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Pocket Pets

Providing care for hamsters, rats, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, and more!

Pocket pets require special care, just like all the other patients we serve. Routine veterinary visits help us ensure your pocket pet is continuing to be happy and healthy. Whether you need recommendations about their specialized diet or need to schedule spaying or neutering, our veterinary team is happy to support you.

What types of pocket pets do you see?

We are one of the few clinics in the Niagara Region that provides regular care to little creatures, including guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, and hedgehogs. Dr. Peters has small pets of her own and enjoys seeing these little guys for basic care, including some surgeries such as tooth trimming, spays, neuters, and lump removals. We can also make referrals to specialists when necessary (located just one hour away in Guelph). To book an appointment for your pocket pet, please contact us at 905-945-8631.

How do I know if a pocket pet is right for me?

Before welcoming a pocket pet into your home, it’s important to consider if they are the right fit for you. Though they might be small, they still require a great deal of care. For example, chinchillas need a constant supply of fresh hay and guinea pigs need Vitamin C supplements in addition to Timothy hay, vegetables, and fruits. Here are a few things to consider before committing to a new pocket pet:

  • Do you have enough room for a big cage to house them?
  • Does your schedule allow you to have regular interaction with them?
  • How will your family (particularly children) react to them?
  • Do you have the space for them to move around safely?
  • Do you have the resources to meet all of their needs?
  • Do they need specialized foods that you can easily access?
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