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Avian & Exotic Pets

At Holland Veterinary Hospitals in Hattiesburg and Wiggins, our vets treat exotic pets including birds, reptiles and small mammals such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs.

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Avian & Exotic Pet Services, Hattiesburg and Wiggins Veterinarians

Care You Can Count on for Bird, Reptile, or Small Mammal

At Holland Veterinary Hospitals in Hattiesburg and Wiggins we know that caring for your small exotic pet requires special knowledge and experience, so rest assured that your cherished pet is in good hands.

Our team is dedicated to providing birds, reptiles and small mammals with proper preventive care, so they have their best shot at living long and healthy lives. We are also here for you whenever your pets are not feeling well.

Our staff of skilled professionals in Hattiesburg and Wiggins are well-trained in the care of birds, reptiles and small mammals and can give you the information you need to keep your exotic pet looking and feeling great.

FAQs for Care of Exotic Pets

Our Hattiesburg and Wiggins vets firmly believe that providing pet owners with the very best information about nutritional and environmental management, gives their exotic pets their best shot at living longer, healthier lives.

If you own one of these unique pets, we encourage you to schedule a complete physical exam and consultation on proper care and feeding. The experienced veterinary team at Holland Veterinary Hospitals will assist you with all of your exotic pet’s unique healthcare needs.

  • Wellness & Preventive Care

    Much like cats and dogs, birds and other exotic pets benefit from regular veterinary care to help them live a long, happy, and healthy life. Our vets are trained in the unique care and husbandry needs and veterinary treatment of these species.

    During the initial wellness visit, our vet will thoroughly review your pet’s housing, nutrition, and care. A complete and thorough physical exam will be performed. Health screening tests and vaccines will be discussed and recommended when indicated. Our vet will discuss any husbandry, health, or behavior concerns with you and answer any questions you might have. Recommendations will be tailored to the needs of your pet and their family.

  • What can I expect at an exotic appointment?

    When you bring your exotic mammal in for a routine exam, we will assess the overall health of your pet. We will perform a thorough physical examination, recommend the appropriate preventive care, and answer any questions you may have about your pet to help ensure their health and longevity.

  • Sick Pet Appointments & Daytime Emergencies

    Birds and other exotic pets with health or behavior concerns can be seen by our vet. If possible, please contact us in advance to determine the availability of our veterinarian. While we do accept walk-in and work-in emergencies for exotic pets, there may be an additional fee if double booking of appointments occurs.

  • What is an exotic mammal?

    Exotic mammals are small companion animals including rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, chinchillas, rats, mice, hamsters and gerbils. Many exotic pets are prey species in the wild and consequently can be very good at hiding the signs of illness until it is quite advanced, which is why preventive veterinary care is so important.

  • What is the avian species?

    The avian species involves any and all things in relation to birds. These small exotic animals have become popular pets for people seeking intelligent, affectionate companions with personality to spare. 

    Many birds are prey species in the wild and may hide signs of illness as a defense mechanism against predators, making consistent, qualified preventive veterinary care critical to their health and well-being.

  • What are reptiles?

    Reptiles are air-breathing vertebrates. Covered in special skin made of bony plates, hard scales or a combination of both, they regularly shed an outer layer of skin. These can include iguanas, tortoises, lizards, turtles, snakes and more.

    To give your pet reptile the best chance at a healthy life, habitat and diet must be meticulously maintained. Preventive care is critical.

Exotics We Treat

Exotics are becoming increasingly popular as pets in Hattiesburg, Wiggins, and the surrounding areas, and each type of exotic pet comes with their unique needs in terms of nutrition, environment and general care.

At Holland Veterinary Hospitals, we proudly provide dedicated veterinary care for many types of exotic pets, including:

Birds

We are proud to care for feathered friends big and small, including parrots, finches, canaries, backyard poultry, and others.

Small Exotic Mammals

Exotic mammals can be sociable and loving companions when cared for properly. Our vets care for ferrets, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, and others.

Reptiles & Amphibians

For your reptile or amphibian to thrive it's important to get a complete understanding of their nutritional and environmental needs. Our vets can provide your lizard, turtle, tortoise, snake, or other pet with the care they need, while providing you with vital information on how to keep your pet healthy.

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Holland Veterinary Hospitals in Hattiesburg and Wiggins are accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of all animals big and small. Get in touch today to book an in-house or on-farm appointment with our experienced vets.

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