We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Pocket Pets

Pocket Pets Services in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Small mammals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, chinchillas and hamsters are referred to as pocket pets. They can suffer from very similar issues as our dogs and cats do, and our hospital recommends veterinary care.

Which pocket pets do you service?


At Fairview Animal Hospital, Dr. Dibblee performs full physical exams on rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, degus, chinchillas, hedgehogs, ferrets and others. Also discussed are the specific husbandry requirements which are the unique diet, ideal temperatures, cage setup, and substrate recommendations for the particular pet being examined.

How much do you charge for pocket pet examination?


For pricing, please contact the hospital and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.

Do pocket pets get dental disease?


Pocket pets can get dental disease. The pets we see most commonly for dental disease are rabbits, rats and guinea pigs. The most common problem seen is malocclusion or improper alignment of teeth. Some teeth in our pocket pets continue to grow throughout the life of the animal. If these teeth become overgrown, the animal will experience pain and discomfort and not be able to meet its nutritional requirements. It can manifest in your pet as drooling, grinding of the teeth, dropping food, and weight loss. Treatment involves trimming the teeth with the pet under general anesthetic after a thorough discussion with the veterinarian.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.443.9385. One of our staff members will obtain a history either via phone or from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return your pet to you outside once the veterinarian discusses a recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN but are now working with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Monday to Friday 10am-7pm; and Saturdays from 10am - 2pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will take payment over the phone and place the items in a pickup bin located just outside our front doors.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Fairview Animal Hospital