2076 Columbiana Road,
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

(205) 824-1575

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Exotic Pet Care


Our sister hospital, Crossroads Animal Hospital in Moody, AL, has a Board-Certified Veterinarian who specializes in veterinary care for birds, exotic pets and small mammals (“pocket pets”).  

Just like pet dogs and cats, your bird and exotic pet needs ongoing veterinary care, balanced nutrition, human interaction, and appropriate management of his/her environment.   The veterinary care your exotic pet needs includes:

  • Annual wellness physical examinations. Since these pets are masters at hiding illnesses, they need to be seen annually for a wellness exam.  An annual exam gives us the opportunity to ensure that your bird or exotic pet is healthy and have baseline records and baseline blood values for future reference in the event that your pet is ever sick.  Depending upon the type of pet, we will discuss vaccination options with you.  An annual exam gives you one-on-one time with us so we can answer all of your health and behavior questions.
  • Professional nail trimming
  • DNA sexing
  •  Diagnostic testing such as x-rays, endoscopy, blood tests, skin scrapings, and biopsy of growths
  • Surgeries for growth removal, fractures, and internal problems
  • Medications and supplements tailored to the needs of your pet
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Behavioral counseling

They Would Love to Meet Your New Pet!

If you have acquired a new bird or exotic pet, we recommend you make an appointment at Crossroads Animal Hospital with Marie Rush, DVM, Dipl. ACZM within 1-2 weeks after purchase to ensure their good health.  She will discuss nutrition and behavior issues with you at your first appointment.  The telephone number is 205-640-4327.

For more information about the avian and exotic pet care offered at Crossroads Animal Hospital, please visit the exotic veterinary care section of their website.


If your bird, exotic pet or pocket pet exhibits signs of illness, please call Crossroads Animal Hospital right away; it probably is an emergency situation for your pet. Learn to recognize a sick pet—it is common for the first signs go unnoticed. Usually the first signs include:

  • Changes in behavior, such as decreased activity level
  • Decreased appetite
  • Diarrhea or persistent abnormal droppings
  • Coughing, sneezing, abnormal breathing sounds
  • Weight loss, rapid weight gain
  • Vomiting
  • Change in water intake
  •  Weakness