Pick A Pet
By Adrienne Kruzer, RVT, About.com Guide
Getting an annual exam by an exotics vet is step one in keeping your exotic pet healthy. Even if your pet doesn't need any vaccines your vet will aid in early disease detection and help you keep your pet in tip, top, shape.
Exotic Pet Insurance
Currently there is only one company that offers insurance to exotic pets. Be sure to look into the costs and benefits for your particular pet before signing up. Insurance is a wise investment if you want to keep your pet healthy for their entire lives and would like to do everything you can to treat him when he gets sick.
Zoonotic Disease Concerns
Unfortunately pets can carry diseases that can be passed onto humans. Owners and potential owners of exotic pets need to be aware of the possible risks, and know how to prevent zoonotic diseases from spreading.
- Salmonella and Rodents
- Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM or LCMV) and Rodents
- Monkeypox, Prairie Dogs, and Gambian Rats
Pocket Pet Health and Diseases
Pocket pets, such as ferrets, rabbits, and guinea pigs, often have dental and gastrointestinal issues as well as other common diseases. Learn what to watch for in your pet pocket pet.