Exotics and pocket pets might be small, but they are mighty—and they deserve the best of care, just like humans and other pet companions.
At Walnut Creek Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Dempsey is happy to see a wide array of exotic pets and small mammals, including guinea pigs, hamsters, and ferrets.
Bringing Your Small Pet to the Vet
We know that coming to the vet can be a stressful experience for our patients, particularly exotics and pocket pets. Dr. Dempsey is very sensitive to this, and she will do whatever she can to reduce stress during your visit.
If possible, plan to bring your pet to us in its regular enclosure. Don’t clean it before coming in—that way your pet will be surrounded by familiar smells. The enclosure will also retain samples for diagnostic testing, if needed to better evaluate your pet.
We commonly see exotics and pocket pets for:
Hamsters: eye issues, skeletal abnormalities, digestive problems, lumps
Guinea pigs: eye issues, digestive problems, dermatological conditions, abscesses
Chinchillas: digestive problems, dental issues, abscesses
Hedgehogs: digestive problems, dermatological conditions, dental issues
Ferrets: ear or eye issues, digestive problems, lumps, dermatological conditions, abscesses, plus endocrine issues
We also conduct physical examinations and can offer nutritional and environmental enrichment counseling tailored to the unique needs of your little one.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dempsey for your pocket pet, give us a call at (402) 505-5445 today!