This information is provided by Provet for educational purposes only.
You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
Primates, monkeys and similar species are not suitable pets for the average person to keep. They have specialist requirements, and are a potential health hazard.
If you look at this photograph of a small, appealing animal :
(a squirrel monkey)
you would be forgiven for thinking
that they would make good pets BUT .....
appearances can be deceptive !
What you can't see on the photograph sequence is a finger just out of shot !!
In general, primates, monkeys and other similar species are not good animals to choose as pets. There are several reasons why Provet does not recommend them to be kept in the average household :
Primates, monkeys and similar species should only be kept in specialist facilities by people who are trained, qualified and licensed to look after them.
Primates are our nearest evolutionary relatives on Earth, and so it is not surprising that humans are highly susceptible to infectious diseases that they may carry, and they are also susceptible to many infectious diseases that we may contract. So the potential for zoonotic spread of infection is very serious.
Anyone handling primates should be very wary. Hopefully the source of the animal will be known. They should be kept in isolation for a period to allow any disease that they might be carrying to show signs. Assume that they are infectious and barrier handle them using protective gloves and other clothing.
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