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Pocket Pet Terms

veterinary terminology related to pocket pets

TermDefinition
Agouti mixture of two or more colors
Jirds burrowing rodents
Kit (gerbil) young gerbil
Sire male / dad
Dam female / mom
Diurnal sleeps during the night and active during the day
Hob intact male ferret
Jill intact female ferret
Gib neutered male ferret
Sprite spayed female ferret
kit (ferret) young ferret
kindling (ferret) giving birth to ferrets
Mask black coloring around eyes on face
Hoglet young hedgehog
Herd (hedgehog) group of hedgehogs
Self-anointed depositing frothy saliva over shoulders on quills
Quills spines located over back and body
Kit (chinchilla) baby chinchilla
Litter (chinchilla) group of newborn chinchillas
Dust bath special dust substance rolled in to hydrate and cleanse fur
Offspring babies / children
Murine mouse or rat
Pup (murine) young mouse or rat
Nocturnal sleeps during the day and active at night
Snout nose and mouth area
Hooded rat variety-white body, brown or black head and shoulders
Ad lib as much as they want
Anogenital area of the body viewed to determine sex of animal
Penile area area where male urinates
Benign noncancerous
Malignant cancerous
Cheek pouch open areas inside cheek used to store food
Incisors long teeth located in upper and lower jaw
Burrow tunnel
Hibernate natural condition when temperature drops where animal goes into deep sleep and body systems slow down
Defensive reaction protecting self from danger - biting/scratching
Cannibalism kill / eat another of same specie
Topical medicine or chemical applied to the outside of the skin
Cavy guinea pig
Boar (guinea pig) intact male guinea pig
Sow (guinea pig) intact female guinea pig
Kit (guinea pig) young guinea pig
Vitamin C supplement required in guinea pig's diet
Created by: mmill