"Exotic" Species

Many Families have multiple species of pets in their homes.  It is often difficult to find a veterinarian who is comfortable handling, examining and treating these pets.  Dr. Torok has additional training and experience in the treatment of the following species:

 
 
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Photo by Pavel Sazonov/iStock / Getty Images

Rabbits

Rabbits are a common pet and are actually very interactive.  They do require special care when choosing their diet to prevent issues with maldigestion, dental disease and obesity. 

Although they do not require routine vaccination, emale rabbits have a very high incidence of uterine cancer and should all be spayed as a prevention.  In addition, medical exams to evaluate their body weight, dental health and husbandry as well as  fecal testing for intestinal parasites, should be done routinely.

 

 
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Photo by vladimir sofronov/iStock / Getty Images

Ferrets

These little critters are a bundle of fun!  They are super inquisitive, love to play and are very social.  Ferrets are somewhat similar to cats in their medical needs- annual exams, routine dental cleanings and vaccination are very important to their overall health.

 

guinea pigs

Guinea Pigs are great, mild mannered pets that are good for families with children.  They are fine spending time in a cage, but are also very interactive and enjoy being held.  They do require a very specific diet with adequate amounts of Vitamin C in order to prevent skeletal problems.  In addition, they need to have their teeth examined for any overgrowths which can prevent proper food intake or lesions within the mouth.  Examination helps to detect any problems before your pig becomes ill.

 

Fish

There are many types of fish that are kept as pets.  While some may be inexpensive, others are quite valuable and often these more costly fish live quite a long time.  Throughout the course of their lives, they may get bacterial or fungal disease in the gills, mouth, or scales.  Some of them may also have infection of the swim bladder which results in the inability to regulate depth and direction while swimming.  Often times it is best to have the fish evaluated in their tanks at home.  This type of visit can be set up as a house call service.