Exotic Mammals

Wellness Info

Post-Purchase Exam: Physical Exam, Fecal Analysis, Microchipping, Discuss and Schedule Spay/Neuter

6 Month Exam: Physical Exam, Fecal Analysis

Annual Exam: Physical Exam, Fecal Analysis, CBC/Chemistries

Geriatric Exam: Physical Exam, Fecal Analysis, CBC/Chemistries, Radiographs, Ultrasound

Emergencies

If your exotic pet is exhibiting any of the symptoms described below, contact us immediately at 843-216-8387.

Diarrhea or decreased number of stools, lack of appetite, weakness, depression, painful when lifted or touched, head tilted to one side, rolling or flipping.

If your chinchilla is not eating, his or her gastrointestinal system can go into stasis, a serious condition which may require extended hospitalization and treatment or even surgery to correct. You can try syringe-feeding ground pellets or Oxbow Critical Care mixed with water. This will provide fiber and nutrients to support your pet until you are able to get to our clinic. Not eating is often related to dental issues or internal disease, and as such is an emergency situation which demands medical attention. It is important that we examine your pet as soon as possible to correct the underlying condition.

If your rat, mouse, hedgehog or sugar glider is not eating, keep him warm and you can try syringe-feeding warm chicken or beef baby food to support your pet. It is important that we examine your pet as soon as possible to correct the underlying condition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iGZVYVm5Bg – How to Syringe Feed Your Small Mammal

Services

Wellness Exams, Grooming, Boarding, Microchipping, Gender Determination, Diagnostics, Behavioral Consultation, Spaying/Neutering

Boarding

In order for your pet to board with us we require an exam within the last year with a clean bill of health. A fecal test with no parasites seen is also required. Your pet can have no changes in health since the last examination. If your pet’s examination was done by a different veterinarian, it needs to have been within the last six months and your pet’s complete record needs to be sent to our facility several days before boarding so we can evaluate the record to ensure all testing was done to our standards.

Common Diseases/Conditions

Dental Issues, Reproductive Disease, Malnutrition, Obesity

Choosing a Pet

TYPE PROS CONS

Chinchilla

Playful and amusing to watch, can be litter trained Mainly nocturnal, require dust box for dust bathing
FYI: MUST be spayed / neutered to avoid reproductive tumors, cancers and cysts, prone to dental issues

Gerbil

Active day and night, entertaining to watch Can be nippy, escape artists
FYI: MUST be spayed / neutered to avoid reproductive tumors, cancers and cysts, very territorial, do not do well in groups

Hamster

Amusing to watch, not quite as high-energy as gerbils or mice Can be nippy, mainly nocturnal
FYI: MUST be spayed / neutered to avoid reproductive tumors, cancers and cysts, solitary, do not do well in groups

Hedgehog

Amazing creatures that are very interesting to watch, can be litter trained Nocturnal, may not enjoy handling, can be very shy, do not tolerate cold well
FYI: MUST be spayed to avoid reproductive tumors, cancers and cysts, prone to cancers

Mouse

Social, interactive Can be nippy
FYI: MUST be spayed / neutered to avoid reproductive tumors, cancers and cysts, social and can be housed as 2-5 females or 1 male and 3-4 females

Rat

Intelligent, inquisitive, interactive Mainly nocturnal
FYI: MUST be spayed / neutered to avoid reproductive tumors, cancers and cysts, social and can be housed as 2-3 females or 1 male and 1-2 females

Sugar Glider

Social, interactive Nocturnal, need a tall and wide enclosure to simulate their natural environment, very specialized dietary and housing needs
FYI: Very social, should not be the only glider in the house, need at least 3 hours of supervised outside-the-cage play nightly