The doctors and staff of The Animal Doctor always strive to provide safe, painless, and stress free handling for all the pets in our care, but exotic pets (birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents) in particular can be extremely sensitive to stress. Even simple grooming procedures that require basic restraint may be so stressful for some exotic patients that it could result in death. Exotic pets are also known for instinctually trying to conceal any weakness or illness they may have as an automatic defense mechanism. This means that there may be no outward signs of underlying medical conditions which may increase the risk of handling these patients as well. We always consider the risks when recommending treatments for our patients, and want to make sure you are also informed. Please sign the form below which states that you are aware of the potential risks of treating exotic pets.