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Boarding for Birds and Exotic Pets

Planning for vacation can be challenging. For bird and exotic pet owners, one of the biggest challenges of all is trying to find someone dependable to care for your pet while you’re away. Lots of people have experience taking care of dogs and cats, but where can you find a caregiver who knows birds and exotic pets?

At the Avian & Exotics Animal Hospital of Louisiana, we can provide your pet with the specialized care, attention, and pet boarding facilities they need. In fact, our unique facility is dedicated to caring for non-traditional pets, including birds, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, and pocket pets. When we say that we know exotic pets, we mean it!

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About Our Specialized Boarding

We’re pleased to offer specialized boarding to all exotic pets that we provide general care for. Our temperature-controlled pet boarding facility areas are designed for all sizes of avian, reptile, and small mammal pets. Below is a list of some of the amenities we offer:

  • Avian boarding: We have seven 5 x 4 x 4 cages available to accommodate macaws, cockatoos, and other large birds. We also have several 3 x 3 x 4 cages for medium-size birds and numerous table-top cages for smaller birds.
  • Rabbits and guinea pigs: We have a wide array of cage sizes and shapes available, selected specifically for your furry friend’s comfort.
  • Reptiles: Our reptile room is equipped with UV lights and kept between 80-85 degrees. We offer additional heat support for species requiring higher temperatures.
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Boarding Requirements

Updated vaccinations are required for ferrets and birds prior to boarding. We also require that all animals have a health exam either at the time of boarding or within the last year prior to boarding.

We feed all of our guests a high-quality diet as well as fresh food. However, you are welcome to bring your pet's preferred diet or healthy treats from home. All boarding guests have their cage and food/water bowls cleaned twice a day, seven days a week.

Pricing varies for each species and pet size. Please contact us at (504) 455-6386 for more information or if you’d like to make a reservation.


June B.

Dr. Rich is winner of the Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award, lecturer at many Exotic veterinary conferences, and deeply involved in local area projects. Twenty years have passed and in that time I cannot begin to count the number of rabbits treated there, all with the best of care. My job as a rescuer of rabbits has been made easier with the support of Dr. Rich, Dr. Pence and the Staff.

Rick R.

I have been dealing with the Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana (formerly West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic), Dr. Rich and Dr. Pence, since 2006. They are the premier exotics only vet in the Gulf South and one of a small handful that are experienced with chinchillas. Every chinchilla surrendered to us is taken there for a comprehensive wellness check-up. Many have been treated for a variety of conditions, both minor and serious. After having more than 100 chinchillas seen there, I could not be more pleased with the competency, courtesy and caring exhibited by everyone there. Many of our animals are enjoying happier and healthier lives because of Dr. Rich and Dr. Pence.

Tom and Tracey L.

We have been breeders of exotic parrots since 1998. Dr. Rich and staff are our first and only stop to make sure the breeders we buy are healthy. The professionalism of Dr. Rich and his staff far exceed our expectations. Regardless the outcome of the exam we know we can trust the results and advice given by Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana (formerly West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic). The clinic is always clean and the staff friendly. We highly recommend all clients set up an appointment to meet Dr. Rich and/or Dr. Pence. Don’t wait until it’s an emergency. Well visits are very important to maintain healthy happy animals. We are very fortunate to have such well respected, professional and caring exotic veterinarians in our area.

Ashley G., DVM

Dr. Rich is the avian expert! The clinic is state of the art, the boarding facility has large, clean cages and the team is very caring. It's with great confidence that I refer my avian patients to Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana (formerly West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic).

Karen and Steve M.

My family and I have been associated with Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana (formerly West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic) for 14 years now. Dr. Rich has received countless awards for his many accomplishments. He is forward-thinking; always in touch with the latest technology and procedures. His leading edge approach has kept my exotic pets healthy and happy!

Maurice G. and Brenda B.

In June 2013 we opened Bon Temps Ferret Rescue and shortly after contacted Dr. Rich at Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana (formerly West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic). Living almost three hours away, we had questions before making the trip with some of our little ones rescued from various situations. Dr. Rich, Dr. Pence and their staff have taken time to return our calls regardless of what day of the week. We have brought in ferrets with varying degrees of medical needs and have always been served in the most professional and caring manner, not only for the ferrets but for us as well in some critical times."

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