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Parasites of small pet rodents: Not just itchy skin and itchy bottoms?



Small rodents have followed guinea pigs and chinchillas in gaining popularity as pets in recent years. As a result, an understanding of basic rat, mouse, hamster and gerbil medicine has become increasingly important to companion-animal veterinary surgeons as well as to laboratory and specialist vets. This article discusses the parasites of these pets and the diseases they cause as well as their diagnosis, treatment and control.