Small Mammal Care
In addition to cats and dogs, Minnetonka Animal Hospital also provides services for small mammal pets, including:
- Guinea Pigs
Like all pets, wellness exams are critical to the health and well-being of small mammals. It’s no surprise that caring for a gerbil or ferret is quite different than caring for a dog or cat, so it’s important to schedule an appointment to discuss your pet’s unique needs. Proper husbandry is especially important. This includes cleaning your pet’s cage regularly and removing urine and feces to prevent skin infections, lung infections, and other illnesses. Our veterinarian will review proper diet and other husbandry techniques, as well as provide resources for responsible small mammal ownership.
For your convenience, we’ve provided the following links with general information about caring for a small mammal pet:
Maintaining a balanced diet and getting the right mix of nutrients are keys to raising a healthy pet. With all the different products on the market selecting the right food can be challenging. That’s why our team provides recommendations based on your pet’s breed, age, and lifestyle. We also help you avoid foods and ingredients that may upset your pet’s delicate digestive system.
When it comes to caring for your small mammal pet, unique consideration should be given to issues such as cage structure, bedding, handling techniques, and mental/physical stimulation. Creating a safe, comfortable home for your small mammal is important to his or her overall wellness. We encourage you to contact our team with questions or for suggestions on how to best care for your small companion.