At the Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro, we diagnose and treat small mammals, too. We see the following animals at our practice:
· Rabbits. Rabbits are wonderful pets, but are fragile and sometimes require veterinary care. First, male rabbits should be neutered and female rabbits should be spayed to prevent large litters. Rabbits should be taken to the vet once every 12 months. If your rabbit isn’t eating, isn’t producing pellets, has watery eyes and a runny nose, has swollen skin, is lethargic, or is losing its fur, then you should call the Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro. We have specialized training in rabbit care.
· Guinea pigs. These nocturnal animals are a favorite of adults and children alike. They tend towards scurvy (a severe lack of vitamin C), heat stress or heat stroke (they should always be kept in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight), and hair loss from mites or a guinea pig who is chewing the fur of another. If your guinea pig experiences any of these symptoms, call the Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro right away.
· Gerbils. These inquisitive creatures can be handled by older children and adults. They’re playful, but shouldn’t be let out of their cages too often, because they can easily become lost. Vets usually see gerbils when they’re sick. They are prone to mite infestations, which causes swollen, red skin and will make your pet itchy. Gerbils also have a genetic predisposition to epileptic seizures, and have a tendency toward cancerous tumors.
· Hamsters. Hamsters are active pets that must have a specific habitat set up in order to thrive. They have a tendency to get “wet tail,” which causes matted fur, watery diarrhea, dehydration, and appetite loss. This is a serious disease that can cause death quickly, so it’s important to bring your hamster to us immediately if you notice any of these symptoms. Hamsters also commonly get alopecia, or hair loss, which can be caused by a variety of reasons.
The Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro specializes in small animals. If you have a small mammal that appears sick or needs treatment, or if you just have a question, call us today.