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Are you treating all creatures great and small?

By I. Cope

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The exotic pet turning up in the waiting room of the local practice is a growing trend. Their owners expect veterinarians to be able to see and triage most species, but is this a fair expectation? Should vets be able to see and treat all creatures great and small or are those days of James Herriot long past? Whatever your view, more people are keeping reptiles and birds while rabbits and fish are as popular as ever with the latter two competing for the place of third most favoured UK pet. With increasingly busy lifestyles, and with more people living in flats and houses with small to non-existent gardens, this trend is likely to continue. These animals fit a growing niche, and as long as they are kept properly, can give their owners just as much fulfilment as a dog, cat or horse. Of course, when owners are choosing an exotic pet, it is a complex decision requiring a lot of thought before any money is parted with. Veterinary surgeons have a responsibility to encourage good and healthy pet ownership and this should include educating owners on correct husbandry for their pets. Vets need to work with owners and the pet trade to ensure accurate advice is given regarding the species being sold. Exotics include rabbits and rodents, reptiles, birds, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, wildlife and zoological collections. Often, exotic vets will also see backyard poultry and pygmy goats and pigs as well.

Publication Title Veterinary Business Journal
Issue 144
Pages 15-17
ISBN/ISSN 1474-1652
Language English
Author Address The Cambridge Veterinary Group, Cambridge, UK.
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  1. Animal health and hygiene
  2. Animal husbandry
  3. Animals
  4. Behavioral disorders
  5. Birds
  6. Canidae
  7. Canine
  8. Carnivores
  9. Cats
  10. Costs
  11. Diseases and injuries of animals
  12. Dogs
  13. Employees
  14. Ferrets
  15. Fish
  16. Introduced species
  17. Lagomorpha
  18. Leporidae
  19. Mammals
  20. mink
  21. nutritional requirements
  22. Pain
  23. pet care
  24. Pets and companion animals
  25. Production
  26. profitability
  27. rabbits
  28. Reptiles
  29. Rodents
  30. services
  31. skunks
  32. trade
  33. vaccination
  34. vertebrates
  35. Veterinarians
  36. Veterinary economics
  37. veterinary practices
  38. weasels
  39. Wild animals