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Clinical Case Studies

  • Diagnosing Renal Disease in Rabbits – Clinical Case Challenge Renal disease is commonly seen in rabbits, but often can be underdiagnosed or mistaken for other conditions. Since the causes can vary, a veterinarian will first want to rule out some other potential causes for the rabbit’s symptoms, including lymphoma, abscesses, or other types of kidney infections. In the case of Edison, a three- and- …
  • Flight Trouble: To Trim or Not to Trim Clinical Case Challenge: Schatzi (Cockatiel)
    Prepared by:
    Jennifer Graham, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Avian / Exotic Companion Mammal), Dipl. ACZM
    Zoological Companion Animal Medicine
    Shatzi, an 8-year-old male cockatiel, presented to his referring veterinarian with a recent history of lethargy, watery droppings and decreased appetite. According to the owner, the bird had recently been taken into a local pet store for …
  • Clinical Case Challenge: Zoological Companion Animal Medicine History: A 6-year-old female spayed Lionhead rabbit presented to Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals with a one-day history of inappetance. She also had a recent history of urine scald. On physical examination the rabbit was noted to be overweight with increased subcutaneous and abdominal fat stores. The results of a complete blood count revealed …

Success Stories

  • Skippy Having a pet wallaby, an animal similar to a kangaroo but smaller, was a childhood dream for a New Gloucester, Maine man since watching Skippy the kangaroo on TV. But Skippy, his wallaby, developed intestinal problems that not every veterinarian could treat. Fortunately, Dr. Jennifer Graham uncovered the problem and had Skippy living hoppily ever …
  • Vince’s story Ian Brooks cared for Vince, the American toad, beginning at the tadpole stage and was charmed by his developing personality. So he was especially concerned when a rectal prolapse became visible. Dr. Jennifer Graham, who specializes in exotic animals, came to the little guy’s rescue. And she determined that the little guy was, in fact, …
  • Luna’s Story Ovarian cysts are quite common in guinea pigs, occurring in 66–75% of female guinea pigs between 3 months and 5 years of age, with middle-aged pigs most commonly affected.
  • A healthy mouth equals a happy rabbit Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? A healthy mouth makes for a happy pet but it is not just dogs and cats who benefit from strong choppers. Rabbits and guinea pigs have special dental needs to consider as well. Dr. Jennifer Graham, assistant professor of zoological companion animal medicine, provides …


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At Your Service

  • At Your Service: Zoological Companion Animal Medicine Zoological Companion Animal Medicine (ZCAM) provides emergency and critical care for avian and exotic pets available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Wellness examinations and routine care are also provided. The ZCAM clinicians have years of experience treating numerous exotic species, including birds, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rodents, special small mammals (such as …

Client Education

  • A Very Thirsty Guinea Pig Jennifer Graham, head of the Cummings School’s zoological companion animal medicine department, responds to a reader’s question about her parched guinea pig.
  • Ask the Vet: Questions about Exotic Pets Questions about exotic pets answered by Dr. Jennifer Graham.
  • Specialty spotlight: Zoological Companion Animal Medicine Meet the Zoological Companion Animal Medicine Team at Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals, Dr. Jennifer Graham, Dr. Julie DeCubellis and Jessica Leonard.
  • Jubi’s story When parrots have difficulty laying eggs, it can be very uncomfortable. One of the most common reasons for discomfort is diet insufficiencies; a lack of calcium in particular, infact a great deal of dietary calcium is needed to create an eggshell as well as for the reproductive tract to retract after laying.
  • Giving Pills to Your Pet Having Trouble Giving Pills to Your Pet? Watch this series of videos for tips and tricks


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