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Obesity in Exotic Pets: Part 2

Just like cats and dogs, all exotic pets can become overweight. Extra weight can contribute to several health problems and decreased life expectancy.

Below are some exotic pets that commonly struggle with weight:

Guinea Pig

  • When overweight:
    • Prone to ulceration of the feet due to excess weight.
    • Gastrointestinal (GI) upset and/or stasis.
  • How they become overweight:
    • Improper diet – too many pellets, not enough hay.
    • Improper exercise – not enough room to move around.
  • How to prevent obesity:
    • Limit pellet intake appropriately.
    • Unlimited hay.
    • Some vegetables (predominantly greens).
    • Supervised out-of-cage exercise.
    • Consult with your veterinarian.

Rats

  • When overweight:
    • Prone to heart and musculoskeletal problems.
    • Prone to lipoma (fatty mass) formation – may ulcerate and bleed.
    • It can have issues with mobility due to weight and lipomas.
  • How they become overweight:
    • Fed a “little bit of everything” as they will eat almost anything offered to them.
    • Small cage preventing adequate exercise.
  • How to prevent obesity:
    • Feed a limited quantity of high-quality rat pellets.
    • Feed small amounts of vegetables and fruit.
    • Make the rat work for their food – mazes and puzzles.
    • Consult with your veterinarian.

Turtles

  • When overweight:
    • Cannot pull head and limbs into their shell to hide.
    • Fat bulges from armpits and back legs.
    • Have a hard time moving on land due to extra weight.
    • May have difficulty swimming.
  • How they become overweight:
    • A small tank without room to swim.
    • Improper diet (excessive high-starch pellets).
  • How to prevent obesity:
    • A large tank with lots of areas to swim and dive.
    • Provide a limited quantity of high-quality pellets and some vegetables.
    • Encourage exercise (chasing live fish).
    • Consult with your veterinarian.

Hedgehogs

  • When overweight:
    • Cannot roll into a ball to hide/protect themselves.
    • Prone to arthritis.
  • How they become overweight:
    • Fed high-fat foods.
    • You have fed too many pellets.
    • Small cages preventing adequate exercise.
  • How to prevent obesity:
    • Feed an appropriate diet of a limited amount of pellets and insects.
    • Daily supervised the out-of-cage exercise.
    • Provide adequate space and equipment (wheel) for exercise.
    • Consult your veterinarian.

Written by: Dr. Nicole Mann, DVM

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 506.857.4271. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. We are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Moncton Animal Hospital