Shelburne Veterinary Hospital

Exotics & Pocket Pets

Exotics & Pocket Pets

At Shelburne Veterinary Hospital, we have experience treating reptiles and small mammals. We can provide guidance on appropriate husbandry, help identify health issues as they arise, and treat chronic and acute illness.

We recommend an annual wellness exam to be sure your small pet is healthy, and it gives us a baseline for future reference in the event your pet is ever sick. Annual exams also give you time with our veterinarians so we can answer all your health, behavior, environment and nutrition questions.

Animals we commonly treat include rabbits, reptiles and amphibians, rodents, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and hedgehogs.

Services provided:

  • Wellness exams
  • Nail trims
  • Dietary guidance
  • Home habitat advice

A quick note on reptiles: it’s common for reptilian pets to suffer from malnutrition due to an inadequate diet. This is not because of intentional owner neglect but because of a lack of knowledge regarding what these animals need to thrive. Proper living conditions and environment are also vital for these animals. It is important that you bring your reptile pets in for annual check-ups so we can help you provide the best care possible.

We do not treat wildlife. If you find an injured animal, we recommend you contact the VT Fish & Wildlife Department at 802-828-1000. Wild animals may have rabies or other diseases. We recommend that you not touch the animal or intervene unless directed to do so by VT Fish & Wildlife staff. 

Dr. Bisson is available to see exotics Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.