The exotic side of veterinary care

By Connie Orcutt • Published: September 1st, 2014
Category: Animal Airwaves

Over 10 percent of U.S. families have warm and fuzzy animal companions other than dogs, cats, horses or birds. Some of these exotic pets include rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and ferrets. And just like many families with dogs and cats, lots of people with exotic companion mammals want top-notch veterinary care.

Many veterinarians have an interest in exotic companion mammals, and specialists are certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners or the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Exotics-savvy clinicians know the medical needs of many mammal species. For example, ferrets are the only exotic companion mammals in the United States that require vaccinations. And who knew that eating too many carrots is unhealthy for rabbits?

If you’re getting an exotic companion mammal, be sure your veterinarian is in the know.