology

X-rays are useful in evaluating a number of areas of your exotic pet's body, including bones, lungs, air sacs, heart, coelomic cavity, liver, etc. We are equipped with the most sophisticated digital radiography equipment available, which enables our hospital to take high-quality, digital X-rays of your exotic pet in under a minute. Additionally, digital imaging allows for computer manipulation, which enables the veterinarian to focus in on specific areas in the image and do precise calculations if needed. Digital radiographs are extremely helpful for diagnosing and monitoring many medical and surgical problems and have many advantages over the older "film" methodology.

The advantage to digital radiology is that the time spent taking your pets' radiographs is significantly shorter, and fewer pictures need to be taken to achieve a perfect result. This means a lot less stress for your pet, making their experience here much more pleasant! Pictures can then be e-mailed to a specialist in veterinary radiology, making consults much easier and faster. We also utilize our digital dental X-ray unit to enable us to take very detailed radiographs of even the smallest patient

Ultrasound 3D/4D

Ultrasound 3D/4DUltrasound is a non-invasive imaging procedure that complements x-rays and allows our clinicians to better visualize internal organs of your exotic pet. This painless diagnostic technique is normally done without sedation of your pet.

Ultrasound is invaluable for making treatment decisions for various types of heart disease that is observed in some exotic pets. Additionally, ultrasonography is helpful in diagnosing ferret adrenal gland disease, cystic ovaries in guinea pigs and egg binding in birds. It provides a less invasive method for observing the bladder, kidney stones, liver disease and other conditions that can affect your exotic pet.

Video Endoscopy

Endoscopy is a valuable tool that enables the veterinarian to perform non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures. We use rigid endoscopes for exotic patients that allow us to undertake a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. We can look into the interior of the stomach, coelomic cavity, and airways to look for abnormalities and take samples for diagnostics. We can retrieve foreign bodies from the crop of birds and stomach of other exotics without surgery. We can also look into the abdominal, coelomic or chest cavity through a tiny incision looking for abnormalities and sometimes perform surgical procedures through the endoscope and obtain biopsy samples.