Gettysburg Pocket Pet Veterinarians
Animal-Devoted Since 1980
Pocket pets are exotic animals such as ferrets and rabbits. They can be a great addition to the family and wonderful companion pets, and just like the family dog or cat, pocket pets need to have a complete physical exam performed by a doctor once a year. Annual examinations greatly diminish the chances of illness and can help detect hidden, underlying problems. At Confederate Woods Veterinary Hospital, our Gettysburg pocket pet veterinarians are specially trained to treat your small pets and can be trusted to give them the attention and care they deserve.
Pocket Pet Types
Pocket pets are small mammals that can be found in more than 4 million U.S. homes. We can treat common species like hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets, mice and rats, as well as more exotic species like chinchillas, prairie dogs, and skunks.
Pocket Pet Vet Care
Most pocket pets do not require annual vaccinations. However, ferrets can contract the canine distemper virus, which is fatal. Ferrets should be vaccinated annually against this disease, and also need to be vaccinated for rabies.
It’s important to know that just because animals are small, doesn’t mean they’re easy to care for. Pocket pets need plenty of care, and their enclosures should be cleaned frequently. They must be given space to roam around, and because pocket pets are sensitive to temperature, their climate should be controlled.
Our veterinarians have years of experience caring for the health of pocket pets, and can discuss diet, housing, and more with you during your visit.
Some services we offer for your pocket pet include:
How Can I Tell If My Pocket Pet is Sick?
Since pocket pets are prey animals, they instinctively hide illness. If your pet is not acting like themselves, it’s important to make an appointment as soon as possible, as they most likely have been sick for some time. Common symptoms that should prompt a visit with the doctor include sneezing, coughing, diarrhea, not eating, and lethargy.
Respiratory problems are common among pocket pets and can be dangerous, as these animals need their sense of smell in order to locate their food and friends. If you notice a change in breathing or behavior like hiding, your pocket pet may be ill.
Do I Need to Spay or Neuter My Rabbit?
We strongly suggest spaying or neutering your pet rabbit. The leading cause of death in female rabbits is adenocarcinoma, or cancer of the uterus. This cancer is 100 percent preventable by spaying your rabbit between 6 months and 2 years of age. Spaying your female rabbit will also help prevent the occurrence of breast cancer later in life.
Some male bunnies, especially the dwarf varieties, can become very aggressive when they reach sexual maturity. They may display excessive biting and spraying of urine outside the normal litter area. The best solution to these behavior problems is castration. We recommend neutering your male bunny after 5 months of age.
Don’t hesitate to call our Gettysburg pocket pet veterinarians with questions and concerns at (717) 610-6223. Even if you don’t know for sure if your pet requires medical attention, it’s best to seek the opinion of a professional.