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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

Ferret Dentistry
Ferret dental problems are similar to dog and cat conditions. Fractured teeth occur commonly. Ferrets even suffer from some orthodontic conditions.

Mud Is The Nemesis of all Dog Lovers
Mud is the constant nemesis of all dog lovers, and it's never so bad as in the spring. The best way to keep floors clean is to never let them get dirty. And that means catching those muddy paws before they come inside. Here are some tips:

Rabbits Need Exercise!
Exercise is vital for a rabbit's health. All too often we hear well meaning, but poorly informed, people describe rabbits as easy to keep because “they can be caged and don't take up much space!” This idea has led to many rabbits being caged most of their lives with the distinct possibility of developing both physical and behavioral disorders.

Ferret Adrenal Glands
The type of adrenal disease that ferrets get is different to that seen in people and dogs. In ferrets it is the reproductive hormones that are overproduced with overactive adrenal glands.

We don't like declawing, and we don't recommend it as a first reaction to any behavior problems in cats. That said, we understand how in some cases it's a cat's last chance to stay in a good home rather than face uncertain prospects at a shelter. And we know that a well-done veterinary declawing with full pain control is no worse in the short-term than many other surgeries. But we still don't recommend it as anything except a last-chance alternative to losing a good home. In other words: It shouldn't be a preventive or immediately reactive approach to a behavior problem that can be dealt with in other ways.

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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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