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Small Mammal: Infectious Diseases and Parasites

Pets can be infested with external parasites and infected by internal ones. Here are some topics relevant to these agents.


Aleutian Disease in Ferrets
 Aleutian Mink Disease and its associated virus - What is it and what should you know?
Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2016
 Rabies is a fatal, viral zoonotic disease and a serious public health problem. Learn the facts.
Ferrets Get Canine Distemper
 Canine distemper is a contagious disease caused by a virus. CDV can be transmitted to ferrets directly from infected animals of other species, or through contact with infected material such as shoes or clothing. In other words, you can bring CDV home if you are in contact with infected material in places such as the woods, a pet store, or a breeding facility. Using a canine distemper vaccine that is not approved for use in ferrets can also transmit CDV.
Ferrets: Lumps and Bumps on the Skin
 It is quite common to find unusual lumps and bumps on any area of the ferret's body, particularly as they age. Cyst? Abscess? Tumor? Lymph node? It's a mystery that needs to be promptly solved.
Fleas: Know your Enemy
 Fleas are not just a nuisance; they can kill, cause serious skin disease, and transmit infections and parasites.
Guinea Pigs as Pets
 They are not from Guinea and they are not pigs. They are, however, cute, easily handled, and quiet. If you are thinking of adding a guinea pig to your home, here is a primer.
Rabbits: Hind Limb Weakness
 There are many possibilities for hind limb weakness in a rabbit and often the diagnosis cannot be reached without some investigative work. Some of the conditions discussed are treatable and others are not. You can help tremendously by being observant and even taking notes so you remember the details of your pet's illness or unusual behavior. This information is invaluable in determining a diagnosis, a treatment regimen and ultimately the prognosis for your pet.

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