Avian and Exotic Pet Boarding

As our name suggests, Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana is the only veterinary clinic in the area to exclusively treat avian and exotic pets. To that end, we also provide specialized boarding services to your exotic friends. Our boarding facilities are temperature-controlled and designed for all sizes of avian, reptile, and small mammal pets. No pet is too big, small, or difficult for us to handle. Here is a list of the boarding amenities we offer:

  • Avian boarding: For our macaws, cockatoos, and other large birds, we have seven 5x4x4 cages available for them to stay in. For our medium-sized birds, we have several 3x3x4 cages, and we also have numerous table-top cages available for our smaller birds.
  • Rabbit and Guinea Pig Boarding: For our adorable furry friends, we have cages of many shapes and sizes available. We select them with only their comfort in mind.
  • Reptile Boarding: For our reptilian friends, we give them their own reptile room to board in while you’re away. It’s equipped with UV lights and is kept between 80-85 degrees.
Portrait of two cute sleeping ferrets, close up, selective focus

While your pet is staying with us, we feed them fresh food and have them on a high-quality diet. You are welcome to bring healthy treats from home if you want. All of our boarders will have their cage and food/water bowls cleaned twice a day. We require all ferrets and psittacines (parrot species) to have their vaccinations up-to-date before boarding. We also require all animals to have had a health exam either within the last year or right at the time of boarding.

Pet Grooming

In addition to specialized boarding, we also provide bathing and grooming services for all avian and exotic pets. Here’s a list of what to expect when your pet comes to get pampered with us:

  • Wing trimming
  • Nail trimming and filing (for birds, small mammals, reptiles, and exotic pets)
  • Spray baths for pet birds
  • Bathing for ferrets
  • 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)

If you’re interested in bringing your pet to Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital of Louisiana for boarding or grooming, contact us to make a reservation. Feel free to address any questions or concerns you have about the services we offer or if you need more information. We can’t wait to see you and your pet when you arrive.

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 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."