As smaller animals, you may think pocket pets require less care, but they have unique needs and can develop various diseases. At Cavan Hills Veterinary Services, our team cares for different pocket pets, including hamsters, chinchillas, rats, gerbils, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, and so much more. Though they have a lifespan ranging from 3 to 8 years, it’s important to make a commitment to keep them happy.
What are signs that my pet is sick?
Due to their size and nature, it is easy to miss the signs that your pet isn’t well. You should look for:
● Lumps on their body
● Bald patches or hair loss
● Appearing more quiet than usual
● Having discharge around the eyes
Our team can effectively attend to your pet when they are showing these signs. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 705-270-0800.
What health issues can affect pocket pets?
Many of the illnesses your pocket pet can develop are zoonotic, which means they can be passed on to humans. To prevent your pet from catching diseases, we recommend yearly veterinary exams, where we can diagnose and treat them. Some health issues common in pocket pets are:
4. Skin conditions
5. Parasitic infections