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Exotic Pets

We now care for your exotic pet atFoothills Animal Hospital!

Exotic Pets

No different than your cat or dog, your exotic pet requires routine preventative care too! Is this your first exotic pet? Or maybe you’ve had this pet for a while, but could use some reliable advice. Dr. Hilary Rondot would love to meet with you to discuss some or all of the following things:

Proper husbandry

How and where your exotic pet lives really matters! We can help you choose the correct cage or enclosure for your pet, or help you make adjustments to your existing set up to make your exotic pet more comfortable.

Diet and NutritionExotic Pets

Choosing the correct diet and supplements for your exotic pet can be daunting. With so many options available, let Dr. Hilary help guide you in the right direction.

The Sex of your pet

Knowing the correct sex of your pet can help you understand some of his or her behaviours or actions. It may give you an indication if there is a specific gender related health issue.

Disease prevention

Proper nutrition, housing, environmental enrichment, and routine health care can help prevent disease in your pet and encourage a long and healthy life for your exotic. We can help you implement preventative measure that will promote wellness in your pet.

Behavioural expectations

Exotic Pets

Why does your rabbit thump her foot at you? And why is she eating her droppings?! Is it normal for your parrot to scream at you? What about your ferret dunking his whole head in his water bowl? Understanding what is normal behaviour for your exotic pet can help you identify if they are healthy or ill.

Illness Detection

Do you know how to tell if your exotic pet is ill? Often, exotic pets will look ‘normal’ even when they aren’t well. Small changes in behaviour and routine are often your first indications that something could be wrong. Let us coach you in what to watch for in your species of pet.


Exotic pets we’d love to see:

  • All birds, from parrots to chickens and everything in between
  • Most reptiles
  • Rabbits
  • Tortoises
  • Degus
  • Sugar Gliders
  • Chinchillas
  • Hedgehogs
  • Ferrets
  • Guinea pigs and all other small pocket pets like hamsters, mice, and gerbils

Exotic pets that we need to refer elsewhere:Exotic Pets

  • Poisonous snakes
  • Fish
  • Crabs
  • Water Turtles
  • Salamanders
  • Frogs
  • Toads
  • Newts
  • Potbellied pigs

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Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Always friendly and courteous"
    donm, Okotoks
  • "Everyone is very professional, friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. Overall we are very pleased with the service and care Pete received and would recommend taking your fur babies to see them anytime."
    anonymous
  • "Excellent service.Friendly staff.
    Show kindness and consideration of the animals."
    aliceh, Okotoks
  • "I was so amazed on how accommodating they were and they staff was friendly and helpful."
    Allisonk, Calgary
  • "The staff at Foothills are always very accommodating and super friendly, our dogs feel very comfortable when we take them into the clinic as well, that means and tells us the most about the total atmosphere at Foothills Animal Hospital."
    Dong Okotoks

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