Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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.
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.
If you need to give your dog medication, learning how to do it right will make the process easier both for you and your pup. Remember to always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian and be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed by your vet.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, Lyme testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
As of July 6th, we are allowing 1 client in per pet into the hospital (with the exception of euthanasias where we can accommodate 2 clients if needed). When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital for an examination.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own, we request you step into a disinfectant shoe tray before proceeding into the exam room. While in the exam room please minimize contact and keep with our social distancing protocols in the confined space. We are unable to offer the use of our hospital washroom at this time.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!