Exotic Pet Medicine and Surgery

Summit Blvd Animal Hospital and Laser Center

4444 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406




Guinea pig   Ferret     Gerbils        Chinchilla                          Hamster      Hedgehog                                              Sugar Glider                               Mouse        

Although small animals, or pocket pets, like hamsters, guinea pigs, and ferrets may not require much outdoor exercise, they still have the potential to get diseases. Respiratory (breathing) problems are very common and also dangerous since it is through their sense of smell that they can tell where their food and friends are. If you notice your furry friend experiencing any change in appetite, stool production, breathing, or behavior, they may actually be ill and need immediate veterinary care. If they happen to live with other roommates, there is a significant chance that they may be infected as well.

 Often times the sooner the diagnosis and treatment, the better the result.

  • Comprehensive Physical Exams
  • Parasite Treatment and Control Hospitalization/Treatment
  • Nebulization Therapy
  • Husbandry and Specialty Diets
  • Prescription Compounding
  • Spay and Neuter Surgery 

We treat many different exotic pets at our hospital, including: ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, rats, skunks, raccoons, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, squirrels, and more!

Dr. Arun is an active member of the Exotic Mammalian Veterinary Association.


Meet Skeeter, one of our patients. He is a 12-year-old squirrel. In May 2005, he was diagnosed with an uncommon skin disease known as Epitheliotropic lymphoma. A complete surgical excision was performed to remove the affected skin under Sevoflurane anesthesia and he had an uneventful recovery. Epitheliotropic lymphoma has never been reported in any squirrel in the world, and this case was published in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine to educate other veterinarians interested in exotic pet medicine. Skeeter is now doing great and we were happy to help our cute, energetic, and loving patient to provide many more years of companionship for his adopted family.

Epitheliotropic lymphoma in a squirrel (Sciurus sp.).

Honnold, Shelley P · Arun, Iyampillai · Saturday, Greg · McLeod, Charles
Published 2007-09
Journal Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians