Pocket Pet Services

Small and 100% adorable! Pocket pets such as mice, rats, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and more have grown in popularity over the years. Despite their miniature size, these creatures require huge commitment and regular care from both you and your veterinary team. Contrary to popular belief, several pocket pets are actually high maintenance needing daily brushing, extensive exercise and socialization as well as specific diets. Our team is here to help you be the best owner for your pet and to ensure they get the medical care they need all their life. Reach out to us at 902.543.5602 to learn more.

Are pocket pets good for kids/children?

It depends on the specific pet in question. Many assume that because of their small size, pocket pets are low maintenance and will do well with young kids. This is true for some pets, but also false for others. For example, hamsters have a tendency to bite and are nocturnal, so they may not be the best option for children. (Gerbil usually handle kids much better, and don’t mind being playfully roughed around or cuddled.) No matter what animal you welcome into your family, make sure to teach the children how to properly care for them, to prevent any kinds of discomfort or injury on both the pet and the child.

How often do pocket pets need to go to the vet?

We recommend that your pet sees their veterinarian for a full exam at least once per year. Depending on your pet’s unique situation, more visits may be necessary. This is especially true if they have an ongoing health issue or are senior age. Always keep a lookout for signs of stress or illness so you can reach out to us right away for help. These can include one or a combination of the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Open wounds
  • Cloudy eyes
  • Limping
  • Runny nose or mouth
  • Weight loss/ weight gain
  • Eating habit changes (vomiting, eating/ drinking less)
  • Behaviour changes (sudden aggression, anxiety, disorientation)

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    Last updated: May 5, 2022.

    Dear Clients,

    We are happy to welcome all clients back inside our hospital! Here is what to expect when you visit our hospital:

    1. Face masks are now only required in the exam rooms.

    2. Please email your order request to prescriptions@southshorevetservices.ca as our phone lines are very busy. Please include your pet’s name, the client name on file and the phone number on file as well as specific medications/food needed. We require 24 business hours for processing prescription refills.

    3. We are now allowing clients to come in to the hospital to pick up orders that require payment.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are looking forward to seeing you all again.

    - The team at South Shore Veterinary Hospital