Health Problems with Guinea Pigs (Cavia porcellus)

2020-09-30T15:15:57-05:00

Health Problems with Guinea Pigs (Cavia porcellus) Dr. Justine Hammond, DVM Photos and edited by Susan Horton, DVM This paper is not for diagnostic purposes but simply to make guinea pig owners aware of potential or common diseases in their pets.  If you see any of [...]

Health Problems with Guinea Pigs (Cavia porcellus)2020-09-30T15:15:57-05:00

Gerbil Care

2020-09-30T15:01:26-05:00

Gerbil Care Adapted from “Taking Care of your Gerbil” by Susan Leck, DVM, Dipl ABVP Photos and edited by Susan Horton, DVM Of the numerous gerbil genera world wide, the Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus) is the prevalent pet species in the United States.  Mongolian gerbils are [...]

Gerbil Care2020-09-30T15:01:26-05:00

Giant Guinea Pigs, or Cuy Criollo (Cavia Porcellus)

2020-09-30T14:51:43-05:00

Giant Guinea Pigs, or Cuy Criollo (Cavia Porcellus) Kristin Claricoates, DVM Image Courtesy of Wee Companions In Southern California, people began reporting findings of extra-large guinea pigs starting in 2010.  Typically, shelters don’t contact rescues for help, but a large number of these large guinea pigs [...]

Giant Guinea Pigs, or Cuy Criollo (Cavia Porcellus)2020-09-30T14:51:43-05:00

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

2020-09-30T14:49:28-05:00

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Kristin Claricoates, DVM A cardiomyopathy is a descriptive condition where the muscles of the heart is abnormal.  There are four types of cardiomyopathies: “hypertrophic”, “dilated”, “restrictive” and “right ventricular”.  While hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, has typically been recognized by its structure i.e., thickening of the heart muscle, the electrical [...]

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)2020-09-30T14:49:28-05:00

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)

2020-09-30T14:47:18-05:00

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) Kristin Claricoates, DVM The normal heart is shown on the left compared to a heart with dilated cardiomyopathy on the right. Note the increased dimensions of the left ventricle. A cardiomyopathy is a descriptive condition where the muscles of the heart is abnormal.  [...]

Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)2020-09-30T14:47:18-05:00

Degu Care (Octodon Degus)

2020-09-30T14:45:34-05:00

Degu Care (Octodon Degus) by Susan Horton, DVM Taking Care of your Degu The degu (Octodon Degus) is native to the western foothills of the Andes .  It is the most prolific mammal in Chile , where it is considered an agricultural pest.  Since their [...]

Degu Care (Octodon Degus)2020-09-30T14:45:34-05:00

Chinchilla Care

2020-09-30T14:42:59-05:00

Chinchilla Care by Jessi O’Connell, CVTPhotos and edited by Susan Horton, DVMGeneral CharacteristicsChinchillas are rodents, characterized by their large hind feet, chubby round bodies, soft dense fur, large eyes and ears, long whiskers, and squirrel-like tails. Chinchilla lanigera, with a longer tail, is the most common [...]

Chinchilla Care2020-09-30T14:42:59-05:00

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