At North Central Animal Hospital we take good care of your exotic pets. Our founder, Dr. Frank, focuses on pets including birds, reptiles and favorite mammals like dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents and ferrets. Dr. Frank is a member of a select group of avian experts and treats not only pet birds, but also donates services for the care of wild birds for licensed wildlife rehabilitators. She’s the sole veterinary bird specialist in private practice in the state of Arizona.
Caring for birds
We provide full service veterinary care including diagnostic testing, treatment and surgery. Dr. Frank is one of only 150 veterinarians certified in avian practice worldwide. We also provide licensed avian wildlife rehabilitation as a part of our mission to care for native and migratory birds.
Caring for reptiles
Reptiles may be a great pet for those with allergies. To keep your reptilian pets healthy you must pay special attention to nutrition, proper caging and lighting, and recognize the signs of illness.
Caring for mammals
We provide veterinary treatment for many mammals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents and ferrets. Each species is different and requires specific veterinary care. For example, Ferrets may seem exotic, but their dental care requires regular brushing just like yours. Other small mammals have very exceptional requirements. Their teeth never stop growing, which is why you may need to bring them in for a trim. What are these strange animals? Rabbits and rodents. If their dental trim is too far overdue, they’ll begin to drool. Feeding them properly with adequate amounts of coarse fibrous hay to help wear down their teeth can help.
Some of our major services for exotic pets are
- Wellness exam -we recommend twice yearly exams for small mammals for early disease detection and better health.
- Physical exam – Our animal doctor will gently handle your pet friend and take note of your pet’s weight, mobility, and appearance. No matter what the size, he’ll still get a thorough head to toes checkup.
- Dental Exam - Small mammals such as rabbits and other rodents have unique dental problems that can be quite serious. It is important to evaluate the teeth at every checkup to catch early changes and prevent more serious problems. Teeth vary by species, so you should rely on our vet’s specialized training to obtain the best dental care.
- Nutrition consultation – Since nutrition is species specific and research is ongoing, your pet’s nutrition plan should be updated on an ongoing basis to make sure it reflects the most current information.
- preventive medicine such as vaccinations – Treatment should be adaptive and include attention to individual pets. Part of prevention isa periodic fecal examination, parasite treatment, booster vaccinations, and a comprehensive pest control program.
- Hospitalization, Anesthesia and Surgery – Common surgeries are neutering, spaying and dental work.
- Diagnostic tools – These include Radiography and Ultrasound, blood exams, fecal exams and routine blood monitoring.
- Microchipping – Some pets are prone to escaping. Ferrets are a good example. An identifying microchip will help get them back home.