10 Things You Must Know Before Adopting Exotic Pets

Sure, it's cute, but is that pot-bellied pig really the best pet for you?

2. What you have to consider
2. What you have to consider

'Small mammals, reptiles and birds can make excellent additions to the family, but they are very different from dogs and cats,' says Gabby Schrader, DVM.

'Before you bring your new pet home, be sure to research their specific husbandry needs.

'Food, supplements, temperature and humidity can make all the difference in your animal's health.

'Some animals, like pocket pets only live a few years, but reptiles and birds can live over 50 years.' 

Schrader also notes the importance of knowing where your local exotic animal veterinarian is, as not all vets will treat them.

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