Medicine & Surgery

With our extensive experience, you can trust that your animal is in the best hands.

Advanced Medicine and Diagnostics

Exotic animals are not the same as dogs and cats; each species has its own specific care requirements, diet, and medical conditions. Dr. Wilkinson has spent her entire career treating only exotic animals, and is familiar with their needs and medical conditions. Indicative of her experience and expertise, she is one of only 15 veterinarians in the U.S. to hold the distinction of board certified specialist in reptile and amphibian practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Exotic pets are masters at hiding their signs of illness, so sometimes by the time they show you they are sick, they are very sick. That is why AEAHG has the capabilities to detect abnormalities, diagnose the problem, and start treatment as soon as possible. We have an in-house laboratory with to analyze bloodwork, perform fecal exams urinalysis, and cytology. We can also obtain samples for send-out tests. Additionally, most of our patients cannot swallow pills, so we also offer in house compounding of medications into liquids, specially flavored for your pet’s taste. We also have specialized equipment, such as small incubators for providing heat and oxygen if needed, all set up in our ICU facility.

Specialized Anesthetic Equipment and Surgical Instrumentation

We understand that for most people, surgery on their pets sounds extremely scary. We want to make sure that surgery is as low stress, pain free, and as safe as possible for your pet. The staff here at Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital of Georgia are highly trained and skilled at performing safe, effective surgical procedures for the specific needs of exotic pets. Most of our patients here are very small, which adds additional challenges that we rise to meet with specialized surgical instruments like:

  • Specialized heating pads to keep them warm during surgery

  • Special monitoring equipment, just like a human hospital uses to measure their heart rate, oxygen levels, blood pressure, temperature, and breathing

  • The gas we use for anesthesia is very safe for exotic pets, as it allows them to go to sleep quicker, wake up faster, and allows us to adjust the level of anesthesia they need quickly during surgery

Along with the more complicated surgeries we perform, we also routinely perform spays and neuters on all species we treat.

Intensive Care Facilities

One of the most important things we can do for sick exotic pets is to provide supportive care. Therapies such as syringe or tube feeding liquid formulas, fluid therapy, heat, and oxygen help to stabilize an animal and get them feeling better while giving time for our medications to work. We have an intensive care ward located in the treatment area of the hospital so that your hospitalized pet will be under constant supervision. We also have specialized enclosures for the different types of species we treat to provide for their needs and keep them away from other species they may not want to see. We also have an isolation facility for animals with contagious disease so that other animals in the hospital can be protected.