Rabbit, Chinchilla, Guinea Pig and Degu 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 Small Herbivore (Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas, & Degus) Preventative Healthcare Plan
Obtain a complete history and perform a thorough annual physical examination—looking for changes in the pets 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, ear cytology, fecal wet mount, skin analysis.
Annual Healthcare Planning (Based on Type, Medical History, or Lifestyle)
Pet Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, and Chinchillas – Healthcare Planning & Care Information
Characteristics: Did you know that most rabbits not nocturnal nor diurnal but prefer to be most active at twilight? Did you know that Chinchillas require 30 minutes a day of play and exercise and that “Flying saucer” exercise wheels are preferable over “regular” exercise wheels for orthopedic health? Were you aware that Guinea Pigs should not be housed next to or near even clinically normal rabbits, because rabbits can harbor a variety of bacterial organisms that can cause death and disease in guinea pigs? A rich and varied resource of information on characteristics, normal values, and safe small herbivore husbandry can be found at LafeberVet’s website: Small Mammal Basic Information Sheets.
Pet Rabbits Can Be At Risk For/Prone to: Urological Disease, Encephalitozoonosis, Gastrointestinal stasis, Orthopedic Problems (particularly the Lumbosacral region), Ear Mites, Pasteurellosis, Uterine adenocarcinoma, Dental Disease, Pododermatitis.
Pet Guinea Pigs Can Be At Risk For/Prone to: Bacterial pneumonia, Dystocia (Birthing Problems), Hypovitaminosis C or scurvy, Dental Malocclusion, Pododermatitis, Fur Mites, Pelvic or Limb Fractures, Bladder Stones
Pet Chinchillas Can Be At Risk For/Prone to: Barbering or fur chewing, Gastrointestinal stasis, Heat stress, Dental disease, Orthopedic injury (fractures), Injury due to “hair rings”, Pneumonia
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 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 elimination habits to catch GI problems before they become a 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 small mammal’s development.
Consider the Avid FriendChip Mini Microchip system for your exotic pet if you haven't already selected a microchip service yet—they are designed for the smallest of animals. Peace of mind is well worth this one-time investment.