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Exotic Pet Services

In recent years, we’ve seen that gerbils, guinea pigs, snakes, lizards, pigs and even spiders have become more popular pets for animal lovers not only here in our community but elsewhere all over the world. Our veterinary team here at AMC is fully equipped to care for many types of these exotic pets, which still need regular medical care like their more-traditional counterparts (e.g. dogs, cats). To schedule your furry, slimy or feathery friend’s next appointment, simply call us at 902.564.8356 (Sydney location) or 902.849.3725 (Reserve Mines location).

How do I know if my exotic pet is sick?

Any kind of changes or abnormalities in your pet’s appearance or behaviour can be signs of underlying health problems. If you notice that your furry friend is experiencing laboured breathing, bald patches, excess feather shedding, runny eyes or nose, diarrhea and more, please schedule an appointment with our team right away. As we always stress, regular check-ups are the best way to ensure that your pet gets the care they need, as many health issues often have little to no symptoms especially in the early stages of diagnosis.

Which exotic pet is the easiest to own or take care of?

If you are just at the stage where you are considering taking home a furry friend that may be considered exotic, we encourage you to do as much research as possible. Contrary to popular belief, exotic pets require just as much care and attention as more conventional furry companions. They may not need to be taken out on walks, but they do have very specific diet, environment and maintenance needs. For example, some species require humidifiers, thermostats and hygrometers in order to survive in a domesticated environment.

Last updated: August 8, 2022.

Dear Clients,

We look forward to seeing you all in person. Your health and safety are important to us. Here is what you can expect during your next visit in regards to our COVID-19 precautions:

  • Masks are mandatory for anyone that wishes to come inside our hospital.
  • Only one client is allowed in the exam room with their pet.
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney.

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre