Care and Treatment for Pocket Pets and Small Exotic Mammals
Our veterinarians and staff have years of experience in the field of small exotic animals, and CVVH is a member of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. We offer a broad spectrum of advanced care and use the latest in diagnostic capabilities for our exotic patients, such as in-house lab work, digital radiology, and ultrasound. We see guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats, mice, ferrets, sugar gliders, hedgehogs, and many other small exotic mammals. The majority are guinea pigs, rats, and ferrets.
In guinea pigs, the most common problems we see are respiratory infections, dental problems, skin mites, skin tumors, and ovarian cystic disease. Vitamin C deficiency is rarely seen unless not feeding a guinea pig commercial diet.
In rats, the most common problems we see are upper respiratory infections (mycoplasmosis), skin mites, and mammary tumors. Mammary tumors can be prevented or significantly reduced if female rats are spayed before 6 months of age.
Although ferrets are illegal to have in California, we can still legally treat them for medical problems and routine care without repercussion. The most common problems seen in ferrets are adrenal gland disease, pancreatic tumors (insulinomas), respiratory infections, and gastrointestinal disease.