Dr. Todd Grey and Dr. Lex Bonam treat Exotic pets here at VCA Arboretum View Animal Hosptial. 

A growing number of people are caring for small animals that would be considered by many to be non-traditional pets. These pets include:

• Companion birds
• Turtles
• Snakes and lizards
• Rabbits
• Ferrets
• Guinea pigs and chinchillas
• Hedgehogs
• Rats and mice
• Hamsters and gerbils

Exotic animals has specific housing, dietary and socializing requirements. Each is prone to specific diseases requiring diagnostic tests and treatments that can vary, sometimes significantly, from those needed to treat dogs and cats. Veterinarians who treat these patients have to obtain special training beyond that given in veterinary school, and specialized equipment to meet those needs.

If you find a wild animal in need of care, please contact:

Willowbrook Wildlife Haven
2S525 Park Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Dupage Co. Animal Care & Control
120 N. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187