Avian & Exotic Pet Care

Avian & Exotic Pet Care in Harrisburg

Providing Your Pet with the Best Care in Dauphin County Since 1962

At Animal Hospital of Dauphin County, we treat and care for pets of all shapes and sizes, including birds, exotics, and pocket pets. With nearly 60 years of combined experience, our AAHA Accredited team of highly trained veterinarians and staff are here to provide the very best care to your furry, scaled, and feathered friends.

We understand the special attention that goes into caring for your avian or exotic pet. As animal lovers ourselves, we know just how much a part of the family your unique pet has become which is why we believe in providing the very best expertise to ensure they live a long, healthy and happy life.

Why Choose AHDC For Your Avian & Exotic Pets?

  • We have everything needed to provide a full solution for your unique pet!
  • Over 60 years of experience
  • Fear free certified Lead Exotic Veterinarian, Dr. Heather Balmer
  • AAHA Accredited Practice
  • Multiple exotic animal specialists on staff
  • Flexible scheduling, including weekend & evening hours

If you ever have a question about exotic or avian care for your pet, don’t hesitate to give us a call: (717) 775-7554. We serve clients in Harrisburg and throughout Dauphin County!

We provide treatment for various avian and exotic species including:

  • Most bird species
  • Chinchillas
  • Gerbils
  • Guinea pigs
  • Ferrets
  • Hamsters
  • Lizards
  • Mice
  • Non-venomous snakes
  • Rabbits
  • Rats
  • Turtles
  • Other small rodents

Some of the services we provide include:

  • Annual health and wellness exams
  • Dental services
  • Diagnosis and management of behavioral issues
  • Digital radiography
  • Grooming (beak, wing, and nail trims)
  • Emergency services
  • Spay, neuter, and soft tissue surgery

Medical & Behavioral Issues

Avian and exotic pets can come with medical and behavioral issues that are unique. At Dauphin County, rest assured that your pet is in the very best hands.

We treat and manage:

  • Dental issues, including abscesses
  • Eye issues
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Husbandry issues
  • Nutritional issues
  • Reproductive issues
  • Respiratory issues
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Some cancerous diseases
  • Urinary issues

Wellness Care for Your Bird or Exotic Pet

At Animal Hospital of Dauphin County, we believe in a nose (or beak) to tail approach to caring for your pet. This begins with wellness and prevention.

What does wellness mean for you as a pet parent of a very unique animal?

Make sure to bring your pet in for a regular wellness visit at least once a year. Our skilled team of exotic and avian veterinary experts are ready to diagnose any health issues and provide a plan of treatment. This wellness exam will also allow your veterinarian to catch issues earlier.

Why is it important to bring in your pet for an annual exam?

Due to their specific needs, it can be difficult to diagnose at first glance if your avian or exotic pet has any underlying health issues. If left untreated, smaller medical problems can evolve into larger health issues that can be both costly for you and painful for your beloved pet. Your pet’s exam is also a great time to ask any questions you may have about how to best care for your pet.

What can I expect at my avian or exotic pet’s exam?

Our veterinarian will thoroughly exam your bird, reptile, or pocket pet to ensure that they are not exhibiting any signs of any underlying disease. If necessary, they will recommend further diagnostics.

Once the exam is complete and any recommendations are made, your veterinarian will walk you through next steps and answer any questions you may still have.

What should I bring to my pet’s first exam?

Make sure to bring in your pet’s medical history if you have available, including any information from their breeder. This will provide our veterinarians with the very best perspective on your pet as well as any potential genetic health risks.

Schedule your pet’s wellness exam today! Give us a call at (717) 775-7554.


  • Experience

    Caring for pets since 1962.

  • Knowledge

    Unparalleled medical care in a compassionate atmosphere.

  • Partnership

    We listen and partner with you to provide the best care for your pet.

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  • “Exceptional care; every animal matters.”

    - Jack Dudley
  • “Compassionate and comprehensive care.”

    - Lori McGill Sarago
  • “A totally wonderful experience.”

    - Edward M. Bowers