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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

SI and U.S. Standard Measurements: Conversion Confusion
SI is the modernized version of the metric system of measurement. It is the language universally used in science and medicine. SI is an abbreviation from the French Système International d’Unités, or International System of Units.

Insulinoma in Ferrets
In insulinoma, the endocrine situation is reversed from diabetes. One or more small tumors on the pancreas produce too much insulin. This high level of insulin leads to a significant drop in glucose levels and causes several symptoms.

Disaster Debate
The problem with the "animals vs. people" debate heard after any sort of disaster is that it misses the point. For all the many reasons why animals need to be taken care of as part of disaster planning and rescue operations, perhaps the most compelling is this one: If you don't plan for pets, people will die.

What Ferret Owners Should Know about Insulinomas
An insulinoma is a tumor of the pancreas. Most insulinomas are comprised of beta cells that have run amok. The most common clinical signs include lethargy, weakness, difficulty rising from sleep, drooling, pawing at the mouth, weight loss, rear leg incoordination, collapse, seizures, and vomiting.

Are You Ready?
If the immense scope of the recent tragedy from Hurricane Katrina hasn't convinced everyone of the importance of disaster planning, I can't imagine what will. As relief and recovery efforts continue for humans and animals alike, those of us who are fortunate to have been spared this time around must make it a priority to prepare our entire family -- including our pets -- for potential calamity. What basics do you need to know?

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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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