Pain in Exotic Pets

Updated: 9/5/23

Signs of Pain in Your Exotic Pet. Rabbits: hunched, not responsive, vision defects, molar grinding, indifferent when handled. Chinchillas: no barking, hiding, avoidance, hunched, tooth grinding, biting at flanks. Guinea pigs: infrequent lying down, hind leg either lifting, writhing, or flinching, increased breathing, decreased body weight. Ferrets: closed eyes, retracted snout, lethargic. Rats: vision defects, hunched, mazing around edge of cage, increased breathing, decreased appetite. Hamsters, Gerbils, & Mice: decreased appetite, decreased mobility, hunched, closed eyes. Sugar Gliders & Hedgehogs: closed eyes, mutilation, decreased appetite, decreased interactions with owner. Hedgehogs may hide or act cryptically. Birds: decreased social behaviors, guarding, increased aggression, biting at painful areas. Reptiles: social avoidance, decreased interactions with habitat, decreased appetite and mobility, increased withdrawals and aggression. Amphibians: closed eyes, decreased movement, decreased appetite, writhing and/or scratching.


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About Avian & Exotic Pet Medicine at AMC AMC’s Avian and Exotic Pet Service was established in 1984 as the first specialty service for exotic pets in New York City and the surrounding metropolitan area. We provide state-of-the-art medical and surgical care for all different types of pets, including birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, small

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