Educational Articles

Small Mammals

  • Many owners of small mammals (rodents, rabbits, chinchillas, sugar gliders, ferrets, hedgehogs) are surprised to learn that all pets need at least an annual checkup. A number of exotic pet veterinarians actually recommend checkups at least twice a year.

  • Many owners of rodents, ferrets, chinchillas, sugar gliders, and hedgehogs are surprised to learn that all pets need an initial visit by a veterinarian and at least an annual checkup. A number of veterinarians who treat exotic small animals actually recommend checkups at least twice a year, to allow for early detection and treatment of potentially life-threatening diseases.

  • The underlying philosophy of all alternative medical therapies is the 'holistic' approach, in which the patient is treated as a whole being rather than as a collection of organs and parts. The patient is treated as an individual rather than as a diagnosis, and the treatment is determined by the way that he or she is responding to illness.

  • 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.

  • Veterinary care seems expensive. Here are some of the reasons behind the costs of veterinary care, and some things that you, as a pet owner, can do to help make it affordable.

  • Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome (WHS) is a progressive degenerative neurological disease of African and European hedgehogs sometimes referred to as progressive paresis/paralysis. It has been noted with increasing frequency since the mid 1990's. It slowly degrades the animal's muscle control perhaps similar to that of MS in humans.