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According to renowned exotic animal veterinarian Dr. Susan Brown, "The more thoroughly educated a person is about the pet he or she owns the higher the quality of life for that pet. In addition, the bond between human and pet is richly enhanced through further understanding." In our Small Mammal Health Series, Dr. Brown shares her expertise on general husbandry, proper diets, and specific common (and not so common) medical disorders in rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, and other small mammals.

 Small Mammal Health Series

Rethinking The Ferret Diet
A nutritious and balanced diet is the foundation of good health for all creatures including ferrets. Ferrets have been kept in captivity since 300 BC, but it is only in the last 40 years that we have changed their diet from raw foods to commercially processed foods. We have made the change primarily because we, the public, have demanded a uniformly easy to feed and hopefully nutritious food that allows us to successfully keep ferrets in our homes. But the question is are we really providing a healthy ferret diet using processed foods?

Run for a Rabbit
Looking for a friendly, funny, quiet, clean, inexpensive and even eco-friendly pet? What you're looking for ... is a rabbit.

Ferret Products Guide
Planning a new ferret for the family? Time for the ferret shopping list. Here is a list of what to get and what not to get for those fond of ferrets.

Guinea Pigs
They're not from Guinea and they aren't pigs. They are, however, cute, easily handled, and quiet. If you are thinking of adding a guinea pig to your home, here's a primer.

Rabbit GI Stasis
Many rabbit owners are familiar with gastrointestinal (GI) stasis and its common causes. Stasis is a stoppage or slowing of blood, body fluids, or intestinal contents. Rabbit owners are aware that GI stasis is not a disease per se, but rather it is a common symptom of many rabbit diseases.

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VetzInsight: A Different Place to Learn
The same folks who provide Veterinary Partner also offer a blog called VetzInsight. Rather than explain what occurs in a disease process and how to treat it - which was Veterinary Partner offers - our goal is not only to inform on larger issues but to tap into the numerous emotions at play within the human-animal bond. We're here to learn and have fun. If you're interested in learning more about a broader look at veterinary medicine, the veterinarians, the clients, and the patients, VetzInsight is a great learning experience.

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