Exotic Small Animal Exam Services
Just like dogs and cats, our smaller furry companions need regular veterinary care. Because these species often have unique dietary, social, and husbandry needs, it is important that exotic small mammal owners have their pets examined twice yearly by a veterinarian to ensure that they are happy and healthy.
Why twice yearly veterinary exams?
Compared to our canine and feline friends, exotic small mammal species have relatively short life spans. Regular wellness exams by your veterinarian can help detect health problems before they become serious in these rapidly aging pets.
Many small mammals are considered prey species in the wild; their instinct, therefore, is to conceal any signs of weakness so that they are less likely to be attacked by predators. This defense mechanism often leads them to show very few clinical signs of disease, even when they are seriously ill. Your veterinarian can help detect subtle signs of illness and develop a proper treatment plan for your pet.
What are the benefits of using a house call veterinarian?
Many health problems encountered in exotic small mammal species are directly related to husbandry issues. During a house call, your veterinarian can evaluate the diet and environment of your pet to make sure that they are getting adequate nutrition and are being maintained in optimal living conditions.
Ferrets, rabbits, and rodents can become quite anxious when they are not in their home environment. Transportation to a veterinary office, along with the sights, sounds, and smells associated with waiting and exam rooms, can cause undue stress to small mammals. House call visits can therefore dramatically reduce the anxiety associated with veterinary examinations.