Hudson Veterinary Hospital - Vaudreuil-Dorion

We can provide nutritional counselling, health assessments, grooming assistance, sexing, medical and surgical services, and annual physicals

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Budgies, cockatiels, parrots, and songbirds tend to live longer, healthier lives when they receive regular veterinary care. We can provide nutritional counselling, health assessments, grooming assistance, sexing, faecal parasite testing, medical and surgical services, and annual physicals. In addition, we can discuss general care, disease prevention, safety, appropriate housing and toys, and breeding. 

We recommend that you bring your bird in for an initial checkup, then stop by once a year to ensure that he or she remains healthy and isn't hiding signs of illness. Some birds require more frequent visits. Apart from assessing cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological and musculoskeletal function during the exam, we will also check your bird's beak, nails, and feathers to determine if they require any attention. Regular exams can help catch diseases and problems early, when they tend to be easier and less expensive to treat. A bird that doesn't groom itself correctly, appears ruffled, or has unkempt or missing feathers is probably sick. Other signs that your bird might not be well include changes in eating or sleeping habits, difficulty breathing, and abnormal droppings. Birds are expert at hiding signs of illness until things are quite advanced, so if you notice that your bird is acting unusual or if something just doesn't seem right, call us as soon as possible. 

Ferrets

You can help keep your ferret healthy by bringing him or her in for an exam once a year. That way, we can monitor any changes that occur in your pet and help prevent or catch diseases early, when they're easier to treat. As ferrets age, they may need additional testing and dental care.

Ferrets can benefit from preventive care, requiring certain vaccinations and parasite prevention based on lifestyle, which we can discuss with you during your visit. Hormonal therapy is now included in said preventive care, as the incidence of adrenal disorder can be decreased significantly. As most ferrets are sterilized (and deglanded for males) before sale, this is rarely an owner's responsibility. However should circumstances be exceptional we can help you at HudsonVeterinaryHospital.

Common problems associated with ferrets include gastrointestinal disease, endocrinological problems and cancer. In addition, ferrets are inquisitive creatures by nature and frequently ingest objects they shouldn't. Regular blood tests can help determine whether your ferret has any problems with the kidneys, liver, or pancreas.

Please contact us right away if your ferret develops any unusual symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, lack of appetite, trouble breathing, black ear wax, discharge from the eyes or nose, lumps, swelling, or an increase in aggression or sexual behaviour (especially in neutered males).

Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, and Hamsters

Just because they're small doesn't mean they can't benefit from veterinary attention. Teeth, which grow continuously in rodents, often require trimming. .Parasites such as lice, mites, and fleas can infest your pet. In addition, these companion animals can suffer from other health issues, often prevented with adequate husbandry which we are well-positioned to counsel you on using the most current medical information.

Call us if your pet stops eating, loses weight, appears quieter than normal, has discharge from the eyes or nose, or develops a lump on its body. We can provide treatment that fits within your budget.

Hedge Hogs

Hedgehogs are prone to many illnesses such as obesity and dental problems, as well as a variety of skin and quill issues. Contact us for information about the best environmental conditions and to address any health concerns which may arise. Please note that it may be necessary to anesthetize your hedgehog to perform a full physical exam, this is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Rabbits

Rabbits are susceptible to a variety of diseases and conditions, including overgrown teeth, hairballs, respiratory and ocular disease, and gastrointestinal disorders. They also tend to hide signs of illness or pain.

Contact us if your rabbit:

  • Has discharge from the eyes or nose, runny stool, or a gurgling stomach
  • Begins drooling, scratching at the ears, or sneezing
  • Starts tilting his or her head
  • Develops bald patches in his or her fur
  • Stops eating, appears quieter than normal, or shows other abnormal behaviour

In addition, your rabbit can benefit from regular dental checkups. We can help make sure problems with your rabbit's teeth don't turn into serious, potentially life-threatening conditions.

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 benefits: It can protect your rabbit from several types of cancer and reduce or eliminate aggression, as well as other undesirable behaviour, such as spraying, mounting, destructive chewing, and biting. Spaying or neutering will not change your rabbit's personality.

If you have any questions about how to care for your rabbit, we can discuss diet, housing, grooming, and even litterbox training.

Other Exotic Animal

Although a lot of information regarding exotic animals is widely available on the Internet, it is often difficult to determine what sources to trust. 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 common in these animals. Please schedule an appointment so we can discuss your exotic pet's overall needs. In addition, we supply a wide range of high-quality, scientifically-proven foods and supplements for these unique animals.