Amarillo families love their pets. Right? We love our dogs and our cats. We sometimes love them a bit too much. Ok, I don't think that is really possible but they are part of our family. The way that they should be.

They probably get a present or stocking under the Christmas tree. We remember their birthdays and celebrate with them. I mean we have to wish them a happy birthday which is important. Maybe they get a special treat or meal. They deserve that.

But there are way more types of pets than just a dog and a cat.

What Exactly is an Exotic Pet?

I was at an event for work when I ran into a family that owned a lemur. My daughter loved lemurs growing up due to watching Zaboomafoo on PBS. So I had to take photos to send to her. I didn't know anyone could actually own a lemur here in Amarillo. I had no idea they could be pets.

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM
credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

They are the cutest thing ever. An exotic pet according to Wikipedia is a pet that is relatively rare or unusual to keep or is generally thought of as a wild species rather than as a domesticated pet. This does include such pets as turtles, rodents, and even reptiles too.

OK, so if you happen to own one of these you will definitely need to have a vet to take them to. So I started to look at some of the options of places you can go.

  • Canyon Road Animal Hospital - 4201 Canyon Drive
  • Animal Medical Center of Amarillo - 6201 W Amarillo Blvd
  • Amarillo Small Animal Emergency Clinic - 5127 Canyon Drive
  • Swann Animal Clinic - 3102 SW 45th
  • Acoma Pine - 4010 SW 34th
  • Noah's Ark Pet Hospital of Amarillo -  7306 SW 34th Ave

So if you have a pet make sure they go to the vet. You want to make sure they are a part of your family for a long time.

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