Wellness Care for Small Mammals
Annual Examinations are Important for Small Mammals, Rabbits and Pocket Pets
Small mammal pets need to be seen annually for a wellness exam. It is best not to wait until a pet is showing signs of illness for their first exam. An annual exam gives us the opportunity to ensure that your pet is healthy and have baseline records and baseline blood values for future reference in the event that your pet is ever sick. Depending upon the type of pet, we will discuss vaccination options with you. For example, all ferrets are required by Florida law to be vaccinated against Rabies. An annual exam gives you one-on-one time with us so we can answer all of your health and behavior questions.
This is an easy procedure that can be done in-office without anesthesia. Microchipping is the safest option for permanent identification. For more information about microchipping your pet, please view the microchipping page under “general services”.
We Would Love to Meet Your New Pet!
If you have acquired a new small mammal, we recommend you have your new pet examined by us within 1-2 weeks after purchase to ensure their good health. We will discuss nutrition and behavior issues with you at your first appointment. Even a couple of months on the wrong diet can kill or permanently damage a rabbit or pocket pet.
Small mammals with a strong veterinarian-patient relationship will benefit from better overall health and improved disease control. We encourage small mammal pet parents to establish a relationship with us early in their pet’s life, before an emergency necessitates a visit. We have an experienced exotic veterinarian on call 7 days a week for small mammal, avian and exotic pets established with us as clients. As part of our lifetime commitment to our established small mammal pet parents, in the evenings and on Saturday and Sunday we prioritize established small mammal pet patients if capabilities are limited. Therefore, establishing and maintaining the relationship with us is important for your small mammal pet.
Exotic and Pocket Pets are Masters at Hiding Signs of illness
These pets are masters at hiding signs of illness. An annual checkup is a good way to screen for problems their owners cannot see see. Please call us right away if your pet is showing any signs of illness, including:
- Decreased appetite
- Discharge from mouth, eyes or nose
- Loose stools
- Lethargy (inactivity)
- Lumps or bumps
- Flaky skin or hair loss
Our veterinarians and staff are highly skilled at treating and caring for many types of pets and are pleased to be able to offer care, behavioral advice and guidance. Please give us a call today to set up an appointment for your special pet.