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: Last updated: October 7th, 2021

Dear Clients,

Please see below in regards to our current Covid 19 protocols. We are happy to announce our clinic will be entering in the first phase of our reopening plan.

Beginning October 12th 2021, we will be allowing clients into the clinic for food and medication pickup only. Doctor or technician appointments will still be run curbside for the time being. We will still offer the curbside option for food and medication if requested.

1. The following protocols will be in place for those entering the building: - Maximum 3 clients in the building at a time. - Please do not crowd either doorway as our staff still need easy access in and out with animals. - Please continue to pre-order food and medication to make it an easier and quicker process, and to ensure we have what you need in stock before you come to the clinic. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check.

2. The following protocols are still in place for all appointments (technician and doctor): - We are still operating curbside only for appointments. - 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 of your appointment so we can make a note. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check. Why are we not opening for appointments yet? - Fully opening is our ultimate goal, however, for the safety of our staff, and clients, allowing food and medication pickup seems the first logical step to limit everyone's exposure. - We hope this step will also alleviate some of the strain on our phone lines and those trying to reach us. - Allowing clients in for food and medication pickup will speed up the amount of time many clients are waiting in the parking lot for this reason.

3. Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

We are closed all weekends and holidays.

As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again very soon!

- Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic