Pocket Pet Care

pocket pets

Pocket pets are popular and unique pets that require special housing and nutrition. We recommend that any new pocket pet addition is brought in for a wellness exam. Dr. Danner will work with you to make sure you fully understand the nutritional, behavioral and husbandry needs for your new companion. We see a variety of different pocket pet species including rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, ferrets, rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, sugar gliders and hedgehogs. Below is a list of some of the veterinary services we can offer your pocket pet:

  • Comprehensive wellness examinations

  • Nutritional counseling

  • Behavioral counseling

  • Acute and chronic illnesses

  • Full diagnostic testing including bacterial testing, chemistries, complete blood counts, parasitology, cytology, toxicology, histopathology, etc

  • Digital radiography

  • Laser therapy

  • Microchipping

  • Euthanasia and cremation services

Bringing Your Pocket Pet to us:

For the safety of your pet and other pets in our office, we ask that all pocket pets come in a tote, box or small portable enclosure. During colder months, make sure your vehicle is warm before placing your pet in it and be sure that a towel or blanket is draped over the carrier to keep him or her warm.

Signs of Illness:

Most pocket pets are prey animals in the wild and so they have evolved to hide signs of illness to protect them from predators. Because they are experts at masking symptoms of illness or disease, we recommend that you contact us as soon as you start seeing any of the following symptoms in your pocket pet:

  • Decreased appetite

  • Vomiting

  • Lethargy

  • Diarrhea or change in stools

  • Decreased water intake

  • Weight loss

  • “Noisy” breathing, sneezing, coughing

  • Discharge from eyes, nose or mouth

  • Changes in behavior

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