Cute as a Button: Your Guide to Pocket Pet Care
What’s small enough to sit in your palm, furry, and heart-meltingly cute? Pocket pets, of course! Guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, rabbits, and other small animals (from mice to lizards) are often perceived as easier to care for than other pets. However, the reality is that pocket pet care requires similar levels of time, energy, and medical attention.
Small for Small Spaces
In an era that celebrates tiny houses and living with a smaller footprint, pocket pets are becoming more and more popular. Of course, many people who live in apartments are also limited when it comes to the type of pets that are allowed, and pockets pets fit the bill nicely.
Although pocket pets don’t depend on daily walks like dogs, they do depend on clean living standards, routine interaction, and veterinary care – all of which The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are happy to assist you with.
Rats, mice, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs have shorter lifespans than other pets, so yearly wellness checks are a must. Ferrets and rabbits can live about 10 years, an average that may increase with routine pocket pet care.
The Pursuit of (Pocket Pet Care) Greatness
Pocket pet care is similar to the level of wellness care required for cats and dogs. For example:
- Dental care – In the wild, rabbits and rodents keep their teeth nice and trim from all the roughage they consume. Chew toys and certain food can keep teeth in check, but sometimes, domesticated pocket pets need to have their teeth trimmed and cleaned. Allowing teeth to grow can inhibit nutrition and lead to illness. Likewise, misaligned teeth or those in poor health can cause unnecessary pain.
- Nails – Like teeth, nails also need attention. You might be able to trim them yourself, but professional care can come in handy. Your pocket pet will benefit from trims, as long nails can make it hard to walk, climb, or even eat.
- Nutrition – Every animal is unique, and pocket pets each have specific nutritional requirements. The Pet Experts are happy to help you build a healthy foundation for your pet with a proper diet.
Housing and Happiness
Factors such as bedding, cleanliness, and environment pack a lot of punch when it comes to pocket pet care. The right temperature, humidity level, and lighting can all impact your pet’s health and wellbeing.
Pocket pets are designed to burrow, dig, and hide in small spaces. If you allow yours to roam around your home, please keep a close eye on them.
- Windows and doors should be closed, and pinch points (like areas behind big appliances or beneath the recliner) must be cordoned off.
- Any cleaning products or toxic plants should always remain out of reach.
- Wires and cords can pose significant threats to pocket pets who like to chew.
When Your Pet Needs More
Routine wellness care can definitely detect any common problems, and a nose to tail exam can reveal parasites, skin issues, or tumors. Sometimes, illness can pop up out of nowhere. Unexplained diarrhea, vomiting, red-hued eye discharge, or trouble breathing should be immediately reported to The Pet Experts.
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