Care for Pocket Pets and Rabbits
While dogs and cats make up the majority of our patient population here in Groveport, we’re happy to provide care to pint-sized “pocket pets” as well. As the name implies, pocket pets are small mammals such as hamsters, guinea pigs, and gerbils. Rabbits are generally considered “exotic” pets, but we can treat them, too. The key to proper pocket pet and rabbit care is not to assume that, because of their small size, they don’t need the kind of care that a larger animal requires. These petite creatures need to see their vet regularly to keep in good health just as much as cats and dogs.
Like cats and dogs, rabbits should be spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted pregnancies and future health problems. We recommend spaying or neutering your pet rabbit at about 4 months of age. Likewise, you should bring your rabbit in to see us at least once a year for a full health check-up. During your appointment, we’ll discuss and advise you on the following:
- Litter box training
Pocket Pet Care
Particularly small pocket pets like hamsters and gerbils usually only live for a few years, so we suggest having them examined twice a year. Always keep their environment at room temperature. Clean their enclosure at least once a week using hot, soapy water, and make sure to clear away soiled bedding daily.
Guinea pigs can live 4-8 years, and can live in small groups (of the same sex) if they have adequate space. Make sure your guinea pig cage can be easily disassembled and re-assembled for cleaning, and bring them in once a year for a thorough checkup. Don’t hesitate to raise any questions you may have about the care of your guinea pig. Topics we’ll cover during your appointment include:
- Nail trims
Pocket pet and rabbit care does not involve the same procedures and treatments that apply to dogs and cats, but it’s nonetheless important. Be sure to do your research and have all the materials you need to keep a happy, healthy pocket pet in your home. If you have questions or concerns about your pocket pet, please call us at (614) 836-3222.