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Hedgehogs as Pets: What You Need to Know

A recent story on Good Morning America looked at the rise in popularity of hedgehogs as pets; the story included a video of a cat playing with — and sitting on — an African Pygmy hedgehog. While I can verify the hedgehog-as-pet trend in my own practice, I have to wonder: Is this a good thing? The truth is, hedgehogs aren’t for everyone; they are nocturnal and like to play, run in wheels and just generally make
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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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People and Exotic Pets: Medical Problems We Share

Age is not a disease. Veterinarians commonly say this in response to pet owners’ comments that animals are sick just because they’re old. While certainly age isn’t a disease, it’s clear that with aging comes disease. This is true for both people and pets — and for certain exotic pets, such as large parrots and many reptiles, who can live as long as many people, the parallels between disease in people and animals are clear.
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Why birds and exotic pets need to see the veterinarian

“He’s never been sick before, so I’ve never had to bring him to a vet.” This is the answer I commonly hear from bird and exotic pet owners when I ask them whether their animals have ever been treated by a veterinarian. Actually, all exotic pets, regardless of species, should have regular veterinary checkups. Why Annual Wellness Exams Matter Environment: Many exotic pets have specific requirements regarding heat, light, temperature and cage bedding. There are
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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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Don’t lose your pet from hairloss!

Have you ever looked at your pet and wondered,  “Is my pet going bald?” He’s probably not. Hair loss is one of the most common complaints for which owners bring their pets into the animal hospital, and generally, there is an underlying infectious or hormonal cause for it. Rabbits and rodents (chinchillas, guinea pigs, and small rodents like mice, rats, hamsters and gerbils) often get patches of hair loss from ringworm/fungal infection and mites –
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The Great Pellet Exhange for Birds

Do you own a bird that eats a lot of seed? Did you know that studies have shown that unless a bird is eating nearly 2/3 of its diet as formulated bird pellets, it’s not likely meeting its nutritional needs, even if its eating fresh fruit and vegetables? Have you tried to convert your bird from a seed diet to a more nutritious pelleted diet but have just ended up frustrated and unsuccessful? Let us
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Preventing Cancer In Rabbits

How to Prevent Cancer In Rabbits? Do you have an unspayed (not neutered) female rabbit?  Did you know that studies have shown that 70-80% of unspayed female rabbits develop uterine cancer after the age of three years? Did you also know that this rabbit cancer is completely preventable by spaying (removing the rabbit’s ovaries and uterus) before cancer develops and spreads elsewhere in the body? While once a very risky procedure, rabbit spays are now
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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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Exotic Pet Wellness Exams Should Occur Annually

If you are an Exotic Pet owner in NY an annual check-up is an essential part of trying to prevent illness from occurring. Just like cats and dogs (and even people), birds and exotic pets should have yearly examinations to try to keep them healthy and to catch any signs of illness early, when treatment is still possible. For some very short-lived exotic pets, such as rats and small birds, check-ups should occur twice a
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