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.

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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Last updated: June 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

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.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, Lyme testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



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


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Fairview Animal Hospital