Exotic Pets

This show is for people who have — or are curious about owning — any of the birds, snakes or small mammals who are considered exotic pets — from bunnies to iguanas, and parrots to ferrets. Dr. Karen will help you understand the physical requirements of these animals and how to avoid most of the medical problems these pets can develop once you understand the often challenging proper environment and correct diet that are essential to their welfare. Co-host Karen Rosenthal, DVM, MS, has an impressive professional history, from being Director of Special Species Medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by years focused on Avian and Exotic pets at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She is now Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. Matthew's University in the Cayman Islands, British West Indies.

Hosted by Tracie Hotchner, Karen Rosenthal

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Ralphie, the Guinea Pig Therapy Pet

Exotic Pets (03-23-2015) #207: Nikki talks about her rare therapy pet Ralphie, an Abyssinian guinea pig with a natural Mohawk “hairdo”, who regularly does therapy visits at an adult forensic psychiatric facility — the Solomon Carter Fuller Psychiatric Center — where patients have been remanded by the courts of Massachusetts because they have psychiatric diagnoses in concert with their criminal issues. Nikki explains that one of the reasons Ralphie is so extraordinary is because of his positive effect on the population he is working with.