Select Page

Does My Ferret, Rabbit, Chinchilla, or Sugar Glider Need an Annual Checkup?

By Species, By Topic, Care & Wellness, Exotic

Small, furry mammals might always seem the picture of health. Then, all of a sudden, they get very sick. Sadly, these unexpected illnesses often lead to untimely deaths.

This is because exotic mammal species like mice, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets, and rabbits are prey species in the wild. This means it is instinct for them to hide their symptoms—predators will target animals that let their weakness show. Ironically, this prevents many owners from saving their pets’ lives, because they won’t show symptoms until they are very sick, with irreversible conditions. This means it is very important to schedule regular veterinarian visits for exotic pets. Clinicians are specially trained to detect medical conditions. This means owners can begin to treat illnesses before they become life-threatening.

Often, the early detection begins with a complete physical examination by one of our veterinarians. If any indication of an abnormality is present, it is frequently necessary to localize the abnormality, especially if it is internal. This can be accomplished by various blood tests to detect internal disease and, if our pets (mice) are too small to draw an adequate amount of blood for testing, diagnostic imaging such as X-rays are often utilized.

Because therapy for any exotic pet can be tedious, time-consuming and, at times, stressful to the pet as well as the owner, it becomes even more important to try to maintain the health of the pet. Economically, maintaining a healthy pet is always less expensive than hospitalization, diagnostics and therapy for a sick pet. In addition to the physical examination, our doctors will discuss husbandry and diet information to assist in keeping your pet healthy and happy for life!

CEDARCREST Animal Clinic is the Shenandoah Valley’s premier treatment center for exotic pets. Call 540-943-7577 to schedule a checkup.

CEDARCREST Animal Clinic provides medical and surgical care for every stage of your pet's life including preventive wellness care exams and vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care for your dog, cat, avian, or exotic. We are home to the only veterinarian practitioner in Virginia to be double Boarded in Avian and Canine/Feline care and provide care for birds, small mammals, and reptiles of all sorts! Plus, we are home to Virginia's most exclusive dog boarding resort that includes heated floors, an expansive play area, and even webcams so you can watch your pet while you're away. We're located in Fishersville, Virginia, and serve Augusta County and surrounding areas including Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville. 

CEDARCREST Animal Clinic Boarding Now Requires Kennel Cough Vaccination

Beginning in January 2020, CEDARCREST Animal Clinic & Pet Resort will require all our canine boarding guests to be vaccinated for Bordetella disease, which is also known as kennel cough. We strive to ensure our boarding facility is safe and healthy home away from home...

Should I Feed My Pet Wet or Dry Food?

One of the most common questions new puppy and kitten owners ask during visits to the vet is whether they should feed their pet canned wet food or dry food from a bag. Wet or Dry? For dogs, I generally recommend dry food. As dogs tend to be bigger, dry food tends to...

Common Eye Problems Among Cats and Dogs

Proper eye care is very important for all pets. Scratches, ulcers, dry eye, discharge, and infection are some of the most common ocular problems your pet may experience. To determine the cause of an eye problem, additional testing may be required to ensure an accurate...

Gastrointestinal Problems In Cats And Dogs

Gastrointestinal disease in pets can be a minor problem, but can also be more serious, so evaluation and proper treatment by a veterinarian is important. Common gastrointestinal problems in dogs include dietary intolerance (problems digesting certain foods), toxicity...

What is the Cause of My Pet’s Bad Breath?

A dog’s or cat’s breath should not be overly odiferous. If you are noticing a bad smell coming from your pet’s mouth...

Which Vaccines Does My Pet Really Need?

In years past, you took your pet to the veterinarian once a year where they received all the annual vaccines with...