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
Bob, a Maine Coon mix, was never fond of the ride to the veterinarian. While the cat would purr placidly through the vet's exam, he pitched a fit and cried during the trip there.
"Riding in a car stressed him out terribly," says owner Sandy Volkman of Lakeville, Minn.
When Bob went into kidney failure at age 18, Volkman couldn't fathom driving him to be put down through her tears and his cries. Her veterinarian recommended Minnesota Pets, a Twin Cities-based mobile euthanasia service.