Quality Care for Small Mammals
Rabbits, rats, ferrets, hamsters, and other small mammals have become popular pets as increasing numbers of pet owners come to understand the unique bond that can form with one of these special creatures.
Just like cats and dogs, small mammals need some of the same routine wellness care.
Dr. Alison St. John is our exotic mammal vet at our animal hospital in Norristown. She provides veterinary care, including dental treatments and surgeries, for these special animal companions.
Wellness & Preventive Care
Much like cats and dogs, small mammals and other exotic pets benefit from regular veterinary care to help them live a long, happy, and healthy life. Our small mammal veterinarian is trained in the unique care and husbandry needs and veterinary treatment of these species.
During the initial wellness visit, our vet will thoroughly review your pet’s housing, nutrition, and care. A complete and thorough physical exam will be performed. Health screening tests and vaccines will be discussed and recommended when indicated. Our vet will discuss any husbandry, health, or behavior concerns with you and answer any questions you might have. Recommendations will be tailored to the needs of you and your pet.
FAQ's for Care of Exotic Mammals
At Trooper Veterinary Hospital, our small mammal veterinarian provides routine wellness and preventive care services for your small mammal. Exotic pets can also be seen for medical or behavioral concerns.
- What can I expect at an exotic appointment?
When you bring your exotic mammal in for a routine exam, we will assess the overall health of your pet. We will perform a thorough physical examination, recommend the appropriate preventive care, and answer any questions you may have about your pet to help ensure their health and longevity.
- Sick Pet Appointments & Daytime Emergencies
Small mammals with health or behavior concerns can be seen by our vet. If possible, please call (610) 539-6820 in advance to determine the availability of our veterinarian. While we do accept walk-in and work-in emergencies for exotic pets, there may be an additional fee if double booking of appointments occurs.
- What is a small mammal?
Small mammals are exotic animals including rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, chinchillas, rats, mice, hamsters, and gerbils. Many exotic pets are prey species in the wild and consequently can be very good at hiding the signs of illness until it is quite advanced, which is why preventive veterinary care is so important.