Hôpital Vétérinaire de L'Île-Perrot Inc.

Exotic Animals

We treat birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, ferrets, small rodents (mice, gerbils, hamsters, rats, octodon degus), hedgehogs and reptiles. You are a lover of bearded dragons, uromastyx, geckos, green iguanas, chameleons, snakes, turtles, water dragons, anoles or other reptiles? We can help you keep them healthy.

Services offered for birds and exotic animals

Preventive Medicine

  • Exam after purchase or adoption and periodic physical examinations;
  • advice about conditions of captivity for exotic species. Many diseases of these animals are, in part, related to their environment. For example, inadequate food or ambient temperature, lack of humidity, parasitic contamination of the terrarium, or vitamin deficiency may contribute to the failing health of an exotic pet.
  • Screening for aviary diseases (Avian Chlamydophilosis, Psittacine Beak and Feather disease, Polyomavirus, Pacheco disease, etc) and bird DNA sexing blood test. Chlamydophila psittaci, formerly known as Chlamydia Psittaci, as well as being a contagious bacteria for birds is also a zoonotic illness (disease that is transmissable between animals and humans). The disease resulting from C. Psittaci infection in human is called Psittacosis.
  • Complete blood tests;
  • testing/prevention/treatment of internal parasites (intestinal) and external (fleas, skin mites, ear mites, lice, etc., depending on the species);
  • vaccination against Distemper and Rabies for ferrets;
  • implantation of a microchip (birds of medium and large size) – see dog and cat section;
  • beak trimming with a Dremel and trimming of flight feathers;
  • nail trimming (all species);
  • removal of leg bands (may become too tight, particularly in the case of canaries).

Curative Medicine

  • Emergencies. We will do our best to assist you as soon as possible.
  • Hospitalization. Your pet needs hospital care? We have the expertise, the team, and the equipment required.
  • Dermatological problems: chronic feather picking, loss of quills of a hedgehog, improper shedding in reptiles (dysecdysis), itchiness in rodents, etc. ;
  • on-site laboratory: blood, urine and stool analysis; cytology of masses , skin scrapings in the search for parasites, fungal cultures (for diagnosis of ringworm), cytology of the crop in cases of ingluvitis, etc.;
  • external laboratory services: complete blood panels, PCR testing, measure of zinc and lead in birds, hormone tests, cytologies, bacterial cultures (urine, stool, tissues), biopsy analysis, etc.
  • General and dental radiology;
  • oxygen therapy in an oxygen chamber or incubator;
  • dental trimming for rabbits and rodents;
  • flushing of the nasolacrimal duct of rabbits (excessive secretions from the eyes +/- nasal congestion; dental implications possible;
  • gavage with specialized formulas for anorexic patients;
  • administration of intravenous or subcutaneous fluids;
  • management of chronic egg laying in birds;
  • medical or surgical management of retained eggs (egg binding);
  • management of metabolic bone disease in reptiles;
  • treatment of gastric impaction and ileus in rabbits and rodents;
  • digestive and hormonal problems in ferrets;
  • infectious diseases of all species (Pasteurellosis in rabbits, respiratory illnesses in reptiles, birds, and rats (Mycoplasma pneumonia, etc.);
  • management of metabolic diseases (renal, hepatic, pancreatic, etc.);
  • burns (care of wounds).


  • Sterilisation (castration and ovariohysterectomy). It is important to note that the sterilisation of a female rabbit around the age of 6 months is important for prevention of adenocarcinoma of the uterus (common cancer) and uterine aneurysm which may cause chronic bleeding leading to death.
  • Abscess debridement, dental extractions (dental abcesses are common in rabbits);
  • retrieval of foreign bodies from the digestive tract (common in ferrets);
  • excision of masses and cutaneous tumors (common in rats);
  • suturing of wounds, hydrotherapy, care of wounds caused by feather picking;
  • cesarian section in the event of dystocia (common in guinea pigs), surgery for pyometra;
  • dental cleaning for ferrets;
  • cystotomy (removal of bladder stones in rabbits and guinea pigs).

Other Services for Exotic Animals

A large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as top quality hay and pellets are offered to our exotic patients during their hospitalization or boarding. The diet is selected according to their nutritional needs, their medical condition, their habits, and their preferences. The staff pays particular attention to the tastes of our patients and offer a variety of foods, never hesitating to feed by hand if needed, and always done with care.

  • Boarding of all types of exotic species that we treat;
  • We use terrariums equipped with heat lamps during hospitalization or boarding of reptiles.
  • Incubator used for warming birds, exotic animals, hypothermic patients and for post-operative/post anaesthetic recovery;
  • International health certificates for exportation (or for travel with your pet);
  • medical euthanasia and cremation;
  • sale of food (pellets, seed, hay, nutritional supplements), grooming products.

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