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Exotic Pet Veterinary Care


Arbor View Animal Hospital sees more exotic pet patients than anyone else in NW Indiana!

Exotic pets are unique in that they have not been traditionally kept as pets for nearly as long as dogs or cats. They often have special husbandry and diet requirements. In addition, our exotic pets tend to mask and hide signs of illness or disease better than dogs or cats. For this reason, we recommend birds, reptiles, pocket pets (hamsters, mice, rats, degus, etc), small mammals (guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas) and pot belly pigs, receive exams every 6 months. Often diseases and husbandry problems, when caught early, can be fixed and lead to a longer healthier life for your exotic pet.

If your exotic pet is ever acting abnormal, not eating, drinking or lethargic we recommend bringing them in right away for an exam. Often times, when they start displaying mild signs of illness they are much worse than they appear. To have the best chance of successfully treating your pet it is very important to catch their illnesses early.

For the safety of our staff, other clients and your pet we recommend all patients be brought in a carrier if one exists large enough to transport them. A pet carrier provides protection for your pet to prevent escape, gives them a secure place they feel safe when in an unfamiliar environment and can prevent them from injuring themselves.

Our veterinarians spend numerous hours on continuing education in exotic pet medicine and belong to organizations, such as:

Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians

Association of Avian Veterinarians

Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians

Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians

World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association

Our staff is well trained in working with and restraining exotic pets.

We have specialized equipment designed to be used with exotic pets, which allows us to treat them while minimizing stress from handling.

We carry medication and emergency drugs specific for use with exotic pets.

Common Exotic Pets We See:

Birds, reptiles, turtles, snakes, amphibians, guinea pigs, rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets, sugar gliders, rats, mice, hamsters, pot belly pigs, prairie dogs, hedgehogs, pet skunks, pet foxes, new world monkeys (<15lb), and fish.*

*Only certain doctors see these patients and may not be available at all times. This list does not include every exotic pet we see.


Services Offered

  • Wellness Exams
  • Sick Exams
  • Emergency Exams
  • Wellness Plan Packages
  • Spay/neuter (depending on species, please call for more information)
  • Dentistry
  • Surgical procedures, such as fracture repairs (when applicable), soft tissue surgeries, such as mass removals, foreign body surgeries, laceration repairs, enucleations, wound management, etc…
  • Deslorelin Implants/Lupron injections
  • Wing Trims, Beak Trims (birds and turtles) and nail trims
  • Boarding
  • Medical Boarding or hospitalization (heat and/or oxygen supplemented incubator when needed)
  • Sexing
  • Laboratory Testing (including bloodwork, fecal examination, gram stains, necropsy). We use lab facilities well versed in exotic pet diseases and testing.
  • Husbandry Consultation

Caring medicine for all animals.

If you live in Valparaiso or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Arbor View Hospital Team is a licensed IN veterinarian, treating all types of pets. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.


244 West U.S. Highway 6
Valparaiso, IN 46385
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Monday: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Contact Info

Phone: (219) 762-7267
Fax: (219) 763-9425

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