All Are Welcome at Sunrise:
Small Mammal and Exotic Pet Care


Your pets come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and species! At Sunrise Veterinary Services in Alpena, we have the expertise to give each of them the specific care they need. Our patients have included dogs, cats, rodents, rabbits, reptiles, and even some birds, too! Whatever form your companion takes, we’ve got a care formula for them.

Exotic Pet Care in Alpena: Lizard Wearing Ribbon

Common Health Concerns for Small Mammals and Exotics

Small animals don’t mean small responsibility. Exotic pets and small mammals can develop any number of health concerns that require veterinary intervention and sometimes changes to at-home care.


For proper exotic pet care, it’s important to understand your pet’s individual needs. A common health issue for reptiles is incorrect amounts of UVB light exposure. Some reptiles require high UVB light exposure for optimal health, while others can do with less as long as their diet is sufficient. Keep in mind that UVB lamps need to be tested regularly to ensure they are transmitting an appropriate level of UVB light.


Insufficient diet is a major contributor to illness in birds. Most store-bought diets consist only of seeds, but in the wild, birds will eat a wide variety of foods such as fruits, leaves, buds, berries, seeds, nuts, etc. In recent years, pelleted diets have advanced to cover much of your bird’s essential dietary needs. You can also offer your bird fresh fruit, nuts, berries, and other table food on occasion, but please discuss this with your veterinarian first.

Small Mammals

Small mammal care is slightly different for every species but there are some common health ailments between them. For instance, rabbits and many rodents have constantly growing teeth, so a common health concern is when they become overgrown. Fibrous foods such as hay are essential for keeping their dental growth in check as the high fiber diet helps to naturally wear teeth down. Additionally, pet ferrets suffer from an unusually high rate of cancer, and early detection is the best means of survival. Signs may include weight loss, weakness, lethargy, hair loss, and vomiting.

Avian Pet Care in Alpena: Parrot Sitting on Branch

The Importance of Regular Wellness Visits

As you can gather from the above information, regular exams are essential for exotic pet care. Furthermore, all of these animals commonly (and expertly) mask signs of illness for as long as possible, so chances are, you may never notice anything is wrong until the condition is critical. With a vet visit to us, we’ll be able to assess them for any developing conditions, and also offer you home care advice regarding:

  • Environment
  • Nutrition
  • Grooming (if needed)
  • Exercise
  • Socialization
  • Safe Handling
  • And much more

Call today to set up your small mammal or exotic pet’s wellness exam.

Pocket Pet Care in Alpena: Ferret

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