Dr. Laura Toddie, DVM has had a special interest in Avian and Exotic medicine since the beginning of her career. She takes pride in keeping herself informed and up-to-date on the latest advancements in this area of veterinary medicine, attending many continuing education opportunities on the subject. We also have on staff, Certified Veteri's who are well versed and educated in birds and exotics and we are very comfortable handling and caring for all types of animals. From birds to lizards, and snakes to guinea pigs, Heritage Pet Hospital respects the special bond that exists between you and your feathered, fury or scaly family member.
DID YOU KNOW?
Rabbits have to breathe through their noses
Rabbits are called “obligate nasal breathers” – they cannot breathe through
their mouths, and when they do, it means there might be a problem, such as their nasal passages are too inflamed or plugged with mucus, infection, or other problem keeping them from breathing effectively through their noses. Rabbits who are breathing with an open mouth should be checked by a vet right away.
Guinea pigs do not make their own vitamin C
Guinea pigs must be supplemented with oral vitamin C; just feeding vitamin C-enriched foods, such as bell peppers, is not enough. Without adequate vitamin C in their diet, guinea pigs cannot make collagen and other proteins needed in their bodies; their teeth fall out, their gums bleed, and their blood vessels do not function normally. Simply supplementing with an oral vitamin C tablet daily can avoid all of these problems.
Ferrets open their mouths & “yawn” when hung by the scruff of their neck
This is a reflex in ferrets when they are held by the scruff. This is a trick every ferret veterinarian knows. If you want to see inside a ferret’s mouth, hold him by his scruff, and you will be able to see inside clearly. This is handy tip for both the veterinarian trying to examine a ferret’s teeth/gums and the ferret owner trying to extract whatever foreign object the ferret may be trying to gobble down.