Pocket Pets

Pocket pets have unique needs. Unlike cats and dogs, these pets may have different needs for preventative care and emergency services. We know you love your pet and want the best medical treatment for them. That's why at Sand Creek Animal Hospital, serving Albany, we offer professional veterinary care for your pocket pet. If you require pocket pet care for your animal, here's what you can expect.


What Are Pocket Pets?

Pocket pets are any small mammals that can fit in one or two hands. Common pocket pets include:

  • Rats
  • Hamsters
  • Mice
  • Hedgehogs
  • Gerbils
  • Chinchillas
  • Guinea Pigs

Pocket pets are quite small animals, which means they face very different health risks and challenges than cats and dogs. That's why having a veterinarian that specializes in pocket pet care is essential.

Pocket Pets Still Need Medical Care

Many people believe that pocket pets do not require the same amount of medical care as other pets. This is untrue. In fact, pocket pets often experience serious health issues that require professional assessments. As a pet owner, it's also important to look out for symptoms associated with health conditions, like lack of appetite or excessive sleep. Additionally, pocket pets still need stimulation and exercise. It is important that your pet has access to things like running wheels and toys so that they can stay mentally and physically healthy.

Common Pocket Pet Health Issues

Some pets are more likely to experience health issues based on their species. For example, chinchillas are more likely to experience overgrown teeth than other animals. Chinchillas need to have this issue treated to prevent digestive issues and changes in eating habits.

Some small animals are also at higher risk of heatstroke. Chinchillas, for example, require a cooler room than many other pets. You may need to cool down your pet's cage regularly to prevent medical issues.

Hamsters and other pocket pets can also have diabetes. Dwarf hamsters are at especially high risk for this condition, so you need to look out for excessive thirst and urination. Hamsters can also experience urinary tract and bladder infections, which require veterinary care right away.

Visit Our Animal Hospital for Pocket Pet Care from Our Albany Veterinarians

Sand Creek Animal Hospital provides pet care for small pets in Albany, NY. Whether your pet is experiencing a health-related issue or needs an annual check-up, our professional staff is ready to help. Contact us today to schedule your pet's next appointment or to learn more about the veterinary services we offer.



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