Serval adult care
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Servals are usually very healthy animals if kept on the right diet and in a clean environment but It's important to be prepared in case your serval gets sick. If there is any reason that you suspect that your Serval is ill, the best thing is to take your serval to an exotic pet veterinarian. Your pet Serval can't tell you what is bothering him so you have to be the one to look for signs of illness. The best thing to do is to have a vet already picked out. Not all vets treat exotic animals so search for one and call them to let them know that you will be using them if you run into any trouble. It is a good Idea to try and take your serval on regular visits to the vet in order for the vet and serval to get acquainted. Always keep a eye on your serval and look for any signs of illness, which include drastic mood changes, vomiting, diarrhea, straining while urinating, lathargy and loss of appetite for more than a day. Particularly, you should be wary of diarrhea (watery stools). In young servals, this can dehydrate them in a few hours and they may need fluids intravenously. If you see diarrhea more than two days in a row, it would be a good idea to have a vet check them out. Diarrhea can sometimes result from a change in diet. But this usually goes away within 24 hours.
Servals do some times swallow foreign objects which can become lodged in their throats or intestines. If this happens, they will need veterinarian assistance to remove them. You need to ensure that your serval kittens are safe and can not hurt themselves while they learn how to jump and land. They will chew on everything. One way to keep them form chewing is to offer them chicken necks and chicken legs daily. This will help them continue to have good teeth and reduce the cravings to chew on other things.
Fleas are a big problem in the summer months and it is always a challenge when trying to apply flea spray. I have gotten it down to a science. I use revolution or advantage because it can be easily applied with a few drops between their shoulder blades and it also contains worming medicine. Servals do not like being sprayed and will run and hide everytime. If you have a problem getting your serval to stay still while you apply the medication, it will help to get some of his/her favorite foods and sit it close enough to you to make it easy to reach your serval. I use chicken hearts by placing them between my legs while I'm sitting and when they start eating I start to stroke them while appling the revolution ampule. It is usually over before they realize what is going on.