What do guinea pigs and pirates have in common? This sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but there is a common medical condition that both guinea pigs and pirates suffer from, and that is scurvy.
For years we have realised the importance of calcium supplementation and vitamin D in captive lizards in preventing the incidence of metabolic bone disease (MBD).
This has been a long ongoing discussion and definitely creates some controversy. Corticosteroids are used for a wide range of conditions in both human and veterinary medicine.
Encephilitozoon cuniculi or E. cuniculi is a relatively common disease in rabbits and is a microsporidial organism. E. cuniculi is spread through urine and faeces but can also be spread from mum to kit in utero.