Educational Articles

Small Mammals + Medical Conditions

  • Common conditions of pet hedgehogs include external and internal parasites, ringworm, cancer, gastrointestinal diseases and pneumonia.

  • Hedgehogs have several unique problems Understanding these problems will allow you to better care for your pet and minimize future health care problems.

  • An insulinoma is a tumor that involves the beta cells of the pancreas. Beta cells are the cells that produce the hormone insulin. Insulinomas are surprisingly common in ferrets.

  • Common conditions of pet prairie dogs include obesity, dental disease, respiratory disease, heart disease, and parasites. Prairie dogs can also be afflicted with cancer and ringworm.

  • Many people think of rabbits as rodents, but they are lagomorphs. Both rodents and lagomorphs have open-rooted teeth (continuously growing throughout life). Rabbits have incisors (front teeth) which are easily visualized and a good set of molars in the back of the mouth for grinding and chewing that are not readily visible.

  • Common conditions of pet rabbits include snuffles, internal and external parasites, overgrown incisors, uterine problems (infections or cancer), and sore hocks.

  • Rabbits have several unique problems; understanding these problems will allow you to better care for your pet and minimize future health care problems.

  • Trichobezoars (or hairballs) are an accumulation of hair, often matted together with food, that accumulates in the stomach and causes serious problems in the stomach or the intestine as it attempts to move through the gastrointestinal tract. A hairball is usually a symptom or consequence of a problem causing stasis or hypomotility of the gastrointestinal tract.

  • Common conditions of pet rodents include respiratory diseases, anorexia and lethargy, overgrown teeth, and tumors.

  • Walking Dandruff (cheyletiellosis) in rabbits is caused by a common rabbit fur mite (Cheyletiella parasitovorax). The mite’s effects are called "walking dandruff" because these large, whitish mites crawl across the skin and fur, and cause excessive flaky skin on a rabbit.

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