The entire team here at Pioneer Veterinary Hospital works hard to provide the best care to pets, whether they walk, fly, crawl or slither. We offer general services for exotic animals, including birds, snakes, mice and rats, pot-bellied pigs, hedgehogs, lizards and iguanas, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, and ferrets. Beyond wellness care and disease treatment, we also provide tips on how to best house and feed your pet. If you have any questions about caring for your exotic pet or are thinking of adding an exotic pet to your family, we can offer advice and support.
  • Iguanas & Lizards

    Iguanas & Lizards

    Wellness Care & Disease Prevention
    Nutrition-related disorders and diseases are common in iguanas and other lizards. We can help you avoid these problems through nutritional counseling and regular wellness exams. We also offer an initial checkup for new lizard owners to help identify current or potential medical problems and, if necessary, begin treatment. We can provide you with information on appropriate enclosures, environmental requirements, sanitation, and disease prevention.
  • Avians

    Avians

    Wing Clipping
    Clipping a bird’s feathers can protect both your bird and your home. Wing clipping is a painless procedure that helps keep them from chewing holes in your doors and window frames by limiting their ability to fly. This can also prevent injuries from flying into a ceiling fan, onto a hot stovetop, or through an open window. Professional wing clipping helps ensure that the right feathers are removed without irritating the skin. Improperly clipped wings can cause your bird to pluck or chew its feathers or may result in a blood feather being accidentally trimmed, a situation that can become life-threatening.
    Nail Trimming
    Most birds need to have their nails trimmed regularly. However, the process can be detrimental to your bird if their nails are trimmed too short, nicking the blood vessels inside the nails. We generally only suggest that you attempt this at home if your bird is small and has white nails (which allow you to see the blood vessels). If attempting at home, we also suggest you keep a caustic agent, such as styptic powder, on hand in case a nail bleeds. Providing perches with rough surfaces can help reduce the frequency of nail trimming, but do not use sandpaper perches as these can wear down the nails and cause skin problems.
    Beak Trims
    Beaks continue growing throughout a bird’s life. Although birds’ beaks usually wear evenly, some will develop beak problems that require veterinary assistance. Trimming a beak incorrectly can cause severe pain and may prevent a bird from eating, which is why we recommend having your bird’s beak professionally trimmed.
  • Snakes

    Snakes

    Wellness Care & Disease Prevention
    Snakes can suffer from a variety of diseases, some of which can cause serious respiratory, gastrointestinal, and liver problems. They also commonly harbor internal and external parasites, including hookworms, roundworms, mites, and ticks. We recommend that you bring your new snake in for an initial exam so we can make sure it’s healthy and to provide a baseline for future veterinary care. Annual veterinary visits can even help your snake live longer. We can also determine the sex of your snake during your visit.
    General Care Tips
    We are happy to share our specialized knowledge of appropriate enclosures, temperature and humidity, lighting, bedding, cleaning, and skin shedding. Besides having feeding requirements that are species specific, snakes can become stressed and may not eat. If this happens, please contact us so we can help. A healthy snake should flick its tongue and be alert and active, showing interest in its environment. Its scales should be smooth and dry.
    Call us immediately if you notice any of the following signs of illness:
    • Vomiting or regurgitation
    • Diarrhea
    • Loss of appetite or weight
    • Weakness or loss of energy
    • Wheezing
    • Mucus or bubbling around the nostrils
    • Changes around the mouth (inflammation, purplish-red spots, dry and diseased tissue)
    • Changes in the skin (reddening, slow-healing sores, swelling, discharge)
  • Rabbits

    Rabbits

    Wellness Care & Disease Prevention
    Rabbits are susceptible to a variety of diseases and conditions, including overgrown teeth, hairballs, parasites, and cancer. They also tend to hide signs of illness or pain, so it’s important to bring them in for annual wellness exams. Your rabbit can benefit from regular dental checkups, too. We can help make sure problems with your rabbit’s teeth don’t turn into serious, potentially life-threatening conditions. We’re happy to discuss proper diet, housing, grooming, and even litter box training for pet rabbits.

    Call us immediately if you notice any of the following signs of illness:
    • Discharge from the eyes or nose, runny stool, or a gurgling stomach
    • Elevated or low temperature
    • Drooling, scratching at the ears, or sneezing
    • Starts tilting his or her head
    • Develops bald patches in his or her fur
    • Stops eating, appears overly quiet, or shows other abnormal behavior

    Spaying & Neutering
    We also strongly suggest that you have your rabbit spayed or neutered. Not only can rabbits potentially give birth once a month, but they can also have up to 14 babies at a time! Even in households with a single rabbit, spaying or neutering has plenty of benefits. It can protect your rabbit from several types of cancer and reduce or eliminate aggression, as well as other undesirable behavior, such as spraying, mounting, destructive chewing, and biting. Spaying or neutering will not change your rabbit’s personality.
  • Ferrets

    Ferrets

    Wellness Care & Disease Prevention
    You can help keep your ferret healthy by bringing him or her in for an exam once a year. Through these regular exams we can monitor any changes that occur in your pet and help prevent or catch diseases early on. As ferrets age, they may need additional testing and dental care. Common problems associated with ferrets include gastrointestinal disease, parasites, and cancer. As ferrets are inquisitive creatures by nature, they frequently ingest objects they shouldn’t. Regular blood tests can help determine whether your ferret has any problems with the kidneys, liver, or pancreas. Ferrets can benefit from receiving certain vaccinations and monthly preventives, which we’d be happy to discuss with you during your visit. Please bring a stool sample to your ferret’s annual exam so we can test for internal parasites.

    Call us immediately if you notice any of the following signs of illness:
    • Vomiting or diarrhea
    • Hair loss
    • Lack of appetite
    • Trouble breathing
    • Black ear wax
    • Discharge from the eyes or nose
    • Lumps or swelling
    • Increase in aggression or sexual behavior (especially in neutered males)

    Spaying & Neutering
    Unless you are planning to breed your ferret, we recommend that he or she be spayed or neutered. Female ferrets, or jills, do not need to give birth once to stay healthy. In fact, spaying can save a ferret’s life. Jills that haven’t been spayed will stay in heat until they’re bred. This condition can cause anemia (a decrease in red blood cells), which can be fatal. In male ferrets, neutering can reduce their strong body odor, prevent marking, and reduce aggressive behavior.
  • Pocket Pets

    Pocket Pets

    Wellness Care & Disease Prevention
    While plenty of information on pocket pets is widely available online, you’ll often find conflicting or inaccurate information. We can help keep your pet healthy, whether they’re a mouse, rat, hedgehog, or other pocket pet. Not only can we provide medical assessments and perform surgical procedures, but we can also help you prevent many diseases related to improper nutrition, which are extremely common in these animals.
    Gerbils, Guinea Pigs & Hamsters
    Wellness Care & Disease Prevention
    Just because they’re small doesn’t mean they don’t need veterinary care. Teeth, which grow continuously in gerbils, guinea pigs, and hamsters, often require trimming to avoid health problems in these pets. We can also recommend appropriate chew toys, which may help keep the teeth worn down. Parasites such as lice, mites, and fleas can infest your pet. In addition, these companion animals can suffer from other health issues.

    Call us immediately if you notice any of the following signs of illness:
    • Stops eating
    • Loses weight
    • Appears quieter than normal
    • Discharge from the eyes or nose
    • Develops a lump on its body.

Avian & Exotic Veterinary Care In Tillamook County

Pioneer Veterinary Hospital provides avian & exotic veterinary care in Tillamook County, Astoria, Lincoln City, Cloverdale and the surrounding areas.