We understand that the choice of where to board your bird or exotic pet can be a difficult one. Exotic animals have special needs; we take the responsibility of watching your pet very seriously.
The Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine we board birds of all sizes, small mammals (rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and rodents), small marsupials, reptiles, and amphibians. We have limited boarding for larger animals, so please inquire as to space availability – and be sure to make your reservations for holiday periods early!
Before your pet boards…
We want to keep your pet healthy! Unlike many boarding facilities, we require your pet to pass strict health requirements in order to stay with us. We require this of all of our boarders for your pet’s protection. The best way for us to keep our visitors safe and healthy during their stay is to try to make sure that they are healthy beforehand.
Since the results of blood and fecal testing can take a few days to get back, please plan your pet’s annual check-up far enough in advance of his/her stay with us to ensure we receive the results in time. In addition to the requirements listed below, every boarding pet receives an exam by one of our veterinarians when they arrive at our hospital for their stay, and will not be “checked in” for boarding until they have been deemed free of any signs of contagious diseases.
Some of our boarders may require more intensive monitoring and/or treatment than can be provided in our standard boarding facilities. We have medical boarding and isolation boarding options for these pets, depending on the individual situation.
PLEASE NOTE: Depending on your pet’s individual health status and physical exam findings, our veterinarians may make additional testing or treatments recommendations prior to admitting your pet to our boarding facilities. If your pet is deemed unhealthy, we reserve the right to require that he or she resides in our medical boarding or isolation boarding facilities.
The following is a breakdown of what is required to board your healthy pet in our standard boarding facilities. If your pet’s species is not listed, please call us for details.
Birds: In order for your bird to board with us, we require an up-to-date annual exam with a clean bill of health. Our avian annual exams include a complete blood count and choana, crop, and fecal cytologies. Your bird can have no changes in health since the last examination. Examinations from different veterinarians are not accepted.
Ferrets: In order for your ferret to board with us, we require an exam at our facility within the last year with a clean bill of health. Your ferret must be current on all vaccinations, parasite-free on fecal testing, and have no changes in health since the last examination. Examinations from different veterinarians are not accepted.
Rabbits: In order for your rabbit to board with us, we require an exam at our facility within the last year with a clean bill of health. A fecal test with no parasites seen is also required. Your rabbit can have no changes in health since the last examination. Examinations from different veterinarians are not accepted.
Guinea Pigs: In order for your guinea pig to board with us, we require an exam at our facility within the last year with a clean bill of health. A fecal test with no parasites seen is also required. Your guinea pig can have no changes in health since the last examination. Examinations from different veterinarians are not accepted.
Snakes/Lizards: In order for your snake or lizard to board with us, we require an exam at our facility within the last year with a clean bill of health. A fecal test with no parasites seen is also required. Your snake or lizard can have no changes in health since the last examination. Examinations from different veterinarians are not accepted.
Once your pet is cleared for boarding, he or she will have access to our comfortable, clean, and spacious “home away from home.”
Where they stay…
Unlike boarding at many veterinary hospitals, our 7000 square foot facility provides ample room to keep healthy animals well away from sick animals! Our boarding area has its own ventilation system, which ensures airborne particulate matter in the hospital area is not introduced into the boarding area.
The Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine’s boarding facility is located on the second story of our building. The boarding facility is separated into a “hot” room and a “quiet” room. The “hot” room maintains a constant 82 degrees F. We board birds and reptiles in this room. In addition to being a constant, comfortable temperature for birds and reptiles, the room has new caging, big windows providing bright, natural sunlight during the day, and LED lighting in the evenings. LED lighting, in contrast to fluorescent lighting, does not “strobe” to a bird’s eyes, thereby creating a less stressful environment for avian boarding.
The “quiet” room is just that… QUIET! The temperature is maintained at a constant 70 degrees F. We board rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, chinchillas, smaller rodents, and small marsupials in this room. In contrast to many boarding facilities, this is a quiet, comfortable experience!
In both rooms, we understand that some boarding pets would rather stay in their own cages, and as long as space allows, we are happy to accommodate.
We encourage you to visit our boarding facility prior to making reservations! Our goal is to allow guided tours at any time we are open for appointments. Feel free to stop in when we are open to request a boarding tour. During very heavy appointment and emergency periods, you may need to wait a short time, but we will do everything we can to minimize your wait.
What they’ll eat…
While we have many nutritious foods available to feed your boarding family member, we encourage you to bring in whatever your pet likes to eat, since most exotic pets have specific likes and dislikes and eat much better during their stay if they are offered what they are used to.
We have a refrigerator that will keep produce fresh, and plenty of room to store any pelleted or dry food your pet likes to eat. We will even shop for fresh veggies and fruit for your pet for a nominal fee.
We weigh all boarders regularly to make sure everyone is eating well, and will hand feed pets reluctant to eat.
Since we have a limited number of boarding spaces available, you will need to call ahead to reserve a spot. Holidays and summertime can get busy, so please plan accordingly.
Charging is done similarly to a human hotel. You will be charged each night your pet stays with us. You will not be charged the day you pick him or her up. Charges vary based on type and weight of animal. Please call us for exact pricing.
Pets can be dropped off and picked up Monday-Sunday during regular business hours. You can rest assured that your pet will be fed, cleaned, and taken care of 7 days a week. To facilitate your drop off and pick up, we recommend that you call the office to arrange a drop off and pick up time in advance to minimize your wait.
If you must board your pet with us for a prolonged period, we are happy to have you come for as many visits as you would like during our regular open hours. All we ask is that you call ahead to arrange a visiting time in advance. Giving us even 30 minutes notice will go a long ways towards ensuring your visit does not interfere with the treatment of other pets at CBEAM.
Of course, we understand that being away from your exotic family member can be stressful. Feel free to call us daily during regular business hours if you want to check on your pet while you are away. Our goal is to make both you and your pet feel comfortable during their stay.
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