Exotic Pet Medicine and Surgery

We have doctors who are experienced in the care of ferrets, rabbits, rodents, and other small mammals.  While there are no approved vaccines for these popular pets (except for ferrets), they are frequently seen for routine examinations, various infections, medical and surgical problems.  Over the years, we have developed a special interest in pet rats through our work with a local rat rescue group.

Rabbits

Rabbits are susceptible to a variety of diseases and conditions, including respiratory infections, dental disease, gastrointestinal disorders, dermatologic problems, and even cancer.   Having evolved as prey animals, they are especially adept at hiding signs of illness or pain in order to protect themselves, making early recognition of problems more difficult for the pet owner.

Contact us if your rabbit:

-Has discharge from the eyes or nose, excessive sneezing or coughing

-Shows diminished appetite, reduced fecal output, or both

-Begins scratching at the ears, tilting his or her heard, or seems off balance

-Develops bald patches or other skin lesions in his or her fur

-Appears overly quiet or shows other abnormal behavior

In addition, your rabbit can benefit from regular dental checkups.  We can help make sure problems with your rabbits teeth don’t turn into serious potentially life-threatening conditions.

If you have any questions about how to best care for your rabbit, we’d be happy to discuss diet, housing, grooming and even litterbox training.

Guinea Pigs, Gerbils, Hamsters, Rats & Mice

Just because they are small doesn’t mean these pets can’t benefit from veterinary attention.  Teeth, which grow continuously in guinea pigs, rats, and other small rodents, can create problems if they don’t wear properly (we can also recommend appropriate chew toys, which may help keep the teeth worn down). Parasites such as lice, mites and fleas can infest your pet.  In addition, these companion animals can suffer from other health issues, such as urinary tract problems, chronic respiratory illness, and various tumors.  Call us if your pet stops eating, loses weight, appears quieter than normal, has discharge from the eyes or nose, or develops a lump on its body.  We can provide treatment that fits within your budget.

 

 

We have a doctor and a highly skilled technician on call until 9 PM, seven days a week. If you leave a message on our answering machine, you will receive a call within one hour during the week, and within a few hours on the weekends. If your pet is experiencing a medical problem that cannot wait, or if it is after 9 PM, we recommend the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Philadelphia, PA at (267) 800-1950, or The University of Pennsylvania at 215-898-4680.

Location Hours
Monday8:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday9:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday9:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday8:00am – 7:00pm
Friday9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday9:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday10:00am – 2:00pm