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Exotic Animals

Ferrets:

Full of life, these happy little slinkies require vaccinations. The first year of life a series of two ferret distemper vaccinations are given but only once per year thereafter. A rabies vaccination is also required. Although the required vaccine that is used for this vaccination is a three-year vaccine, it is required to booster the next year, before the three year period begins.

Most commonly seen for dermatological disorders, endocrinopathies, or diseases of the hormonal system are also common. They can be litter trained and are usually de-scented, offered tattooed prior to purchase.

Rabbits:

Soft and fuzzy, these gentle creatures require special handling. Always be sure to take control of the bunny’s hind legs when you try to pick them up. The most common fatality in bunnies comes from the broken backs (and severed spines nerves) that come because they leap from you in an attempt to get away. We do not vaccinate rabbits unless rabies exposure has occurred.

Musculoskeletal and neurologic disease, dermatological, oral/dental, disorders of the ear, respiratory infections and intestinal parasites are the most common problems as this world revolves around their specialized diet. We often neuter the males to prevent their aggressive life change that comes with puberty.

Small Rodents:

This group includes mice, rats, hamsters and gerbils. These groups of little friends are very cute and entertaining. Providing them with an appropriate environment is important as their need to exercise is expressed at night.

They require no vaccinations, but are commonly seen for dental, eye, ear, nose and throat disorders (EENT) as well as gastrointestinal disorders and tumorous masses. They mature rapidly, so be careful not to place male and female together unless you are prepared to have a lot of rodents.

Guinea Pigs:

A non-native rodent, these little South American imports have taken the pet world by storm. Easily the nicest of the rodents, these pleasant little fellows make a great pet and can be quite personable.

No vaccinations are required for a guinea pig and they are seen most commonly for dental, eye, ear, nose and throat disorders (EENT), tumors , gastrointestinal upset and behavioral disorders.

Chinchillas:

These happy little fellows are truly beautiful and soft as silk to the touch. They are shy, fairly tame and are extremely cute! They require a special diet and can be quite athletic as they naturally inhabit semiarid, rocky slopes at elevations from 10,000 to 16,000 feet above sea level. Their average life span is about 10 years, which is much longer that any of the other rodents.

They do not require vaccinations and are most commonly seen for ear disorders, dental problems, dermatological, respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders. They will not hesitate to make more of themselves rapidly so you must separate the sexes!

Prairie Dogs:

Although a rodent, these little friends are not easily tamed and they do not make good pets unless you are an aficionado. They require special handling during their mating season when they are almost untouchable to the inexperienced person.

They do not require vaccinations and are most commonly seen for gastrointestinal parasites, neurological disorders, respiratory disorders and behavioral problems.

African Hedgehogs:

These special small mammals are insectivores and are more commonly active at night. Their dense coat of prickly spines sets them apart from most other pocket pets as a readily defensible posture that they use when they do not want to be bothered. They require quite a special diet so be prepared to look around for fresh live prey for these little guys, although they will eat commercially prepared hedgehog food.

They do not require vaccinations and are most uncommonly seen for dermatological disorders respiratory problems and gastrointestinal disorders.

Fish:

Almost everyone knows that peaceful feeling that one gets when watching fish in their natural environment. Fascinating to watch, the presence of aquariums in our homes, serves as an anxiety reliever that requires minimal daily but moderate long term care. You must be aware of which fish to be housed together because some fish might consider them as a meal.

Commonly seen for dermatological, neurologic, respiratory and parasites disorders.

Reptiles:

Though considered domestic as we bring them into our homes and living environment, reptiles are wildlife and require particular needs and environmental parameters specific for each species. If these reptile requirements are not met, the pet, reptile/’s will not do well in captivity. Whether your preference slithers, climbs or strolls, reptiles make fascinating additions to one’s collection for the aficionado that appreciates their sensitive life styles.

Most commonly seen for nutritional, dermatological, musculoskeletal, and respiratory disorders, there are no vaccinations that are required for reptiles. Parasite examinations of their stools are highly recommended, as some parasites are transferrable to their owners.

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