Caring for Pocket Pets & Rabbits
While dogs and cats are the pets we most commonly see here at our practice in Staten Island, we also welcome exotic pets like rabbits, guinea pigs, and other pocket pets. We appreciate the diversity of our patients, and are well-equipped to provide the appropriate treatments and recommendations for your pocket-sized friend.
When it comes to pocket pets, looks can be deceiving. Despite their smaller size, pocket pets require a lot of knowledge and responsibility on the part of the owner. That’s why we are more than happy to answer any questions you have about your pet’s care, and encourage you to bring them in for regular checkups.
Due to their cute, cuddly appearance, it’s no wonder people like to keep rabbits as pets. They’re also quite sociable, so be sure to give them lots of attention. We like to see our rabbit patients at least once a year for a health check and to answer any questions you have. During their visit, we’ll address the following:
- Spaying and neutering (if applicable)
- Wellness care
Pocket Pet Care
Gerbils, hamsters, and guinea pigs are adorable, pint-sized critters we like to call “pocket pets.” Guinea pigs can live for about 4-8 years, and hamsters, gerbils, and mice only live about 2-3 years, so it’s best if we see them for their checkups twice a year. Pocket pets may be small, but they need adequate care and attention from a veterinarian just as much as any other pet.
It’s important to handle your pocket pet every day to keep them socialized, and to check for any lumps and bumps or other abnormalities. Pocket pets are sensitive to heat and cold, so make sure to keep their environment at room temperature. Pocket pet care topics we will discuss with you during your appointment include:
- Teeth trims
- Diet (guinea pigs require a pellet diet but can have certain fruits and vegetables*)
- Vitamin supplements
- Nail trims
*Freshly-washed lettuce, broccoli, carrots, pea pods, apples, pears, oranges, strawberries, papaya, and blueberries make wonderful treats for your pocket-sized companion