Exotic Pets

There is no standard definition of what makes a pet exotic. Many veterinarians define an exotic pet as anything other than livestock, cats, or dogs. Other veterinarians may define them as species rarely seen in the United States. Before you get exotic pets, you need to find a veterinarian for them, such as Lancaster Animal Clinic in Lancaster, OH.

Exotic Pets


The fastest growing segment of the pet population is reptiles, including snakes, turtles, and lizards. In 2020, 4.5 percent of American households had a reptile as a pet. This has doubled since 2007. The most popular pet reptiles in the world are bearded dragons, a group of friendly and hardy lizards from Australia. Reptiles need extensive equipment like heaters and large homes to keep them healthy. Do your research thoroughly before bringing home a reptile.


These include salamanders, frogs, and toads. They do not take up as much room as reptiles, but still have very labor-intensive needs. They need access to water, heaters, and live foods like mealworms. Some frogs do grow large, so be sure to do research on the species of amphibian you want before bringing one home.


These small pets are friendly, funny, and very popular. They get along with many other pets, but should not be kept in homes with pet rodents, as ferrets will hunt and eat them. They do require some vaccinations, and should be neutered to avoid odor and some health problems. Although they are banned in some parts of America, Ohio allows them.

Pocket Pets

Small rodents like mice, gerbils, and hamsters are called “pocket pets” since they can fit in your pocket. Somehow, larger pets like rats and guinea pigs got lumped into the same category. Although they are seen as “beginner pets” for children, each species has specific needs. Gerbils, for example, can’t live alone or they will die of stress. Syrian or golden hamsters are better off being kept alone. Guinea pigs can’t make vitamin C in their bodies and need foods or treats enriched with vitamin C.


Rabbits have larger-than-life personalities and are quite intelligent. Sometimes, they are lumped together with pocket pets, even though some breeds can grow quite large. They come in many different colors. They can do well in homes with other pets. Contrary to popular belief, they should not be kept with guinea pigs, as they can bully the guinea pigs. It is recommended to spay or neuter rabbits to reduce some health problems and eliminate the chance of unwanted babies.

Need a Vet for Your Exotic Pets in Lancaster, OH?

If you need a vet for your exotic pets, small pets or pocket pets and live in the Lancaster, OH area, contact Lancaster Animal Clinic at (740) 687-1591 to make an appointment today.

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