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Avian & Exotic Pets

Dix Animal Hospital's medical director Dr. Chadha is proud to provide veterinary service for Lincoln Park exotic pets.

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Quality Care for Birds, Reptiles & Small Mammals in Lincoln Park

We know that caring for your exotic pet requires special knowledge and experience, so rest assured that your loved ones are in good hands.

Dr. Rajbir Chadha is in office from Wednesday to Sunday to field calls from exotic pet owners. We encourage exotic pet owners to contact us anytime during our regular business hours to schedule an appointment or call back from Dr. Chadha, who will get back to you when he returns to the office on Wednesday. 

Dr. Chadha is skilled and experienced with providing veterinary care to treat small mammals, Birds, and Reptiles - however, if your exotic pet does require specialized care beyond the scope of our general practice, he will graciously refer you to an expert who can help!

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FAQ's for Care of Exotic Pets

At Dix Animal Hospital, we provide routine wellness and preventive care services for your bird or other exotic pet. Exotic pets can also be seen for medical or behavioral concerns.

  • Wellness & Preventive Care

    Much like cats and dogs, birds and other exotic pets benefit from regular veterinary care to help live a long, happy, and healthy life. Our vets are trained in the unique care and husbandry needs and veterinary treatment of these species.

    During the initial wellness visit, Dr. Chadha will thoroughly review your pet’s housing, nutrition, and care. A complete and thorough physical exam will be performed. Health screening tests and vaccines will be discussed and recommended when indicated. Dr. Chadha will discuss any husbandry, health, or behavior concerns with you and answer any questions you might have. Recommendations will be tailored to the needs of your pet and their family.

  • What can I expect at an exotic appointment?

    When you bring your exotic mammal in for a routine exam, Dr. Chadha will assess the overall health of your pet. We will perform a thorough physical examination, recommend the appropriate preventive care, and answer any questions you may have about your pet to help ensure their health and longevity.

  • Sick Pet Appointments & Daytime Emergencies

    Birds and other exotic pets with health or behavior concerns can be seen by Dr. Chadha. If possible, please call  313-383-7387 in advance to determine the availability of Dr. Chadha. If you are not able to call ahead, we do encourage walk-ins regardless. Dr. Chadha is in the office from Wednesday to Sunday and can see your exotic pets.

  • What is an exotic mammal?

    Exotic mammals are small animals including rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, chinchillas, rats, mice, hamsters, and gerbils. Many exotic pets are prey species in the wild and consequently can be very good at hiding the signs of illness until it is quite advanced, which is why preventive veterinary care is so important.

  • What is the avian species?

    The avian species involves any and all things in relation to birds. These small exotic animals have become popular pets for people seeking intelligent, affectionate companions with personalities to spare. 

    Many birds are prey species in the wild and may hide signs of illness as a defense mechanism against predators, making consistent, qualified preventive veterinary care critical to their health and well-being.

  • What are reptiles?

    Reptiles are air-breathing vertebrates. Covered in special skin made of bony plates, hard scales, or a combination of both, they regularly shed an outer layer of skin. These can include iguanas, tortoises, lizards, turtles, snakes, and more.

    To give your pet reptile the best chance at a healthy life, habitat, and diet must be meticulously maintained. Preventive care is critical.

Exotics We Treat

At Dix Animal Hospital, Dr. Chadha provides dedicated veterinary care for many types of exotic pets, including:

Birds

Like parrots, finches, canaries, backyard poultry, and others.

Exotic Mammals

Like ferrets, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, and others.

Reptiles & Amphibians

Like lizards, turtles, tortoises, snakes, and others.

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Dix Animal Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Lincoln Park companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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