IMG_0256Exotic pets have grown in popularity over the past few years for a number of reasons.  Some people enjoy having an unusual pet while others find exotic pets to be easier to care for than a dog or cat.  Check out the following list of some of the popular exotic pets:

1.  Pocket Pets: This group includes rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, and other small, furred pets that are commonly purchased from a pet store.  Some people choose to adopt their pocket pet from a breeder or even rescue them from a rescue group or shelter.

2.  Reptiles: This group includes snakes (non-venomous), Bearded dragons, leopard geckos (they top the list of popular pet reptiles), frogs, tortoises and iguanas.  The initial set up for a pet reptile is the greatest cost and then ongoing expenses will include light bulb replacement and food, as well as annual veterinary check ups including a fecal exam for parasites.  Large and venomous snakes are illegal or require special permits to be kept as pets in many states.

3.  Birds: Many birds make excellent pets and great companions to peoples of all ages.  From the pet canary to a pair of lovebirds to a macaw.  Like most exotic pets, birds do have special care requirements.

Were you aware that one of the veterinarians at Gilbertsville Veterinary Hospital sees an array of exotic animals? Dr. Coniglario has over 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine and are always happy to help care for your cherished exotic friend.

John A. Coniglario, DVM graduated in 1985 from Cook College of Rutgers University. After working for several years, Dr. Coniglario chose to pursue a veterinary degree. In 1993, he graduated from the University of Florida and began in private practice. Dr. “C” has more than 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine with a special interest in exotics medicine.

Dr. Coniglario welcomes the below list of exotic pets to our hospital and genuinely cares about your pet and will take the extra time to research the best care possible for your pet. Feel free to call us with any questions or to set up an appointment.

Snakes (non-venomous)

  • Turtles
  • Lizards
  • Frogs
  • Salamanders
  • Companion Birds
  • Chickens
  • Ducks
  • Geese
  • Birds of Prey
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Gerbils
  • Rats
  • Mice
  • Ferrets
  • Bunnies