Pocket Pet Diseases and Resources

Pocket pets is a term that is commonly used to refer to small mammals kept as a household pet. Examples include the more common species, such as rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets, mice, and rats; however, more exotic species, such as sugar gliders, chinchillas, even prairie dogs, have been kept as "pocket" pets. In the U.S. pocket pets can be found in over 4 million homes. The diseases listed here are some of the most important transboundary diseases of pocket pets. Some of these are zoonotic.

Diseases of Pocket Pets and Rodents

Acariasis
Amblyomma hebraeum
Chagas (Trypanosomiasis-American)
Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever
Cryptococcosis
Cryptosporidiosis
Dermatophytosis
Echinococcosis
Hantavirus
Influenza
Leptospirosis
Louping Ill
Lyme Disease
Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis
Monkeypox
Plague
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease
Rat Bite Fever
Rift Valley Fever
Salmonella (Nontyphoidal)
Sarcocystosis
Ticks (Exotic)
Toxoplasmosis
Transmissible Mink Encephalopathy
Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies
Tularemia

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Ferret

Resources and Diseases by Species

Aquatic Animals Bovine
Canine Cervids
Equine Feline
Humans Non-Poultry Birds
Pocket Pets Poultry
Small Ruminants Swine