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Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine

Diet & Nutrition

Your exotic pet's nutrition is crucial to their development and ongoing health.

Malnutrition and dietary deficiencies are a huge issue for our patients, because there is a massive amount of misinformation circulating about nutritional needs of many exotic species.  If your pet is eating an inappropriate diet, it could result in serious, and even fatal, medical problems.  In contrast, the right diet can enhance your pet's health and extend his or her life.  

Some exotic pets require special dietary supplements (calcium, vitamin C, etc.) in order to remain healthy.  We may recommend additional nutritional supplements to help treat and/or prevent arthritis, joint problems, cardiac disease, and liver disease.  We also provide counseling on weight management programs for exotic pets.

Please ask our veterinarians for recommendations regarding diet and husbandry of your exotic pet.  We have comprehensive care sheets available for many exotic pet species to provide you with this information.