Caring for All Types of Animals
Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital provides complete pet care and education for many different pet types, including:
- Guinea pigs
- Sugar gliders
- Lizards* – bearded dragons, skinks, geckos, iguanas
- Turtles – box turtles, aquatic turtles (Red-eared slider)
- Snakes* – Ball python, red-tail boa, corn snake, milk snake, king snake, garter snake
- Frogs – dart frogs, pacman frog, white’s dumpy tree frog, African bullfrog, African aquatic frogs
- Fire-bellied toad
- Axolotl salamander
- Guinea fowl
Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital is unable to see venomous or aggressive reptiles. No rattlesnakes, coral snakes, vipers, cobras, copperheads, large constrictors or tegus monitors. If you do not see your animal listed here, please contact us. If we do not serve your particular pet, we will do our best to refer you to a hospital that does.
Expert, Caring Professionals
Dr. Gregory Hoyt is an associate veterinarian at Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Hoyt joined the Canandaigua veterinary team in 2015. He previously practiced medicine as an associate veterinarian in Bath, NY.
Raised in central Massachusetts, Dr. Hoyt attended at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-Veterinary & Animal Sciences in 2008. He continued his education at Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine and completed his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2013.
Preventative medicine, orthopedic surgery, dentistry, exotic animal medicine and poultry medicine are among Dr. Hoyt’s many professional interests. He completed the AO Principals of Small Animal Fracture Repair course in Columbus, OH in 2015.
Dr. Hoyt moved to the Finger Lakes region to be closer to his father who spends his summers in Waterloo, NY. When he is not busy working with your beloved pets, he enjoys running with his dogs, kayaking, swimming, gardening, and skiing. He lives in Branchport with four dogs, ducks, chickens, a chinchilla, turtle, and frogs. To meet the rest of the team at Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital, please visit our Veterinarians & Staff page.
Small Mammal, Exotic, and Poultry Services
Depending on the type of pet you have, we are able to provide a range of services, including:
- Dental/oral care
- Habitat consultation
- Nail trims
- Nutritional recommendations
- Surgical procedures (select)
- Wellness/preventive care
While certain services may not be available to certain pet types, our team will work with you to identify the best care plan for your animal. Our veterinarians provide referrals to trusted specialists.
Preparing for Your Visit
To ensure a safe and stress-free visit for you and your animal, always bring your pet in a travel cage/container. Interaction with other animals and strange/new environments are common stress triggers for small and exotic pets.
Be sure to bring your pet’s preferred food and/or water in case your visit lasts longer than planned.
You know your animal better than anyone else. Our team fully supports you to take the necessary steps to minimize your pet’s stress and anxiety. Some animals may need or prefer to be kept in a covered carrier, and may also have unique temperature requirements.
Get Educated About Your Pet
If you are a new owner of a small mammal or exotic pet, it is very important that you meet with a veterinarian to discuss the unique needs of your animal. We work to maximize the health and wellness of every pet, and caring for small mammals and exotics can be very different from caring for a cat or dog. Special attention must be paid to diet, exercise, environment, and overall husbandry. There is a vast amount of information (and misinformation) on these topics available on the internet and elsewhere, but the most reliable source is always a veterinary professional. The team at Canandaigua Veterinary Hospital is prepared to provide the special attention and support your pet needs for a long and happy life.
For your convenience, we have also included the following helpful links about caring for your small or exotic pet: