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The veterinary team at Littleton Animal Hospital is experienced and knowledgeable in exotic pet care. In addition to cats and dogs, we treat and care for many types of exotic and pocket pets including birds, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, as well as other small, non-traditional mammal pets.

As a large percentage of our patients are exotic pets, we provide many special services tailored to these unique critters including:

  • Annual preventive physical examinations
  • Diagnostic testing including blood work and external or fecal parasite testing
  • Diets and nutritional counseling
  • Rabbit, ferret, and rodent dentistry services: We have special instruments for this purpose and can use endoscopy for detailed examinations and record-keeping if necessary. We can provide incisor removal in rabbits with malocclusions that require frequent tooth trimming.
  • In-house compounded medications and an available compounding pharmacy for precise dosing as well as tasty flavors to make medicating easier for both the owner and the pet
  • Surgery services: We offer routine surgeries (spaying and neutering) as well as many other surgeries often needed by our exotic patients such as abscess treatment, adrenal gland removal, mass removals, bladder surgery, and fracture repairs. We provide appropriate pain control tailored to each patient and have appropriately-sized anesthesia machines and surgical instruments for these often tiny patients.
  • Lupron injections for ferrets with adrenal disease where surgery is not an option

Ferret Care

Ferret Vaccination Protocol

ferret in grassIn Massachusetts, ferrets are required to get an annual Rabies vaccination. Because ferrets have a fairly high incidence of vaccine reactions, the veterinarian will discuss the option of pre-medicating your ferret prior to vaccinations. Pre-medicating requires extra time. Both Distemper and Rabies vaccines may be given on the same day or during separate visits if requested by the owner. If separate visits are requested, there will be a charge for each visit. After your ferret receives its vaccines, you will be asked to observe your pet in the waiting room for approximately 20 minutes. Also plan to observe your ferret for the remainder of the day. If the owner so chooses, the ferret can be hospitalized on the day of vaccination so that he/she can be observed for a reaction. There will be an extra charge for hospitalization. Ferret vaccinations can be scheduled in the mornings only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and any time before 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No ferret vaccinations can be scheduled for Saturdays since we are not open in the afternoon to treat a possible vaccine reaction.

We also suggest that ferrets be fasted for approximately 4-6 hours prior to their examinations. We recommend annual blood work on ferrets and the glucose level is more accurate when the ferret has not eaten recently.