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Did you know that exotic pets need veterinary care just like cats and dogs?

Exotic animals, such as rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and other small rodents are becoming increasingly popular as pets.

Just like cats and dogs, they need regular veterinary care. While some live only a few years, proper health care will prolong the life of our furry friends and make that time the best possible.

Many exotic animals are hunted in the wild by larger animals, and they instinctively try their hardest not to show when they are sick or hurt. Owners need to pay close attention to their pets to catch problems when they start.

Rabbits and rodents sometimes have problems with their teeth. Owners should be on the lookout for trouble eating, drooling, and general discomfort. Any condition that causes 24 hours of not eating should be considered an emergency!

Additionally, all small mammals can get infections in the respiratory tract or gut. Ferrets can even catch our colds!

In general, any lumps, bumps, sneezing, coughing, bleeding, pain, or anything that seems “off” should get your pet to a veterinarian that is experienced with exotics.

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