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: Nov. 25, 2022

Dear Clients,
As of Monday June 20th 2022 this clinic will be removing our mask requirement for both staff and clients. We are moving to the “your choice” model. Our team understands that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, and want to respect both our staff and clients' right to choose. That being said, we are still maintaining the below protocols:

  • Maximum 5 clients in the reception area at a time.
  • 1 client is permitted in the exam room with their pets for doctor appointments.
  • Curbside is still an option for all clients. Please advise our reception team.
  • You may also come directly into the reception area with your pets for all appointments now without calling in first. Please ensure you are mindful of our capacity limit of 5.

    Please note our hours of operation:
    Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Closed for lunches 1pm - 2pm
    We are closed all weekends and holidays.

    As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to serving you and your furry family members!

    Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic