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Your Las Vegas veterinarian understands that hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, rabbits and ferrets are just as much a part of your family as full-grown dogs and cats. These little critters make your life happier and full of life and love, so obviously you want to make sure they’re always healthy and happy. Here at St. Francis Animal Hospital, that’s our goal too. If you’re looking for a partner in animal care that can help you keep your little guys safe and well, you’ve found us.
Even if you know how to care for more common animals such as cats or dogs, you cannot simply translate that knowledge to adequately caring for smaller animals. Pocket pets such as hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, rabbits and ferrets have very specific needs when it comes to health and wellness. Their diets, exercise requirements, habitat conditions and companionship levels all have a great impact on their health and happiness, so you need the advice of a qualified veterinarian to ensure you’re providing your animal with the right care.
The life expectancy for smaller animals is typically shorter (although in the case of reptiles this is not necessarily true), so it becomes even more important to provide proper care to maximize their lifespan and hence your time with them. Wellness screenings are crucial as well, to catch problems in the early stages, when treatment is most effective.
Smaller mammals frequently suffer from tumors, particularly hamsters and gerbils. Regular wellness exams, as well as the right environment, can help make this less likely. Another way to help ensure that this is less likely is to watch for any unusual signs, such as swelling, sores that don’t heal, unusual discharge, loss of appetite or another unexpected change in behavior. If you see any of these, we recommend you schedule an appointment with a veterinarian right away.
Reptiles also suffer from health issues, especially nutritional deficiencies, such as metabolic bone disease, as well as kidney problems, parasites and tail trauma. This is also a good reason to keep track of your animal’s health by working with a qualified veterinarian.
If you want to keep your pet healthy, come to our small animal vet. We offer a variety of services, such as nutrition and habitat care, vaccinations and spay/neuter pet surgery. Call our small animal vet to learn more today.
Are you looking for a Las Vegas vet who will care for your animal like their own? St. Francis Animal Hospital would be happy to provide you with such services, ensuring your beloved pocket pet gets the care and treatment they need to live long and healthy lives. Our Las Vegas veterinary hospital, led by Dr. David Drake, treats dogs, cats, small pocket pets, ferrets, reptiles and birds.
If you’re ready to make an appointment for your small animal and help ensure them better lifelong health, call our vet at 702-675-8366 to make an appointment today. We look forward to keeping your pet family healthy, safe and happy for life.
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Dr. Drake and CarolAnn are amazing! They have been caring for my dogs for over 10 years now and I have never had one complaint. They are always so happy to see my dogs and provide them with the most compassionate care. I recommend them to any seeking an honest, caring, loving, empathizing and helpful veterinarian!