guinea pigOwners of exotic pets throughout the Midwest have traveled to Cascade Hospital for Animals 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. Dr. Ritzman takes a caring, individualized approach to each patient. Appointments available at Breton Village Animal Clinic only.

 DrTracey RitmanDr. Tracey Ritzman

 danny surgery ritzmanDr. Ritzman performs surgery on Danny

 avianPets feel at ease under Dr. Ritzman's care


Services offered

 Diagnostics services

  • Blood work: hematology & biochemical analysis
  • Urinalysis & fecal analysis
  • Gram stains
  • Cytology, biopsies & histopathology
  • Radiology
  • Ultrasonography
  • Viral & bacterial testing
  • Fungal cultures


  • Traditional surgical procedures: spay/neuter, mass removals, fracture repair
  • Anesthetic monitoring
  • Electrocautery
  • Endoscopy


Rabbits, ferrets, and guinea pigs

felix the rabbit

Please remember to bring in a fresh urine sample so we may screen for kidney and bladder health, and a fresh fecal sample so we may screen for certain illnesses, particularly parasitic zoonotic disesases which are transmissable to humans.



chicken weigh in

Please remember to bring a few hours worth of fresh droppings along with your bird as these provide vital clues to your bird's health. We may screen the droppings for zoonotic diseases.


 Reptiles and amphibianslizard

Please remember to bring in a fresh fecal sample with your reptile or amphibian so we may screen for parasites, particularly zoonotic diseases such as pentastomes.