Vet Recommendations

Selecting a Vet

Selecting a vet may be difficult as you need a vet who is experienced with exotics such as pigs or rabbits. Many vet clinics won’t even see these animals because their care is so complex. Some vets who do see them, don’t have any experience with treating illness or doing surgeries, and so can't be trusted in an emergency. You’ll want to ask a potential vet questions to determine their level of experience:

  • Can you do an anesthetized dental exam? (Needs to say yes)
  • What would you prescribe for mites (ivermectin or selamectin, NOT Frontline or sulfur baths)
  • What types of antibiotics would you prescribe for an upper respiratory infection? (Baytril, Bactrim, or TMZ, NOT any penicillin derivative, as these are toxic to small animals).
  • Does your clinic have hand-feeding formula such as Oxbow’s Critical Care and could you teach me to hand feed if my pig or rabbit was critically ill? (Needs to say yes)

How Often Should We Go to the Vet?

We recommend that pigs and rabbits visit the vet at least once per year. A full checkup is advisable; at the very least, they will need to have their rear molars examined and trimmed if necessary. A urinalysis to check for the formation of sludge and stones is also advisable. As these animals get older (5 years) we recommend twice yearly visits, and your vet may recommend a yearly bloodwork panel such as recommended for senior cats and dogs.

One of the best ways to monitor health is to weigh your pet every 2 to 5 days. A sudden weight loss is often the first sign of illness, and may not be noticed just from observing food levels, especially if there are multiple animals in the cage. But if you take each individual's weight regularly, recording the weights and dates in a notebook to observe trends, you may catch illness sooner. A digital food scale that weighs up to 5 lbs is perfect for pigs, although you may need a larger one for rabbits.

Recommended Vets:
We have personal experience with these vets and know them to be highly experienced with pigs and rabbits.

North/South Carolina: Wisconsin:
After Hours Animal Emergency
409 Vick Ave Raleigh
(919) 781-5145

Dr Scott Munn
West Cary Animal Hospital
(Our Piedmont area vet)
2777 NC Hwy 55W
Cary, NC 27519
Phone: 919-303-1611

Avian & Exotic Animal Care
8711 Fidelity Boulevard
Raleigh, NC 27617
(919) 844-9166

Dr. Kay Bishop
New Hope Animal Hospital
5016 Durham-Chapel Hil Blvd.
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 490-2000

Dr. Brigham
Greensboro Veterinary Hospital
3741 High Point Rd
Greensboro, NC, 27407
(336) 299-5431

Griffin Avian and Exotic Veterinary Hospital
2100 Lane Street
Kannapolis, NC 28083
(704) 932.8111

Dr. Lauren Powers
Carolina Veterinary Specialists
(Our Charlotte area vet)
12117 Statesville Rd.
Huntersville, NC 28078
704 949-1100

Dr. Laura Lathan
Atrium Animal Hospital
6520 McMahon Drive
Charlotte, NC 28226
(704) 542-2000

Jose Biascoechea, DVM and Katie Rainwater, MA, DVM
Birds and Exotics,
814 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard,
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: 843-216-VETS (8387)

Animal Hospital of Verona
203 W. Verona Avenue
Verona, WI 53593

Dr. Erickson
All Pets Veterinary Clinic Inc
1013 North Gammon Road
Middleton WI 53562
Phone: (608) 831-1392

Special Species
UW - Madison Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
2015 Linden Drive
Madison WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-7600
Toll-free: (800) 386-8684

Emergency Clinic for Animals
229 W Beltline Hwy (Rimrock Rd exit)
Madison, WI 53713

Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care
14885 West Lisbon Road
Brookfield, WI 53005
(262) 781-5277







Other Vets Known to See Rabbits/Cavies:
We have no personal experience with these vets, so cannot testify as to their level of expertise.

North/South Carolina: Wisconsin:
Timberlyne Animal Clinic, Dr. Amy Melendy & Dr. Zoe Forward
110 Banks Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Dixie Trail Animal Clinic Inc
3044 Medlin Dr
Raleigh, NC
(919) 781-5977

Dr. Diane Deresienski
Bowman Animal Clinic
8308 Creedmoor Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27613
919 847-6216

Dr. Mark Stehr
South Ridge Veterinary Hospital
1920 South Ridge Ave.
Kannapolis, NC 28083
704 933-1414

Dr. Holly Brigman Dr. Brianne Strand
Monroe Animal Hospital
207 E. Phifer St.
Monroe, NC 28110
704 280-5242

Dr. Kelly Baete
Baxter Veterinary Clinic
1642 Highway 160 West Suite 104
Fort Mill, SC 29708
803-547-VETS (8387)

Dr. Sandra McAvoy
Abri Veterinary Hospital
Winston Salem NC

Click here for a list of recommended vets from the Wisconsin HRS.
























If you know of other vets you think should be listed, please send us your suggestions!