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Pocket Pet Services

They may fit in the palm of your hand but pocket-sized pets have huge personalities that make them so easy to love. Despite their miniscule appearance, these creatures still need constant medical care like more traditional pets. Fortunately, here at Delton Veterinary Hospital, we treat pocket pets quite often. Call us at (780) 475-9225 to learn about how we can keep your pocket pet healthy all their life.




What are pocket pets?
Pocket pets are those that are tiny in size. Guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, sugar gliders and chinchillas are all examples of pocket pets that you can welcome into your home.

Are pocket pets easier to take care of?
Not necessarily. This is a common myth among animal lovers and pet owners. Some pocket pets have very specific needs that can actually be demanding. For example, ferrets tend to be smelly right away so they will need constant cleaning while some types of rabbits need daily hair brushing. Guinea pigs are also a two-package deal. Because they are highly social animals, they need to have another guinea pig with them. Otherwise, their mental and physical health can suffer. They also need lots of attention from you – at least 30 minutes per day – so they may not be a good pet for those who are away most of the day.

Are pocket pets good with kids?
Some are while some are not. Not many people know that some pocket pets like hamsters can bite, so it is important to teach children how to interact with them. Hamsters in general like to be left alone (they do not even like living with other hamsters) so this is something to keep in mind. Like with any other pet, it is important to explain to children and show them how to interact safely with the animal so that everyone can be safe.

How long do pocket pets live?
You would be surprised at the variety of life spans of these small creatures! Hamsters and gerbils live between one to two years. Guinea pigs can live to about five years, while rabbits can live to 10 years. Life expectancy and the commitment they require are both important factors when choosing which pocket pet to welcome in your life.

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

    If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS

  • Monday to Saturday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sundays: CLOSED
  • Note: We are closed daily for lunch between 1:00 - 2:00 pm.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Delton Veterinary Hospital