Is a Pocket Pet Right For You?

Are you considering getting a pocket pet? While pets are great, they are also a lot of responsibility. Before getting a pet, you should consider what species is right for you. You also need to be aware of the needs of any particular pet. It is smart to talk to a veterinarian before getting a pocket pet. Fortunately, you can contact our veterinarians at Greenfield Veterinary Clinic for all of your pocket pet needs.

Which One Is Right for You?

If you are interested in a pet and are a responsible person who can afford their food and other needs, there is probably a pocket pet that is right for you. Needs, maintenance, attention, and other requirements can vary dramatically from pet to pet no matter what species. That is why it is smart to talk with a veterinarian before welcoming a new pet into your life.

One of the best pocket pets is a rat. They are intelligent, rarely bite, and generally make good pets. However, rats are prone to cancerous tumors, although an ovariohysterectomy can reduce some of the risks. Respiratory infections are another common problem among rats.

Hamsters are popular pets, but they are also rather fragile and are known for biting. Gerbils and mice are less likely to bite but are still quite fragile.

Sugar gliders are beautiful animals, but they are also rather shy. At the same time, they don’t like being left alone for long, so it is best to pair them up with another sugar glider.

Guinea pigs are popular pocket pets because they are often very friendly, and compared to some other pets, also hardier and lower in maintenance. They may suffer vitamin c deficiencies, however, without the right food.

As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to pocket pets. Dietary needs will vary from species to species and often from pet to pet. If you are considering a pocket pet, you will need to make sure you get the right cages, food, and other considerations.

Talk with Our Veterinarians About Your Pocket Pet

You must understand dietary needs, handling, common diseases, and other health problems that may affect your pet. If you have any questions about pocket pets or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, call Greenfield Veterinary Clinic today at (414) 282-5230 to learn more.


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