Pocket pets are so named for their smaller size and their relatively low cost, such as hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, and ferrets. The cute name is not meant to imply they require less care than other pets, however. These small animals have specific diet, housing, and handling requirements, and they need specific care and attention.
While pocket pets are often considered good “starter pets” for youngsters, they may require a more gentle hand and proper handling than a very young or rambunctious child is able to provide. Adult supervision is necessary for the safety of both pet and child. Contact our office upon obtaining a pocket pet to schedule an exam and receive professional guidance for its care and handling.
Birds are colorful and exotic, and many are quite social pets. They do well with an experienced and knowledgeable owner who is skilled at the specific care and handling requirements.
Birds are sensitive to certain conditions and can become seriously ill quite rapidly. Contact our office if you have concerns regarding the health of your bird.
Exotic and Pocket Pet Handouts
The veterinarians of Gentle Care Animal Hospital have created the following handouts for their exotic and pocket pet owners or those who may be considering such a pet. These handouts are easy to download and read on your computer or to print at home and keep as a handy reference guide.