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Pocket Pets

Pocket pets: guinea pigs, gerbils, and hamsters

Just because they’re small doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from veterinary attention. Just like other pets, Guinea Pigs, Gerbils, and Hamsters need daily interaction with people and they’re unique in that, just like humans and other primates, they need dietary sources of vitamin C.

Common pocket pet problems:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dental disease
  • Parasites
  • Skin infections (Abscesses)

At Oswego Veterinary Hospital we recommend annual health exams for all guinea pigs and pocket pets. It’s a good idea to get a physical exam for a baseline as soon as you get your new pet to start them out on the right track. Yearly check-ups will help to keep them happy and healthy.

Contact us to schedule your pocket pet veterinary appointment.

Ongoing care for rats

Rats can get a bad rap! They are actually smart, fun, clean and social pets! Of all of the small creatures we call “pocket pets”, rats have to be the sweetest, friendliest and some of the smartest little rodents around. Rats make excellent pets and tend to be easy to care for, forming strong bonds with their owners.

Common problems:

  • Mammary Tumors
  • Respiratory Problems/Pneumonia
  • Skin Problems

Come by and let us meet your new furry friend at the time of adoption. Regular check-ups every 6 months are recommended to help keep your rat happy, and living a longer, healthier life.

Veterinary care for rabbits

Domestic rabbits make gentle, quiet, affectionate pets with lifespans ranging from 5-8 years or more. Like any pet, they require lots of social interaction and a time commitment to stay healthy and happy.

We recommend that all pet rabbits are spayed or neutered around 4 to 6 months of age. By spaying female rabbits, you eliminate the chance of uterine cancer which commonly occurs in unspayed older female rabbits. A neutered pet also makes a much happier companion and pet rabbits are less likely to spray or become aggressive if they are altered.

Common Problems:

  • Respiratory diseases
  • Urinary tract problems
  • Head tilt
  • Sore hocks
  • Dental disease involving overgrown teeth
  • Diarrhea
  • Heat stroke
  • Parasitic infections

An annual exam will help to keep your rabbit on the right track to living a long, healthy and happy life.

Call us if your pocket pet stops eating, loses weight, appears quieter than normal, has discharge from the eyes or nose, or develops a lump on its body. We can provide treatment that fits within your budget.