Ponti Veterinary Hospital

25007 E Wellesley Avenue
Otis Orchards, WA 99027

(509)922-7465

www.pontivet.com

              POCKET PETS & SMALL MAMMALS         
               
          
      Rabbits & Chinchillas          Guinea Pigs 
         
             Rats & Mice                        Hedgehogs

        Hamsters & Gerbils             Ferret
                        
When considering purchasing your pocket pet it's a good idea to ask yourself:
 
    Is there a veterinarian close by that can handle my pocket pet's illnesses, injuries or emergencies? 
    What sort of habitat is necessary?

    Is the animal appropriate for any children in the home?

    What are your expectations of the animal?

    Are you willing to devote the time needed to clean and care for the habitat?

    How much money are you willing to invest should the animal become ill?


  A new pet exam isn't necessary, however, symptoms requiring a visit include:
       
         Weight loss           Loss of appetite

           Lethargy               Lesions or raw spots

           Loss of fur           Persistent scratching

           Diarrhea               Nasal or eye discharge

           Problems chewing
                                                                               

Here are some websites to help you out:

http://petcaretips.net
http://healthypet.com
http://veterinarypartner.com  on the left side choose "small mammals"

http://howtopet.com --overview of different pocket pets and how to choose one