When to Take Exotic Animals to CSAH
It is understood by most dog and cat owners when a trip to the vet is warranted. Lack of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, itching, and weight loss are examples of common triggers for us that something is wrong. But what about the less common members of our pet family? When should pet rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, or reptiles visit the animal hospital?
Many exotic species kept as pets are considered “prey” species in their natural habitat. These animals will often hide illness much longer than domesticated dogs and cats. But why? In the wild, a prey animal that appears ill will often be the first to be isolated and targeted by predators. So as a defensive mechanism, many exotic species have evolved the ability to not appear sick, even when fighting an infection or dealing with disease. At some point, the energy used to “keep up appearances” is depleted and they show outwards signs of illness, or worse, are found dead. This means to us that we must be very aware of any physical changes and seek veterinary care as soon as illness is suspected.
Watch the video below to learn about the importance of wellness exams for your exotic pet.
Supplies for Your Exotic Pet
We carry healthy, over-the-counter supplies for exotics ranging from toys, to treats & food: ferret hammocks, willow balls to help aid in chewing for rodents, and both timothy and oat hay for rabbits.