Avian Vet in New Orleans Catering to All Birds
The average pet family typically consists of a dog or cat, making veterinary care convenient for their owners. But what about those who own a bird, ferret, or snake? If you’ve been on the hunt for a New Orleans area avian vet, search no longer. The Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana provides state-of-the-art care to birds and exotic animals. You won’t find dogs or cats here (except for Dr. Rich’s faithful dog, Dolly). Instead, this New Orleans area avian hospital sees animals like ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, sugar gliders, and reptiles on a regular basis. We have a team of veterinarians who are up to date on the proper care for these special creatures. When they are in our hands, they will be in the best of care.
Our Avian Veterinary Services
Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana provides many special services for your pets. Here’s the kind of care they will receive at our New Orleans area avian vet:
- Diagnostic care, including video endoscopy, ultrasound, and x-rays
- An in-house laboratory for blood work
- Special treatment for pets, which includes oxygen and nebulization therapies
- Pet surgeries, including radiosurgery
- Nursing services, which acts as an ICU for critically ill pets
In addition to medical services, we have boarding available at our animal hospital. We offer boarding that’s specific to each pet’s needs and species. For instance, reptiles have their own temperature-controlled room and other exotics are caged according to size. Every pet that boards with us will have their cages cleaned daily as well as fresh food and water. Owners are also welcome to bring treats from home. Before boarding with us, we do ask that all pets have had a health exam within the last year, and that ferrets and birds have been properly vaccinated.
Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana also provides grooming services so your exotics can now be as pampered as dogs and cats. Along with bathing, we offer the following in grooming:
- Wing trimming
- Nail trimming and filing
- Spray baths for pet birds
- Bathing for ferrets and other small mammals
- Hair mat removal, brushing and combing
If you’re in the New Orleans area and want to bring your pet to Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana, contact us for an appointment.
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.
I have been dealing with the West Esplanade Vet 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. 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 West Esplanade Veterinary Clinic.
Karen and Steve M.
My family and I have been associated with West Esplanade Animal 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 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."