Are Pocket Pets for You?

Pocket pets offer an alternative to traditional dogs and cats as pet companions. If you have limited space in your home or are accustomed to a busy routine, a pocket pet such as a rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, or chinchilla may be more suited to your lifestyle. At Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center in Troutdale, we’re well versed in pocket pet care and can provide your furry friend with the quality veterinary services he needs to live a happy, healthy life. Here are a few factors to consider before adding a pocket pet to your family.


One reason pocket pets are so popular is that they don’t require much space. Guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and gerbils are very popular today and can be kept in compact cages in almost any area of your home. You can also create a safe habitat outside the cage where your pet can roam freely for exercise without getting lost.

Home Care

Pocket pets have varied needs, depending on the animal you get. By researching the care of your exotic pet before bringing him home, you’ll have a better idea of how to fulfill his needs. Some exotic pets require special foods or environments in order to thrive. Others need regular interaction or even companions to keep them happy. Active pets may require an environment with different levels or gadgets that allow them to get the exercise they need.

Time and Attention

Like any other pet, your furry friend will need time and attention on top of daily feeding and cleaning of his environment. By teaching your children how to handle the pet safely, they can provide him with love, companionship, and playtime.

Veterinary Care

Pocket pets also need routine veterinary care to keep them in optimal health. At our animal hospital, we offer routine checkups, dental care, and other veterinary services that will keep your pocket friend healthy and happy throughout his lifespan.

See Your Troutdale Veterinarian for Pocket Pet Care

For quality pocket pet care at an animal hospital you can trust, contact your Troutdale veterinarian at Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center by calling (503) 661-1833 today.

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