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Think You Know Ferrets? Take Our Quiz

Some people have preconceived ideas about ferrets, many of which simply are not true — or at least not the whole truth. If you have ever thought about sharing your space with a ferret, take this quiz to learn some interesting facts about this furry fellow. Take Our Ferret Quiz 1. True or false: Ferrets are not very smart. False. Quite the opposite is true — ferrets are highly intelligent animals. They can learn surprisingly
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10 Tips for Stress-Free Exams for Birds and Exotic Pets

Annual checkups are as important for birds and exotic pets as they are for dogs and cats. Many bird and exotic pet owners know this, but are reluctant to bring their animals to the vet because they think the experience will be too stressful. However, any stress your pet may experience is generally outweighed by the benefits of a thorough veterinary examination. Here are 10 strategies you can use to help reduce stress when taking
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Dr. Google May Be In, But Not Everything You Read Is True

Just because it’s written doesn’t mean it’s true! That goes for what’s written on websites, on Facebook, in magazines, even in literature created by people claiming to be experts about particular subjects. This is particularly relevant when it comes to bird and exotic pet care. When cats and dogs get sick, the first place that most pet owners turn to is their trusted veterinarian. With birds and exotic pets, however, very few pet owners even
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Could your pet have parasites? Indoor pets get worms, too!

So often, at the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics, we hear owners say that their pets could never have parasites because they don’t go outside. Not true. Many pets – mammals, birds, and reptiles – are never outside their families’ homes, yet they carry parasites in their intestinal tracts and can shed these microscopic parasites in their stool. Once the stool dries up in their cages, small bits of dry stool can blow around
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Ferrets – New Treatment With Adrenal Gland Disease

New Discoveries on How to Treat Ferrets with Adrenal Gland Disease Adrenal disease affects thousands of ferrets annually in the U.S. and may be the most common condition diagnosed in ferrets by veterinarians. This disease is caused by the development of cancer in one or both adrenal glands which results in the body’s overproduction of sex hormones, leading to itchy skin, hair loss, and more seriously, bone marrow suppression. Eventually, all affected ferrets develop anemia
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Prevent fatal viral infections in your ferret

What conditions are we referring to? Distemper and rabies viruses! Both of these diseases are ultimately fatal in ferrets, causing horrible neurological signs, and fortunately, they are completely preventable with simple vaccinations. You haven’t given these vaccinations to your ferret for risk of reaction, you say? Or, your ferret got these vaccines years ago, so he or she doesn’t need them again, you say? These are responses veterinarians hear from many ferret owners, so let’s set
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Does my ferret really need a dental cleaning?

Did you know that ferrets can get dental disease just like your cat, your dog, or you? We humans don’t always go to see our dentist twice a year, as we should, but when we get a cavity, we get there. Why? Because it is very uncomfortable; it hurts to chew, and sometimes, it even hurts to sleep. We often don’t know when our little fuzzy friends are uncomfortable. Unfortunately, sometimes we only find out
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