Selecting a Vet
Selecting a vet may be difficult as you need a vet who is experienced with exotics such as pigs or rabbits. Many vet clinics won’t even see these animals because their care is so complex. Some vets who do see them, don’t have any experience with treating illness or doing surgeries, and so can't be trusted in an emergency. You’ll want to ask a potential vet questions to determine their level of experience:
How Often Should We Go to the Vet?
We recommend that pigs and rabbits visit the vet at least once per year. A full checkup is advisable; at the very least, they will need to have their rear molars examined and trimmed if necessary. A urinalysis to check for the formation of sludge and stones is also advisable. As these animals get older (5 years) we recommend twice yearly visits, and your vet may recommend a yearly bloodwork panel such as recommended for senior cats and dogs.
One of the best ways to monitor health is to weigh your pet every 2 to 5 days. A sudden weight loss is often the first sign of illness, and may not be noticed just from observing food levels, especially if there are multiple animals in the cage. But if you take each individual's weight regularly, recording the weights and dates in a notebook to observe trends, you may catch illness sooner. A digital food scale that weighs up to 5 lbs is perfect for pigs, although you may need a larger one for rabbits.
We have personal experience with these vets and know them to be highly experienced with pigs and rabbits.
|After Hours Animal Emergency
409 Vick Ave Raleigh
Dr Scott Munn
Avian & Exotic Animal Care
Dr. Kay Bishop
Griffin Avian and Exotic Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Lauren Powers
Dr. Laura Lathan
Jose Biascoechea, DVM and Katie Rainwater, MA, DVM
|Animal Hospital of Verona
203 W. Verona Avenue
Verona, WI 53593
Emergency Clinic for Animals
Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care
Other Vets Known to See Rabbits/Cavies:
We have no personal experience with these vets, so cannot testify as to their level of expertise.
|Timberlyne Animal Clinic, Dr. Amy Melendy & Dr. Zoe Forward
110 Banks Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Dixie Trail Animal Clinic Inc
Dr. Diane Deresienski
Dr. Mark Stehr
Dr. Holly Brigman Dr. Brianne Strand
Dr. Kelly Baete
Dr. Sandra McAvoy
Click here for a list of recommended vets from the Wisconsin HRS.
If you know of other vets you think should be listed, please send us your suggestions!