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It’s not always easy to find a caring veterinarian who will see your exotic pet. Here at Emory Animal Hospital, we are happy to treat your rabbit, bird, reptile, or pocket pet. Pocket pets are small mammals including mice, rats, hamsters, ferrets, sugar gliders, chinchillas, guinea pigs, and others. When you bring your exotic pet to us, please bring them in a suitable carrier for their own safety during transport and while in our lobby. The following are services we can provide for your exotic pet:

Rabbits:

Trailing only dogs and cats, rabbits are the third most common pet we treat. Emory Animal Hospital is one of very few animal hospitals in the greater Knoxville area to perform spay/neuter, as well as other medically necessary surgery on rabbits. We have served clients from as far away as Chattanooga for rabbit surgeries. In addition to surgical procedures, we provide rabbit wellness exams, diagnosis and treatment of illness or injury, nail trimming, sanitary clipping, tooth filing/trimming under sedation, and consultations on proper nutrition and care for your rabbit.

Birds:

We see birds of all types for wellness exams, diagnosis and treatment of illness or injury, wing trimming, nail trimming, beak trimming/shaping, and consultations on proper nutrition and care for your specific type of bird.

Reptiles:

We see non-venomous reptiles of all types for wellness exams, diagnosis and treatment of illness or injury, nail trims, and consultations on proper nutrition and care for your specific type of reptile.

Pocket Pets (small mammals):

We offer surgery for small mammals, including spay/neuter, and other medically necessary surgeries. We also provide small mammal wellness exams, diagnosis and treatment of illness or injury, nail trimming, tooth filing/trimming under sedation, and consultations on proper nutrition and care for your specific type of pocket pet.

Other Exotic Pets and Wildlife

While we do not see primates or venomous reptiles, Dr. Skelley can help you with most other exotic pets. Dr. Skelley will see red foxes and similar exotic pets, if the following criteria are met:
1. possess and provide a valid USDA permit for ownership
2. provide proof of up-to-date vaccinations
3. if not vaccinated, must receive up-to-date vaccinations from us or elsewhere before we can provide any other treatment

We will refer injured native wildlife (non-pets) such as raccoons,
possums, squirrels, etc. to the University of Tennessee (UT) Small
Animal Hospital for treatment. If you have an exotic pet or injured
wildlife and you need more guidance or information, please call us at
(865) 947-0437. We are happy to help

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