Our veterinary care team is experienced in caring for smaller pets like gerbils, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, hedgehogs and chinchillas. In many cases, pocket pets can develop illnesses due to improper care. To ensure your pet is healthy, they should have at least one veterinary visit annually. To schedule a veterinary exam for your pocket pet, call us today at 780-967-2967.
What are common health issues in pocket pets?
Because they are small, it's easy to miss signs of illness. Pocket pets can suffer from respiratory ailments, parasites, dental dysfunction (overgrown teeth) and tumours. With regular veterinary visits, we can detect these issues and provide treatment. When sick, your pocket pet may experience the following symptoms:
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Lumps on the body
- Discharge from eyes and nose
How long do pocket pets live?
It all depends on the type of pocket pet and their unique situation. Some, like gerbils, can live up to 10 years, while other pocket pets have a life expectancy of 1 to 3 years.