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The definition of exotic animals varies."Exotic" refers to a species which is not native or indigenous to the owner's locale; and "pet" is a companion animal living with people.

In some states the legal definition is any non indigenous feline, non human primate, non native bear, wolves or dogs except domestic dogs, any unusual pets as mammals, birds, or reptiles, and any non traditional livestock such as reindeer, ostrich and emu, water buffalo, and American bison among others.

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Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital

Our hospital has the capability of serving all sorts of animals from the smallest fish to the largest reptiles.  Our warm exotic ICU features avian incubators, reptilian incubators (aquatic and not), fish and amphibian ICU tanks, avian nebulizer unit, and inline oxygen for all cages. 

Outside the warm room, we have comfortable cages for all the soft fuzzy and not so fuzzy mammals and marsupials.  We are especially bird friendly! Our in house diagnostic capability includes full blood and chemistry work, cytology, radiology, endoscopy,  ultrasound, and surgery.

We offer the opportunity for unique species to receive competent and compassionate veterinary care.  Cases are seen by appointment, but emergency patients are gladly accepted as the need arises.

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Pot-Bellied Pig Secrets

Pot belly pigs can be the cutest, most affectionate and lovable pets you can own. But before buying one as a pet, you should learn all you can about potbelly pig ownership. Piglets are not like puppies in the way they learn or behave. In fact studies have shown that piggies are much smarter than dogs and a mature pig will have the intelligence of a 2 year old. This is the reason why people say having a potbelly is the same as having a toddler for 15 years!

I love pigs. And I have owned and bred potbelly pigs for over 10 years and after spending so much time around them, I've discovered the easy and more importantly effective methods that can be used to train your pig, keep your piglet in line and obeying your commands.

It wasn't easy though. In the beginning there were no resources or information available and everything I've learned came through trial and error, speaking to other potbelly owners and vets. My first pig, Bacon, became aggressive after I had him for around a month and it took quite a while to tame his aggressive ways. But I eventually won the battle and ever since that time Bacon has been an inquisitive and affectionate companion.

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Crested Gecko Secret Manual

Just because a crested gecko does not need to be played with and walked every day like a dog, or require the occasional toy or bag of catnip, do you think caring for these little creatures is going to be easier?

Do you think you are going to have hours of enjoyment every day watching your crested gecko hunt and play? Are you expecting to develop an undying bond with a crested gecko that wants nothing more than to ride around on your shoulder all day?

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