Ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, and other small animals can make excellent pets. These pocket pets require specialized care from a veterinarian that understands their unique needs. Our veterinarians at Desert East Animal Hospital in El Paso can help you keep your pet happy and healthy for years to come.
What Are Pocket Pets?
The term "pocket pet" refers to smaller creatures that are kept as pets, like mice, hamsters, and chinchillas. These animals often have much shorter lifespans than cats and dogs, which makes it all the more important for them to be seen by a veterinarian on a regular basis.
At a minimum, your pocket pet should be seen by a veterinarian at least once each year. Your vet can answer questions about pet care and make sure that your pet has a safe and comfortable living environment.
Caring for Your Pocket Pet
In addition to regular pet exams, you will want to take other steps to make sure that your small pet is as healthy as possible. We will work with you to make sure that your animal receives everything it needs.
Spaying and Neutering
Even small pets need to be spayed and neutered. This isn't just about population control, it can also help to protect your pet against diseases and certain health conditions.
Some pocket pets, like guinea pigs and rats, are prone to dental issues. We will check on your pet's teeth during the annual exams and keep your pet as healthy as possible.
Depending on the type of animal you have, your pet may need routine vaccinations. We will work with you to ensure your pet receives all of the necessary shots on schedule.
Diagnosing Health Issues
If you have noticed a change in your pet's behavior, or if your pet is showing concerning health symptoms, don't hesitate to bring your pet to our office for an examination. We can provide physical examinations or take bloodwork or x-rays to get to the root of the problem.
Contact Our Veterinarians in El Paso, TX
If you have a pocket pet that is sick or it has been a while since your furry little friend has seen a veterinarian, contact Desert East Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians. Call our team today at 915-855-4100 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.