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Small Mammalian Exotic Care

In East Lansing, MI

Keep Your Pocket Pet Happy and Healthy

Small mammalian exotic pets, also known as pocket pets, require sick and preventative health care to keep them happy and healthy. Our dedicated team at Eastside Animal Hospital provides high-quality veterinary care to animals, large and small.

Care for small mammalian exotic pets is unique, and our knowledgeable veterinarians and staff are here to provide your small mammal with the individualized and expert care it needs.

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What Is Considered A Pocket Pet?

A small mammal commonly kept as a household pet.

Small mammalian exotic pets we routinely see are:

  • Hamsters
  • Mice
  • Gerbils
  • Guinea pigs
  • Chinchillas
  • Rats

Please call us if you need pocket pet care for a species not listed above. Some small mammal species require care that is outside of our scope. If this is the case, we will help direct you to a specialist and get your pet the necessary care.

Small Mammalian Exotic Pet Exams

Preventative and sick care for small mammals.

Small mammalian exotic pets require routine preventative examinations to ensure their health and longevity. At Eastside Animal Hospital, our veterinarian and our experienced team are trained to provide gentle and careful attention during examinations to minimize stress. During a comprehensive physical exam, we assess your pocket pet’s overall health and check for signs of illness. We may recommend species-specific vaccinations for ferrets that are critical for preventing contagious diseases. Dr. Seager will cover the essential aspects of small mammalian exotic husbandry, including proper habitat hygiene, appropriate substrates, and the ideal environmental conditions needed to mimic their natural habitats. We also address immediate health concerns and provide detailed instructions for ongoing wellness care, including dental care.

For small mammals that are ill, we can provide general sick care tailored to the unique needs of each species. Our sick care includes diagnostics and treatment plans for ailments common to small mammalian exotic pets, from respiratory infections to digestive issues. By combining preventative and sick care at Eastside Animal Hospital, we aim to ensure a holistic approach to your pet’s health, focusing on prevention, early detection, and effective treatment of diseases to enhance their quality of life.

Environmental and Nutritional Needs

Develop your small mammalian exotic pet's individualized care routine.

Establishing a proper habitat and nutritional plan is crucial for the care and well-being of small mammalian exotic pets. Our knowledgeable team is dedicated to working with you to develop the proper care routine, whether you have a hamster, rat, guinea pig, or other pocket pet. For housing, our veterinarian can provide guidance on the size, design, and features of enclosures that best suit your pet’s species. We emphasize the significance of environmental enrichment, which promotes natural behaviors and prevents boredom and stress. In terms of diet, our recommendations focus on providing balanced nutrition that meets the dietary requirements specific to each small mammalian exotic species, whether it be high-fiber diets for herbivores or protein-rich foods for omnivores. By ensuring that your pocket pet’s environment and nutrition are properly managed, you contribute significantly to their physical health and overall happiness.

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Schedule An Appointment for Your Small Mammal

We believe all pets deserve high-quality and compassionate care.

If you need small mammalian exotic pet care in East Lansing or the surrounding areas, please call us today to schedule an appointment. Our knowledgeable team will partner with you to make sure that you are fostering a fulfilling life for your loving pocket pet.

Quality Care for Pets

at Eastside Animal Hospital in East Lansing, MI

Eastside Animal Hospital provides wellness care, vaccinations, dental care, diagnostics, surgery, spay and neuter, microchipping, and an in-house pharmacy for dogs, cats, rats, mice, hamsters, ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, and other small mammalian exotic pets in East Lansing, Okemos, Haslett, Williamston, Lansing, and the surrounding areas.

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(517) 332-2511

(517) 332-2511

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