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Pocket Pets

Medical care that can extend the life of your pocket-sized pet.

Adorable and tiny animals like guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, etc. are usually seen as great first pets. To live out their full life and remain healthy, pocket pets require proper nutrition, specific housing, grooming and socialization. At Glenora Family Pet Clinic, we are delighted to extend our services to pocket pets. We can help keep your tiny companion safe from illnesses and help you be the best owner for your pet.

How often should pocket pets have a veterinary visit?

We usually recommend that pocket pets have one veterinary visit each year. With annual visits, we can diagnose underlying health issues and monitor their overall health. Because of how small they are it can be difficult to know when they are experiencing pain, however our team can spot the signs of illness. Contact us at 780-428-8802 for an appointment if you spot these signs:

  • Lumps and sores
  • Weight loss
  • Cloudy eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Runny nose or mouth
  • Limping
  • Vomiting

How long can I expect my pocket pet to live?

Not all pocket pets have the same lifespan, some live longer than others. The care you provide for your pocket pet can also benefit them and allow them to live longer. Hamsters will live from 1 to 3 years while animals like gerbils can live up to 10 years or guinea pigs can live from 5 to 7 years.

Can I be allergic to pocket pets?

Yes, although they are smaller and have less fur than cats or dogs you can still be allergic to them. People with asthma or allergies can have a reaction to pets with fur or animals who have hay as a main part of their diet like rabbits.

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