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RECENT NEWS:  Compass is pleased to announce the opening of our online store in partnership with Vet Source.  Click to open store in new window.

Congratulations to Dr. Connolly on becoming a Certified Fear Free Professional. As part of our commitment to providing veterinary care in a stress free environment, Dr. Connolly recently completed a comprehensive course on Fear Free techniques and practice design. Click to read article.

Complete Health Care for Rabbits, Exotics and Pocket Pets

Compass Veterinary Clinic provides expert veterinary care for “pocket pets” such as ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, prairie dogs, mice, rats, chinchillas, hamsters, sugar gliders, and gerbils.  We also offer veterinary services for reptile species. 

  • Comprehensive Physical Exams
  • Parasite Treatment and Control
  • Hospitalization and Treatment
  • Nail trims
  • Husbandry and Specialty Diets
  • Prescriptions 
  • Surgery
  • Spay and Neuter

A large part of caring for these species has to do with their husbandry; making sure they have the proper housing, appropriate diet, and that their owners understand their natural behavior patterns. Each species also has their own common diseases that require veterinary care, and we recommend annual physical exams to check for early signs of problems. 

Dr. Connolly, Medical Director, is one of the most highly trained and experienced rabbit veterinarians in Oregon.   Dr. Connolly spent four years at the Rabbit Research Center at Oregon State University:

“I had around 1,000 rabbits in my care.  I was responsible for all aspects of rabbit husbandry.   Not only did I personally feed and water them, but we exhaustively measured feed intake on various diets, and tracked the weight of the rabbits as well as their reproductive rates.    I even cleaned cages and monitored output, watching for signs of disease or parasitism.   I was immersed in the OSU breeding program, where I monitored pregnancies, prepared for new litters, and weighed the kits and monitored their health.  I helped design modifications to the facilities to prevent wild rabbits from getting in and modified the rabbit cages to prevent injuries to young kits.   My experience at the OSU Rabbit Research Lab really prepared me to take the best care of rabbits.”

"During my career as a veterinarian I have worked with rabbits, rats, mice, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, chinchillas, ferrets, sugar gliders and more.  The most common problems that I see relating to these pets are nutrition and housing.  I really enjoy working with pocket pets and educating their owners on their unique needs.” 

Dr Erica Lipanovich is one of the premier exotics veterinarians in Oregon, having worked at several zoos over a ten year period.

She brings a wealth of experience to the practice.  Dr Lipanovich was the staff veterinarian at the Dickerson Park Zoo for six years.  She did her residency at the Denver Zoo for two years.  After relocating to Oregon in 2014, she has been a staff veterinarian for Oregon Zoo, Wildcat Ridge Sanctuary, and Turtle Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, to name a few.  

Dr Lipanovich has expertise with birds, reptiles, and obviously, big cats!

How to Tell When Your Exotic Pet is Sick

Pocket pets are very skilled at hiding problems.  This innate ability helps them to survive in the wild, where displaying any sign of illness or injury can be the difference between life and death.  Unfortunately, this also means that when they finally do let us know there is a problem, it may be advanced and more difficult to resolve.  As a responsible steward, watch for the following signs:

  • Decreased activity
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Changes in stool or urine production or appearance
  • Ocular or nasal discharge
  • Any sign of blood on your pet or in its enclosure
  • Muscle weakness, twitching
  • Changes in respiratory rate or effort
  • Witnessed or suspected injury

Bring your pocket pet in immediately if you notice any of these warning signs.

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