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1852 Breton Road SE
Grand Rapids, Mich. 49506


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Cascade Hospital for Animals

6730 Cascade Road SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Owners of exotic pets throughout the Midwest have traveled to Cascade Hospital to benefit from the expertise of Dr. Tracey Ritzman, a board-certified specialist by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in avian and exotic companion mammal medicine and surgery -- the only dual board-certified veterinarian in these two specialties in the state of Michigan. Appointments available at the Cascade location only.

Dr. Ritzman has treated the following exotic pets:

  • Amphibians
    • Frogs
    • Newts
    • Salamanders
    • Toads
  • Birds (Avian)
    • Backyard Chickens
    • Parrots
    • Perching Birds
    • Pigeons, doves
    • Waterfowl
  • Exotic Mammals
    • Ferrets
    • Hedgehogs
    • Pigs -- miniature and Potbelly
    • Rabbits
    • Rodents
      • Gerbils
      • Guinea Pigs
      • Hampsters
      • Mice
      • Rats
  • Fish
    • Fresh Water
    • Salt Water
  • Reptiles
    • Lizards
    • Snakes
    • Turtles and Tortoises

Dr. Ritzman and the staff at Cascade Hospital perform the following services:

  • Grooming Services
    • Beak Trimming
    • Feather Trimming
    • Toenail Trimming
    • Wing Clipping
  • Surgical Services
    • Amputation
    • Beak Repair
    • Digital Radiographs
    • Egg Binding
    • Endoscopy
    • Fracture Repair
    • Laparoscopy
    • Salpingohysterectomy (Avian “spay”)
    • Sexing
    • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Diagnostic Services
    • Ultrasound


  • Sarah K.
    I drive 3 hours from Indiana for my birds to see Dr. Ritzman. I have had parrots for more than 21 years and pet ducks, and Dr. Ritzman's level of expertise is unmatched.

    - Sarah K.

  • Steven F.
    Our Double Yellowhead Amazon required care much above a normal checkup. Dr. Ritzman is one of a very few avian care specialists in the upper Midwest who has both the training and expertise to provide the level of care our Amazon required.

    - Steven F.

  • Melissa S.
    I brought my hedgehog, Eleanor Rigby, in for an exam because she was not eating, drinking or running on her wheel. Dr Ritzman found an abscess on her tongue and prescribed treatment. Ellie is now eating, drinking and wheeling every night.

    - Melissa S.

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