How To Select The Right Vet For Your
When an owner is looking for the right
veterinarian for their pet chinchilla, they want someone who can relate to their pet's special needs.
They must also have the available resources to take care of their pet chinchilla on an ongoing basis.
Just because they may like exotic animals doesn't
mean that they're qualified to take care of them. They must have
special training to medically care and treat them. You will
probably have to do a "Sherlock Holmes" number in searching for the right one to treat your
chinchilla. It's best to search for a veterinarian that
specializes in exotics and exotic animal medicine or one who is board certified in it). You can ask veterinarians what kind of training they've
You can also check through certain organizations,
such as the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) and the Association of Avian
Veterinarians (AAV). If you still need assistance, try a regular
veterinarian with an interest in exotic animals that can consult with an exotic animal
specialist. It's better if they're experienced, but if not, this
would be the route to go.
You can also try finding one through
recommendations. You can ask people that you know or search out
some breeders. You can also try other organizations that are
into exotic animals. Search for forums online that discuss
chinchillas and exotic animals. Try the yellow pages, your state
veterinary directory or on the web to look for local veterinarians that specialize in exotic
You should try to find one as soon as you can.
It's not best to wait until your chinchilla has an emergency where you'll need someone right away. Then
you'll be taking more time away trying to find someone. It could be a matter of life and death for your pet
When you do find one that specializes in
chinchillas and other exotic animals, set up an appointment.
Check to see how the veterinarian handles your pet chinchilla and see if your pet takes to the
veterinarian. That's very important in establishing a
relationship. If there's not bonding between the two and
yourself, then that's probably not a good match and may not result in a quality
A good veterinarian will sit down and talk with
you about your chinchilla's care, health and diet. This is also
important because they should be comfortable in talking with you as well. Besides, it's your pet chinchilla and you are the
During the visit, you should evaluate the
facilities to see if they are up to standards for taking care of exotic animals. Find out how frequent do they have exotic animals for patients. Do they have special equipment or facility to accommodate them? Have they had much experience with exotic pets?
What kind of training was involved? If your veterinarian can answer these questions, then you may have yourself
a winner. It's not easy to find the right person to fit the
bill. Even though looking for one may be a challenge, when you
find the right person, it will be worth it for you and your chinchilla.