Small and cute animals like guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, and others are often considered to be ideal first pets. However, in order to ensure they live a healthy life, pocket pets require specific nutrition, housing, grooming, and socialization. Our clinic is happy to offer services for pocket pets, allowing us to help keep them healthy and free from diseases while also helping owners become the best caregivers for their small pets. To learn more, call us at 250-727-2125.
How long can I expect my pocket pet to live?
Pocket pets have different lifespans, with some living longer than others. The lifespan of hamsters and rats ranges from one to three years, while gerbils can live up to ten years and guinea pigs typically live from five to seven years. The quality of care you provide can also contribute to their longevity.
How do I care for pocket pets?
Pocket pets, including rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, and hamsters, require specific care to ensure they stay healthy and happy. Here are some tips to provide proper care for them:
- Provide a suitable habitat: Your pocket pet needs a habitat that is appropriate for their size and species. The habitat should be clean, safe, and provide enough space to move around and play.
- Feed a balanced diet: Consult with your veterinarian to determine the best type of food for your pet. It's crucial to ensure that your pet has access to fresh water at all times.
- Provide exercise and stimulation: Your pocket pet requires mental and physical stimulation to stay healthy. Provide opportunities for play and exercise, such as running wheels or toys.
- Monitor for signs of illness: Look out for any changes in behaviour, loss of appetite, or lethargy. These could be signs of illness, and you should consult with your veterinarian.
- Practice good hygiene: Keep your pet's habitat clean and provide appropriate bedding materials to keep them clean and comfortable.
- Schedule regular veterinary checkups: Regular checkups with a veterinarian can help detect any health issues early and ensure your pocket pet stays healthy.