The rise in popularity of herpetoculture over the past two decades has led to an increased number of reptiles being imported and captive reared to meet the demands of herpetoculturists.
Endocrine diseases in ferrets have been attributed to genetics, early-age neutering, diet, and photoperiod.
Nontraditional mammalian species, such as ferrets, lagomorphs, marsupials, hedgehogs, and rodents, are stoic by nature and have evolved to mask their illness to avoid predation.
When an exotic small mammal presents for a problem associated with the integument, it may be hard not to try to focus on that specific system.
The majority of the exotic pet cases presented to veterinarians are dehydrated as a result of a chronic disease.
Diagnostic imaging is an underutilized resource in herpetological medicine.
Many of the exotic species we deal with have evolved to mask their illness to avoid predation.
Clinicians working with "exotic species" should establish consistent anesthetic and analgesic protocols to manage cases that require diagnostic or surgical procedures.
Bearded dragons (Pogona spp.) are omnivorous lizards that are native to Australia.
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