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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.