In addition to dogs and cats, Avon Lake Animal Clinic offers veterinary care to exotic/non-traditional species. Much like dogs and cats, these pets need wellness visits to ensure overall health. With exotics, biannual visits are recommended. Whether you are a new exotic pet owner or are adding to your current exotic family, a comprehensive physical exam is important. Many exotic species are good at concealing illnesses that may go undetected without appropriate examinations. With your wellness visit, you will receive a comprehensive physical examination, husbandry and nutritional counseling, parasite screening, vaccinations when applicable, and any additional medical testing warranted to assure you have a healthy exotic pet.
We are fully equipped to manage the medical and surgical needs of your exotic pet. Dr. Frank Krupka has done extensive continuing education in medicine and surgery of the non-traditional species. We are experienced in anesthetic protocols and pain management of these pets. Our in-hospital incubator provides temperature and humidity control and is a necessity in treatment of critically ill and post-surgical exotic pets. We are staffed 24 hours a day and our support staff is specially trained to handle the needs of these non-traditional species.
Exotic Pets We Treat at Avon Lake Animal Clinic
Our veterinary team at Avon Lake Animal Clinic provides care for the following exotic species:
- Skunks – Dr. Krupka has published many articles about skunks and consults with veterinarians worldwide about medical and surgical management of this species. He is also the veterinarian for Skunk Haven, a local skunk shelter.
- Ferrets – We are equipped to manage the medical and surgical diseases of ferrets. Dr. Krupka is experienced in surgical procedures such as adrenalectomies, cryosurgery, pancreatectomies, and more. His work with Ferrets Unlimited Rescue Services, a local ferret rescue group, has allowed Dr. Krupka to stay at the forefront of ferret medicine.
- Pocket Pets – chinchillas, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, hedgehogs, mice, rats, sugar gliders, etc.
- Reptiles - iguanas and other lizards, snakes, turtles and tortoises
- Amphibians – salamanders, frogs, newts
- Wildlife – Dr. Krupka frequently consults with the rehabilitation department at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.
Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about the exotic pet you own.