Small Mammal/Pocket Pet Frequently Asked Questions
by Christopher Stancel, DVM
Q: Why Should I Bring My Small Mammal/ Pocket Pet To A Veterinarian?
A: Exotic mammals/ pocket pets have the ability to hide their illness well and it is often too late by the time symptoms of illness are visible. Your veterinarian will teach you how to prevent illness, and how to take care of your small mammal so that you can maintain a long, happy and healthy relationship with your small mammal.
Q: What Can A Veterinarian Do For My Small Mammal/ Pocket Pet If He/ She Is Healthy?
A: An experienced exotic animal veterinarian should examine your small mammal/ pocket pet for any abnormalities, monitor its weight and growth, check for intestinal or external parasites and be sure that you are aware of the proper diet and care for your individual pet.
Q: Why Does My Veterinarian Want A Fecal Sample From My Small Mammal If He/ She Lives Mainly Inside?
A: Small mammals/ pocket pets, especially babies can get intestinal parasites and should be tested by your veterinarian. A fresh sample should be brought in when your pet visits the veterinarian.
Q: Why Should My Veterinarian Trim My Small Mammal/ Pocket Pet's Teeth?
A: Your small mammal's teeth grow continuously throughout their life. Therefore, too often these pets may develop overgrown teeth and dental disease that can lead to further illness. Your trained veterinarian has the knowledge and equipment to check not only their incisors but also their molars for any abnormalities and make recommended treatments as needed.
Q: Why Should My Veterinarian Trim My Small Mammal/ Pocket Pet's Nails?
A: Overgrown nails can become uncomfortable for your pet and can lead to injury if one of those nails should get caught on something or breaks. Regular trips to your veterinarian for nail trims will help prevent this.
Q: Can I Prevent My Small Mammal/ Pocket Pets From Getting Disease?
A: Many diseases can be prevented with a good diet and proper environment, but most disease can benefit by early detection. This early detection can be provided by regular exams by a qualified exotics veterinarian.