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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: December 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

For the safety of our staff and clients, we have implemented a “Closed Door Policy” which means our clinic doors are no longer open to the public.Here is what that means for you:

  • We ask that on arrival for your appointment you call us (902)564-8356 Sydney and let us know you are in the parking lot
  • A member of our team will then take a history on your pet by phone, they will then meet you at our front door to take your pet inside while you return to your car
  • Your veterinarian will perform an examination of your pet and then call you with exam findings and any suggested treatment plans
  • Any necessary medications will be prepared in the clinic for you, and will be sent with your pet when we are ready to send them home
  • Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone or by payment at the door
  • All food and drug orders are still required to be called in beforehand and prepaid over the phone
  • All future updates will be posted on social media as our situation with COVID-19 in our province is constantly changing
  • 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. With the implementation of this closed door policy, it is a longer process so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this time

    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 – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

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


    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    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