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Avian & Exotic Pet Grooming

When it comes to owning an avian or exotic pet, there are many things to consider to keep them healthy. A tank or a cage, the location of the tank/cage, food, air temperature—the list goes on and on. If you’re a first-time avian or exotic pet owner, there’s probably one thing you HAVEN’T considered, and that’s pet grooming. Keeping your pet groomed can be just as important as any other area of their health. Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana is pleased to offer grooming services for our patients, in addition to our other wellness services. We want your furry, feathery, and scaly friends to be healthy on the inside and on the outside!

Grooming Services

We offer the following pet grooming and bathing services for all of our avian and exotic pets:

  • Wing Trimming to prevent an accidental “flyaway” and/or injury
  • Nail trimming and filing for birds, small mammals, and lizards
  • Spray baths for pet birds to mimic their natural habitat
  • Bathing for ferrets to prevent odors and infections
  • Hair mat removal, brushing, and combing for pet rabbits, pet ferrets, and pet guinea pigs
  • Bathing and grooming for rabbits and guinea pigs when deemed necessary by our veterinarians

Common Skin Conditions of Avian & Exotic Pets

Having your pet groomed on a regular basis can help prevent a number of skin conditions, or treat them in their early stages. Because we offer wellness services in addition to grooming, we can easily provide treatment and/or advanced diagnostics right here in our clinic, if necessary. The following are some of the common skin conditions that can be detected during a grooming session:


  • Feather Cysts
  • Baldness
  • Mites
  • Polyfollicles
  • Feather Destructive Behavior


  • Skin Infections
  • Abscess
  • Blister Disease
  • Parasites
  • Mites
  • Abnormal Shedding


  • Alopecia (Hair Loss)
  • Mites
  • Ringworm
  • Fleas
  • Pododermatitis
  • Abscesses


  • Fungal Problems
  • Parasitic Problems
  • Lice
  • Skin Mites


  • Alopecia
  • Bacterial Skin Disease
  • Skin Lesions
  • Fleas
  • Skin Mites
  • Ear Mites

Give us a call at (504) 455-6386 to schedule your pet’s grooming appointment here in Metairie. We look forward to seeing you both and making your pet look, feel—and smell—better than ever!


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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