Pocket Pet Preventative Healthcare Plans
Our Preventative Healthcare Plans allow our attending veterinarians to offer a reward program, based on professional services, for completing your exotic pet’s annual preventative exam or applicable screening. Your veterinary team will evaluate your pet’s species-specific requirements, age, medical history, lifestyle, nutritional needs, and condition to create a Health Risk Assessment (HRA)—identifying your pet’s risk for potential diseases. During this evaluation, we can have a family discussion, creating actionable items for best care practices at home or condition monitoring. Our goal? To guard your pet against wear & tear diseases, or infectious diseases and allow us to manage chronic conditions should they occur. We want your exotic pet to live the best life for as long as possible!
Components of The Pocket Pet (Rodent, Sugar Glider, Hedgehogs) Preventative Healthcare Plan
Obtain a complete history and perform a thorough annual physical examination—looking for changes in the pet’s body, weight, vitals assessment, behavior, habits, and physical appearance year over year.
Ensure proper dental health, nutrition, and husbandry.
Perform additional testing only when needed for select diseases based on the history and current physical exam findings: urinalysis, cytology, fecal exam, skin analysis.
Annual Healthcare Planning (Based on Type, Medical History, or Lifestyle)
Pocket Pets – Healthcare Planning & Care Information
Characteristics: Did you know that many popular pocket pets are nocturnal? Did you know that sugar gliders are used to groups of five to twelve in the wild? Were you aware that red tears from a rat may be a normal event? There are so many wonderful pocket pets which have enriched the lives of family members, the young and the older, for generations. A rich and varied resource of information on characteristics, normal values, and safe pocket pet husbandry can be found at LafeberVet’s website in the Mammal Medicine Pages: Small Mammal Basic Information Sheets.
Pet Rats Can Be At Risk For/Prone to: URI - murine respiratory mycoplasmosis, Mammary Fibroadenoma, Barbering, Pinworms, Chronic progressive nephrosis (glomerulonephrosis), Pituitary Gland Tumors.
Pet Hedgehogs Can Be At Risk For/Prone to: Dental disease, Leg and foot injury (wire cages and running wheels), Mange, Neoplasia, Obesity
Pet Hamsters Can Be At Risk For/Prone to: Amyloidosis, Demodicosis, Cutaneous Lymphoma, Congestive Heart Failure, Atrial Thrombosis, Proliferative enteritis, Tyzzer's disease, Antibiotic Induced Enteritis, Tapeworms, Intussusception and Constipation, Cholangiofibrosis, Conjunctivitis (pink eye), Protrusion of the eyeball, Limb Fractures / Muscle or Tendon Strains, Vitamin E deficiency, Pneumonia, Skin Abscesses, Nephritis, Polycystic Disease
In addition to healthcare: Plan on continuing to re-assess your pet’s ongoing housing needs, including enclosure sizing and hygiene, and the substrate used in the enclosure. Plan for your pet’s exercise, enrichment, and dental activities and do an annual safety evaluation to determine what kinds of handling should be adjusted by all family members, or what kinds of inhaled or oral toxins may put your exotic pet at risk. Discuss with your veterinarian the variety of foods, toys, and treats that are offered over an average day/week/month to keep your pet in shape. Learn about healthy reproduction and elimination habits to catch potential problems early before they lead to a more dangerous event. We encourage you to discuss your pet’s natural needs and normal behaviors, versus unnatural or unhealthy behaviors to get a greater understanding of your pet’s development.