When an owner is looking for the right veterinarian for their exotic pet, 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 on an ongoing basis.
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 animals. 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 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 relationship. 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 and you are the owner.
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.