Why Own Avian and Exotic Pets?

Pet birds in cage.

From pet birds to guinea pigs, the world of exotic pets provides a wide range of benefits for aspiring pet owners. If you are considering adding a new member to your family, the team Ten West Bird & Animal Hospital wants to help you make the best decision for your needs. Keep reading to find out some of the great things to expect from owning an avian or exotic pet:

Allergy-Friendly Exotic Pets

If you suffer from allergies, you may have thus far avoided jumping into pet ownership. Just because cat hair or dog fur might cause itchy eyes and sneezing, however, does not mean that you do not get to enjoy the special feeling of owning a pet. Many exotic pets are hypoallergenic, which means you can share your love for animals without damaging your own health. Some of the top allergy-friendly exotic pets are:

  • Lizards
  • Turtles
  • Snakes
  • Frogs
  • Fish
  • Ferrets (although they have fur, they do not shed or have dander)

Pets for Small Spaces

One of the biggest benefits of exotic pets is the fact that so many of them do not need a ton of space to thrive. If you live in a small apartment without a big yard, you can still responsibly own a plethora of exotic animals like lizards, mice, reptiles, and even small birds. Before you bring an exotic animal home, do some research to learn more about its care needs to ensure that you have enough space to give it a happy, healthy life.

Exotic Pets and Busy Lives

Most exotic animals do not need to be walked (although there are a few exceptions). This means avian and exotic animals are great options for humans who have busy schedules that keep them away from home for many hours throughout the day. While they do still need exercise and socialization, most exotic species can adjust to your schedule.

Long-Living Companions

With the proper care and regular veterinary visits, many breeds of exotic pets can live for decades. If you have trouble saying goodbye to pets who live short lives, a reptile or large bird might be the perfect pet for you. It is important to consider their lengthy lifespans before bringing one home, however, to ensure that you are up to the task of caring for them throughout their long lives. 
Ten West Bird & Animal Hospital is here to help you through every stage of your pet’s life. Whether you have an exotic pet or a dog, our caring team is here to give them the veterinary care they need to live long, happy lives. Call (210) 696-1700 to learn more about our services.