Check with your vet to find out what vaccinations your exotic pet
needs. Most common exotic animal bites come from:
Skunks and raccoons. Wild (endemic) populations
of skunks and raccoons have the greatest risk for having
Ferrets. These animals can
Rodents, such as rats, mice, gerbils, and
hamsters. This group of animals does not transmit rabies but can spread other
diseases through biting.
Rabbits or hares (lagomorphs). This group
of animals does not transmit rabies but can spread other diseases through
Monkeys. This group of animals does not transmit rabies but
can spread other diseases through biting.
If you have questions about local rabies issues, contact your local
health department. If you will be traveling with your pet, check with your vet
about the protection your animal needs and the risk your animal has for getting
Many pet owners and some animal scientists believe that we are over vaccinating our pets. They also think that some shots may be doing more harm than good. One type of cancer in cats, for example, is known to be caused by vaccinations. In addition, vaccines can cause allergic reactions.
Because reports and rumors of side effects have become so widespread, pet owners increasingly are asking their vets about whether or not to vaccinate. Andy Smith, DVM, a long-time Atlanta veterinarian, says he...