Animals such as ferrets, rabbits and rodents (i.e., chinchillas, mice, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils) continue growing in popularity as pets. Because they have shorter life expectancies than dogs and cats, it is even more important that they receive veterinary health screenings at least once a year.
Additionally, all these pets (except ferrets) are considered “prey animals” in the wild, meaning they are hunted by predators. As a result, they instinctually act extremely wary and tend to hide signs of illness very well until they become extremely sick, as any signs of weakness make them easier targets in nature.
You know your animal best—if you think something is wrong, you should schedule a vet exam immediately.
Much like dogs and cats, these animals should have comprehensive physical examinations as they age to look for any signs of diseases. They may also need blood work to look at internal organ function; x-rays; testing and treatments for internal and external parasites; and surgery for things like spays, neuters, mass removals and dental work.
In addition, these more non-traditional pets have some specific care requirements:
These small mammals are also prone to various unique diseases and illnesses that require a veterinarian who is comfortable examining, diagnosing and treating them. During your initial visit, your veterinarian can provide invaluable insight to help keep your pet healthy and happy.
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