Pocket Pet Care in Shippensburg, PA
We Use Equipment Designed Specifically for Tiny Critters
Pocket pets are named as such because animals, such as rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets, gerbils, and chinchillas are often small enough to fit in your pocket or your lap. While many people think that pocket pets are easy to care for—thinking they just need a comfortable cage, food, and water—they still require ongoing veterinary care in addition to appropriate nutrition, human interaction, and proper cleaning of their cages.
At Shippensburg, Mount Rock, and Allen Road Animal Hospital, our veterinarians have the advanced training and experience necessary to properly evaluate and treat pocket pets. We also have incubators, a rigid endoscope, and more special equipment designed to treat the littlest of critters.
Annual Examinations for Pocket Pets
If you have a pocket pet, it’s of vital importance that you bring him or her in for an examination at least once a year. Unfortunately, pocket pets do not typically have long lifespans, which means that any age-related problem can develop in a matter of months. In order to prevent, diagnose, or treat any illness, regular veterinary check-ups are required.
During these annual examinations, our experienced veterinarians will:
- Perform a physical examination of your tiny friend
- Administer any parasite treatment and control
- Perform any required diagnostic testing, such as x-rays, blood tests, skin scrapings, and growth biopsy
- Perform any necessary surgeries, including spays, neuters, growth removals, and fracture repairs
- Prescribe any necessary medications or supplements your pocket pet requires
One of the reasons why it is so important for you to bring in any pocket pets for annual examinations is because they are so good at hiding any signs or symptoms of illness. During the annual examination, our veterinarians screen for signs and symptoms that many pet owners don’t notice or cannot see.
However, if you notice your pet exhibiting any of the following symptoms, call us right away:
- Flaky skin
- Hair loss
- Lumps or bumps
- Extreme inactivity
- Loose stools
- Decreased appetite
- Discharge coming from his or her mouth, eyes, or nose
Three Convenient Locations
In order to take the best care of our community, Shippensburg Animal Hospital is proud to have three locations to serve you. We can be found in at our Shippensburg, Mount Rock, or Allen Road location. Click here to learn more.
A Long History In This Community
Founded in 1949, Shippensburg Animal Hospital has been serving our community's needs both big and small for nearly seven decades. When you have an animal in need come to a place with unmatched compassion and experience.
Providing Care to Animals of All Sizes
At Shippensburg Animal Hospital we have the unique ability to care for all of your fur babies, no matter their size. From the biggest horse to the smallest hamster and everything in between, we're ready to care for them.
“Dr. Hoover was very professional and comforting, and provided me with a wealth of information in case this occurs again in the fut ...”- Emily Dice
“We appreciate all your staff has done for all our pets.”- Jeanette Bitner & Jim Beichler
“I value the concern shown for my pet and people who know our pets are like family.”- Denylu Knox