Pocket Pet Services

Chinchillas, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, mice, gerbils, sugar gliders, hedgehogs and more. Pocket pets have certainly taken the veterinary world by storm. They are popular with everyone from young children to young professionals and senior citizens. Here at Ganaraska Animal Clinic, we are fully equipped to provide all the medical care your pint-sized companion may need. We are always welcoming new patients to our growing family, so please don’t hesitate to call us to learn more about our approach to caring for life’s most cherished companions.

NOTE : We currently do not offer surgical services for pocket pets. Please reach out to us so we can connect you with specialists in the area.

What kind of medical care does my pocket pet need?

All pets – including pocket pets – need to undergo a full physical check-up at least once per year. This includes weight checks, dental checks/cleanings and diagnostic exams like bloodwork and fecal sampling. Your pocket pet will also need vaccines and if they aren’t already, they should be spayed/neutered to prevent any unwanted pregnancies.

What is the best food for pocket pets?

We recommend that you consult with us so we can provide you with a personalised diet tips for your pet. The best foods for your pet will depend entirely on their species and breed, as well as their age. For examples, chinchillas should have a diet comprised of about 80% hay, while hamsters can have a more diverse diet that includes fruits and vegetables. Ferrets on the other hand, need to eat meat as they are carnivores. Having the proper diet is so important because the vast majority of diseases or health issues pocket pets get can be linked to an improper diet.

Last updated: July 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


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

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and limited staffing, we are unable to take new clients at the moment. We sincerely appreciate your kindness, patience and understanding during this time.


We are still operating curbside only for appointments and the pickup of medication and food. Please call the office at 905.885.8151 to let us know that you have arrived and wait for further instructions. Please do not leave a message if you are in the parking lot. Continue to call until you reach a receptionist. If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on the door. Please also let us know in advance so we can note it on the appointment. We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check!


We are OPEN with the following hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed
  • Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic