Many types of small mammals make popular pets, including:
Bi-Annual Exams are Necessary for Small mammals
All pets should have a bi-annual examination. The best way to keep your small pet healthy is to catch diseases early, before you’re your pet is showing any signs of illness. These pets are masters at hiding illness, so early intervention is critical. During your pet’s bi-annual examination, we may also recommend additional testing. We offer full diagnostic screening such as fecal exams, x-rays, blood tests, skin scrapings and biopsy of growths. We also offer surgeries for growth removal, fractures and internal problems. Remember that a bi-annual examination gives us important baseline records for future reference. Parasite treatment and control is an important part of your small mammal’s bi-annual exam, along with nutritional and behavioral counseling.
Some non-breeding small mammals, such as rats, guinea pigs and sugar gliders, should be spayed or neutered. We will discuss spaying or neutering your pet during your annual wellness exam.
Following the Prescribed Diet for Your Particular Pet
Small mammals have nutritional needs and we will counsel you on the right diet for your pet. Most pets need a healthy blend of protein, fats and vegetables. Diet is extremely important and attention is need so that your pet does not become malnutritioned. Fresh water should be available to your pet at all times.
As soon as illness is detected in your pet, please bring your pet to us for a thorough physical examination and diagnostic work-up including laboratory testing. We suggest rechecking your pet at variable intervals depending on the state of debilitation. The recheck exam allows us to assess your pet’s response to treatment and your compliance with instructions. Many times in the course of treating a small mammal the treatment must be altered somewhat to ensure the best response. These rechecks are also used as a way of reinforcing the changes needed for the pet to remain healthy. Lab values may be rechecked to ensure that your pet is truly recovering and not just feeling well enough again to resume hiding any weakness.
Learn to recognize a sick pet. It is common for the first signs to go unnoticed by the pet owner. Each pet is different, please ask us for the signs you should watch for in your particular type of small mammal.
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