Boarding exotic animals for better business

Boarding exotic animals for better business

Even if exotic pets aren't your thing, have you considered giving your veterinary business a boost by boarding these special pets?
Apr 30, 2015
By dvm360.com staff

Even if you don't normally offer veterinary care for exotics, you can board them. You can offer your clients reliable caretakers who will closely watch their pets and intervene on their behalf if a problem arises.

Ready to give it a go?

Exotic pet boarding is an easy service to offer for most species so long as owners provide all supplies and bring enough food to last the entire visit. Problems can occur when there is an abrupt change in the pet's routine or the type of food offered (e.g. when food runs out and is replaced with different brand), or when subtle signs go unnoticed (e.g. no new droppings for several days). Make sure your staff learns to properly set up cages and keep them clean. Most exotic pets are natural prey items for carnivores. Keep your birds and other exotics from line of sight with dogs and cats. If possible, house them in a warm, quiet section of hospital, away from dog and cat noise and odors.

Boarding exotics

I would like to disagree with the idea of a veterinary practice boarding a species of animal that are not treated by a veterinarian at that hospital. I think clients expect a higher level of care from a veterinary clinic, and if the staff is not experienced with these animals, it could be a disaster waiting to happen. If the animal gets stressed or sick while boarding, will it be taken to a different hospital with an experienced exotic veterinarian for care?

In my opinion we are not doing the right thing for the animals or the owners by learning just a tiny bit about an exotic species and then announcing that we will now treat that animal. I have chosen to only treat birds in my hospital, and I do not pretend to be an expert on rabbits or turtles or any other species. If I was going to board or provide medical care for other pets, I would spend a great deal of time and effort to educate myself so that I could give them the care they deserve.