Mask Off! How to Recognize the Masking Phenomenon in Your Exotic Pet

This client education handout reviews the masking phenomenon observed in exotic pets. Why do exotic animals attempt to hide signs of illness or injury and what can the attentive owner do to offset this behavior? This client education handout was awarded second place in the 2021 inaugural Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) Veterinary Technology Client Education Materials Contest, sponsored by Lafeber Company.

Download the PDF version of this masking phenomenon client education handout, or modify the DOCX version or DOC version for your veterinary hospital.

To cite this page:

Farr D, Bedinghaus J. Mask off! How to recognize the masking phenomenon in your exotic pet. LafeberVet web site. June 9, 2021. Available at