Pocket Pet Care Tips

Here at Aspen Commons Animal Hospital, we offer great veterinary care to pets of all shapes and sizes, from teeny-tiny hamsters to massive Great Danes. All of our animal companions have their own charms and attributes, as well as their own specific care needs. If you have a smaller pet, like a hamster or Guinea pig, read on! An Aurora, CO vet offers some great pocket pet care tips below.

Supervise Interactions With Young Children

Smaller pets are often chosen as pets for children. This makes sense: they’re small, inexpensive, super cute, easy to care for, and usually quite docile. However, very young children can be unintentionally rough or clumsy, and can easily drop or hurt these little guys. Monitor interactions closely. We also recommend having children sit or kneel when handling their pet. That way, if they drop their furry pal, he or she won’t fall very far.

Provide Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is crucial for all animals, big or small. Most smaller pets should come in at least once a year for checkups, though you’ll want to ask your vet for specific advice. In between appointments, watch for signs of sickness, such as vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, and unusual posture, vocalizations, or behavior. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.

Choose A Great Cage Location

Choosing the right spot for your little friend’s cage is very important. If you have a dog or cat, put the cage in a spot that Fido and Fluffy can’t reach. Your tiny pal will be terrified if your larger pets are constantly staring at them! Don’t put the cage in direct sunlight, or near fireplaces, fans, or heating ducts. Your pet will be most comfortable in a quiet corner where they can see and hear you, without being surrounded by commotion. A family room or living room is often a good bet.

Provide Enrichment

Little pets need entertainment too! Mazes, exercise wheels, and chew toys can keep your furry buddy entertained and happy. Ask your vet for more information.

Keep Up With Daily Tasks

Although smaller pets are quite easy keepers, they do still need daily care. Proper nutrition is a must! Follow your vet’s nutritional recommendations. You’ll also need to keep their cage clean.

Please contact us, your Aurora, CO vet clinic, anytime. We’re dedicated to helping you keep your animal companion healthy!a

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