Small Animals

Overgrown Teeth in Rabbits, Degus, Chinchillas, Guinea Pigs

Overgrown teeth in herbivores such as rabbits, degus, chinchillas, guinea pigs, can cause major health problems. These animals have teeth known as elondont meaning they grow continuously. Normally these small herbivores graze almost constantly, wearing down their teeth gradually. But when tooth growth rates and wear are out of balance, problems occur. The incisors (front […]

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When euthanasia goes wrong

My 180 pound Alaskan Malamute was taken to Three Trails Animal Hospital on December 10, 2012, where Dr. Rhodes’ opinion was that Grizz had lymphoma. I left with a prescription for prednisone, and no hope. In the early morning hours of December 21, Grizz could no longer walk, so in a few hours myself, roommate, […]

Small Animals

Hedgehogs and Salmonella

The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) reported an outbreak of salmonella in several states that occurred in September of 2011. The states involved are Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Washington. The outbreak is attributed to hedgehogs purchased from multiple breeders. While all reptiles carry salmonella, it is not known if all hedgehogs […]