Have you always dreamed of owning an exotic pet? Several times I have performed tracheal and lung washes in snakes in particular, introducing sterile saline into the airway and aspirating it back out again to sample the cells and potential pathogens causing illness, only to receive a report back from the laboratory stating that no micro-organisms were cultured even though bloods and clinical signs indicate an R.I. Similarly the sample may contain few if any cells when examined under the microscope, so this is a difficult technique and doesn’t always yield the desired results.
As for selective breeding in cows and etc., domesticated animals have a bunch of genetic diseases that are carried through linear breeding ( for example certain breeds of goats have disorders that are noticible only by reading their DNA and it causes sudden death at 5 years of age, a lot of infant deaths, no visible traits before that, while their normal lifespan is much longer), and nowadays cattle sperm is traded between breeders to keep their populations fresh.
Though many states have laws restricting and in some cases banning the possession of many of the more truly exotic animals, Custom Creature Pet Shop owner Jordan …
If you are considering raising exotic pets and reptiles, a crested gecko might be just what you are looking for. Here are some pros and cons of wildlife as pets. Sometimes any unique and wild-looking pet (including common domestic animals such as the ferret) is called as an exotic pet. Another issue Dr Werney regularly encounters – particularly with big cats – is bad diet, with their owners simply not satisfying the animals’ need for red meat, causing them to suffer from malnutrition.
So take care of your exotic pets. However, most of the insurance policies for exotic animal coverage will provide for many additional benefits as well. All too often in my work time I am presented with a sick animal and a bewildered owner wondering why their animal is unwell.
In an ideal world, I would use culture and sensitivity for every infection I encounter in clinical practice, on exotic and companion animal cases. When pets attack humans, accidentally or intentionally, the result is almost always that the animal pays with its life, even if all they are doing is acting naturally.
The animal can spread diseases to native species, or could kill native animals and pets. There’s …
Do you love having animals at home but you want to have something that’s a bit different from cats and dogs? Freaking out that we extracted 9 rotten teeth during your pet’s dental or haggling and complaining about the astronomical cost of the procedure we had to perform on your animal that we told you it needed every year for the past three years at its annual health check, but you decided to forget about each time you walked out the door.
Thinking of these considerations, perhaps the worst possible husbandry system for R.I.’s in reptiles is the all too common trend of keeping snakes (single lung, poor clearance) in rack systems, with very little space to move (inhibits respiratory clearance), in close proximity to dozens or some cases hundreds of other animals (thus facilitating spread of infectious agents) and where they are not checked frequently enough or for a sufficient time to spot the early signs of infection in the first place.
These effects include genetic defects not conducive to survival for a natural lifespan, or animals not surviving far past hatching or birth if at all, decreased disease resistance, a failure to thrive or internal deformities not apparent …