Small Mammals and Pocket Pets

Ferrets

 

Ferrets are growing more and more popular as household pets and need just as much attention as your cat or dog. Ferrets are similar to cats in the way they are cared for but also have a lot of differences. At Glen Mills Veterinary Hospital, our versatile staff will be able to guide you with the necessary dietary, housing, and medical information your ferret needs. We recommend bringing your ferret in for an annual exam with the doctor where we can discuss things like vaccines, spaying/neutering, and any other questions you might have, whether it be behavioral or medical.

 

Check out our helpful handouts for more information!

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Rabbits

Another common household pet is a rabbit. Known for their fluffy, short tails and their distinctively long ears, rabbits require more care than people normally think about. Contrary to popular belief, rabbits can't live off of munching on carrots and should only eat them in moderation due to their high sugar content. Instead, they prefer munching on grasses and weeds, but these don't help wear down the teeth. Rabbits' teeth never stop growing and therefore need gritty, tough-to-chew food to prevent them from becoming overgrown and causing problems.

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Tulip and Lily, a couple of our famous Flemish Giants who love cuddling each other

 

Guinea Pigs

The one and only, Elvis Pigsley

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Not related to the farm-animal pig, guinea pigs are lovable mammals that also require a lot of care and attention. We always recommend an annual exam for your guinea pig to keep up with their health. Guinea pigs should never stop eating hay, fruits & veggies, and pellets. Even a day without eating can be detrimental to their delicate lives. 

Review our handouts for more helpful information!

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Guinea Pig Care & Husbandry

Importance of Vitamin C: Your Complete Guide

 

Chinchillas

If you've ever pet a chinchilla, you'd understand the value in their fur. Chinchillas are known for their incredibly soft, silky coat which is very beneficial to them in more ways than just style. Its thickness protects them from fleas and predators as well as keeps them warm. Chinchillas are not an "easy" pet to take care of and should only be owned by experienced pet owners who are very aware of their needs.

Feel free to read our helpful handouts on chinchillas and talk to a veterinarian if you have further questions!

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Rodents

Baby gerbils

Mice

Captain Jack (hamster), RIP

The category of rodents include many mammals including gerbils, mice, rats, hamsters, even guinea pigs and chinchillas. The characteristics that determine a mammal a "rodent" mainly comes from their teeth. Rodents only have one pair of incisors in each jaw (upper and lower) that grow continuously. They also lack enamel on the back of the tooth, and lack canine teeth. These are some of the determining factors of a rodent, but they're still considered mammals as well. 

A term that rodents are also referred to as is "pocket pets." Though these pocket pets are small and majority are child friendly, they still run into problems the same way as large mammals and should be cared for at the vet appropriately.

More information is found in our helpful handouts section!

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Rat

 

More small mammal pets...

There are a number of small mammals that are considered illegal in the state of Pennsylvania.

That being said, if you own a small mammal that is not listed and needs medical attention, please call our hospital and we will do our best to assist you.

Glen Mills Veterinary Hospital's mission is to provide a friendly, safe, clean, medically-exceptional environment for our patients and a considerate, compassionate, educational environment that feels like home for our clients

Glen Mills Veterinary Hospital

1785 Wilmington Pike

Glen Mills, PA 19342

Phone: (610) 558-0100

Fax: (610) 558-0102

Hours:

M-F: 8a-8p

Sat: 8a-3p

Sun: 12p-6p

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