Birds and Exotics

Due in part to their therapeutic value, Birds and Exotics are becoming more popular in Elkin and in the Yadkin Valley. These pets have veterinary needs that are uniquely their own. It is important that they receive regular veterinary care, just like traditional pets like dogs and cats.

It is our mission at Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital in Elkin to provide the best veterinary health care to your bird or exotic pet. Our veterinarian, Dr. Richard Brinegar, has over 15 years of experience caring for exotic and wildlife species. Different animal types have very different medical and nutritional needs and failure to address these can have grim long-term consequences; so talk to us as early as possible to map out a strategy for your bird or exotic pet.


Although parrots and other feathered friends do not receive regular vaccinations like a dog or a cat, they still need regular checkups to keep them in top health. Dr. Brinegar recommends annuals physicals and fecal exams.

Birds require a special diet and can become malnourished on pet store bird food. We encourage you to talk with Dr. Richard Brinegar about diet, training, cage considerations and any health questions you may have.

Birds are experts at keeping any health problem hidden until it is too late to fix the problem. Regular veterinary checkups can prevent this tragedy. Parrots are also rather well known for getting into trouble and injuring themselves. Having a veterinarian that is familiar with your bird when he or she is in good health is a wonderful resource when there is an illness or emergency.

Small Mammals

The variety of small mammals available as pets has increased in the Yadkin Valley. If your family pet is a rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, gerbil, chinchilla, ferret or rodent, the team at Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital in Elkin can help you take the best possible care of them. Most small mammals do not need vaccinations. They still need care to make sure their nutritional needs are met and are healthy.


Snakes and lizards are very popular pets in Elkin and in surrounding communities. They typically require more in-depth care, especially when it comes to their environment.

We welcome your reptile to our practice for any veterinary care they may require, as long as they are a non-venomous species. If your reptile has a change in feeding habits or activity level, it is vitally important that he or she is seen by our experienced reptile veterinarian, Dr. Richard Brinegar.

We will be happy to advise current or future reptile owners about proper care of these unique pets and their special needs.

Other Exotic Pets

Don’t see your exotic pet listed? Please call us and let us know about your pet, including what health issue he or she is experiencing. If we cannot treat your particular exotic pet, we will recommend a facility that can do so.

Our exotic pet veterinary treatments include routine wellness exams, vaccinations, parasite control & prevention, nutritional plans, grooming, diagnostic, therapeutic, surgical procedures, and emergency care. From routine check-ups to in-depth surgeries, the Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital in Elkin has you covered. Exotic pets have many special needs and are notorious for hiding early disease symptoms. Dr. Richard Brinegar strongly advises routine wellness exams and health consultations to detect early problems or to stop problems before they start. Give us a call and take the first step toward the long-term health and wellness of your special exotic family pet.