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Exotic Animal Medicine

Contact Information

Phone: 919.513.6999

General Information

Veterinary Health and Wellness Center

red Cross Cadeceus

Emergency Service

Main Number: 919.513.6500
Small Animal Emergency: 919.513.6911
Large Animal Emergency: 919.513.6630
Monday-Thursday 5PM-8AM
Friday 5PM-Monday 8AM

Open 24 hours on legal holidays.
No appointment needed.

Exotic Animal Medicine


Small Mammal Patients

Bringing Your Exotic Small Mammal to the Exotic Animal Medicine Service (EAMS):

EAMS is ready to see all of your favorite small mammals, including ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, rats, and so much more!

Depending on why your pet came in, and what we find during our physical exam, we may recommend a variety of diagnostic tests and treatments. These are designed to help us to form a comprehensive plan with a diagnosis and to keep your furry friend safe and well for as long as possible.

Here are some things that we offer for our small mammal patients and how they help us keep your pet well:

  1. Dental exam: Dental disease is a common problem in small mammals, and it may contribute to other¬†illnesses. A thorough dental exam can help us make recommendations for your pet’s oral health.
  2. Nutrition counselling: Our small furry patients have lots of special needs, including very particular diets! We can help you find the best diet for your pet that will help them stay healthy and happy.
  3. Fecal analysis: Believe it or not, looking at your pet’s stool gives us a lot of information! We look for the types of bacteria that are in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, as well as for various parasites.
  4. Bloodwork: Routine bloodwork usually consists of a complete blood count (CBC) and a biochemistry panel. These tests give us a great deal of information about our patients. The CBC allows us to look for signs of infection and inflammation, as well as for anemia. The biochemistry panel allows us to evaluate kidney and liver function, protein levels, muscle damage, and pancreas function.
  5. Radiographs: We often recommend taking x-rays of our patients. This allows us to see bones, the respiratory system, the heart, the liver, the GI tract, the spleen, the kidneys, and the reproductive tract. We can gather a lot of information about these body systems by examining an x-ray.
  6. Vaccines: We recommend vaccinating pet ferrets for both distemper and rabies viruses. Annual rabies vaccination is required for ferrets in North Carolina. We can talk to you about these vaccination and help you make the best choices to keep your ferret protected.