Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease? Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) is a serious viral disease that may cause a high rate of infection and death in rabbits. It does not cause disease in humans or animals other than rabbits. It is caused by a Calicivirus, which can survive for weeks in the environment, and can be spread over short distances on objects such as articles of clothing, and therefore can be spread easily and rapidly. Why…

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Important Reasons to Spay or Neuter Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

Spaying and neutering pet rabbits and guinea pigs can help them have the longest and healthiest life possible. Below are medical reasons supporting spaying and neutering: Eliminates the risk of uterine or testicular cancer. Female rabbits and guinea pigs are at a much higher risk of developing uterine cancer as compared to other pets, such as dogs and cats. Depending on the breed, up to 60% will develop cancer by middle age. Spaying eliminates…

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Sugar Glider History and Care Recommendations

Background Information on Sugar Gliders Sugar Gliders (Petaurus breviceps) are small, nocturnal marsupials native to Australia and New Guinea. Sugar gliders are affectionate and very intelligent, and can make an excellent pet for the right family. Sugar gliders are nocturnal animals that have large eyes for superior night vision. Sugar gliders possess a furred web of skin or gliding membrane, which runs along each side of the body from the wrist to the ankle. Males…

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Rat History and Care Recommendations

Background Information on Rats Domesticated rats can be low-maintenance and entertaining pets. They are clean, friendly, playful, and quiet.  Of all the “pocket pets”, they are considered uniquely responsive to their owners. Through selective breeding, many different color and coat pattern mutations have been developed. The average body length of adult rats is 9-11 in (23-28 cm) with an average tail length of 7-9 in (18-23 cm). The average body weight for rats is 350-450…

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Sulcata Tortoise Background and Care Recommendations

Natural History of Sulcata Tortoises Sulcata tortoises are native to more northern parts of Africa, ranging from the southern edge of the Sahara down through the arid countries, including Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, the Sudan, and Ethiopia, up through the dry, hot Massaua coast bordering the Red Sea. Captive bred and imported Sulcatas can be found increasingly found in the pet trade. The sulcata is the largest of the African mainland tortoise, with specimens…

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